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KansasKen

Age: 65+

Member since December 2018

Retired AT&T (SBC,SWBT), native Kansan, ham radio op

Do you know or have you hosted this user?

Former AT&T Traffic Engineer, owner-operator charter bus service now engaged in advanced puttering and volunteer work for church and local rescue mission.

Skills & Expertise to Share

General life experienced handyman, normally willing to take on challenges of home and auto repair.

KansasKen's Pets

Spouse has a standard poodle, very friendly, rarely barks, loves kids

KansasKen's Hometown

Berryton, KS, we are 12 miles southeast of downtown Topeka, KS

KansasKen Has 1 Host Location

WIDE DRIVE

BERRYTON, KS, US
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KansasKen's References (42)

References from Guests (42)

GaryandJan

August 2021

Great Stay

We only had a quick overnight at this location, but I can’t say enough good about it. It was not far from I70, the site was large, level and so quiet. These folks were such gracious hosts. Provided great directions, were there to greet us and help get set up. Even provided some farm fresh veggies. The bonus was having a 50 amp hookup, which was easy to access. Hosts offered watered as well, but we didn’t need it. Such nice people. We really enjoyed talking with them. Folks like this is what makes Boondockers so special. Thanks for a great overnight.


pstarnes

August 2021

Wonderful hosts!

Kansas Ken and his wife, what a great couple! We got in a little late and they were very helpful in getting us set up. Kansas Ken had a map of the area and made some suggestions for nearby restaurants. His lovely wife offered some garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and a couple ears of corn! Although we were only there for one short evening, we would stay with this delightful couple definitely again!


caiterator

July 2021

Amazing hosts!

We loved staying at K and M's! They were the most considerate, helpful, welcoming hosts and we'd stay there again in a heartbeat! We loved chatting and getting to know them.


garyanddeb

July 2021

What wonderful hosts

We loved it here, The area is so peaceful and the hosts could not have been nicer or more helpful, We loved getting to know them and we would love to stay there again, They are welcome at our home in NH anytime.


Hayfield

July 2021

KansasKen/Wide Drive

Great hosts. Would stay again!


GGNowabout2

July 2021

A Wonderful Visit!

Wow - what a visit! Our first overnight with our new RV and we could not have picked a better place or better host and hostess.
Spent time visiting and exchanging life experiences in the late afternoon enjoying the beautiful quiet space in the countryside. These are two people who make you feel welcome, have interesting conversations and offered lots of tips and "do's and don'ts of boondocking. Ken has a wealth of knowledge and experience and never makes you feel awkward when discussing things new to you.
We will definitely visit them again and ensure we bring the afternoon goodies next time!
Thanks again for a great visit.
G&G


Seward_Gilbert

July 2021

Nice folks, nice spot

We had a nice two nights in the driveway of KansasKen and spouse. They generously offered food and drink that were delicious. We had several enjoyable evening conversations. In, out and hookups were easy. Beautiful flower gardens and a very nice rail-trail nearby.


jphellmer1988

June 2021

Nice stay!

Great setup for water and electric, beautiful location with convenient access to Topeka. Had a nice conversation with Ken when we arrived.


captainamyrica

June 2021

A touch of home

We were just passing through and this stop was near-enough to our route to offer us a quiet night's rest and an electric hookup between two long days of travel. We were grateful for these welcoming hosts who kindly shared their driveway with us.


ClanMacDow

June 2021

Great hosts

We had a great time staying here. Great communication and instructions for arriving. KansasKen came out and help watch for traffic as we easily backed into the wide driveway. We enjoyed talking and getting to know them and learn about the area. Would definitely love to stay again if we pass through in the future.


Pupster

June 2021

Amazing first experience!!!

This was our first Boondockers Welcome experience. We weren’t sure what to expect, but were excited to see what it was all about.
We were not disappointed!!! Kansas Ken was a most gracious host! We really enjoyed meeting him, and look forward to meeting his wife on a future visit! We spent a most enjoyable evening fellowshipping and watching The Chosen under the beautiful stars on the RV’s outside Tv. We wouldn’t trade that experience for all the 5star hotels in the world!!! Thank you Ken!!!


OurSimpleAdventures

June 2021

Delightful Couple!

Wide Drive were incredibly gracious hosts for the 2 nights we stayed.
They gave us a tour of their large pick up camper that we enjoyed.
Thank you Wide Drive!


gypsysouls

June 2021

Kansas hospitality at its finest

KansasKen was very on top of things with great directions and he and his wife offered us tips of places to visit around Kansas. We enjoyed our conversation together and their warm hospitality. My son also liked talking with them and running around the yard with their playful dog. We'll be sure to stop by again if they would like to have us.

Their driveway is flat and wide. It was easy for us to back in with our 38ft fifth wheel. It was a beautiful and quiet place to spent the night.


cruisingkitty

June 2021

AAA + Boondockers Welcome Location!

We had excellent communication before, during and after our stay in Kansas Ken's WIDE DRIVE. This place was easy to find, and because it was a WIDE DRIVE, we had no problem backing our trailer in, and it was perfectly level. We parked on the side of the driveway, and our host graciously allowed us to hook up with power and water. The flower gardens were blooming and very beautiful. We sat outside for hours watching the sun set. Thanks for the very quiet and peaceful night. We would love to come back if we find ourselves in this area again. We totally recommend Kansas Ken's place!


Cbrannon1

June 2021

Great experience!

We had a wonderful night at Wide Drive. Ken was very helpful ahead of our trip suggesting best routes, he and his wife were very welcoming and we enjoyed talking with them upon our arrival. We enjoyed a beautiful evening walk on the country roads surrounding their land which felt great after a day of driving. Highly recommended stop!


occom_overland

June 2021

Great Stop-Over Spot

We had a wonderful one-night stay at this location. The host is super friendly and full of helpful local knowledge, and the location is peaceful and scenic. Would definitely recommend for those passing through Topeka!


Rsalmon

May 2021

Feel good family visit

Kansasken was very helpful in navigating to his location. Warm family type welcome upon arrival, covered the basics, beautiful restful afternoon. After dinner Sat around on the front porch sharing experiences on travel and such.

Beautiful location south of Topeka, wonderful people, treated us like family. Now they are part of our Boondockers family. Thank you.


moretimeforus

May 2021

A Nice Kansas Stay

We appreciated the great communication from KansasKen and especially the hosts wanting to make sure we had a spot even though they already had guests planned. We only stayed for a night and unfortunately didn't get to spend much time with M but we were glad we got to meet her if only for a few minutes in the morning. Enjoyed talking to KansasKen about travel, solar, and HAM radio. Due to construction on an adjacent route their road is currently seeing some additional traffic so it helps to have a spotter on the rise to the East when backing in. Otherwise, easy backing into the WIDE DRIVE even with a long 5th wheel. For those folks leaving West on 70 there is an easy and free dump station at the Manhattan Rest Stop Westbound. Thanks for having us! Hope to see you guys down the road!


LivinLifeinDrive

May 2021

Sweetest hosts

We can’t say thanks enough for their kindest and letting us stay a few nights. We got out and enjoyed town a bit and we appreciate the electric, water and hospitality.


RoamingStrong

May 2021

Beautiful scenery and hosts

We had a quick 1 night stay but were welcomed as of we had known them for ages. They were great with our kids, great company and very hospitable. We already look forward to another stay.


TheBrunsons

May 2021

Great experience

We loved staying at this location for a few nights. It was easy to find/park and the hosts were welcoming and kind - we appreciated meeting their granddaughter and our kids enjoyed playing together outside. The pups also got along well. This was a convenient location to visit Topeka and only about an hour from KC too.

Thanks so much!!


TheHappyCamper

May 2021

Perfect Spot for Layover

This place is the ideal spot for a layover on a road trip. Stay a day or two and you'll really appreciate it as much as I did. The hosts are some of the nicest folk you'd ever want to meet!


George+Karen

May 2021

Wonderful Stay

This was our first Boondockers Welcome stay and it was a wonderful experience. The location was lovely, peaceful, and quiet. The hosts were unbelievably kind, friendly, and accommodating. They were some of the nicest people we have ever met and enjoyed visiting with them. We look forward to using their site again if we are in the area.


KatAndRicFieler

April 2021

Outstanding

Beautiful location, kind people, fantastic set up. Easy access, country peace and quiet. We would absolutely love to stay here again. Rain storms kept us from spending more time getting to know our hosts, but what time we did spend was wonderful.


Tlrukavina

March 2021

Informative and Fun

What a wonder couple! This was my first Boondockers stay and couldn’t be more pleased! Ken was a wealth of knowledge and I learned heaps. Both were very welcoming and fun to visit with!


Blucifer

November 2020

AwesomeKen should be his name!

Ken was a gracious & informative host before we even arrived. From informing us of the best way to get in & where to unhook our toad, Ken was spot on with his information & oh so kind. Only had a short time to visit, but will definitely stop here again on our travels.

He came out in the winds & darkness to guide us in as well.

Last, but not least, he helped (well, actually did it) repair an issue with my brake cable.

Thanks for having us!


Pwoldow

October 2020

Top Marks in Topeka

Experienced RVers made this a pleasant and professional overnight. Top notch facilities provided by gracious and helpful hosts. Worth traveling here to meet these fine folks.


markhmorrison

October 2020

Great hosts!

Our hosts were great! Helped us back in to the site on a late arrival. The site was level and easy to hook up the electric. Super gracious. Will look to stay again when we are passing through.


93Ford

October 2020

Great place

Great place to park and rest.


jreneman

October 2020

Wonderful experience!!

I can not say enough about our stay at KansasKen's! We were greeted in the driveway upon arrival and immediately struck up a conversation with K while our kids played with their adorable poodle :-) K was a fount of knowledge around RVing for us newbies and was just great to talk to. He made sure we knew our route to our next location, the best place to dump and the cheapest place to get gas. We didn't have a chance to meet Mrs. KanasKen until the morning but we all immediately took to M's joyful spirit and before we left my kids were hugging her goodbye <3
We may just have to make a special trip to Kansas to see our new friends and watch our Moutaineers take on the Jayhawks together :-)


mgordon448

October 2020

Wonderful Stay, Great Hosts

Super friendly and welcoming. Easy space to back into with an electric hookup. Got to see their cool truck trailer rig and ate some delicious tomatoes from their garden. Would love to return again!


DHodge

September 2020

Kansas R&R

Another good Boondocker host and site!

Met by host at end of driveway and he helped us park and set up. Made to feel very welcome by host and wife ... and site gave us what we needed to have a good stay.

A highly recommended host and location!


EveSings-HiltonFiddles

August 2020

Great stay and new friends!

Our favorite thing about BW are the people we meet and the friends we make! K & M are exactly the type of folks we love to meet! They were so gracious and generous in so many ways and our stay was not just very comfortable but fun as well. Great conversations on so many things we share in common, sun tea and wine, and even some music time so H could play his fiddle and K could accompany him with his guitar (keep playing that guitar K - we will be back for more!)

M thank you for the treats from your garden. I’ll be making chicken Cacciatore with those tomatoes and peppers tonight!

And of course We got in some much needed dog petting in with their amazing dog!

Hope to pass your way again. Thank you again for everything!


Yakkinkat

August 2020

Friendly folks and beautiful spot

This was a great few days in a pretty spot. The hosts helped me with information about the local area, as well as things to see down the road. I thank them for their great help.


rbengston

August 2020

Great hospitality!

Such a beautiful area and our hosts were very welcoming. Very comfortable site, quiet, yet easy access. We enjoyed our night and would definitely stay again. Thank you!


geowalther

August 2020

Take Ken's Walk!

What a lovely experience, sitting on the porch with Mary and Ken. Delightful folks. I asked about walking opportunities, and Ken said to go left-left-left-left. Take that lovely walk. What a beautiful neighborhood, and wait until you see how organized his shop is!


VPstulc

June 2020

Kind and helpful hosts

Our host Ken was kind enough to take numerous calls from me as we attempted to find the most direct route to his location. Unfortunately, we experienced a flat on our 5th wheel on our way as well as mechanical issues with our car. They were generous and allowed us to stay longer so we could do some mechanical repairs and attend my son's wedding. The lady of the house is very pleasant and accommodating to our children. We enjoyed visiting with both of them and we hope the part of our Wy shamrock we left behind flourishes in their home. We will take good care of the mint. :-)


jerryjay11

September 2019

Very nice folks

We enjoyed the evening conversation with our hosts. They were very welcoming and we have to say they are terrific hosts. Even helped my wife to walk the 4 dogs. Driveway was definitely wide as described. No issues backing in. Great place to stay.


MollyMM

August 2019

Comfortable

Easy to park and a warm welcome!


Wann2119

July 2019

Thanks for having us!

Great place to stay! There was plenty of space for our 38’ bus and the 50 amp electric was nice to have!

We enjoyed chatting with the hosts. We will be back if we pass through the area again!


Faststreak

June 2019

Great Hosts!

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit with KansasKen. Highly recommend them. Beautiful sight. We look forward to staying there again!


chronicnomadness

June 2019

Favorite driveway yet!

We loved Wide Drive! Such a beautiful place! We had a really tough week of work and technology craziness, and our hosts were super accommodating and gracious. What we love about BW is the people we get to meet along the way, and we really, really enjoyed this couple. Wish we'd had more time! It was our first actual driveway stay in front of someone's house with BW and it was absolutely fantastic. Loved hearing and sharing stories. Hope our paths cross again :)