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Issue 16.3 ('XDC 2018')
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A Roundabout Way to Denver

Marc's XDC travelogue

Issue: 16.3 (May/June 2018)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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I did a crazy thing. Despite the Xojo Developer’s Conference (XDC) finally being near enough to me for an easy direct flight, I decided to drive from Oregon to Colorado (1272 miles each way). Even crazier, I was going to camp along the way!

What brought on this insanity? For a while I’ve been seriously exploring recreational vehicles. I’ve always found them fascinating, but the more I learned, the more frustrated I became. Most RVs are geared toward large families, with accommodations for multiple people. While there are many styles and hundreds of options, they are almost all big, complicated, and expensive. Having never done much camping, I wasn’t sure it was even something I would like. I figured any friction—like the hassle of hooking up a trailer—would mean I wouldn’t use it much.

After doing considerable thinking about exactly how I’d use an RV and what I needed, I came upon the perfect solution for me— I bought a 15-year-old minivan, removed the back seats, and converted it into a tiny camper! (See Figures 1-7.)

I did a few test campouts in Oregon (see Figures 8-10) before I made my decision to drive to XDC. It still made me nervous. Would I have mechanical trouble? What about the weather? And would I arrive exhausted and too worn out for the conference?

Off to Denver

Thankfully those things weren’t issues. The weather was great (see Figures 11-12) and as I took four days for the trip, I was able to drive six hours a day, which was leisurely enough for me to stop and smell the roses along the way (see Figures 13-14).

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