The Best Part Of Our Trip – The Friends We Meet & Make Along The Way! Day 121

There is nothing better than making and meeting new friends, or reconnecting with old ones!

This amazing journey has taken us to some beautiful places in our first 121 days on the road. Soaring views from mountain tops, surreal ocean views, and more man-made & natural wonders that we ever knew could exist.

But nothing, and I mean nothing compares to the joy of making new friends, reconnecting with old ones, and having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from every corner of this incredible country.

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The spaces and places we have been able to see have been sensational. But it is the new and old friends we have been able to meet or reconnect with along the way that makes this trip spectacular.

In fact, it is by our favorite part of our 50 state trip. Whether they be family, long-time followers of our blogs, old friends, or new ones we meet as we travel, we cherish the time we get to connect with people out on the road.

And just this past week in Texas, we were blessed with the opportunity to meet not one, but two incredible couples.

Trish & Kevin

It’s always special for us when someone’s story connects with our own. And when it comes to Trish and Kevin, the connection hits really close to home.

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What a pleasure it was to meet Trish and Kevin and see the progress on their retirement property. It brought back a lot of memories for us for sure.

About a year ago, Trish happened upon our Old World Garden Farms website while searching the internet for ideas to create their own retirement space on a 5 acre plot of overgrown land in Texas

When she learned on the blog of our upcoming journey across the U.S., she offered up some advice on seeing a few things in Texas.

But she also invited us to see the progress on their 5 acre plot when we rolled through. And that was an invitation we just couldn’t refuse!

owg farm
Taking a tour of Trish and Kevin’s land reminded us of how long it took to clear and build our little farm back in Ohio. After spending 2010 clearing it all out, this is how it looked in the spring of 2011.

It reminded us so much of where we were just 10 short years ago. Clearing the land by hand. Laying out future paths, buildings, and marking off our house with stakes and tape.

And of course, working every single free moment we had on our dream.

And are they ever working hard on theirs! Talk about two people who are putting in a lot of sweat equity and long hours.

It is amazing to see how much progress they have made already. They took us on a tour of future garden paths, the home site, and where they will build a workshop & barn as well.

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8 years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, our dream of living at the farm finally came true!

I think we could have talked for days and days about it all. It was just such a wonderful day spent with an incredible couple, and some wonderful new friends. We can’t wait someday to come back and see the progress!

Reconnecting With A Former Friend & Visitor To Old World Garden Farms

As if that wasn’t enough to make our trip through Texas special, we also were able to meet up with a former visitor to one of our free garden classes we hold at the farm each spring.

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What a pleasure it was to see Jayme again, and to meet her husband Pat. Two wonderful people for sure!

Jayme, who hails from Kentucky, came up to attend last years class.

We had such a wonderful time getting to know her then, and when she left, she told us that both her and her husband always head down to Texas for a few months in the winter.

And after seeing our travel schedule, she realized we would both in Texas at the same time. She graciously extended an invitation for us to come enjoy some “porch time” with her and her husband when we passed by – and so it was that we were able to enjoy another wonderful afternoon of great conversation with both.

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The garden classes we hold each spring at the farm always seem to lead to new and lasting friendships.

A little hot cider, a few treats to enjoy, and best of all, wonderful conversation. I think we could have talked to Pat and Jayme forever.

One thing is for sure, there are amazingly good people all over this country – and we certainly found 4 of them in our travels through Texas!

Here is to traveling, meeting new friends, and reconnecting with old ones! Happy Traveling – Jim & Mary.


  • Day 121 of 365
  • States : 15/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 18
  • Stayed In : Midlothian, TX
  • Miles Driven : 305.1
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 13762.6
  • Total Gallons Used : 997.28
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 152.8
  • Hiking Miles : 1.1
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 279.7

About Our Living Simple Tour

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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4 thoughts on “The Best Part Of Our Trip – The Friends We Meet & Make Along The Way! Day 121

    1. livesimplenow Post author

      Hi Dee Not all of our daily updates make it to Facebook. That is one reason we send out the newsletter. So glad you found it here!

  1. Trish & Kevin Rigdon

    We enjoyed the visit so much and look forward to visiting your farm in the future. Stay tuned for photo updates after we mulch all the brush in the walking paths in May.

    1. livesimplenow Post author

      Thank you both for inviting us over to see your property. We admire your hard work and dedication! And yes, please keep us updated with pictures!


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