My husband and I are essentially retired and have started traveling in our class B Road Trek named Vincent Van Go.
I am a retired RN, part-time Realtor and a search angel, helping people reconnect to biological families at no cost and I give presentations on the history of adoption in Texas and DNA. Founder of the nonprofit working to restore access to orifinal birth certificates to adult adoptees in Texas, TexasAdopteeRights.org.
My husband, Austin Kessler, is retired and plays guitar and keyboard. His undergrad is from Grinnell and he enjoys meeting other Grinnellians!
We are active in the Kerrville Folk Festival, Old Settlers Music Festival and attend house concerts when we can. At one point we had our own house concert series and love to visit with music friends across the US and Canada.
We also both are into genealogy and using DNA to meet unknown relatives.
Traveling is something we both enjoy and we do a big 2 month road trip in the US and Canada each year and shorter trips throughout the year with our little dogs.
I teach DNA classes and can get you started on your quest for your own genetic truth.
2 small dogs under 15 lbs who sometimes travel we the us and sometimes stay home.
We just went to Cape Breton and fell in love with the area.
We live in Austin Texas and love to show off the music scene.
Vincent Van Go is a 03D190P (2003 Dodge 190 Popular) which is 19 feet and we travel with a trunk which make him about 22 feet long. We stealth camp a lot and also park in driveways and just need a standard plug if we need air conditioning or fans or to turn on the small heater we carry.
TexasConnieGary were grateful and friendly guests who we hosted for one night but soon realized we would have enjoyed them staying for longer. Fun, engaged and engaging people who love traveling and sharing about it.
Highly recommended guests!
We stayed one night with this host. We found them most accommodating and friendly. They have a beautiful acreage in the Texas hill country. We enjoyed the scenic drives and wildflowers, then having a quiet and peaceful evening with the Grays. I can highly recommend this location.
Wonderful location with The peaceful crickets chirping you into a deep sleep. The delicious Hays county cafe is just down the road. Didn’t get to meet Connie but she was extremely easy going and great with communication. Hope to meet her in the future. Thanks!!
Our hosts were very thoughtful. They had information available for things to do in the surrounding areas. Their property was beautiful, quiet and close to everything we wanted to do, while still being in the country. Hope to visit again someday.
For those who don't know hill country, it's a beautiful twisty and hilly drive. I had a nice parking spot. I enjoyed morning and evening breeze. Hay City Store and Ice House has fabulous food and music; plus it's just down the road. Connie and Doug are very busy with work and garden so if you want to visit Austin, you might catch one of them to give you recommendations.
We had a wonderful time staying with Connie and Austin. They have a very cool place out in the country, highly recommend it! :)
My husband and I stayed at Connie and Austin's property in Driftwood, Texas for 3 nights on our way out West to visit the National Parks/Monuments. We just couldn't get enough of Texas on our way through so decided to extend our stay a week and Connie and Austin were gracious enough to accept our stay request. They have an absolutely amazing property in a great location. We were even visited by deer in the evening. We visited Dudley Johnson park in San Marcos, Austin for one full day, and we climbed the stairs to Old Baldy in Wimberly (great view). Our hosts invited us to join them at Duchman Winery right in Driftwood and it was a wonderful experience! We ended up having dinner at the Hays County Store which we highly recommend for great food, service, and ambiance.
These hosts are super and so welcoming! They genuinely want to know about your travels and have great stories and advice on places to see and visit!! Thank you so much Connie and Austin! We are so glad we got to know you a little better over a glass of wine and great conversation. We will definitely be back through in the future!!!
It is a charming place in the countryside of Austin. The hosts let us stay at their place but they were not at home. Serene place and we hope we will meet these generous persons next time.
We were here for two nights in this quiet, peaceful place while we were visiting Austin (an easy 40 minute drive away). So enjoyed visiting with Austin and Connie, and hope we have an opportunity to do it again. Highly recommend this little peace of heaven in the Texas Hill Country.
Beyond the fact that they are two absolutely WONDERFUL folks, they have created a sweet little spot for us boondockers.com-ers!
I felt so welcomed and comfortable!
Thank you for the wonderful stay and recommendations to enjoy Driftwood and Austin! What a wonderful experience!
Connie and Austin were excellent hosts! Not only did they have a well groomed and level spot for us to stay, but they even showed us around their property and told us of a few wonderful local places for us and our kids! If you are looking for a great place near Austin then look no further!
We had an amazing few days staying with Connie and Austin. They are extremely welcoming and friendly, we were invited in on our first night which was lovley! We spent a few hours chatting, and Connie made sure both of our girls were not bored by offering board games.
The plot is very close to Dripping Springs, and Hamilton Pool Reserve which was perfect for us! Also there is a wonderful restaurant not far called Salt Lick BBQ Highly recommended!
Connnie and Austin’s place is peaceful, extremely quiet, and we would highly recommend to anyone!
Thank you so much for having us and I hope you managed to find your little gift from us
Love Gem, Glen Ellie and Maisie
England Family Travelling the World
We really enjoyed our stay here.
We had a lovely visit here. Our hosts were super helpful about the area and we loved having some time one of the evenings getting to chat and play a game. They have a great location for enjoying the area
My first experience on Boondockers Welcome was with Connie and Austin. They were so nice and welcoming. I wish I'd had time to chat with them more. They're building an interesting homestead and the rv parking space on gravel road base was perfect. Great place to overnight and relax. Thankyou, Connie and Austin!
The hosts were such a refreshing change from some folks we have met who seem to accept the world as it is devolving. The hosts are part of the transformation of American politics to a more civil, engaging, and positive venture to build dialogue between communities. Both are accomplished musicians/vocal artists as well, and we hope next time we can spend more time with them as we learn more about their journey.
We had a great visit. Knowing we'd be true boondocking in Texas in the summer, we were expecting to be hot. Lucky for us, they weren't going to be home so we set up right in the shadiest part of the driveway. Great to be in the center of Hills Country!
We had a nice chat outside our camper with our host. Drink a beet and talk about several subjects. In the future They will have a great place to live.
Loved the stay in quiet setting. Great communication by host's helping us navigate the heavy rain we encountered while staying. Thank you!
We stayed with this lovely couple for 3 days while visiting Austin, they are gracious, generous and open hosts. We enjoyed a dinner night with them and special friends, lots of laughs, stories and learning opportunities. I love meeting people with a spark! Highly recommend a stay here.
Our hosts were very friendly and welcoming. Very helpful and generous regarding our needs. We have had a nice chat with those very interesting people. Wish we have had more time in this area. We highly recommend this host.
We were in the Austin area and contacted TexasConnieGray about boondocking. She responded quickly and we were able to boondock two nights in their front driveway. Upon arrival both Connie and her husband, greeted us and were very nice and helpful- offering us electric hookup, wifi, and recommendations for the area. We didn't need the electric, since we have solar, but we did fill up our water tank before leaving! Such a peaceful quiet neighborhood. We would definitely stay here again and hopefully get to talk more music and genealogy!
We have had a lovely stay with Connie and Austin! We spent a few hours the first night with them in their home- they are such a wonderful couple with so many interesting stories! They made sure our 2 young girls were happy with board games etc as we were chatting!
The plot itself is beautiful, and quiet! Extremely quiet! Perfect location for visiting Wembley, Dripping Springs, Hamilton Pool and pedernales falls...we ate at an amazing BBQ restaurant called Salt Lick BBQ which is only around 15 mins away highly recommended!
I would highly recommend staying with Connie and Austin!
Thank you so much for having us! We have left a little gift by your front door (and your DVDs)
Gem, Glen, Ellie and Maisie