So you may already know that I last spoke about the Quartzsite gatherings feeling a little ‘groupy’, or ‘clicquish’ to some attendees. I wanted to give an update about how it’s going here at the Xscapers Annual Bash. (Now happening at American Girl Mine near Yuma)
As it turned out, this issue was already on the radar of the organizers of the Xscapers bash. They had previously talked about how to integrate the newcomers to feel more welcome. I think this may have stemmed from feedback from last year’s bash.
They planned a couple of things to try to help people mingle out of their comfort zone. So kudos to them for that!
Or, if you just want to see some photos from the bash, scroll down and get to it!
My Feelings About The 2018 Xscapers Bash So Far
I feel so far that most people have been very open and welcoming. That said, I also realize that this year I know MANY of the attendees. Which makes me wonder:
Is my perspective off due to the plain and simple fact that I know a lot of people here? 😬
When I pulled in, there were maybe… mmm… 15-20 rigs here? I knew every single person except for two. I met them very quickly since the gathering was small and it hadn’t even started.
Since, many have arrived who I don’t know, but have been eager to meet, for the most part. Why do I say for the most part? Because I understand that not EVERY person anyone/I/everyone meets is going to ‘jive’. We all do tend to seek something similar to ourselves. This is why people like other certain people right off the bat when/if they find a commonality.
This RV lifestyle certainly helps with that- having it in common. However, other ‘similar’ factors also come into play: younger v/s older, couples v/s singles, full-timers v/s part-timers, digital nomads v/s retirees, etc. So it’s still natural that we all will gravitate towards those whom we find the most in common with. Sometimes, it’s as simple as an indescribable vibe. You never know.
What I am trying to say is this- I made a concerted effort to make others feel welcome. When I would see someone standing around who looked a little ‘lost’ or like they didn’t have someone to talk to- I would go over and talk to that person. I hope many others here have done the same. I haven’t actually seen many people in this predicament, so that hopefully correctly, tells me that people here are jiving quite well, and finding ‘their’ people.
How is it going over at other gatherings? I have no idea. I haven’t been to any other gatherings. If the cliques are happening, then they are happening. It is really a part of human nature.
Still, when adults act like kids/bullies, it’s no fun for the ‘outsiders’. (Which pretty much defined me all of my pre-adult and even part of my adult life. Like so many other people in the world.)
I do hope that in other areas most participants are getting to know other cool people around them.
Here are a few highlights of the Q gathering. I really didn’t take a lot of photos while I was there. Too busy visiting others!
Still, I caught a few highlights…