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Age: 65+

Member since April 2012

Retired military, USAF. Age; late 60s.

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I enjoy traveling and meeting others. I enjoy hosting/meeting people from other areas. Summers (May-Sep) I spend at my cabin outside of Bayfield, Colorado. I spend the winter months in the country outside a small town 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, Texas.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Not much in this area. Kind of a jack of all trades and master of none. Love classic cars. I rode motorcycles for 45 years. Quit riding a few years ago though.

Travlngary's Pets

I have a beautiful little wire hair terrier named Nina. We go everywhere together. She's very well behaved and is a quiet, wonderful companion.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Most anywhere in southern Utah or any mountain.

Travlngary's Hometown

Winter - Floresville is a small agricultural town with an old courthouse on the square as well as a few antique shops, an old downtown section and newer grocery stores including a super Wal-Mart. Summer- I live at Vallecito Reservoir, north of Bayfield, Colorado. It's a great mountain area with lots of hiking and fishing opportunities.

Travlngary's Guest Details

Travlngary's Rig

Rig Type: Travel Trailer

28 feet long

I recently purchased a new (2016) 28 ft Mallard travel trailer (has two slides)that I pull behind my 2016 Ford F-150 crew cab truck.

Travlngary's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Has slideouts

Travlngary Has 1 Host Location


Bayfield, CO, US
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Travlngary's References (71)

References from Hosts (10)


February 2020

great guests

We visited with them for a short time. Wish we would have had more time to visit. They are welcome back anytime.


May 2019

Great conversations

We enjoyed this visit and the great conversations we had with this gentleman. He is welcome back any time.


May 2019

Very nice traveler

Gay and I enjoyed hosting Gary and his newly adopted puppy, Miss Maggie. He has traveled quite a bit and had a lot of great info he shared with us. Gary is welcome back anytime.


November 2017

very nice place and people

We spent a couple days there and enjoyed a great experience with them, sharing good travel stories! A great place and charming people!

A former member

February 2017

Good guy

Was nice to have them visit


January 2017

highly recommend

Travlngary was very nice & pleasent. Got to meet his dad who lived close who came by to see his new rig. Would recommend this traveler to any boondocker. Beast


June 2014

It was so much fun!

Gary, Val, Maggie (and Fred, the dog) were exemplary guests but we wouldn't have expected any less: they had shown us the true meaning of Texas hospitality when we stayed with them in 2013 and we were happy for the chance to reciprocate. Since they've been such advocates of Boondockers Welcome, we wanted them to meet Anna (the behind-the-scenes but very important member of the BDW admin team) and they ended up meeting the whole family. The grand kids loved them and I believe fun was had by all!!


June 2014

Lovely folks to have around

Gary, Val, their friend Maggie and the dog Fred stayed at our place for two nights. What a lovely company they were! We toured the island and it "rocked". (They will know what I mean). Fred is such a well behaved dog, he and Molly recognized each other and are the best of buddies. I sincerely hope we will meet again in the future. Always welcome here!


June 2014

Great Folks

We had a great visit with Gary, Val and Maggie. Though here just one night, we hope to run into them again down the road!


June 2014

Wonderful Experience !

Gary , Val, Maggie, and Fred (the dog) ,stayed with us for one night. It was a pleasure having them and we only wish that we had more time with them. It was great meeting all of them and we hope they return when they are passing through our area again. !! We wish them many great traveling days ahead. Denise & Rich

References from Guests (61)


September 2020

Lovely stay!

We really enjoyed meeting Travlngary, he shared lots of information and tips for the area. Really appreciated.
Camp spot was level and quiet. We slept very well.
Highly recommend and we hope to return!


September 2020

Great location!

Beautiful location. Host was very accomodating. Very thankful for the hospitality.


September 2020

Super Cool-O-Rado!

TravLinGary truly is a “Super Host”... Great location, great stories, and a great guy. And his dog was cute and friendly too. A great stay! Thank you!


August 2020

Cool Indeed

A fantastic level site, well behaved dog, and an outstanding host. Numerous species of birds around the backyard to observe. Several darn good hiking trails very close are a must to experience. We shared a few memories of times we all spent back in (hot/humid) east-central Illinois.


August 2020

Quiet and peaceful

After a very scenic drive, our host was waiting outside and directed us to our spot. It's a beautiful area and we enjoyed our quiet and peaceful stay and had a nice chat with our gracious host. We would love to stay there again.


July 2020


Gary's host location is in such a beautiful part of Colorado! His long history of excellent reviews is reflective of his welcoming nature, the location and willingness to share his knowledge of the area with travelling RVrs. He genuinely likes to meet new people and was easy to talk to. We sat on his porch with our dog in the evening and had laughs and great conversation. I enjoyed a brisk swim in the river within walking distance of his home.

The road to the site is dirt and has a few large speed bumps that require a slow speed. The RV spot in his side back yard is mostly level albeit a bit rocky. We had no trouble leveling. Gary provided a nice shaded picnic table and potable water. He has a fire ring but we didn't use it due to the fire hazard warning in the area.

It was great to have a base camp to explore the area. I would not hesitate to return to his home again! Thank you so very much; we hope to meet again!

Go Solar and Be Free

July 2020

Nice and Cool-a-rado

We had a great time meeting the host and his well behaved dog.

We arrived during a light afternoon rain. The Host was standing out at the roadside in his rain jacket to guide us in. He was "Outstanding in his own field!"

After settling in, the Host greeted us with a stack of brochures on things to do in the area. We had great weather with a bit of afternoon, mountain rain and nice cool nights. It was super quiet and we slept so well.

Loved the short walk to the bridge, the tour around the lake with stops for hiking, and visiting Chimney Rocks National Monument.

Thanks again for this Host and BW in general. Just wonderful traveling when you get to meet and stay with real people.


July 2020

Short but sweet.

Gary met us at the drive and let us know where to park and the best way to do it. We set up camp and unfortunately there was a heatwave at the time and we could not get our camper cool enough to work in daily. We decided to pack up and move to a campground with full hookups instead. He was very understanding and gracious, we would definitely try again maybe a little earlier in the season next time.


May 2020


Gary is the best. He was out but we got there early stopping at a lake near by. He honked as us as he drove and we followed him on into his place. Amazing! We got a tour of his log cabin house. Be sure to see the cool carved pictured he has. Later he knocked and wanted to ask if we wanted to go with him and his dog. We have lots of things in common ....retired military and his winter house is like an hr from our house. Definitely will be back again


September 2019

Quiet spot in the woods

Travlngary was very accommodating to us as a very relaxed and friendly host. This is a great location in southern Colorado for those who are looking for some serenity.


September 2019


Very gracious host. Really enjoyed our conversation around a bonfire one evening. Gorgeous mountain valley with lots of spruce and fir trees with some Ponderosa. Spotted a deer in the yard one morning!
But I screwed up when I took a few minutes to connect my tow car to my rig on what was the neighbors property. Should have done it out on the main road which wouldn’t have been a problem. I have, of course, apologized.


August 2019

Amazing host

Gary was an awesome host and his place was beautiful. Would definitely stay here again if ever in the area.


August 2019

Great Experience!

This was our first time using Boondockers Welcome. Travlngary met us upon arrival and directed us to the lovely site he has created next to his home. It was so nice and level that we didn’t even need to unhook! He took time out of his day to chat with us and provide these boondocking rookies with some much-needed information. Thanks so much for a great experience!


August 2019


Travlngary was warm and welcoming. We enjoyed our visit to Cool-o-Rado. Great neighborhood along a river. Very peaceful!


July 2019

Awesome, awesome place!!!

This was our first Boondockers Welcome stay. We had a wonderful time. Gary gave great directs to his place. It was so beautiful and a very nice camping spot. Travlngary was so very nice and very knowledgeable of the area. Highly recommend and hopefully we will be back.


July 2019

Nice Cool Respite

Travingary provided a large area which was easy to park our travel trailer. It's peaceful at his property and there is a nice stream that could be heard from our site. The temp in Durango was in the low 90's but about 10 degrees cooler at Travingary's place and it cooled down nicely during the night in July. Travingary was a great host and provided some pamphlets with info on the local area. Pay attention to his directions to make the turn into his neighborhood. I would definitely stay at his property again. Thank you!


July 2019

Ultimate Stay

Within an hour of parking on a perfectly level spot near his gorgeous cabin in the secluded pines off a quiet road, 3 deer walked by the back of my RV on their way down to Grimes Creek about 50 feet away. Somehow I feel Gary choreographed that! I'm not sure if it was the 8000 foot elevation or the wind in the tall pines or the sound of the rushing creek or the cool night mountain air or the safe haven that Gary provides, but I'm sure I've never slept so well! We enjoyed great conversation and he is full of great tips for activities to do in the area if you don't just want to sit and chill in this little spot of heaven on earth! He and little Nina, his sweet little dog, are such perfect hosts, I didn't want to leave!


September 2018

Another Great Stay!

This is the second time and the second place I’ve stayed with Travingary. Both were great experiences. One in Texas and now in Colorado. Absolutely loved both times. Gary makes the process as simple as possible and is a GREAT host. Hope to see you again soon, Maybe even in Florida at my place!!! :). Thank You Thank You!!!!!


August 2018

A real treasure; special host and special,place!

This was my first visit to the Rockies and frankly I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure what hauling a 30ft. Fifth wheel would be like and it was not that easy! Long and short of it, I changed my plans three times at least between when I first requested and when I arrived! Gary was flexible and understanding. When I finally got to his place; I was so happy I came! It was just what I needed. Wild, safe, friendly and so, so beautiful! I asked if I could stay the weekend and Gary agreed. He showed me a great hike, and suggested some day trips. Well worth the trip! Thanks Gary!


July 2018

Cool spot to relax or explore.

Our host was very accommodating and we sat on his deck and had some good conversations about all kinds of traveling experiences.. He had two different spots to park, we chose the grassy area behind his house. The location is kind of remote but close enough to Durango to make day trips. There is a huge reservoir and some off road mountain trails nearby to explore. We had beautiful weather with nice temperatures at night to sleep by. Would highly recommend if your looking for a peaceful and laid back location.


May 2018

Welcoming host

Gary is a kind, respectful and courteous host. I met some of his friends/neighbors and everyone made it a highlight of my journey. I'm thankful to have met them all.


April 2018

So very patient and helpful!

Gary deserves the most patient boondockers host award. After arriving a few days after our original planned arrival date, and then our truck breaking down once we got there, he was so gracious in letting us stay till the truck was fixed. Not only that, but he even recommended a great local mechanic who did an awesome job. We had everything we needed, and it was in a beautiful location not far from San Antonio (which we thoroughly enjoyed our time in!) We definitely recommend Gary as a host.


April 2018

Most excellent host.

Gary and Maggie were amazing. They helped us out at very short notice. They're easy going and lovely people, in a peaceful location close to San Antonio. We hope we can return the favour one day.


April 2018

Great beginning for me and Boondockerswelcome!

Gary was wonderful! Shared great experiences and a most welcoming atmosphere. I hope to also boondock at his cabin in Colorado later this year. Great place to stay and see San Antonio.


March 2018

Gracious host

Gary was very hospitable. It was a pleasure getting to know him and his friends. A quiet street and a great location. 100%


March 2018

Another great visist

Another great stay.. even though we were late, he was waiting... will be sorry when he sells.. a REAL GREAT HOST


March 2018

Quiet Country Stay

Gary welcomed us on our arrival and gave us lots of parking options, even staying to help direct my husband as he backed our big rig into place. He was very flexible and accommodating, and we really enjoyed chatting with him and Maggie. Thanks so much for another great stay!!


March 2018

Excellent host

Gary greeted us, made us feel at home, and helped us find an ideal spot. It is quiet and peaceful yet close to San Antonio attractions. We would love to return some day.

A former member

March 2018

Very pleasant stay

We had great experience with Gary. Even though he wasn't home when we arrived, he made sure his other Boondocking guests showed us exactly where we could park and gave us all the tips that Gary mentioned to them. We then had the pleasure to meet Gary on our second day when he stopped by and had a very nice conversation. We can really recommend his spot, he truly is a superhost and one of the very first members as well. Thanks again Gary, and we hope to see you in Colorado when we pass through.


March 2018

Great spot and host.

We had a wonderful stay at Travlngary’s. Great spot, Travlngary was a gracious,helpful, and friendly host. Lots of birds and wildlife to see on a quiet residential road. We walked and biked road, great place to do that. Highly recommend this host.

Team T

March 2018

Such a gracious host

Gary was really great after changing the dates and times of arrival due to longer stays in other places. So nice and we learned so much about boondockers welcome. Really nice guy. Good luck out in the mountains Gary. 🤗

Team T

February 2018

Warm and welcoming

Gary was a very gracious host. Had a few date/time changes and he was very accommodating. This was our first stop with harvest hosts and we love it. Nice to connect with other on the adventure.

Gordon Borg

February 2018

Great Host

Gary and Maggy are great hosts. Gary is a wealth of information.
Thanks so mcuh


February 2018

One of the friendliest hosts we have ever met!

It was a pleasure to stay at Gary's place! He came out to meet us, show us where to park, made sure all our needs were taken care of, and told us about the rodeo that was happening in San Antonia while were going to be in the area. We were so glad he did because we ended up going and having a fantastic time!! We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations with him and loved the property - out in the country and so quiet. We would highly recommend Travlngary - we would go back in a minute!!


February 2018

Great Country Stay in Texas

We had a great stay with Travlngary. He was out of town during our stay but made arrangements with a neighbor to assist us upon arrival. Very quiet country location. Deer were present each evening. Gary provided electric, water and sewer for our use. Would recommend this location for a boondocker visiting the area.


December 2017

Awesome, friendly, kind, generous man is Mr Gary...

Our very first Boondockerwelcome experience, with a seasoned host, who has had many guests. Found out he is from our home state, no wonder. We visited a couple times, Gary was under the weather some, and still went out of his way to open the gates for us. After reading the reviews, I knew to expect being welcomed, but wasn’t aware Gary lost his wife. Wonderful spot, we didn’t use any hookups, we don’t want to bother anyone. So enjoyed the life journeys Gary had, and his future endeavors. Thanks so much Gary, hope to see you again one day! PS, added one more problem!


October 2017

Nice host, great boondock space

Had a couple of hours chat with him. Very nice boondocking spot with full hookup


February 2017

Great Hill Country Spot

What a great little spot! We were last minute scrambling for a place to stay near San Antonio. Travlngary quickly responded and invited us to stay. Quiet spot about an hour from the city. She took good care of us including full hook ups! What a gem! Thank you so much for everything!

Johan and Loes

January 2017


We loved to stay by Cary on his beautiful and quit place. Drink a glass of wine and had nice talkings of our travels and lives. Thanks Gary and hope to see you again!
Johan & Loes, The Netherlands

Dorian and Evelien

December 2016

Short notice, great host!

We only contacted Travingary the day before. He was really quick in his response and we had a great stay in Texas. Thank you for your hospitality and the nice talk.


December 2016

Wonderful Host!

This was our first BW stay and it was a totally positive experience. Gary went out of his way to make us feel welcome. We had lots of great conversation and he even showed us his cool cars! We could not have asked for a better experience. Thank you Gary for your kindness!


May 2016

friendly folks

30 miles out of San Antonio this is a nice place to park for the night....listen to the birds and watch deer and enjoy the company of some great people. We really enjoyed our visit with them. We hope to see them in the fall again. Thank you and many blessings.


April 2016

Doesn't get better :)

My wife and I just had a marvellous 2 night stay with Travlngary, the location is close enough to San Antonio but so quiet and peaceful!

We hadn't slept this well in a while, with the sounds of critters at night drifting through with the cool breezes. We didn't use any of the hookups available but for us it was a great bonus to spend some real time hanging out with our host and neighbor and the resident pups -

Thanks so much!

mike n penny

April 2016

Wonderful folks

We dry camped in the front pasture on this quiet slice of heaven and were made to feel at home. Our hosts are charter members of Boondockers Welcome, and they were warm and hospitable. Django, (our furbaby) enjoyed making friends with theirs, and we were sent on our way with some of V's homemade, delicious Greek pasta salad and fresh fruit.

We'd definitely recommend staying here if you're in the area.

La Strada

March 2016


Incredible to stay on one place, visiting San Antonio with hookup.
By sunset we saw deer, we heard coyotes, and turkey
We had some nice talks with our host, so for us it was a perfect stay.
Mia & Clemens


March 2016

What an amazing experience!

This was such an amazing and wonderful visit. I really enjoyed meeting these beautiful people! And their property is gorgeous, peaceful and serene. I'd highly recommend stopping in for the night to say hello!


March 2016

Wonderful first boondocking experience

We had the pleasure of staying two nights at this lovely couple's home. They were very welcoming to both of us and our little fur baby, Charlie... We could not have asked for a better location for our first boondocking experience. Thank you once again, G & V, for your gracious hospitality.

D, D & C
Shediac, NB, Canada


February 2016

Such a warm Texas welcome

Our time with Gary and Val was very special, we shared stories and Val amazed us with her cooking!
They were helpful with so many things and know the area so well. A great place to stop, we sure feel like we have met some wonderful new friends.


February 2016

Awesome Experience

Spent a few days with Gary and Val. Their location was very easy to find and parking our rig was so easy. Gary even had the adapter we needed to plug our 30 amp into his 50 amp service. We really enjoyed swapping camping stories and life experiences with them. For a first time Boondockers Welcome site we could not have picked a better place. Thank you so much. Kevin/Nancy


January 2016

Wonderful Boondockers

We stayed 2 nights with Gary and Val. Had some great conversation, They gave us great advice and maps on things to see in San Antonio.They let us hook into there power and water. Freddy is a sweetheart. We wish them all the best in their upcoming challenges. Alex/Jackie

Nick Olmsted

May 2015


This was our first experience in boon-docking and after almost becoming permanent yard art in their pasture, Gary and Val treated us to an awesome dinner of chicken enchiladas. What a cook, Val gets a standing ovation from us. The site was level and the hospitality was delightful. What a refreshing and knowledgeable duo. Great food, great conversation and great advise. Thank you both for the awesome experience.


March 2015

Consumate Hosts!

Val had dinner ready when we arrived........AMAZING COOK, we extremely helpful, and informative with everything during our stay, babysat the dog, while we ran errands AND......sent us on our way with soup, bread and cookies. How do you top that?


March 2015

Wonderful Hosts

It was a privilege to meet Gary, Val and Freddie. They were wonderful hosts in a beautiful location. They have many experiences to share and they enthusiastically shared as many as time would allow in the two nights we spent with them.


March 2014

Great location

While we only stayed the one night we appreciated the opportunity to stay here and the arrangements our hosts made to allow us to stay here. A special thanks to "Maggie" for looking after us. Very peaceful and quiet spot.


February 2014

A Perfect Place to Visit!

Gary and Val are super hosts and live in the most perfect place ever! Nestled into the woods, yet so close to many places worth seeing. They shared their unique home, a meal and most importantly their RV experiences. Their stories have given me the confidence to continue my travels. I was invited to stay longer and wish I could have. Sure hoping they'll have me back again sometime!


February 2014

What a great welcome!

We stayed with this host for 2 nights and would have love dto stay longer. Very welcoming couple and a convenient place to stay for visiting San Antonio.


March 2013


Val and Gary took great care of us, Val even stayed with our kids for a day so we had much needed break... The location is also perfect, beautiful and peaceful and yet not far from San Antonio.


February 2013

It doesn't get any better

The hospitality shown by Travlngary was amazing! To say we became friends is not true - we fell in LOVE with this couple! With so many rave reviews and because they're so convenient for visiting San Antonio, I do think they'll eventually have to limit how often they accept guests if they want any time to themselves!


February 2013

Great place with greater folks

We parked in Val and Gary back yard. loved that we got to put our dogs in the fenced yard so we would set up the travel trailer. We had a great dinner with smoked chicken, salad, Angel eggs, deep fried cherry pies and Ice cream. They gave us great advice on getting our trailer repair. We made some lifetime friends with Val and Gary. We will be going back next winter. Love to All God Bless Grandma Buffy and PaPa Buffy.


January 2013

Highly Recommended - Nice Country Location Near San Antonio Missions

This was our 1st time using one of the boondocking locations from this site and it was a very positive experience. We stayed at Gary and Val's house in early December, 2012. Gary and Val could not have been more accommodating to us. Not only did Gary mow the grass in the pasture just for us, but Gary and Val welcomed us warmly on our arrival, shared a meal with us and we also spent time sharing stories of our previous travels. Gary and Val have lived a very interesting life and we found ourselves laughing most of the night.

Their boondocking spot was in a level pasture and very peaceful. We have a small rig (21' in length), but the space could easily accommodate a larger vehicle, too. It is only a short trip into San Antonio or the Missions from their location. I would highly recommend staying with Gary and Val. Tell Gary and Val we said Hello when you arrive. :-)


December 2012

Great Welcome

Only an easy straightforward half hour to downtown San Antonio and all the wonderful things there (less time to the missions) and this is a great country spot. We were in a lovely small meadow not far from the house and our hosts couldn't have been kinder with both info and assistance. Watch out for the jog in the road - their road continues to the higher street numbers after a jog. Turn right, then left. This was our first boondock with the organization - what a standard to set! Super high recommendation.