Ahh, another Xscapers convergence down in the books, this one in Redmond, OR. For newer readers, Xscapers is a lifestyle group of Escapees RV Club, a long-running club whose mission is to serve all RVers.
The Xscapers branch was originally targeted towards working-aged full-timers. To be more inclusive, today it’s billed as being a more active group than Escapees without the “working aged” or “full-timer” labels applied, but many of the members are pre-retirement and full-timing. And as such, most events are outings are scheduled later in the afternoon and in the evening, so that those who need to work during the day can without having to miss all the fun.
And there is lots of fun to be had. The early Xscapers convergences in late 2015 and 2016 weren’t very structured, but things have come a long way since then. These days you can expect to have some kind of structured event or activity happening every day of a convergence, and often more than one per day. For the Central Oregon convergence last week we had trips to two nearby state parks, a couple nights out on the town at a local brewery, a visit to an off-roading park, a float down a nearby river, trivia night, two different potluck meals, music and dancing, and more.
At the biggest Xscapers event of the year, the Annual Bash held in southern Arizona in January, there are also educational seminars on the schedule. Attending the Annual Bash is a great way for a new or prospective RVer to learn a lot about the lifestyle, and for more experienced RVers to pick up new tips and tricks and share what they’ve learned with others.
Then besides the scheduled events, members often come up with their own spontaneous events. A daily morning dog walk has occurred at several convergences and often someone hosts a game night in their rig at some point during a convergence. Extra sightseeing or hiking trips, and food outings are also common.
In short, there’s pretty much always something to do. But the best part of attending an Xscapers convergence is the friends you’ll make.
In sticks and bricks living, we tend to hang out with people who are very much like us. Coworkers, people with similar hobbies, people near our age. In the RV world it’s different. We’re all pretty unique individuals, it takes a special kind of person or couple to “quit” real life and sell everything and live and work from the road. An Xscapers convergence draws in people of all ages from all walks of life in all different kinds of rigs, and gives us those aforementioned activities and events to bring us together. I’ve made friends with people I wouldn’t have given a second thought to in my old life, and that’s a beautiful thing.
“Finding your tribe” is a popular phrase and sentiment right now, not just in the RVing world but all over. Xscapers taught me that your tribe doesn’t have to be a group of people just like you, that it’s actually more interesting, fun, and informative to belong to a tribe composed of people with significant differences. It encourages learning and growth, teaches compassion and acceptance, and generally helps to shape you into a wiser, more well-rounded human being.
In conclusion, I give Xscapers two thumbs up. And if you join, you should definitely attend a convergence.