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Age: 65+

Member since June 2012

Couple of soulmates - retired & enjoying travelling in our Roadtrek

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She is a Psychatric Nurse (retired). Rates are reasonable if you need a little couseling! :) He is a retired manufacturing engineer / lean & manufacturing consultant. Worked on everything from depleted Uranium penetrators to jet engines to locomotives to compressors to diapers and dryer sheets. Held most every manufacturing job there is up to VP. Managed a product development group for 10 years and started up and managed one of the only Manufacturing Engineering Development labs in the country. Three great (grown) kids - all on their own. Empty nesters - YES!!

We love the West and plan to spend most of the time we have left exploring all the National Parks, +++ When I figure out how to rig up pontoons on the Roadtrek, we're also going to spend a lot of time in Hawaii. We've been there many times - courtesy of Delta's frequent flier miles - and absolutely love the islands! Hanalei and Haleakala are two places everyone should put on their bucket list.

She likes to sew, he likes to take pictures of anything that will hold still. We both enjoy computers, so figuring out how to keep "connected" while on the road is the next big assignment.

Skills & Expertise to Share

He is pretty mechanically inclined. Given time, can fix most anything. A skill acquired because I'm too cheap to pay someone to do something I can do. Also a reasonably capable photographer. She is great at crocheting and sewing and putting up with ME!

picard247's Pets

Have a rescue cat who loves walking on a leash and waking up trying to figure out where she is NOW!

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Anyplace with mountains, waterfalls, canyons and/or cliffs (like Monument Valley and Canyon DeChelley)

picard247's Hometown

Recently acquired a property in Panacea, FL SMALL community near the Gulf on the Forgotten Coast

picard247's Guest Details

picard247's Rig

Rig Type: Class B

19 feet long

Upgraded from 2006 Roadtrek Versatile 210 (Class B) to a 2016/17 210P with all the gee whiz stuff ... 10,000 watts of Lithium batteries (Ecotrek 800), solar, underhood alternator, ... 24 feet long with two bikes attached. Self sufficient for up to a week. Water & waste in onboard in storage tanks, plenty of battery capacity.

picard247's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with pets

picard247 Has 1 Host Location

Gramp's Place

Panacea, FL, US
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picard247's References (61)

References from Hosts (1)

The Nutters

June 2021

Read my mind

Parked right where I wanted him without direction. Was great to chat about National Parks and their travels.

References from Guests (60)


May 2021


We appreciate the welcoming at Gramp’s place. The hosts greeted us with an informational sheet of restaurants and sites to see. We also had some yummy cookies. They gave us recommendations of restaurants that were open. It was nice and quiet at their place.The electric hook up and WiFi was very much appreciated. This is definitely a place to stop if you are exploring the Old Florida Coastline. Many thanks!


May 2021

Wonderful couple

What a wonderful stay with wonderful people.

The hosts are amazing people and they made us feel right at home.
They welcomed us with delightful cookies! They responded instantly to our communications.
Next to the great cookies they handed us a list with things to do and see in the area.
Very quiet and nice little town.

This place is a hidden gem in the Panhandle.


May 2021

Warm Hosts & Cozy Property

Not sure which was more sweet, the cookies, or the hosts. Lol.
They had lots of suggestions on what to do in the area and showed us around their property when we arrived. We felt very welcome. Excellent communication. Super easy location to get to. Would love to stay again sometime. :)


April 2021

Gracious Hosts

Very friendly hosts with a great location near the water. Would definately stay again!


April 2021


A nice, peaceful spot for the night. The hosts were out of town, but allowed me to stay, anyway.
Very gracious. Good communication (even with a great suggestion for dinner).Thank you Gramps!!


April 2021

Welcomed with a smile and cookies

How sweet a way to be greeted.
My stay at Gramps was comfortable. Flat grassy spot to park, in reach of the power, and a screened in gazebo to relax in. It was a quiet night's sleep.
Thank you for your hospitality.


March 2021

beyond accommodating & great cookies

our hosts were very accommodating. Greeted us with excellent cookies and responded instantly to our communications. Steered us to the best local place to eat and then welcomed us into a great screened in porch for a cocktail and some interesting conversation. Experienced van rv'ers so learned a lot from them. Easy to talk to and really enjoyed the visit!


March 2021

Southern Hospitality at its finest

Hospitality at its finest! Plenty of space, 30 amp connection, water and a place to dump if necessary. They greeted us with smiles and brownies. They also shared a nice write up of local resources. Very congenial pleasant folks and the property is so very quiet and relaxing! Would love to return.


March 2021

The BEST Host

This is a second night of our stay. We repeat what was posted before, you will not be disappointed as they go above and beyond.... and the brownies were just awesome!


March 2021

Pretty and quiet

The hosts were wonderfully friendly and I enjoyed watching them walk their cat in the yard. I was welcomed with some tasty brownies, and the site was the perfect size - flat and easy to back into. I would love to return someday and explore the area, unfortunately I was just passing through this time.


March 2021

Host with panache

We found our stay to be just the best and you will also. We were first “greeted” upon arrival and with such kindness and courtesy guided to our spot. And then, ....handed us plated BROWNIES ! We stayed two nights and explored the Panacea area. On another note....we also give a heads up to Wakulla Springs State Park and had lunch at The Lodge. The food is way above average and probably better than any other park restaurants and it’s also on the National Historic Register.


February 2021

Greeted with cookies and info

I pulled up and was greeted with a plate of homemade cookies (gone quickly) and an informative sheet about local info and a WiFi passcode. This host is a perfect example of "giving without expectation." With Covid protocols in place, we barely had a conversation. Yet, they made it clear that I was welcome to use hookup, relax in the yard, and feel at home. Very kind people.

Also, I went for a long walk and learned all about oysters. This is oyster territory for sure. Interesting area and truly nice folks.


February 2021

Great relaxing spot

Really nice stop! Not far from main highway, easy access, wonderful hosts, chocolate chip cookies fire pit in back, screened in backyard area with seating to relax without bugs. couldn’t ask for more. Hook ups for one rig and a place to dump if needed. Really enjoyed chatting when we got there, can’t wait for Covid to pass so you can relax and enjoy the hosts even more.


February 2021

Easy in, easy out!

Super nice folks at Gramps. Lots of space to choose from in their yard. Thanks for the local information and letting us stay!


February 2021

Quick stop

This was just a quick stop for me but the hosts were wonderful! I had the homemade cookies inhaled before I was even set up! Great quick stay!


February 2021

Just what we needed

We had a very enjoyable chat with our host at Gramps place. Learned about their van life experience. We loved our welcome treat. Had a quiet, dark, and level spot just what we like. Only wish we could’ve stayed longer.
we will be back.


January 2021

covid time

Another nice stay here. Didn't get to visit much since we were keeping our distance, but the screened area in the back yard was great place to get some fresh air. Super hosts.


January 2021

Quaint town

What a wonderful stay! We were welcomed and shown where to park, then what a bonus, delicious cookies WOW! So much here to do and see, seafood restaurants, parks, lakes, we hope to come back and explore more.


January 2021

Thoughtful hosts!

Great overnight with such thoughtful hosts that greeted us with information about the area. We stopped at a seafood stand on the way in (My Way seafood) wonderful!
We hope to stay again on our way home!


January 2021

Welcoming and Peaceful!

The hosts were a pleasure to meet and they were very accommodating. We were welcomed with delicious brownies and a wealth of information about the area. This was a perfect and quiet place to stay along our journey. Thank you for your hospitality and we hope to return!


January 2021

Hidden Gem

To us it was a hidden gem in the Florida panhandle, especially if you like seafood, and I mean oysters. The host were extremely welcoming and extremely helpful. Parking our Class C was so easy since their front yard is basically flat land to park on. 30 amp service is available if needed along with access to grill and patio. Our 2 dogs loved the property also and felt right at home. Great area to bike or walk to restaurants. We didn't get to spend much time with them but from the short discussion we had they had lots of RV experience to share that I wish I could have taken advantage of. Thank you!


January 2021

Wonderful hosts

Gramp’s place was beautiful and quiet. The host had treats and information when I got there. They were a pleasure to meet. Will definitely stay again.

January 2021

Extraordinary Hosts Want You to Enjoy Your Stay

Friendly and great hospitality I wish to be more common. There was complete quietness in this great location. I look forward to meeting again.


December 2020

Excellent hosts

Enjoyed this quaint town so much that I extended my stay to a third night. Especially due to the hostess' tour of the ares. This was my first Welcome Boondockers stay and I am so happy with the experience. I am looking forward to my return to this area when hunting season is over so I can take full advantage of the hiking, birding trails. Thank you! Oh, and the cookies were an added welcome touch.


December 2020

Really nice people

Quick reply to my request, very convenient, level, quiet location. They welcomed me with offer of hook-ups and local info. I would definitely like to come back, thanks for your hospitality!


December 2020

Great Hosts!

Our hosts greeted us with brownies in one hand and information about the area in the other. They showed us where to park, let us plug into 30 amp and encouraged us to use their screened area in the back yard. They pointed us in the right direction for some very good BBQ just down the road.
Communications prior to our arrival were excellent. There are some tree roots in the parking area but by putting our back wheels past them, we were able to get our Class B perfectly level without using any leveling blocks.
Would love to return as there are so many places to explore in the area! Awesome hosts!


November 2020

Above and Beyond

Welcomed with smiles, chocolate brownies, map of local to-dos, and a list of helpful information--these delightful hosts went above and beyond. It was so relaxing to know we had a safe and pleasant place to stay for two nights. We highly recommend these awesome hosts. Thank you and it was great to meet you both.


November 2020

Wonderful Stay

What amazing hosts here! Gramps and his wife immediately greeted me, with printed out information on places to visit around the area from sites to restaurants and more. I was also given homemade lemon pound cake, which was absolutely delicious!! They are so friendly and kind, I definitely felt welcome here! Thank you!


November 2020

Great place to stay

Bob was there when we arrived. Very friendly and helpfull. Will return to be able to spent more time to enjoy the area around them. We thank you for a great visit.


November 2020

Great stay! Great people!

A very nice site in a beautiful location. Very friendly and helpful hosts. We could not ask for more. Thanks once again!


March 2020

Highly Recommend

We had a very nice stay. Our hosts were so gracious and welcoming, especially with those brownies! It was great talking with them about their travels and the transition back from being full-timers.


March 2020

Fabulous spot

Thank you for a great place to stay for two nights. Easy place to find, great couple and interesting area. So much to see in this area.


March 2020

Very nice couple; quite, level parking.

Gramp’s place was very welcoming and accommodating. Offered hook-ups if needed. We took their recommendation for dinner and really enjoyed some fresh seafood. Recommended.


March 2020

Peaceful stay

We stayed for a night passing through, and were welcomed with a sweet treat as others mentioned, such a nice touch! We had a quiet night in after a long day exploring St Marks Wildlife refuge, so didn’t get to chat with them much, but the hosts were very gracious and super helpful offering tips on places to check out in the area.


March 2020

Peaceful place

Our hosts welcome us with delicious chocolate chip cookies. Gramps and his wife are really nice. thank you again


March 2020

Quiet stop on the forgotten coast

We had a nice quiet overnight stay at Gramp's Place. Easy to find location and simple pull in to nice level site. We had a quiet evening and great rest at their site..... excellent wiFi and some yummy treats where provided that really spoiled us!!!
We hope to reciprocate and have the opportunity to host picard247 at our BDW host site if they make it to our area in the future!


February 2020

Perfect hosts

Wonderful hosts. They offered us water, electric, wifi, on their lovely one acre of property. We enjoyed a fun evening with them and a neighbor. The night was very peaceful. Would love to stay again if we're in the area.


February 2020


nos hotes ont été très accuillant, endroit tranquille et les brownies wow délicieux!!! Je reviendrais n'importe quand. Merci


February 2020

A wonderful welcoming visit!

Thank you both for a wonderful welcoming stay!
What a way to travel, ...being greeted by new friends with a bowl of home baked brownies at the end of a long travel day, ...then sitting around chatting during the evening.
Thank you both for showing us around. You are certainly two engineers the way you have designed everything from the trap door on the porch to the blue bench and cemetery 😊(??). We did have a wonderful visit.
The next day we re-lived our visit all over again as we enjoyed the delicious brownies.
Thank you.


February 2020

Highly recommended!

These hosts couldn’t be better. I was met with a plate of homebaked goods and tons of tourist info with an invitation to make myself at home. My first night there were two other guest vehicles so we spent a lovely evening swapping travel stories. My second night I was invited for dinner and enjoyed getting to know my hosts even better. It was a wonderful visit!


February 2020

Awesome hosts

We were welcomed by this very nice couple to their lovely home with huge yard. Two other boondockers were here as well. Spent a lovely evening in gazebo sharing road trip stories. Very enjoyable evening. We would definitely recommend these hosts.


February 2020


Extraordinary hosts, personable and kind. Site was easy to find , flat, and accessable.


February 2020

Great hosts

We were greeted with cookies and a much appreciated welcome package. Easy access, a safe location and we had a very quiet night. Highly recommended hosts and location.


January 2020

Restful stop

We stayed two nights at Gramp’s Place. Host were very friendly and had lots of information and suggestions about things to do. Would recommend this location 😃


January 2020

Cold night/ warm people

Wonderful people. Had a great visit Hope to see them again.


January 2020

Great place

Very friendly people and nice quiet place to spend the night. I highly recommend this stop. Located close to St. Marks NWR. They let me spend an extra night to rest up.


January 2020

Camp fire was waiting

Had a really nice stay. When we got back from exploring on day 2, our hosts was waiting outside with a camp fire going. Had a really nice talk.


January 2020

Lovey Quiet place to stay

The Hosts greated us at our arrival with a warm welcome, some visitor's information package and a little treat ;) that was really appreciated after a long drive.
Realy recommend those hosts to make a stop !


January 2020

Such wonderful hosts

Chocolate chip cookies on my arrival. Who could ask for more?!? Lovely people in a lovely setting!


January 2020

Delightful in Panacea

The host couple welcomed me so warmly with helpful information, electricity, and generosity with food too. The location was easy to find with their directions and to get in with my Class C & tow. I recommend this host and a visit to the Gulf Specimen Aquarium too
Thank you to Gramps Place!


December 2019

Such wonderful hosts!

I can’t say enough nice things about this wonderful couple and their private, shady spot for me and my pet family. They were so friendly, kind, thoughtful and generous they reaffirmed my faith there are really good folk in this world. They let me use their water and electric which were convenient and I had a really lovely couple of peaceful nights. I hope to return the favor someday and that we will meet again.


April 2019

Easy living

Great guest,
Nice persons,very quiet place,had a good pizza by sopchoppy,like Our hosts told us,
And what to say about the brownies,irresistible!
Thanks again!
Hélène & Réjean


April 2019


Our host greeted us with lemon bars and invited us over for wine and great conversation after dinner. Our spot was quiet and very pleasant we hope to return the favor some day. So thank you again and safe travels.


March 2019

Sandy circle

Nice host.We enjoy the great conversations we've had with Bob.


March 2019

Great Host

We had a wonderful stay. The location was peaceful and quiet and we couldn’t have asked for a better host! Would definitely choose this location again and recommend it to others.


March 2019

Great spot and generous hosts!

I had a lovely couple of nights in Panacea (LOVE that name!) -- it surely was a cure-all for what ailed me. Overall, a pretty quiet spot with a couple of minor noise surprises. There was a little gun fire off in the distance, off and on. I swear I heard a peacock's calls one night at dusk but not the next...? Bob and Margie were very welcoming and hospitable, including loaning me an extension cord, inviting me to "social hour" with them in the evenings, and inviting me to stay another night or two, if I wanted. If I hadn't had an ocean front reservation waiting for me at Carabelle, I would have said yes!


February 2019

Peaceful Panacea

Despite a family crisis that had our hosts elsewhere, we felt welcomed with a note and suggestions of where to eat and what to explore in the area. Sorry we missed you!! It’s a lovely quiet spot, and we were grateful for your hospitality.


February 2019

Great place and host

Great place to stay with a friendly host. Water, electric and wifi. Host even made banananut bread. Very restful, quiet and peaceful. Highly recommend this stop.

Johan and Loes

February 2019


We had a great stay by this friendly hosts in an wonderfull area and a great and quiet spot. Get information wat to do in the area and Where invited for a drink and had nice talking. There homemade brownies Where so nice, we loved it! Thanks for staying at your place and hope to see you again in one of our both trips! Safe travels!


January 2019

Quiet place, nice people

Great hosts. Gramps and his wife were great people to stay with, very accommodating and eager to share traveling stories. I definitely will come back if I am in the area.