Jean and I are both retired from our tree care business. The past few years we've been on the road for 6-8 months on each trip. We've RVed extensively in the western states and Alaska and some of the southern states. When we were younger we did a lot of bicycle touring (we're now in our 70s) around the U.S. and shortly after the Iron Curtain came down we did a bike and hike tour in Siberia and the Ural Mountains. We plan to RV as much as possible in the future.
We are avid geocachers and plan our RV routes to take in as many geocaches as possible. We enjoy searching for them mostly in the countryside rather than in the towns or cities. Since caches are hidden by local people, we like that this activity takes us to places the average tourist is not going to see.
We like to travel on the backroads rather than freeways. We take our time traveling through the rural areas, 200 miles is a long day for us. While we do a lot of route planning for each trip we really like the freedom that not having a time schedule to adhere to gives us....we're happy with where ever we end up each day.
I can give you lots of advice on taking care of your trees and general desert landscaping
Most of our "boondocking" has actually been dry camping in national forests, national parks, state and county parks. We enjoy being near the ocean on the west or gulf coasts. We also enjoy being in the western mountains. The deserts have a beauty of their own and we've spent quite a bit of time camping in and exploring them.
We like the smaller sites offered by the federal or state park systems so we chose an Alpenlite 28 foot fifth wheel with no slides.....still too big to get into many of the sites where we'd like to be.....but we can squeeze into some fairly small places. We bought the fiver in 1995. The heavy half truck we first used just wasn't hacking it so in 1996 we bought a 1-ton Dodge dually with the Cummins diesel. The Dodge now has over 250,000 miles on it.....just about all pulling the fiver. We're hoping the rig will last as long as we do.....realizing that one of these days we'll have to hang up the keys....... Behind the dinette is a large open cabinet that was intended for a TV. Jean won a giant Easter rabbit in a drawing and we had several smaller stuffed rabbits and they now reside in the TV cabinet. When talking with people about pets we tell them we have a rabbit hutch in the RV. They get a kick out of seeing the hutch which is now overflowing with the rabbits (even stuffed rabbits seem to multiply) and other critters we've picked up over the years. We buy a cloth patch at every national park we visit, Jean has mounted them in picture frames and we have several frames of patches on a blank wall. It's nice to look at them during quiet times and reminisce about our past adventures. It's nice to say "Remember when...." instead of "I wish we had....."
Theoakfolk were a pleasure to host for two nights. They let my four boys and I tag along on their geocaching adventures for the day, and my boys are now excited about geocaching more. We plan to place a cache on our property soon. Their dog got along well with our dog well and was friendly with our kids. I enjoyed getting to know this interesting couple. They are more than welcome to stay again anytime.
I recently stayed one night with theoakfolk and had a wonderful time. I am already planning on going back for a longer stay! Hosts helped me get level and gave my dog biscuits. We had a couple of very nice conversations and they gave me information/history about the area. I felt very comfortable just resting under the shade tree and going about the day. I will visit these nice folks again.
What a nice people Theoakfolk are. They live in a beautiful area and showed us the wall at the mexican border. Thanks for staying at your place!!!!
We enjoyed our visit to lower Arizona and an overnight south of Sierra Vista near the Mexican border with Bill and Jean. We were on our way to Agua Prieta, MX to do some dental mission work and this was a perfect stop along the way. Lots of space and fairly level parking. Bill was kind enough to offer us electric hook up which was good to get our batteries topped up overnight. Great conversation over a cup of hot chocolate was icing on the cake. So if you don't mind traveling a short wile on dirt roads, this is an excellent location with great hosts. Thanks B & J.
Very accomadating! Could not have asked for better hosts. Spent time showing us around the area and made us feel at home. Looking forward to staying there again!
This was our first boondockerswelcome experience and was it ever positive! Besides having a superb mountainside location inside the Coronado National Memorial (a mini National Park), with lovely views into Mexico, Bill and Jane were wonderful hosts, for 2 nights. Thanks, and we hope they will let us reciprocate in the future.