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Age: 55-65

Member since October 2017

Retired from work, working to live.

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Retired in 2016 from Weather Service, have a hobby farm in Northern MI. Have spent the winter here in an RV, probably won't do that again. It's the wife and I and our two lab mixes in our Silverado pulling a portable New York hotel room. Happy to trade our summers here, where the weather is cool, with you where your winters are warmer.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Getting pretty good at RV maintenance and repair. Have a 1988 Airstream that doesn't go on the road at the current time. Computer software, security and networking is what I did before I retired.

pitlatch's Pets

2 rather large lab mix dogs.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Canada, Colorado, Washington State, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, etc.

pitlatch's Hometown

Levering MI

pitlatch's Guest Details

pitlatch's Rig

Rig Type: Travel Trailer

23 feet long

Lance 1985 travel trailer, pulled by a 2009 Silverado. Has one large slide out driver's side. Stock. Trailer is 23' stem to stern, 20' livable.

pitlatch's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Has slideouts

pitlatch Has 1 Host Location

Windy Bottoms

Levering, MI, US
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pitlatch's References (79)

References from Hosts (3)


September 2021

Great guest! Clean and quiet

No issues with their stay, left everything just as it was as they came, excellent guest and example as a boondocker!


August 2021

Great BW Guests!

Pitlatch is a very experienced boondocker. Great communication, enjoyable conversation, and easy to accommodate! I recommend this couple and their dogs to all other BW hosts and welcome them back anytime.


April 2018

Great guests

Had a nice visit, they have well behaved dogs. Janice loved the smoked salmon. :)

References from Guests (75)


September 2021

Wonderful farm in a quiet area

We were welcomed by the host and his 2 brown dogs. They were happy to see us (and we guess the host too)!

We had a nice quiet sleep under a starry bright night.

The host have us tomatoes and a cucumber from his own vegetable garden. It was delicious!

Thanks so much for having us.


September 2021

Pleasant Stay

Enjoyed our one night stay at this beautiful rural north Michigan property and chatting with the very polite and accommodating host. Will come back in the future


August 2021

Wonderful stay!

We very much enjoyed our stay at Windy Bottoms! They were incredibly accommodating, kind, and knowledgeable hosts.Their property is beautiful, their dogs super friendly, and the night sky is amazing. We even saw two shooting stars! We would recommend staying here. Thank you again for your great hospitality.


August 2021

Great Location!

This was a great location to visit Mackinac Island. Good communication from host who had two sweet dogs. We really appreciated the hospitality.


August 2021

Quiet and safe

Stayed in our 30' class C motorhome. Host was very friendly and welcoming. His dogs were also very friendly and welcoming. Very quiet, peaceful, beautiful hillsides. Perfect location to see the area, visit the bridge, go to the island, enjoy the beaches, visit the beautiful downtown. We would definitely stay here again. Big thanks to our hosts.


August 2021

Everything we wanted.

Peaceful spot right off the freeway. Easy to find and very pleasant. The host gave us some fresh cucumbers and offered information about the local wildlife. Will definitely stop here again.


August 2021

Hospitable host

We had the quietest, darkest nights for super sleep here. Our host and the 2 friendly, but not overly friendly, dogs made our stay very nice. If we come back to the area, we would love to stay here again.


August 2021

Peaceful setting

We had a one night stay on our way to the UP and this was a perfect place to stay. Very peaceful setting, cell service was a 5 star. We were greeted upon our arrival by the host and his two gorgeous dogs. Good road access and plenty of room to park our rig. Thank you too this wonderful host.


August 2021

Quiet and Comfortable

Our host was very helpful. He walked out to meet us at the road, and we discussed where to park for the night. He was friendly and kind; and provided an electric hookup for us.

This was a good overnight spot for us!
Thank you for your friendly hospitality!


August 2021


Super accommodating & kind host! Very clear directions to site and guidance regarding introducing dogs to each other. Very quiet, relaxing spot to camp for 3 nights. Great swim at Sturgeon Bay Beach; easy day trip to Mackinac Island. Jurek’s Grocer’s has great brats & fish!


August 2021

An enjoyable overnight stay!

Host was welcoming and generous (as were the friendly dogs) -- even though he wasn't there when we arrived, he had everything set for us to pull right up in front of the separate garage/barn to plug-in 30-amp power, with access to potable water close-by as well. Idyllic spot in the middle of farm country -- a quiet spot despite the presence of several other boondockers. Thanks for everything, "pitlatch"!


August 2021

Gloriously Peaceful!

Beautiful country setting. Very convenient to the fun activities and shopping in Mackinaw city. Highly recommend the ferry that takes you to Mackinaw Island. Roads are great all the way to the hosts property. Definitely will revisit if in the area.


August 2021

Quiet and Peaceful

We were met right away by the host and his two very friendly dogs. Very helpful is getting us all hooked up. Great place to park if you are headed to Mackinaw Island.


July 2021

So quiet and peaceful

Our host was very gracious and we thoroughly enjoyed our conversations. The site is located in a rural setting that was so quiet and peaceful, but still only 15 minutes from Mackinaw City, which is a great launching point for the island. Enjoyed our stay.


July 2021


A and L were so kind as to let us have replacement tires delivered to their home, then were so kind and flexible, and met us when we came, to get us situated. Their land is so peaceful, in the middle between several towns, and not far from Mackinaw City. Very easy going and laid back. Easy to talk with. You'll have a pleasant stay here.


July 2021

Second night

Second night just as wonderful as first. Thanks.


July 2021

Great stay

Super nice host and conveniently located to visit Mackinaw, Petoskey and Cheboygan. Thanks so much for hosting and you have a beautiful location.


July 2021

Great location!

Awesome piece of property just about 20 min from Mackinaw City. Host was very welcoming. We enjoyed talking with him while playing with his sweet doggos! Spot was easy enough for us to back our 37ft rig in and unload the motorcycle. Very quiet and peaceful location, and a great spot to stay while visiting the island.


July 2021

Great location

Welcoming host. Convenient location to Mackinac Bridge, yet out in rolling farm country.


July 2021

Quiet spot/friendly host

Just what we needed, a place to park our rig, do a little sight seeing and a down day to do laundry. Host was helpful with suggestions for both.


July 2021

Wonderful, quiet stay

We had a wonderful, quiet stay here. Our host was very nice and we enjoyed our fellow BW neighbors. We were grateful to be able to take on some water and use electric during our stay. We were close to the Shepler’s ferry for Mackinac Island and spent a lovely day on the island. We realized after we left that we were close to a lovely beach at Petoskey state park and a bunch of wineries. Would’ve been another fun day or two! Instead we headed to the Leelanau peninsula (also fun!).

Thank you for a great stay!


July 2021

Quiet spot/friendly host

Just what we needed, a place to park our rig, do a little sight seeing and a down day to do laundry. Host was helpful with suggestions for both.


July 2021

Amazing stay

This has been our favorite location so far. We heard and saw coyotes. Sandhill cranes flew by and landed in the fields. The night sky was so bright you could easily see the Milky Way and the sunsets were beautiful. It was close and convenient to Mackinac Island and several other great destinations. The host was so friendly and welcoming. We highly recommend this stop if you are in the area.

July 2021

Sunshine, Rain, and mild temperatures

Visiting in the summer was great here for us. The black flies were not a problem this year it seems. Enjoyed chatting with our host pitlatch, and had a great time exploring the area. We hope to come back to this location again! Much enjoyed!


July 2021

Very peaceful

This is a very nice, quiet spot. The host was friendly and welcoming. There was a nice flat spot for our rig.
We wish we could have stayed longer, but this was the last stop of this leg of our road trip. Thanks!


June 2021

Awesome stay!

We pulled up and the host came out to greet us. He was very kind and helped us back in and get hooked up to electricity. He offered us plenty of tips on the area and overall it was a great experience!


June 2021

Peace and tranquility, yet close to Mackinaw City

Our stay at Windy Bottoms was amazing. Communication with our host was great. He met us at the driveway and showed us several parking areas and hook up options. Located on beautiful rolling farmland and surrounded by peace and quite. Our host has two very sweet and well behaved dogs who also made us feel right at home. This site is located close to many points of interest. Our host checked with us each day and provided some helpful information about the area as well as friendly conversation. I highly recommend this host and hopefully we will be able to stay here again in the future.


June 2021

Very Accomodating!

Really nice, very gracious people, and two wonderful pooches! The 'hard' way in won't be a problem unless it is raining. We went in the 'easy' way, and checked out the 'hard' way in our jeep. We determined it would be just fine, but then it rained, and the gravel road on the hills that way out did get a bit slippery, so just be aware. :-)


June 2021

Friendly welcome

Our hosts were very accommodating and friendly to chat with. The two dogs were friendly and curious! Nice flat parking in two large areas. Close to Mackinaw City and the ferry to the Island.


June 2021

Helpful, enjoyable, friendly

Such a good stay in a quiet open area with fir trees and visits from sweet dogs. Alan offered skilled help on a small trailer repair, quick and successful. Nearby visits to Headland Dark Sky Park, Cross Village, and the tunnel of trees Rte 119 south into Harbor Springs. Hiking options through these areas also. Thanks!!


May 2021

Recommended 🌲

Peaceful, quiet, nice conversations with the host. Beautiful area. Would definitely come back.


May 2021

Beautiful Pastoral Boondock Location

Located in rolling farmland near Mackinac Bridge, this pastoral location is quiet and easy on the eyes after a long trip. My wife and I were welcomed by our host who helped us navigate our truck & travel trailer into a nice level area for the night. We definitely will come back for a weekend outing to visit Mackinac Island. Great hospitality!


October 2019

Friendly, popular host near Mackinaw City

We enjoyed our two nights at Windy Bottoms. The host was friendly and generous and offered great suggestions for sightseeing in the area. There were two other rigs staying on the property each of our nights--a popular spot! It felt like a mini boondocker community! We highly recommend Windy Bottoms and hope to get to spend time in the area again.


September 2019

Beautiful location, wonderful hosts

Alan and his wife were so welcoming of us onto their property! Our boys loved running around and playing with the dogs. Alan helped them pull carrots from the garden and our kids were thrilled to eat them! We enjoyed visiting Mackinac Island and Petoskey while staying here. We would love to come back!


September 2019

Nice Place.

We had a nice visit with our hosts and found we had a lot in common. They were responsive and accommodating, friendly but never made us feel crowded. Our spot was easy to get into and out of with very accurate directions to get there. Our stay was just right.


August 2019

Great Boondocking Experience

Access on a good gravel road. We had no problem getting our 44 foot toyhauler parked. Great host, great views, enjoyed our conversations and my favorite parts were watching the Harrier Hawks hunting the adjacent fields and the Coyote Songs at night. Easy drive to Mackinaw City. If we are in the area we would hope to stay there again.


August 2019

Great folks

Friendly hosts and a quiet spot.
Cool spot for watching birds.
Close to Mackinaw City.
We really enjoyed our time at this site.


August 2019

Windy Bottom

A and L are terrific..could not ask for better hosts. So easy to talk to. Frosting on the cake-Augie and Dudlie - 2 of the cutest dogs ever. Great welcoming committee! Definitely recommend staying here.


August 2019


Windy Bottoms are great hosts. They came out to greet us and offered EHU but we did not need it. It was so quiet and peacefull, we had two really good night's sleep. Ideally located to visit Mackinac City and island. We chose the easy way in to the property but upon leaving discovered the 'hard way 'was not hard at all and the better choice by far as the easy way has a bone shaker of a road.


August 2019

Perfect locale for visiting Mackinac City Michigan

Greeted as we arrived by host and dogs, Very friendly & accommodating hosts. We backed in to our spot. A safe place to park while we toured around your beautiful area. Close to Legs Inn for lunch or dinner. About 30 Minutes from Mackinac City & Shipwreck Museum. We had a good time sharing in conversation with them and were given some very good suggestions about things to do in the area. A million thanks to you both for your par excellence hospitality.


August 2019

Wonderful Hosts, Lot's of Places To Park

We were very satisfied with our stay at Windy Bottoms. The hosts are extremely accommodating, friendly and seem to enjoy meeting new people. They have 2 nice dogs, shady spots and a big property. There was even a friendly garter snake who let us touch it! We hit it off with the hosts and the other people who were staying there and always felt welcome. Mackinac City is about 12 miles away, but it is an easy drive and well worth being in a very quiet area. We HIGHLY recommend this place!


August 2019

Great time in Windy Bottoms

This site was easy to find following Hosts directions. Parked in a level grassy site with 20 Amp electric. It is very convenient to visiting Mackinac City and Island.
The Host greeted us upon arrival and offered choice of space to park. It was windy but we welcomed it’s cooling effect. The wind was never a problem. Dead calm on the morning of our departure.
These Hosts are very easy to be around and we thoroughly enjoyed our conversations on camping and home ownership.
We would definitely request this site again and highly recommend it to others.


July 2019

windy and wonderful

I had a great time visiting Windy Bottoms area. Must bike Mackinac Island, swim at the delightfully uncrowded beach at Cross Village (don't miss Legs Inn), and drive through Bliss. My hosts were super gracious and helpful and so we're their 2 dogs. A very quite and relaxing piece of paradise! I hope to visit them again when I return. Thank you so much. penny


July 2019

Gracious Hosts in Bucolic Farm Setting

Most gracious hosts, wonderful conversation, lots of laughs, shared drinks on their porch - wish would could have stayed longer. Perfect setup for our trailer, with electric and water offered. Highly recommend Windy Bottoms to anyone passing through the area. Unfortunately we didn't have the chance to eat at the nearby, iconic Legs Inn. But definitely worth a walk-thru of the grounds and views of Lake Michigan.


July 2019

Peaceful visit

Hosts were very welcoming and friendly. Had some lovable dogs and a peaceful country property. They are welcome to come stay with us anytime.


July 2019

Great location

Great hosts and location. Easy to get to, level site and very quiet. Close to many local attractions. I’d definitely stay here again :)


July 2019

Great location

We had a great time at Windy Bottoms and even stayed an extra day (with their permission of course) so we could do some local attractions. We enjoyed sitting out through the evening just chatting away with them and spoiling their dogs with affection. We would absolutely stay there again if we had the opportunity.


July 2019

Great location

We had a great time at Windy Bottoms and even stayed an extra day (with their permission of course) so we could do some local attractions. We enjoyed sitting out through the evening just chatting away with them and spoiling their dogs with affection. We would absolutely stay there again if we had the opportunity.


July 2019

Easy overnight!!

Windy Bottoms worked out great for us on a quick overnight into the Mackinaw City area. Pitlatch was very welcoming & kind. We swapped a few interesting camping stories, along with some shared travel spots, including our interests, & plans for future excursions/endeavors. The dogs were both fun & well behaved, & all in all we were pleased to have a nice quiet stay. Best wishes Pitlatch, & thanks again!!


July 2019

nature sounds off

We had a lovely stay. We kept our little dog inside our rig. We had a few fireworks to lite on the dirt road. Some neighbors we’re having fireworks fun too, but in the distance.
Then, the night sounds were magical. We heard a variety of birds, bugs, and even coyotes.
It was a beautiful place to stay.
My kids especially love the big dogs.


July 2019


Loved our stay...peaceful, beautiful scenery and wonderful host, dogs included! Enjoyed swapping stories and were particular intrigued by how they came to live there. Highly recommend and would definitely revisit.


June 2019

Beautiful Skies

The host was very welcoming and helped us settle in on his beautiful property. We experienced a wonderful sunset and magnificent night sky along with the adorable greeting by 2 canines. We recommend this site that is very convenient to the UP of Michigan.


June 2019

Beautiful setting

Enjoyed our stay. Beautiful setting. Quiet, secluded, and scenic location. Worked perfect for our visit to Mackinaw.


June 2019

Great 1st time Boondocker experience

We had a great evening at Windy Bottoms. Thank you very much.


June 2019

Terrific Experience

We had a terrific stay at Alan's. Super accommodating with lots of good stories and tips (we're still new to RVing). We greatly appreciate the hospitality and hope that we can one day repay the favor!


May 2019

Peaceful Quiet Stay

Our hosts were very nice and informative of the area. We spent an evening learning of their travels and of their new home experience in Michigan.
Great jumping off point for the east side of the UP.
Their pups are friendly, I should have brought dog snacks! Lesson learned.
Thank you so much A and L, should you head to FL in the winter hit us up!


May 2019

Wide Open Spaces

We stayed at Windy Bottoms last night and it was a night well spent. The hosts were welcoming and gracious. They allowed us to walk their property And we ended up meeting the horses next by. They were very curious if us. 😄

We were just passing through but a great spot near Mackinaw City if you wanted to do some sightseeing.


May 2019

Nice quiet country spot

We enjoyed a peaceful stay in this country setting. Our parking spot was Level and had nice views of the open fields. Enjoyed visiting with our hosts in the evening. Also Enjoyed our visit to Mackinac Island. We would welcome our hosts as guests at our place anytime.


May 2019

Wonderful people and setting!

Beautiful open setting.

Super friendly people and dogs!

My stay was later evening arrival, mid morning departure.

Highly recommend!


September 2018

Stay in Levering, MI

Nice country property and very friendly and welcoming hosts. Recommend, would stay again. Thank you!


September 2018

Plan B

Ended up not staying and went with Plan B. Thank you for be a host with Boondockers Welcome.


September 2018

A great stay

We spent three nights at Windy Bottoms as we toured around the area. Alan and Lynn were very accomodating and friendly, as were the two dogs. Would certainly stay there again and invite the hosts to visit us in Kansas.


September 2018

Great stay

Thanks to our kind host, we enjoyed a peaceful and quiet time at your site.


September 2018

Hosts became friends

My very first experience with BW, and my hosts turned into friends. Ended up enjoying an evening together, sharing a meal, and they make most delightful company.


August 2018

Country living

15 acres of country living. This BW location is located a short distance to Mackinaw City, Petoskey or solitude. Our host were engaging and shared thier local knowledge of the are. Peace and quiet are perfect for this country living.
We shared many stories with our host and enjoyed thier two beautiful dogs. Ty you for being BW host!♡


August 2018

Very Peaceful and Great Hosts and Dogs

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Windy Bottoms. The hosts were great and we had so much in common that we found ourselves sitting on their front porch chatting and enjoying watching the dogs play, listening to the Sand Hill Cranes and Coyotes. What a great relaxing and serene location. You could hear the crickets and birds at night with no traffic noise. The two doggies Auggie and Dudley were adorable and so friendly. Really good location for going to Mackinaw, Petosky, Legs Inn, etc. We would definitely stay there again!


August 2018


We had planned to tour Mackinaw island but after spending the afternoon in Mackinaw city, watching the ferries load and unload, decided against it, crowds are not our idea of fun. Pitlatch agreed to our day early arrival. Their place in the country was just what we were looking for, and the company was a great way to end our day.
Thanks again!


August 2018

Great first time boondocking!

We had a very nice stay here. This was perfect for our first try at boondocking. Our hosts were lovely, had a level spot for us to park, and their property is the right balance of "in the country" but not too far out. Close enough to major roads to not be out of the way. We heard coyotes in the distance at night, and sandhill cranes and a redtail hawk in the morning. And the hosts' dogs were the best!


August 2018

Peace and Quiet

Our stay at Windy Bottoms was perfect. We had planned to relax and this place seemed to fit the bill. As it turned out were we busy and asked our host if we could stay another night so we could enjoy their quiet, beautiful location. Our host didn't mind at all. (We didn't realise that it we not supposed to do that).
Augi and Dudley were so sweet. But our hosts were sweeter (and funny). We enjoyed the time we had with them, they were gracious and interesting to be around.


July 2018

Our stay at Windy Bottoms

These folks were awesome hosts! The view from their property was beautiful and their dogs are sweet. A great 1st experience with Boondockers Welcome!


July 2018

Amazing Sunsets!

Alan and Lynn are super hosts And we so enjoyed their company. The fields around their house are beautiful and the sunsets are amazing. Can’t wait to stop again on our next trek through.


July 2018

Lovely farm

We had a great time at windy bottom. Our hosts were most welcoming!


June 2018

Nice spot

We stayed one night at windy bottoms. It’s a really nice spot out in farm country. Nice and quiet and very convenient if you are going to Macinaw island. Our hosts were very friendly and made us feel at home. I highly recommend them if you are in their area.


June 2018

Great spot in northern Michigan!

Windy Bottoms is in a rural setting outside Mackinaw City and Petoskey/Traverse City. Alan and Lynn were excellent hosts and offer a spot on their farm among Christmas trees, with access to water and electric. Although they are located on a dirt road, the road is very well maintained and their place is easy to find. We were able to visit Tahquamenon Falls and Mackinac Island using their site as our home base for a few nights in late May – black fly season (yikes!). Other than those pesky flies and mosquitoes large enough to lasso, we enjoyed our time there and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting northern MI and the UP!
Kim & Joe


May 2018

Great conversations

We really enjoyed our stay with Alan, Lynn and the beautiful girls. Very close to Mackinaw island so was able to head over for the day from here. Thank you for hosting us I know the kids loved the trolley rides around the yard.

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September 2018

Understanding and flexible host!

We made a reservation with pitlatch for Windy Bottoms as a backup over Labor Day weekend, in case we were not able to get in to a first-come, first-served campground on the St. Ignace side of the straits. We let him know that this was our plan, and he was understanding of our unusual request. We did manage to get into the campground and so we did not end up staying at Windy Bottoms, but we wanted to commend pitlatch for his flexibility and great communication. We hope we'll get a chance to meet him and his wife sometime in the future.