The 2019 Women’s Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (WRTR) was held in Bouse, Arizona, January 4 through 8. It was projected that between 800 and 1,000 women would attend . . . and that became the reality. Each day, women pulled into the WRTR entrance glowing with achievement that they had overcome hurdles, obstacles, setbacks, fears and anxiety to travel, for some, thousands of miles alone for the first time in their lives. They were greeted at the entrance by other women who had volunteered to help set up the event, greet participants, manage the sound system, and provide information and assistance where it was needed. These volunteers arrived at the WRTR site three days early to receive training and do all the tasks involved in setting up the event. Thousands of people learned about the origin and mission of this newly formed nonprofit organization during the WRTR and RTR. Homes On Wheels Alliance Trustees and other dedicated volunteers manned the booth eight hours a day for two weeks to spread the word and take donations.
Here is Bob’s latest Video Log (vlog) of our Minivan Build to give someone in need.
Whether you are someone who is asking for help, or someone providing help: Thank you!
Together we are changing lives, preventing homelessness, and building community.
OK … I’m going to try this post again. After adding a video, it produced an error and our webmaster had to delete everything. So, now I’ll see if I can re-create the post. But, this time, I just included a link to the video at the end.
We had some wet, then cold weather. Here is a picture out my side widow toward the build area.
After it dried out, the weather turned really cold. Some evenings we’d gather at the camp fire to visit and warm up before calling it a night. (KC, Bob, Joni, Tim)
Taking a break from putting wood scraps into the fire, KC did her imitation of a fu manchu mustache.
Then some of us got a bit silly and started dancing around the fire. That’s one way to keep warm! (Bob, Suanne, Joni, KC, Lois)
For days six and seven of the build, we are putting the finishing touches on the wood construction, going into town to get shipments of wishlist items, and preparing to install the solar power systems and related electronics. But, mostly, we are enjoying each others’ company, running errands, and taking care of personal business during this short down time.
Tony (inside) and Karen are putting the finishing touches on the wood construction … dog Cody is supervising.
Today we opened the first set of packages from the Amazon Wishlist. Thank you everyone who is giving to the minivan build so generously.
When not working on the minivan, we’ve enjoyed meals and campfires together (Mario, Missy, Phyllis).
HOWA’s two best Executive Assistants, Phyllis and KC, with Kona getting a belly rub.
Suanne giving the dogs a little treat. Cody and Kona say “mmmmm good!”
Marshmallows for desert. John says “mmmmm good!”
Today was abuzz with building activity, while Bob shot his live feed .
Our camp work area and gathering spot.
Cliff sawing and James documenting on camera.
Joni, James, John and Cliff discussing the layout.
John figuring out how everything will fit together.
John and Cliff placing the top shelf.
Watch Bob’s live stream video to see how much further they got today! Click here.
For those of you who contributed by purchasing an item for the minivan on the Amazon Wishlist. Thank you! You Rock! All items have been purchased and are being shipped to our location.