Life on the road can be exciting and full of adventure, but it’s not without its challenges. For me, the most difficult part of living out of an ever-moving car is not having friends nearby on a regular basis. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to spend so much time with Alan and Van, but this trip has reconfirmed the importance of seeing good friends on a regular basis. It was with this in mind that I eagerly accepted a dinner invitation from a Bottling Moonlight reader in Twin Falls, Idaho whom I had never met. She and her family instantly made us feel at home and treated us to a delicious breakfast for dinner (one of my faves) and access to laundry machines that don’t require quarters.
I hope to be as awesome as Cheri and Tom once we settle down somewhere and invite travelers to take a break, eat a home cooked meal, and enjoy a little relaxation with us. Not only would it be great to meet new friends, but it would expose Van to a diversity of people that he many not come across regularly in his ordinary life. Cheri and Tom’s two daughters are regularly exposed to interesting people from all over the world and it shows. Tom is a BASE jumping instructor and his students are often invited for dinner (check out his school, the Snake River BASE Academy). I was really impressed with the girls’ ability to converse with adults, in addition to their immediate desire to take Van under their wing and show him all the cool things in the neighborhood.
Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, and hospitality, Cheri, Tom, Anna Grace, and Olivia! We hope to see you again – this time at our dinner table.