I can accommodate up to 40 feet total length on a double wide (aka 2 car) and level concrete driveway for a few days at a time here in Newton, Iowa. The space is actually 42 feet 6 inches long, so if the rig actually measures at 40 feet, it'll fit. (Please be aware though, that my "22 foot" class A actually measures at 26 feet 4 inches.) You are welcome to open your slide outs and be comfortable. Set up your front porch and use your awning as you see fit.
Located just 30 miles east of Des Moines along I-80, Newton is near the junction of I-80 and I-35. It is at the crossroads to everywhere. Newton is also the home of the Maytag corporation. If you want to see Iowa or are simply passing through on your way to another destination, come stay a few nights here.
I am on the northwest corner of town across the street from a large city park. Water is available and limited electric. (It is a 15 amp circuit but it'll still run one AC unit) If you need to dump tanks, there is a truck stop on the southeast corner of town (about 5 miles from me) that charges $5 to dump. (update: The dump price has risen to $10 since last season) Wifi is available, but you may have to sit outside your rig to get a usable signal. (sorry about that.) There is a grocery store just one mile away. Also just one mile away is a convenience store which sells diesel. Pics coming soon.
You are welcome to use the fire pit in the yard near the driveway if you want a nice fire. Of course you are welcome to use your BBQ too. I am happy to host your pets as long as it isn't your pet gorilla or elephant but I do ask that you keep your pets on a leash since I'm inside the city limits. (But not by much.) In other words, cats, dogs and even snakes are welcome, but please keep your pet tarantula caged-Otherwise I might introduce him to the brown recluse that inhabits the corner of my garage-LMAO. There is an off leash dog park about 3 miles away also. Your dog should get to run and play too....
Oh yeah, if you tow a vehicle, there is usually plenty of street parking available and there is room for your tow dolly in the yard beside the driveway. Sorry that you'll need to unhook, but that's the limit of my space. (It fits my 22 ft class A with room for my car behind it and leaves a few feet of the driveway unused.) If you park carefully, there might be room to put the towed vehicle alongside. We'll have to see.
I have had only positive experiences with my guests so far and I don't anticipate that changing. Therefore, I have only 2 rules.
1. Act like a human being.
2. Get comfortable and enjoy your stay.
That should about do it for house rules.
2018 update. Recently, there has been some communication from the BW group/site administrators on the subject of payment for water and/or electricity used during stays at host sites. I understand the concerns and I believe that it was right to address the issue. While certain guidelines have been suggested, each host has latitude to set their own policy about this. (within reason, of course.) My policy is this:
If your stay is 3 days or less, there is no need to offer me any payment for electricity or water used. What little my guests use is more than offset by the enjoyment I get from meeting them and making new friends.
The property is on the northwest edge of town across the street from a large city park. There are hard surface highway and wide residential streets all the way. (Except for the last 100 feet which is a standard paved residential street.) Although there is plenty of clearance, several of my previous guests have found it easier to back into the space by going one block further and making a loop back to the property so that they are entering from the other direction.
TV parking is readily available on the street beside the house. For those with smaller/shorter rigs, there may be room in the driveway.
I no longer work, having taken early retirement from my nursing career, so nearly any day/night will work
Update for July 2018: RAGBRAI is stopping overnight in Newton this year! It'll be a zoo, but it'll be fun. We expect approximately 10,000 bicycle riders and their support vehicles to arrive for a night that we'll all surely remember for years to come. I've volunteered my space for the support of a RAGBRAI participant during this time. (The last week of July.)
28 July. RAGBRAI was a smashing success. Everyone had a great time.
Updated as promised...
Hello friends and soon to be friends. I saw this section of the site and I thought to myself that Iowa has many things to see and do. They just don't slap you in the face the way they would in a big city and they aren't all within 20 miles of wherever you happen to be. LOL. Yeah, I know that isn't a big deal for RVers, but I thought I'd try to do the best job I could of giving you ideas for things to do and places to explore in Iowa. So I have made a list. Below the list is an explanation (in order) of each item so you can scroll down easily to the item that has your interest without slogging through a whole bunch of other stuff. I recommend that you google any item that grabs your interest as my info may be out of date on some things. I hope you find this helpful.... (P.S. If you have a favorite place in Iowa, please contact me and I'll add it to the list.)
Yummy's Bakery. My very top pick. (South and East of me.)
Thanks with Franks. (local.)
Thunder nights-Friday. (local.)
Iowa Speedway. (local.)
Uncle Nancy's coffeehouse and eatery. (local.)
Drive-in movie. (local.)
The Living History Farms. (West of me.)
Tulip time. (South of me.)
RAGBRAI or the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. (Location changes each year.)
Grotto of the Redemption. (North and West of me.)
The town of Winterset. (West and South of me.)
Frank Lloyd Wright homes. (North of me.)
In and around Eldon, IA. (South and East of me.)
Home town of Radar from MASH. (South and East of me.)
Amish community near Drakesville. (South and East of me.)
Old Threshers Reunion. (South and East of me.)
MUM. (South and East of me.)
Amana Colonies. (East of me.)
Riverside, IA-Trekfest! (East of me.)
Hoover Presidential Library. (East of me.)
Bertrand museum. (West of me.)
Field of Dreams. (North and East of me.)
Buddy Holly crash site. (North of me.)
Iowa 80 Truck Stop. (East of me.)
The Butter Cow. (West of me.)
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. (North and West of me.)
Buffalo Bill Museum. (East of me.)
Brucemore. Queen Anne style mansion. (North and East of me.)
Effigy Mounds National Monument. (North and East of me.)
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. (East and north of me.)
Boone and Scenic Valley Railway. (Northwest of me.)
Yummy's Bakery. If you do nothing else as you visit Iowa, you really must get a treat from Yummy's bakery. If you don't, you'll be forever sorry-I promise. Some years ago, a woman bought a bakery in Fairfield, Iowa. Her idea was not to simply run a bakery, but to run it in a way that nobody else was doing. The result was a HUGE success. This woman and the people she has hired to help, make all their cakes and pastries the way your great grandmother would have. EVERYTHING is fresh. There are no box mixes, nothing artificial, no pre-processed ingredients of any kind. If the recipe calls for fruit, only fresh fruit is used. No cans of cherry pie filling are allowed in her bakery. Once you have a Yummy's cake, other cakes just won't be quite adequate any longer. Treat your taste buds. Get yourself a Yummy's cake. ((No, I don't intend this as a commercial even if it might sound like one. I just LOVE those "made the old way" cakes. If you find someone else making cakes this way, buy from them, but don't miss the experience of a cake made the old way. Yummy's is the only one I know of.)) http://www.yummysgourmetcakes.com/about/ P.S. Yes, they make individual sized cakes too so if it's just the two of you there won't be any worry about waste.
Now, here in Newton...
Thanks with Franks. The city of Newton hosts an annual event called Thanks with Franks. The purpose of the event is for business owners to recognize and thank those who shop local. The town square fills with business owners who give away hot dogs. But these aren't just any hotdogs. They are fancy and creative concoctions that you wouldn't think of. There is a contest to determine the most popular recipe and of course there is a band providing free music. Last year, my favorite was a hot dog in a bun with bacon bits, crumples of cornbread and coleslaw dressing dribbled over it.
Thunder nights-Friday. Through the summer months, Newton hosts a monthly event for motorcycle enthusiasts and wannabes. They block off the square, have free music, concessions and, of course, people show off their rides. Bikers come from all the surrounding towns to join the fun. (No, it isn't an Iowa version of Sturgis. It's just a group of people who enjoy their cycles and having clean, orderly fun.)
Iowa Speedway. On the southern edge of Newton is the Iowa Speedway. Designed and built by Rusty Wallace, the speedway hosts major racing events regularly during the warm months. You can find the race schedule at http://www.iowaspeedway.com/
Uncle Nancy's coffeehouse and eatery. Located on the north side of the square, Uncle Nancy's offers the best coffee in town. Uncle Nancy's is a favorite hangout for many of Newton's artists and authors in addition to just people who appreciate a good cup of coffee. The dining area is large, welcoming and comfortable. If you are passing through and want a break it is a great place to stop. It's also nice to just sit and read the morning paper while you have your coffee. You may even get to meet the owners and have a chat with them. They often are the ones who take your order and custom make your coffee. Uncle Nancy's will sometimes host special events so you might want to ask about anything coming up if you plan to be in the area.
Drive-in movie. The drive-in movie theater used to be a common thing. Now it is almost extinct unless you live in a climate where it never gets cold. Newton boasts one of the very few remaining drive-in theaters in this part of the country. Want to get a little taste of yesteryear? Take the family to the drive-in. And don't forget to visit the snack bar or you'll miss part of the flavor of the experience.
Elsewhere around Iowa...
The Living History Farms. On the western edge of the Des Moines metro area (about 35 miles west of me) the living history farms are another must visit attraction. They feature 3 working historical farms. Go during the planting season or during harvest for the most fun hands on historical day you'll find. Their website says this:
Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, is an interactive, 500-acre outdoor museum that tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest over 300 years into the most productive farmland in the world..... Touch, play and engage at each of our three working farm sites: 1700 Ioway Indian Farm; 1850 Pioneer Farm; and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm — and at our 1875 Town of Walnut Hill, complete with a Blacksmith, General Store, Print Shop and Flynn Mansion and Barn, which are both on the National Register of Historic Places. http://www.lhf.org/
Tulip time. Spring is tulip time in Pella (Iowa's largest Dutch community) and there is a big festival each year. There are parades, demonstrations of historical dance, music concerts and much more. The town has an authentic working dutch windmill which is really neat! (Pella is about 20 miles southeast of me.) Here is a blurb from their website:
Be our guest for the 82nd annual Tulip Time celebration! This family-friendly event May 4-6, 2017 features parades, Dutch costumes and demonstrations, performances, a craft and vendor fair, quilt and flower shows, and beautiful tulip gardens! All of these activities are set in picturesque Pella, IA, a charming Dutch community with parks and architecture reminiscent of historic Netherlands. http://www.pella.org/visit-pella/tulip-time/
RAGBRAI. Ragbrai was started many years ago (about 1973) by two newspaper reporters at the Des Moines Register. RAGBRAI or the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa has become a large and prominent event in the cycling community. The week long event begins with dipping your wheels in the Missouri river which forms the western border of the state and the route takes riders through a different journey each year. At the end of the week, riders dip their wheels in the Mississippi river which forms the eastern border of the state. Each year, literally thousands of cyclers converge on Iowa for the event. They often bring families and support crews with them. In more recent years, it has become common for vehicles to travel the route following the cyclists. At each nightly stop, the host town becomes a sort of boondocker's mecca for a day or two. If you have ever ridden a bicycle, you should watch the Ragbrai riders roll through an Iowa town just once. more info at http://ragbrai.com/
The 2018 RAGBRAI featured Newton as an overnight stop. It was great fun and it was over too soon. The riders who camped in the park across the street (It became a little tent city.) left the park cleaner than it was when they arrived. I enjoyed hosting a family of seven with a 33 foot class A rig. The parents were passing the Ragbrai experience on to their kids.
Grotto of the Redemption. I would strongly suggest seeing the Grotto of the Redemption. It's awesome. The Grotto is located at West Bend, Iowa. (162 miles northwest of me, but worth the drive.) A composite of nine separate grottos, each portrays a scene in the life of Christ. The largest man-made Grotto in the world, the Grotto contains the largest collection of precious stones and gems found anywhere in one location! Father Paul Matthias Dobberstein began the grotto and over the years had the help of two other priests. What we see today is the result of 50 years work. The grotto used stones and materials from both the local area and all over the globe. http://www.westbendgrotto.com/
The town of Winterset. (70 miles west and slightly south of me.) It is the birthplace of Marion Morrison who is known by most people as...John Wayne! Winterset is the county seat for Madison county which brings up the subject of famous bridges. The movie, The Bridges of Madison County was set in and mostly filmed in Iowa. Unfortunately, most of the covered bridges fell victim to an arsonist, but if you are a good sleuth, you can still find a few of them hanging around.
Frank Lloyd Wright homes. North of Des Moines along I-35 is Mason City. (110 miles north of Des Moines on I-35.) In that area there are many beautiful homes that were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Some offer tours.
In and around Eldon, IA. (90 miles southeast of me.) A bit more to the south is a wide spot in the road called Eldon. Eldon is the childhood home of Tom Arnold. Much of his family still resides in the area. You can see the (now defunct) Tom and Rosanne's Big Food Diner. The famous couple used to make impromptu appearances there and enjoy their friends and family. Also at Eldon is the house from the famous painting of the farmer and his wife by Grant Wood. The house is now a museum.
Home town of Radar. (70 miles southeast of me.) Slightly northwest of Eldon is the city of Ottumwa which you may remember being the home of Radar from the TV series MASH. Interestingly, Gary Burghoff has been there only once. The train stopped there as he was traveling cross country. He didn't get off the train at Ottumwa, but looked out the window and decided that Ottumwa was where he wanted his character to be from. Or so the story goes. It sounds plausible, but I can't confirm it.
Amish community near Drakesville. About 16 miles south of Ottumwa is the town of Drakesville. Drakesville is the closest town to Lake Wapello state park and it has the state's largest Amish community with lots of cool shops to browse.
Old Threshers. You can also go to Mount Pleasant (110 miles south and east of me.) and attend the Old Threshers reunion. August 31-September 4, 2017. It makes a great day with lots of fun. The Cavalcade of Power is one of the highlights for me. Each day at noon, visitors to the Old Threshers Reunion gather in the Grandstand to watch the Cavalcade of Power. Steam engines, cars and trucks, tractors and horses parade past in a living historical timeline. There is LOTS more to it than just a parade though. See and learn how the harvest was done in pays long past. Check out www.oldthreshers.org to get a feel for this event. Trust me, it's one not to miss.
MUM. While you are at Old Threshers or any time you pass through. You might want to drive over to Fairfield (about 30 miles to the west of Mount Pleasant.) and check out the shops and the University. It is the Maharishi University of Management. It was formerly known as the Maharishi International University. This town holds a much different flavor than just about any other place in the state. Rich people from all over the world send their sons and daughters here to learn Transcendental Meditation (among other subjects) The school has two large dome shaped buildings (one for men, the other for women) where the masters/teachers instruct the students in the meditation discipline. It is said that in the domes, they can actually levitate. Often the students will open up retail shops in Fairfield with an eclectic mix of items you probably won't find at other places around Iowa. It's fun to browse the shops and talk with the people. For info about the university itself, go here: https://www.mum.edu/
Amana Colonies. Remember when microwaves were new technology? The Amanas are the home of the "Radar Range." Don't miss seeing the Amana colonies (there are 7 of them grouped closely together) and learning about their German heritage. The Amana Colonies are located about 70 miles east of me and just a few miles north of I-80. If you travel in the late season, treat yourself to an authentic German Octoberfest. Earlier in the season, there is plenty to do also. There are many shops selling items made in the amanas by skilled craftsmen using the old methods and hand tools. Want to treat yourself to a meal out? The restaurants in the Amanas offer some of the best authentic German food in the USA.
Riverside, IA-Trekfest! June 23 and 24, 2017. This is for all you Star Trek fans. Do you remember that Captain James T. Kirk was from Iowa? (Among other examples, in the fourth movie, The Voyage Home, Kirk says: "No, I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space." Riverside Iowa is located about 25 miles south of Iowa City and is the officially recognized future birthplace of James T. Kirk. You can visit the Star Trek museum, see his birthplace and even have a drink at the future site of the Shipyard bar. Each year, there is a large festival in Riverside called Trekfest. They celebrate all things Star Trek. Many of the cast of the Star Trek series' and movies have appeared at Trekfest over the years. If you talk with the locals, many of them can tell you about meeting the actors and spending a few hours getting to know them. (Yeah, I'm jealous of those people-lol.) For those of you who like to gamble, Riverside also has one of several casinos in Iowa for your entertainment. www.trekfest.org
Hoover Presidential Library. Herbert Hoover was a mining engineer, the son of a blacksmith, before becoming the 31st President of the United States. Located in West Branch, Iowa about 93 miles east of me and just off I-80, the library and museum detail many facets of Hoover's life before, during and after his Presidency. They even have a collection of the papers of Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura Ingles Wilder who wrote Little House on the Prairie. How are Hoover and Wilder connected? Visit the museum and find out. Of course, if you want to cheat, you could just check this site: https://hoover.archives.gov/LIW/
Bertrand museum. Located about 25 miles northeast of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area on the western edge of Iowa, the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, is home to this wonderful little museum. In 1865, the steam wheeler Bertrand left St. Louis bound for the newly discovered gold fields of Montanna. During the trip, Bertrand struck a submerged log. She sank quickly and completely. Salvage efforts were abandoned. Until, that is, a couple of treasure hunters found her in 1968. The cargo was salvaged almost entirely intact and now is on display at the museum. What about the treasure hunters? Go here to find out: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Desoto/wildlife_and_habitat/steamboat_bertran...
Field of Dreams. No discussion of Iowa attractions would be complete without mentioning the Field of Dreams. 160 miles northeast of me, near the town of Dyersville is the Field of Dreams movie site. Yes, the field still exists. It has been made into a tourist attraction and remains pretty close to how it appeared in the movie. "Is this Heaven?" "No, It's Iowa." If you visit at the right time, you can watch a ballgame played on the field in period attire and with period equipment. Do you believe in the supernatural? Are there ghosts in the corn field waiting to come out and play an unscheduled ballgame? Take your dreams and your metaphysical curiosity with you when you visit the field.
Buddy Holly crash site. Many of us grew up hearing the song “American Pie” by Don McLean. The song refers to the crash as “The Day the Music Died.” In a farmer’s field near Clear Lake, Iowa, (135 miles north of me.) is the site of a memorial marking the place where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson died on February 3, 1959. Their plane crashed in the field just after takeoff. The story begins when they played a concert at the nearby Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. As rising stars in the new genre of rock ‘n roll, they drew a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Surf. Buddy Holly in particular was on the fast track to fame, thanks to a string of hits that included “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day.” That evening, Holly decided to book a small private plane to take him to the group’s next gig in North Dakota rather than travel by the drafty and cold tour bus. The Surf Ballroom has a museum dedicated to the three musician and still hosts live performances.
Iowa 80 Truck Stop. Many of you have no doubt heard of the Iowa-80 Truck Stop. It is the largest truck stop in the world. Along with the things like scales that you would expect at most truck stops, the amenities they offer include a barber shop, chiropractor, dentist, library, movie theater, a workout room, a full service 24 hour truck service center and there is even a laundromat on the third floor. The laundromat has 13 washers and 16 commercial heavy duty dryers. That is only a partial list. With over 900 truck parking spots, you shouldn't have any trouble parking your rig as you stop to explore this trucker's mecca. The Iowa-80 truck stop is on I-80 near the town of Walcott, Iowa (125 miles east of me.) and not far from the Mississippi river. They have been open every day all day since their opening in 1964. Check out their website for some awesome pics and more info. https://iowa80truckstop.com/about-iowa-80/
The Butter Cow. I told myself that I wouldn't talk about the Iowa State Parks or the State Fair, but this one item really deserves mentioning. I think it is unique to Iowa, but I could be wrong about that. For many years now, an Iowa woman has created a sculpture just for the State Fair. As the years went by, she carved more and different sculptures, but her signature sculpture is a life sized cow. What makes this special? Why doesn't she have several dozen sculptures littering her yard? It is because her sculptures are all done in butter. She is a quite accomplished sculptor and her sculptures have lots of fine detail. They are displayed in glass front refrigerated compartments. If you are in central Iowa during fair time, think about going to one of the many concerts at the fair and go early so that you can see the butter cow. The state fairgrounds are located on the eastern edge of Des Moines, about 35 miles from me.
County fairs. Any time from late August till the beginning of October you can find a county fair in one of Iowa's 99 counties. County fairs are the top of the game when it comes to a harvest festival and celebration of another good growing season. There are prizes for the best and the largest vegetables (Have you ever seen a 400 pound pumpkin?) Home made pies and preserves are judged and some are offered for sale. There are livestock auctions and competitions for the best of each species. You can see the latest in agricultural technologies on display and you can see a real live tractor pull. I'm not talking about those commercial type pulls that are on TV. You won't likely see an alcohol fueled super tractor there. You'll see the local farmers bringing the tractors they actually use for farming and having a friendly competition. It's wonderful fun all around.
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. 230 miles from me, in the northwest corner of the state, lies Sioux City. The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Sioux City, Ia, is a 20,000-square-foot cultural complex commemorating the Corps of Discovery’s expedition into the Sioux City area in 1804. The museum focuses on the death and burial of Sergeant Charles Floyd. Sergeant Floyd was the only member of the expedition to die from disease or illness during the two year trek though the wilderness from 1804 to 1806. When I think of early 1800's medical knowledge and techniques, and then imagine placing them into practice during a large (over 30 men) and very long (2 years) wilderness expedition, I am simply amazed! This was a time before vaccinations, before antibiotics and before "germ theory" were a part of medical practice. Such a monumental feat of preventive medicine has rarely been seen.
Buffalo Bill Museum. (146 miles from me.) The Buffalo Bill Museum, located in LeClaire, Iowa, on the eastern border of the state, features exhibits related to life along the Mississippi and the history of the local area. History exhibits tell the stories of famous people from LeClaire, including the museum’s namesake - Buffalo Bill Cody.
Brucemore. The Brucemore is an estate and mansion in Cedar Rapids, Ia. (97 miles east and north of me.) The mansion was built in the Queen Anne-style and is surrounded by gardens, including formal English gardens, a children’s garden, and a night garden. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places. The visitors’ center is located in the home’s restored carriage house and displays exhibits related to the home’s history as well as artifacts from its residents. The Brucemore estate hosts several events throughout the year, including concerts, plays, festivals, and holiday celebrations.
Effigy Mounds National Monument. Effigy Mounds National Monument in Harper's Ferry is a park which preserves more than 200 effigy mounds built by Native Americans in prehistoric times. Harper's Ferry is 192 miles from me in the north east corner of the state. Many of the mounds were made in the shape of animals such as birds and bears. This specific type of mound building is common only in this part of the United States. The largest mound is called Great Bear Mound and measures 42 meters long and more than a meter high. There are no paved public roads in the park, but there are 14 miles of hiking trails for visitors to hike and experience the mounds.
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. The Fenelon Place Elevator Company is a narrow gauge scenic railway in Dubuque, Ia. Dubuque is 172 miles from me. It lies on the Mississippi river to the north of I-80. The railway is only 296 feet long but ascends an incredibly steep, 189-foot incline. The railway was originally built by politician J.K. Graves to help him make his daily commute. He had been frustrated by the long buggy ride from his home on top of the bluffs to downtown so he built the railway, which he modeled after the incline railways and cable cars he had seen in Europe. From Fenelon Place at the top of the climb, visitors can take in an amazing view of the Mississippi River as well as the historic Dubuque business district. Supposedly, you can see three states from the top.
Boone and scenic valley railway. Ride a train into yesteryear! The railway offers rides in an open rail car, coach car (with or without A/C) or a dining car through one of the most scenic areas of Iowa-the Des Moines river valley. The Des Moines river valley lies 72 miles northwest of me. Want a little more? They also offer a picnic trip and a dinner trip. Go and experience what it is like to ride the rails as an average traveler or go in style as you are pulled by a steam locomotive or a historic early diesel locomotive from the days when trains were given names. At holidays and other special occasions, the railway runs special trains like the Santa express. They even have Thomas the Tank engine for the kids or grandkids. Check out their website. http://www.bsvrr.com/
Nice welcome and set up in a quiet neighborhood with a park across the street. We came in with some rainstorms and didn't get to enjoy our host's firepit but we got tucked in for the evening and slept well.
We were able to stay for three nights and still did not get to see all we wanted too. It is a great location centered around several different places to visit. Our host was very informative and just easy to talk with. He had answers to all my questions. The spot is easy to access in a quiet neighborhood with a nice park just across the street for the morning walks. Until next time WWAA take care and if you come to SE Texas look us up.
Clyde is a wonderful host- kind, thoughtful, and extremely generous. He was prepared for our visit with a welcome sign and wood ready to burn in the fire ring. He even had a pile of Good Will books for our kids to look through for the rest of our journey. We really enjoyed our time with him. There is a park right across from his house that our kids really enjoyed. We even got to take a tour of his Class A, Waltzing Matilda. You will not regret stopping at Clyde's place.
Great Host + Great Site + Great Location = Super Great Boondocking. We had so much fun getting to know Clyde when we arrived we were sorry we had to get on the road so early in the morning. Excellent experience, but it hardly felt like boondocking with the electricity, water and coffee he provided. Definitely one to add to our Favorites list!
WeekendwarriorAwithaclassA was a great host. Very friendly had the opportunity to sit and talk. Shared lots of information about the area and other travels.
This was a great experience! The neighborhood is beautiful with a big park right across the street with a play structure and acres of grass, our host was friendly and we enjoyed great conversation with him and he had electric and water all set up to easily access, we will be back if we come through Newton again!
We had a great time staying with Clyde. He is a great conversationalist and an even greater writer. He takes great care of his guests and you will lack for nothing. We stayed for 2 nights and it was a perfect stop on our way west.
Thanks, Clyde, and keep writing that book so we can finally read it !
Mary & Al
I stayed 1 night passing through Iowa. WeekendWarriorAwithClassA was a warm and welcoming host. We had some great conversation! He provided a lot of local information and resources. Unfortunately, I was on a travel deadline and didn't have time to check any of them out! I would like to go back and explore more of Iowa when I have more time. Location was a quiet neighborhood in a cute little town. I was traveling alone and felt safe all night. Recommend a visit if you are in the area!
We spent a wonderful night with a very gracious host who provided lots of local information, good conversation and sea tales.
The water and electric were also greatly appreciated! We look forward to passing that way again!
We had a wonderful experience with WeekendWarrior! He was so gracious and hospitable. He gives you all the information you need for the area. Perfect spot for the night. There is even a nice park across the street. Thank you for being so great! We will definitely go back.
Super nice, very accommodating and interesting host. We all had a great time talking to him, especially our 10-yr-old! Great location across from a beautiful public park. Would stay with WeekendWarriorAwithClassA again.
Great person to spend an evening with. Go here first when in Iowa. Weekend Warrior knows everything about Iowa and has a printed copy for you. He was the friendly person and answered every question about Iowa. His home is conveniently located off of Route 80. Would definitely stay there again.
"WeekendWarriorAwithClassA" went beyond the boondocking host "call" as he provided electricity, water, refreshments and great conversation!
We enjoyed our Newton time and so appreciate our new friend who responded with great flexibility!
Joan and Dave
This host is great. One of those humans that goes out of their way to lend a hand, or a place to park to other humans. ;)He is kind, and thoughtful. There was a sign in the front yard that said Boondockers Welcome. He offered information about places in the area, and while we didn't get to spend much time together, I would definitely recommend him and his little driveway across from the park as a sweet spot to land along your travels.
We arrived to a welcome sign and very personal services this stay was short but very long in hospitality !!