When we met and got to know her and husband Tom almost three years ago, we knew we had one of those special relationships that only comes along once in a while out here in RV land. Or anywhere for that matter.
Pam and I were in Santa Fe for a Habitat for Humanity Build with the Care-A-Vanners and met Tom and Cathy.
Tom and Cathy's Motorhome "Mona" in the middle of our Santa Fe Care-A-Vanner group
They had sold their home in Cedarburg, WI and been on the road about a year when we met. We worked along side of each other for a couple of weeks and vowed to join up again down the road.
We did meet up them again. In fact -- quite a few times. I've linked some previous posts remembering our times together...
- May 2011: Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity Build
- February 2012: Fort Myers - Thomas Edison Home
- April 2012: Cocoa Beach - FamCamp on Patrick AFB, FL
- June 2012: Trip from Boston to Maine Trip - Boston and Cape Cod
- June 2012: Kennebunkport Maine
- July 2012: Bar Harbor and Acadia NP Maine
- October 2012: Fort Knox KY and Henryville Indiana
- January 2013: Tampa Bay RV Show
- February 2013: Fort Myers Beach
- July 2013: Wisconsin, near Baraboo and Devils Lake SP
Then some photos (don't you always wish you'd taken more??)
Habitat For Humanity Santa Fe May 2011with the Care-A-Vanner Team
Fort Myers at their campground in February 2012
When we all (also with Bonar and Christa) stayed at the Patrick AFB/Cocoa Beach FL campground April 2012
And on bike ride around the base at Patrick AFB
While on our three week caravan (of two RVs) trip from Boston - Maine eating lobster June 2012
Good times around the campfire at the campground in Bar Harbor July 2012
Picnic on the beach at Acadia NP near Bar Harbor July 2012
On a hike last July around Devils Lake State Park near Baraboo WI July 2013
Cathy was a person who was outgoing and friendly. She was easy to meet and get acquainted with.
Cathy was a leader.
There are formal and informal leaders. Our experience was with her gentle yet compelling suggestions and ideas. We were hemming and hawing about if we want to have a pot-luck with the Care-A-Vanner team...and she jumped in and said, "Tomorrow night, our place 5:30 for happy hour every one bring a dish!" Done-- no big deal.
She just got things done.
And she was very considerate of others. She had an opinion about things and articulated her thinking very well, even if it differed from others. But she was interested in discussion and learning and it was not so important to win an point of debate if it meant hurting some one's feelings.
And she was good at explaining things. Her understanding of healthcare or politics or history or where they have been in their travels.
Cathy and Tom always brought interesting times with them.
Whether it was seeing the 4th of July parade in Bar Harbor Maine or Cedarburg Wisconsin, they enjoyed it to the hilt. Cathy was one of those people that knew how to relax and enjoy down time --- and in other times she'd be the first to get in their and make a difference building a house. And had fun doing it. She was one of those people you never got tired of seeing or being with.
Cathy was involved.
She was involved with her family, with helping others where ever she was. We saw it when we visited them in Wisconsin this past summer. And she wasn't one to sit around and let others wait on her. There were a lot of people at the cabin coming and going and she cooked and washed up things and just got it done. So other people could enjoy there time there. Tom's sister Cindy is the same way.
Cathy was adventurous and had courage.
Like riding on the back of Tom's Harley-Davidson. They'd go for rides all over the country, exploring and checking things out.
She was a fast bike rider and a fast hiker.
If you walked or rode with Cathy, you had to up your game a bit. She always had lots of energy that was contagious.
We loved being around Cathy. We will miss her terribly.
That's all for the Roadrunner Chronicles this time. Thanks for stopping by.