Dennis and I are lucky to live in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, the capital of kiteboarding and windsurfing. We still work full-time during the school year so are available to host from mid-August through Mid-June. Not much availability during the summer, but all seasons are amazing up here.
We like to meet new people and learn about diverse cultures and people. We have travelled overseas extensively but are now concentrating on traveling in North America. We are nonsmokers.
We have just purchased out tiny travel trailer and are learning a lot, ourselves. Dennis has a good understanding of solar electrical systems.
We have a brand new, custom built canned ham. The usual cooking situation involves an outdoor kitchen - it pulls out from the back. However, if we know we will be staying with a host that does not allow grills, we can be prepared to cook inside the trailer. We do have an inside toilet. We can be self sufficient (it is boondocking, right?) but are always happy to plug in when we have that option. Our tow vehicle is a 1997 Mitsubishi Montero - we love it!
The Columbia River Gorge Get Away is in a fantastic location to numerious attractions. There are plenty of hiking trails, breathtaking waterfalls and the wonderful town of Hood River all within a 30 minute drive. Unfortunately most trails and public parks were closed due to COVID, so we spent most of our time in the town of Hood River enjoying microbrews and walks along the river watching the kite surfers. Our hosts were very hospitable and friendly, we spent an evening chatting about camping and travel on their front porch and sharing local beers. Will definitely visit again once everything opens back up.
Very pleasant overnight experience with this interesting couple who were very hospitable. Their property accommodated our Class B van perfectly in a beautifully wooded environment. We shared camping experiences and tips on the local attractions.
Beautiful setting overlooking a creek. Very accommodating, felt very safe.
Thank you for welcoming me into your home and making me feel welcome. Good luck with all the prep for your upcoming summer tour. May you have peaceful travels.
The hosts were a pleasure to chat with. Very interesting couple and quite informative about the area. Would definitely stay again.
Prompt response, clear directions, super travel recommendations and fabulous, friendly folks. Thanks so much!
We kept in contact and made this stay work for both of us.
Richard & Barb
Once again, big kudos to Kykate and the Smiling Bus Driver for having us right back for a quick stay to address some urgent matters. These folks love people and it truly shows trough great hospitality. We can't wait to be back in the area for another visit!
Kykate and partner are uniquely kind and helpful people. Some might say, "salt of the earth." They repeatedly went out of their way to accommodate us and our large family, dog included. Great advice about enjoying the Columbia River Gorge, helpful tips for resources in town, and genuine kindness are what you can expect if you choose this location.
Our whole family was invited to a neighbor's house to press freshly harvested apples into cider! Afterwards, we not only had gallons of apple cider, but two additional friends, who live across the street. The next day we had apple cake, apple jelly, apple butter delivered to us in our RV. Wow!! Super yummy!
We also suffered a minor personal setback while staying here and they graciously allowed us to extend our stay until the problem was resolved. They really care and it shows in many ways. We are deeply grateful for our stay, and hopefully we will drop in again the next time we are in the Pacific Northwest.
Kykate and her husband are interesting and welcoming hosts. We toured each other's rigs, picked and exchanged apples for pears and plugged in just long enough to brew morning coffee. Kykate is well versed in area history. It was just an overnight stop, but I hope next summer we can plan a longer stay and explore the area.
Stevenson is a beautiful little town, on the 'quiet' (north) side of the Columbia River Gorge, just down the way from White Salmon and Hood River. It's a perfect spot if you're a kiteboarder or windsurfer, within easy reach of several launch spots. Our hosts were very kind and helpful, letting us use their electric, water and internet. Thanks so much!
Boondocking in the Columbia River Gorge area—anywhere you go is simply gorgeous. The location, and our host were perfect. They both are very outgoing and supplied us with mountains of information. Thank you for your hospitality!
A lovely friendly, chatty couple. They are very knowledgeable about the area. Their place is about 1 and half mile up the hill from Stevenson. Felt very safe in this quiet street. From here you have access to lots of hikes, although crossing the toll bridge in an RV cost $3 each way. Enjoy a Beer at the Walking Mans Brewery. Easy back in with our Class C 26 foot.
kykate was a wealth of knowledge about the area, and the flowers around their home are to die for!! It is a quiet, beautiful place, with so much to do in the area. She and her husband are fun to talk with, and we really had a great stay. I highly recommend their place!!
We had water and electricity, peace and quiet, friendly accommodating hosts, and a close proximity to the beautiful gorge. Kate and Dennis lent us a very helpful book, shared tips on things to do and see, spent time visiting with us, and even gifted us with home made jam as we Departed. Kate gave us a tour of the property, including the beautiful Creek. They recommended the nearby Gorge Interpretive Center and it greatly exceeded our expectations, don't miss it. We loved their custom built camper, very creative and charming, would love to have one like that. Saw bunnies and plenty of birds in the yard each day. We highly recommend this boondockers option!
A very nicely located quiet, level spot, and chatting with them was icing on the cake. 😃. Thank you!