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My Heart is a Big Red Dot

February 24th, 2014

We have met a lot of colorful people and characters since we’ve been on the road. Often, I remember them much more vividly than the places. During a conversation about quilting tonight, I was brought back to one of our early adventures in the camper. It was the one where we tried our hand at “stealth boondocking” for the first time. I think it was this day.

Being in central FL, we decided to head to the beach and stay the night in a nearby neighborhood. We drove around for a couple of hours and never found a place we felt comfortable staying overnight. Finally, and way late a night, we just pulled into a Lowes parking lot. I heard every car that drove by that night. We expected to be rousted at any minute. Thankfully, it never happened.

All that is still in my mind somewhere, but what really stuck out the most was our first real interaction with another traveler. While having the hardest time trying to maneuver the camper in the extremely full, tiny beach parking lot, we saw a woman with a trailer so small it was hard to believe she could lay down in it. On it’s side, in plastic roadside marquee letters, it read “My Heart is a Big Red Dot”.

The woman, who was a bit forward for this conservative southern girl, beckoned us and told us of her travels. She said that, as she goes from place to place, she helps people deal with the grief of a passed loved one by helping them make a quilt from said loved one’s clothing. I must admit, I found it odd.

Her camper was dubbed “The Mantra Trailer”. She asked us what our mantras were. She told us that she had a recording studio inside of the trailer where she records people speaking their mantras. She invited us in. We declined. Apparently we weren’t the only ones. Later I found her blog and, it seems that she hadn’t had much luck with getting Floridians to open up and come inside.

I think back to that day and who I was. The road has really changed my perception of things and people.


This image is from her blog. You can see the cab over of our camper behind her trailer. Her trailer had a recent someone’s mantra on it.

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3 Responses to “My Heart is a Big Red Dot”

  1. It still perplexes me that it’s so easy to meet fascinating people out here, and it was so hard at “home.” The people I meet are my favorite part. No, wait. Being alone is my favorite part. No, wait … it’s the people. Or …
    The Good Luck Duck recently posted..I inherited a campsite from The Bayfield Bunch – Sedona, AZ boondocking

  2. Priscilla Cannon says:

    Please tell my nephew Johnny hello and we love him…

  3. Cyndi says:

    The road has given me so much, beginning with the amazing and wonderful people I am so fortunate to call friends! No more same ol’ same ol’ for me! Who else, but a full-timer, can say that living with the budget constraints some of us live with?

    Much love to the hitek-homeless family! Counting on seeing you up North, this summer!!! No matter what Johnny says!!!

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