This is a 40 ft geodesic dome on 5 acres. Fenced area to the side of the dome for the dogs. Plenty of open area. Quiet location except during hunting season when the neighbors are either practice shooting or sighting their guns. Neighbor across the road raises alpacas. We are learning, slowly, the best way to garden here. A good place to sit back and relax. Or not far from attractions
Basic considerations. We do not have children so that is not an issue but may be a downer for those with kids. Be kind and gentle to the dogs. Anything that we can do or help with, just ask. We can provide laundry if needed.
We tend to get a large number of spam/scam phone calls so all calls that we do not recognize go to voicemail. Just start talking so that we know it is a legitimate call and if we are home, we will answer. If we do not answer, leave a message and we will try to return soonest.
Paved road to the location, gravel drive into. 2 slight rises on the drive. Parking is not exactly flat, some sideways slant but is on gravel - drive thru would be onto grass. Drive is also a bit narrow for the wider rigs - they will fit. Can be rather slippery when snow and ice are present.
there is plenty of parking at the dome.
We may do short sudden trips but usually have a few days planning before. Never hurts to check. The one month notice is not locked in so if you are really planning ahead, feel free to contact us.
Anything in St. Louis is not that far. Alton has a few local attractions - Robert Wadlow, Miles Davis or the Piasa Bird
We are so grateful for such a wonderful first boondocking experience! We had some trouble getting in, but D. was an amazing help not only with getting us parked correctly - but also with navigating some other mechanical issues we faced. As new RV'ers, it was extremely helpful to have someone so willing to help.
We have 4 dog-loving daughters who fell in love with the resident basset hounds - and we loved that the girls were so welcomed to play with the pups.
The location was about 40 mins from St. Louis (which was why we chose this location to boondock) but D. & B. were so amazing telling us about other really cool things that we should see - like the sign indicating we're 1/4 around the world from Greenwich, the statue of the tallest man, AND we stumbled across an adorable sweets shop. We had just as much fun exploring Illinois as we did in St. Louis (which was also amazing - we did the Anheuser Busch tour and visited the Gateway Arch).
There is a lot more we'd like to see in the area - too much to squeeze into 2 nights - and we would love to stay at the Dome again the next time we pass through!
Positive experience with friendly hosts that included a tour of a unique cement dome house. We found a lot of common ground to discuss, from aviation and HAM radio, to farm skills. Getting in and out with a 13’ tall rig was tough, but we made it and really enjoyed the restful stay. We hope to host them in return next time they are in Texas. Such nice people, they wouldn’t even let me pay for 50amp.
Our hosts were exceptionally generous and hospitable, and we loved getting a comprehensive tour of their fascinating house. We hope we can visit again and spend some more time getting to know them.
Interesting Tour of local sites
I enjoyed the whole experience
Thank you for being a great Host
Made sure we felt at home and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable… And we so appreciate that. We loved meeting you and your two dogs. You have a unique home and wonderful fur babies!
Our hosts were lovely and gracious! Very unique dome house. It was nice to be in a safe yard with my kids while my hubby traveled to Vancouver for work. Loved it! Thank you :)
Dennis and Becky were awesome hosts. Met me and guided me in. Hooked me up to elec & h20 & wifi and filled me in on things to see. I relaxed and got lots done in my camper. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Wonderful host. Friendly and helpful people. Close to so many things to see. I made memories that I will cherish. They have great knowledge to share of the area. When you are in the area you should go by and see the tallest man that ever lived. Wonderful place to stay and visit. I really enjoyed their friendship and time spent together. Hope to see them again.
We had a wonderful time with the Dome! Cute Bassetts! Becky, The dinner was delicious! I loved the domed house, thanks for the grand tour and the great conversations! Thank you for letting us hang out with you!
Awesome location and hosts! My hosts were very welcoming and helpful with local hot spots and best ways to get around. We shared stories and went out to one of the local watering holes. Plenty of land and a fenced in back yard where our dogs could play together. Wonderful time and I hope our paths cross again.
When we arrived there was 5 inches of ice & snow on the driveway which is long & narrow. That made it interesting getting in and out. Becky met with us when we got in and assisted us in getting turned around so we could leave the next morning. She was a great help. The Dome is in very nice setting and we would love to return in the summer months.
We were delighted to meet Dennis and Becky and they welcomed us into their property with open arms. They helped us troubleshoot some power issues, invited us in for dinner and we shared stories and experiences with one another. We had a lot in common and look forward to crossing paths at the Dome again soon!