There is one event every year that I go to that is for me. I know that might sound selfish, but it’s true. It is hands-down my favorite event for a number of reasons. I enjoy it so much I think you would to. Read on for why you should add an American Adventurist Rendezvous to your 2020 calendar…
Getting there is half the fun
What I love about the American Adventurist Appalachian Rendezvous is its emphasis on the community. There are no vendors crowding up the place with retail booths. There’s no show-and-shine parking for the egotistical to show up their rides. It’s just one community of people coming together to recreate together for a weekend.
The other thing I love about the rendezvous is that they are about doing stuff, not just ‘camping in a field.’ There was a group that went out mountain biking, a group that went out boating, a group that went out trail riding, a group that went to an off-road 101 class with Overland Experts, and a group that stayed back and did absolutely nothing (that was me by the way). At a rendezvous you’re free to do as little or as much as you’d like and there’s no pressure to do any more of any less.
The final thing I love about the rendezvous is that it benefits the community. Money collected by donation this year benefits local volunteer emergency medical services. In years past money collected went to support the local community center. At other rendezvous American Adventurist has done trash cleanups in the desert as well as supported local Boy Scouts.
Those are the reasons I enjoy the American Adventurist events more than any other event I go to. It’s also why I think you should attend one if given the chance. Currently there are three. There are the Desert Rendezvous and Mountain Rendezvous in California, and the Appalachian Rendezvous in North Carolina. At some people I hope they add another event (or two) to the schedule, but for now the emphasis is on quality not quantity.
For more information about the events visit the American Adventurist website. Even if you can’t manage to attend a rendezvous, it’s still a great online community to be a part of!