The first time we ever met up with friends on the road was in our second month, while we were parked outside of Joshua Tree National Park (south). We were coming back from a hike in Box Canyon, when they messaged us on Instagram and said that they were coming to Joshua Tree and asked to meet up. We were stoked at the prospect of “road-friends!”! We had not yet made any friends on the road, and we couldn’t wait for the opportunity to do so.
They parked a bit down the road from us, and we met up for a campfire the next night.
Prior to their arrival, Brendan and I had been wishing for some Chick-Fil-A, since we had not had any since leaving NJ. Since we couldn’t find any nearby (the closest was 3 hours), we decided to make our own. I had done this once before, but I was determined for it to turn out better than the previous times. I checked with Lindsey to make sure they like Chick-Fil-A (they do!), but I am not sure the friendship would have worked out if they didn’t like CFA (haha). I made homemade chicken nuggets, waffle fries, sweet tea, and lemonade, all remarkably close to Chick-Fil-A’s versions. They came over and brought Coronas, and we sat around the fire talking and laughing late into the evening. (Side note: If any of you fellow travelers ever want to meet up, I will gladly make you some of my homemade, copy-cat chick-fil-A. ?)
We had a blast making new friends with @livinglifeinbetween this week. It's awesome to meet others who are on the same path as you, and even better when you find that you share a number of things in common. We got together for a fun afternoon hike in Joshua Tree, where Gerrit and I jumped to the top of Mastodon Peak to enjoy the view. ?? ~B
The next day, we met up again, this time for our first-ever climbing experience. Lindsey and Gerritt have been climbing for awhile now, and they are extremely knowledgeable and skilled in all things climbing. We had always wanted to try climbing but had never had the opportunity previously. They were so generous and let us use their gear and even try their climbing shoes. They took us to a neat little spot among various boulders along a 4×4 trail, and Gerritt lead climbed up the top to set up the ropes for Brendan and Lindsey. Bren did really well for his first time! I was a baby and was too scared to try it, but we eventually want to get our own gear and practice, so there will be more opportunities. I enjoyed hanging out and watching while they climbed two 50-foot routes.