Grapevine Online Exclusive

Published July 2011.

Web Exclusive: Camping Out with the Fellowship

A notice in Grapevine helps this AA to connect with other members while on the road

"I laid out my sleeping bag near the fire and looked up at the remarkably vivid stars."

I took a road trip on my motorcycle to Washington State for a week during Memorial Day in 2010. I had been planning this trip for a while and when I found a notice in the back of the Grapevine for an AA camp-out in Northern California in a town called Weaverville, it all started to come together. I am still very fanciful and have an active imaginary life, which is full of new adventures centered on having AA-related experiences. So far, I have had many in my eight years of sobriety. I attended the big conventions in Toronto and San Antonio and meetings in Hawaii, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and South Dakota. People in AA told me that I would have a life beyond my wildest dreams and though they are not too wild anymore, it's been a promise that's come true for me!

This time, I contacted an AA member via email the email address in the Grapevine and she emailed me back in minutes and welcomed me to stop by for the meeting on Saturday night and promised to feed me and give me a place to camp. I was full of excitement for my journey to begin: Me, my Harley and God on the open road!

-- Glen B.

Los Angeles, California

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