Here's the quick and dirty: Started out in Huntington Beach,CA--love the water! Did most of my growing up in Montana--love the mountains! The Marine Corps happened...Ooh-Rah! College happened...Go Montana State Bobcats! Life happened. And now I'm newly retired and back home in Montana
My uncle taught me the joys of camping and having fun adventures; my first awesome experience was a 3 week camp-out in the hills south of Salmon, Idaho, when I was 7 yrs old. That first camping trip has become the barometer by which I measure all my adventures; it was truly epic and such a grand experience for my young self.
I love to visit and share stories around a camp fire.
I'm a DIY'er and always eager to hear how others have figured things out, but I may have a trick or two to share depending on what we talk about. Guess I've dabbled here and there but really haven't mastered much!
Jack! -- A gigantic brindle boxer and King of everything! (RIP Jack 6/23/2020)
Benji-- a rescue pup....possible Fox terrier/Chihuahua mix? He is about 2 yrs old and he is learning to trust and forget the awful beginnings of his life. I hope he will learn to love adventuring with me. He is very sweet and gets along with dogs and cats much better than people at this point.
Now that I'm back in Montana I will start exploring and hope to find some hidden spots to enjoy the cool, clean air and quiet of nature! I will list new spots as I find them!
I'll be doing a lot of traveling with my mom AKA Mama Mary. She is 80 yrs old and loves to get outside. Using the camper to explore is the best way for us to share time and be outside, especially since the pandemic changed the world. Mom is very outgoing and loves to visit with everyone. She is a sweet lady and I'm happy to have this time with her.
I grew up in a small town in Montana. I've lived in Arizona for 20 yrs (Mesa and Phoenix)
Trailer: 2016 Jayco SLX Baja Tow vehicle: GMC Sierra 1500
The host was wonderful, accommodating, friendly and helpful. We were able to stay a 3rd night, as well.
Had a lovely stay at this very safe and quiet location. Our host was more than accommodating, and very flexible with our late arrival. Great communication and very easy to find. Thanks for hosting and for the suggestions on local cuisine. Happy trails and all the best on your future travels!
Circumstances came up out of my control. I let the host know and apologized. She was very understanding and I hope our paths cross since we live so close.
Host was nice and allowed me to bump up my stay a day earlier at the last minute. Had a nice conversation.
Marabelle Star was so welcoming and kind and the spot she offers was really great. We absolutely loved our stay!
We stayed recently for two nights and enjoyed exploring Phoenix within a short drive to the Arts District murals and Camelback Mountain hike. Kris and Mama Mary were so genuine and delightful to meet - we even had a lovely chat one night for a few hours! The neighbourhood was quiet so we slept well and within walking distance to supermarket. Highly recommend!
We stayed three nights at this location. There is a little bit traffic in this peaceful neighborhood. Kris (the host) and her mother Mary are very welcoming and friendly. We visit Phoenix by public transport, it is a just a 5 minute walk to the bus. Also a visit by car to the desert botanical garden is easy.
We had a nice talk about traveling in the USA and about the Netherlands. We highly recommend a stay here.
What a great host and great spot! Marbelle Starr was very welcoming and we loved the note on the garage door! Close to downtown Phoenix. The library in Scottsdale was one of the nicest libraries we have been to. We wished we had more time to get to know our host! Thank you so much!
Super friendly and easy going! In such a great area as well! Wish we could have stayed longer to get to know Kris more!
My stay in the suburbs of Phoenix was nice and care free. My host gave me great insights on where to stay next even written down directions so I won't get lost. She also took great care of my 2 moyen poodles while I was enjoying the art museum and restaurants downtown. I would stay here again!!
My dashboard is telling me I haven't left a review for Kris, and while I can see it on her profile, I'll go ahead and post again. The stay was perfect! Scroll down to read my original review!
This parking spot was perfect for our little Class B! Just the right size and level.
Our host was so enthusiastic for those already living her dream and it was a pleasure to further inspire her goals :)
She also shared her beautiful backyard with us and our cats - she says it’s a work in progress but it was the perfect spot to relax and chat.
Her pup is adorable and full of love and cuddles for anyone who will receive it :)
Our host shared with us her camping experiences in the area which we later explored further on our journey - they were wonderful!
Thank you so much for the awesome visit - hope to stay with you again on future travels!
I can not say enough about how wonderful this experience was. From the time I got there until the time I left, it felt like I was visiting friends vs. being hosted for the night.
Kris and her mother were both very pleasant to chat with and very helpful with directions and suggestions for other places. I couldn't have dreamed of a better place to stay.
Lucy and Jack seemed to hit it off very well too. Kris sent me some incredible pictures of them playing in the back yard.
She let Lucy stay with them while I did some shopping and ran a couple errands getting ready for the next day of driving.
It was great for Lucy and for me!
I hope that one day our paths will cross again. I could not have asked for a better experience. It definitely gave me a different view of Phoenix than when I was there years ago.
Thank you Kris, Mary and Jack! You are each awesome in your own ways! I will never forget the time we spent together!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness!
Was invited to come down a day early because I had business very early in the morning next day. So kind. Met K’s Mom. Just the nicest people Thank you thank you.
Come stay here! This host is super cool, very kind, has a wonderful dog, and is fun to talk to. I had a wonderful stay :)
We stayed with Kris on January 13 & 14, and have nothing but great things to say. From the initial communication, to the great directions, to arriving and finding an awesome welcome note and treats for our dogs - everything was perfect.
Kris invited our dogs to spend some time in her large fenced yard and play with her dog! When we had plans to spend the day out exploring, she offered to keep an eye on the dogs. This is so generous and for all of us traveling with pets, it is a blessing to have someone care about them as much as we do!
During our stay we had the pleasure of meeting Kris's mom, Mary, who was visiting from Montana for the winter. We all spent hours sitting around the yard chatting and sharing stories. We are most grateful for this experience and look forward to keep in touch with our gracious hosts!