To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life. - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
This was one of our favorite days, but in an entirely different way than you would expect. Most of our trip, we saw very few people, and when we did, the interactions were limited. But this day was windy and chilly, so we decided to spend the evening in the campground kitchen. Each campground had a communal cooking area with a stove and sink and tables. As we heated up our dinner, we began talking to a Dutch couple. Soon after, some Germans joined our conversation. We started with the surface topics: where are you from, what do you do, where are you headed. But by the end of the night, we had discussed our favorite travel destinations, our wedding days, and the struggle of living far away from family. We exchanged email addresses, and we know that this was just the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Sometimes it's not the places we visit that change us, but the people we encounter along the way.