National Hobo Convention

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In the early 2000s, a friend and I were considering train-hopping as a method to see the country. So we attended the Hobo Convention in order to gain intel.

It turned out to be an inefficient method; most of the hobos were not found near any of the festival’s activity of merchants and bar-hopping, etc., but they were on the outskirts in a park with their own encampments.

We visited a little bit but in an effort to avoid intruding on others’ space, we were reticent.

We never did end up train-hopping, because as it turned out, things have changed a whole lot in the past few decades and train-hopping, while never safe, is a whole lot less so now.