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Meeting a Dingo in Bronson, TX

I have been a member of MDC for quite awhile (way before I had Val), and I happened to get involved with a group of running moms which we have now coined the Dingos.  Fast forward FIVE years, and I finally have a Dingo meet up!  At her homestead!  Which was on the way back to MI from Gonzales, TX!  I love how things come together. 🙂

She lives on her land that was her parent’s, and her dad built the cabin 40 years ago that they live in now.  They dream big things like houses like Stoneview and converting buses that run on veggie oil.  She runs barefoot, cooks from Nourishing Traditions, and homeschools her boys.  It was just the type of family we dream of communing with about our goals in life and being inspired by seeing these things in action already.  It was something we *needed* on our trip home as there is so much up in the air about our futures right now and what we *want* to do.

I had just ordered my Vibrams for barefoot running, I was thinking of ordering NT’s on the Kindle but after talking to Dana I decided to buy the book and I’ve been cooking from it already, and I will be homeschooling Valentine and any future children – it’s just so great to see it working for another family.  We chatted about all of these things, we skimmed through their books which motivated James to read all about cord wood houses, and she made us amazing food.  I still drool at the thought of her homemade honey latte with raw milk.  Yum yum!

I cannot put into words how much this stop meant to me (and us as a family).  Our time there was far too short!  Maybe we will return to their homestead for a “barn raising” if they decide to build a guest house like one of the books James has read.  Until then… our memories of this visit will be our inspiration as we move forward with our dreams.

Hill Shade RV Park in Gonzales, TX

After our trip through El Paso and La Vernia, we traveled a few hours away to meet up with some friends in Gonzales, TX at Hill Shade RV Park.

The park itself was surrounded by trees and lush grass (which we had so missed during our time in Arizona).  There were also long horns that came in during the evenings to graze along the fence line of the park, and there was a dock with water on the other side.

During our time there we got to catch up with The Happy Janssens, meet Organic Sister and her family, meet The Tao of Long, and also meet Welcome to my Brain.

Valentine played with the other (bigger) girls in the park, we shared picnic dinners together as families, and we even had a night time campfire that turned into a grand conversation that I just sat back and listened to for the most part.  It was so educating, but heartwarming to hear so many views that are like our own.  The topics spanned from free range kids, to art, to life on the road, to passions and work, to education and unschooling.  I am blessed to have had that time with such wonderful people who have sparked new ideas and questions in my mind.

We did leave the park during one day to travel to the beach, but it wasn’t much of a beach trip.  It was overcast and windy (no bikini for me), so the time playing in the rocky beach (not even sand) was short for our little family.  But we gathered sea shells and dipped our feet in the Gulf before packing up and heading into town for something to eat before heading back to the RV.

Just as I was starting to feel at home at Hill Shade, it was time to continue our journey.   It was sad saying goodbye to other mamas who share the same ideals, but yet have so much more information to share (and I have so much to learn)! 😉

Our next stop was at the home of another friend I had met online – five years earlier.  This would be our first meeting face to face and at her home in Bronson, TX.  Stay tuned for that post next! 🙂

El Paso and La Vernia, TX

Traveling from Tucson, we connected with a high school friend via Facebook, so we stopped off in El Paso to have lunch and catch up.  Having a loose travel schedule and being connected while on the road is an amazing thing, and I am grateful for it.  I even got to meet their little girl. 🙂

Our 2nd stop to stay was in La Vernia, TX with some friends that James was in the Air Force with back in the day. 🙂  After a drive on a bumpy red dirt road (doesn’t that sound so TEXAN?!), we arrived at their 10 acre homestead.  Did I mention that the wildflowers were in full bloom?  And that the drive on the back roads was beyond beautiful?

Valentine got a lot of play time with their 3 kiddos, a cat named Bob, Roxy the dog, chickens, and sheep.  It was wonderful to catch up, sit and chat and have grown up talk, and share in some great food.  They spoiled us with steaks, James made french fries, and they sent us away with free range fresh from the farm eggs!!

Somehow I managed not to get any pictures of our hosts at this stop – doh!  But do know that they surely made us feel at home and we are very thankful they let us stay in their yard and share time with their family. 🙂