We, Randy and Marianne, are semi-retired and try to travel on extended trips as often as we can. We both just turned 60 but started traveling this way in our late 40's. We've learned to travel frugally, we don't need hook-ups, and often not even a campground - just someplace quiet, level, and safe to park and sleep for the night. If you're willing to offer us a spot on your property when we're passing through your area, we will be very grateful and happy to return the favor.
On our trips, we usually like to take our time and explore any natural attractions along the way. We love hiking and carry an inflatable two-man kayak with us. We always appreciate advice from locals about nearby scenic places, a great day-hike, where we can launch our kayak, or advice on the best local stops for supplies and fuel.
Our class B (Roadtrek) motorhome regularly takes us on magical adventures all across this beautiful continent. We're used to boondocking. We don't have a generator, slide-outs, or automatic levelers, and have learned to live without electric hookup (unless the temperatures are extreme).
We are social but also self-reliant. We appreciate any local advice but certainly don't expect you to become our tour guide or spend a lot of time with us.
The main reason we're on Boondockers Welcome (aside from being a founding owner ;-)) is to add variety to our travels. Meeting local people is as much of the reason we travel as seeing the sights. Of course, we also love having friendly, interesting, free places to stay for one night at a time on route to our next destination. We don't mind staying in Walmart parking lots but we much prefer this - meeting as many of our members as possible.
About us: We have tons of information to share about the many boondocking locations we've found.
About me (Marianne): I've actually written a few boondocking guides....you may have heard of them: "The Frugal Shunpiker's Guides." They cover Texas, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. Although normally for sale through my website. I expect I'll be giving a lot of them away; they'll make a good thank you gift for anyone who hosts us for a night on our travels.
About Randy: He knows a little bit about a lot of things - just enough to be dangerous. That's a joke but he really does - ask him anything and he may be able to help you. He knows his way around Photoshop and is well-read in many aspects of natural health and various other subjects. He does most of our own basic mechanics and might be willing to talk to you about that but won't work on your vehicle (in case he screws it up). He plays guitar (quite well) but shies away from playing in front of people, so don't ask for that either. He's actually far from shy in other respects. In fact, he's extremely sociable. And, as you might guess, he has no clue that I'm posting this about him but, when he finds out, he'll be okay with it.
We've done a lot of boondocking in the southwestern states and love it all but I think our favorite boondocking is in Utah - the scenery is just the best and there's so much public land that finding a great scenic spot is never a problem.
Elora, Ontario, Canada
Class B Roadtrek - 19 feet long. Older but in great shape (similar to how we describe ourselves). And with low mileage (wish we could say the same about us). We have an awning but no slides.
It was quite the highlight for me to host the founder of Boondockers Welcome - and right after bringing home my first camper van! Such a down to earth couple - it was a real pleasure. I wish we had more time!
What a surprise to host the Boondockers Welcome founder Marianne and Randy.
Not only are they special, they are down to earth ,friendly and fun.
It was a pleasure to meet these great people and share our simple location, here at The Grove.
They were our guest and now friends.
Like-minded people connected! A joy to open our farm to the founder of BW. We enjoyed your adventurous spirits & learning more about BW. You are changing the face of camping. Our lives are enriched by meeting people like you. Welcome back anytime!
It was a great pleasure to host Marianne and hear about there adventures. I do hope they come back and visit again.
They are one of the nicest breezes to blow through town.
Very much enjoyed briefly meeting M & R as they were arriving and I, unfortunately, was on my way out to an appointment. Great communication regarding their arrival time and they were very respectful guests. They were on the road again in the morning early so I missed the opportunity to say goodbye. We would welcome them back at any time.
The only bad thing about this visit is they had to leave, but hopefully they will be back soon. Even though we just met, we were old friends within minutes....... and family by the time they left. If they ask to stay with you, don't say no.
We enjoyed the time with you and learning so much about you rig and your travels. I'm sure our paths will cross again.
It was great to finally meet up with these wanderers, even though we have be in touch with them since the beginning of BDW. We had lot to talk about, getting to know them and we welcome them to our neck of the woods any time their travels bring them this way again.
So glad we could let you know how we all love BW. Had an outstanding visit with several other guests. Everyone got to share. See you next week at the Rvillage Rally and hopefully on the road in our travels.
We have loved our visits with Randy and Marianne. and we are grateful to marianne, every time we get a boondockers welcome visitor that she had the vision to create this great organization. It was hard to say goodbye. I think we need to make a road trip to Canada next year. Need to see their location and enjoy their hospitality.
Such a privilege to host them as our first guests back in 2013 and now again. Sorry to say goodbye today.
Pauline and Virginia
Really enjoyed hosting this couple, great conversation around the campfire welcome back anytime
Wow! What a treat having the rare privilege to host one of the founders of Boondockers Welcome. We had so much fun talking about our travels, the development of Boondockers Welcome and the future of this wonderful organization. We only paused long enough to watch the NFL playoff games.
Our conversation was seasoned with great meals and spirits. What a kick getting a chance to introduce them to Georgia Land Lobster (BBQ pork and Brunswick strew).
They could have stayed for a week and my chief complaint would be that their visit was too short.
Of course Marianne and her husband were the perfect BW guests. They were very kind, considerate and just plain fun to be around. There will always be a site here waiting for them.
My wife and I were out of town, so we did not get a chance to meet our guests in person. Our daughter was home to greet them and show them our facilities. She said our guests were great and that they were very quiet. They left us a nice gift that I will cherish. Thanks and hope to meet you someday.
Marianne and Randy kept us well informed as to their arrival. Their rig was any easy set-up. We were only able to spend a short time as we were preparing to leave the next day on our boondocking trip. We only had time to quickly scan over their bio and didn't find out until the next morning when they came to say their goodbyes what truly exceptional people Marianne and Randy are. After talking around our kitchen table over an hour about where we
were both going and since we were both heading south, we decided to meet that evening to continue our conversations about each other's past adventures. We met at Rocky Top, TN ate supper together at Cracker Barrel and talked for hours until late in the evening.
Super great people, quick to make you think you've known them forever. Hopefully, we can get back together to continue our conversation and friendship. They truly are Boondocker royalty!!
A super side of the hosting boondockers is making new friends
Super respectfull guests
We certainly find two new friends with Randy & Marianne.
Hope we had time to share a drink on the side of firecamp.
You are very welcome when you are back in our neiborhood.
Thank you BW, for the wonderfull saison, allowing us harvesting many new
Helene & Francois
I was so excited when Maryann said she was coming to Boondock. It was so nice to meet her and her partner in crime.
We sat around the table and cleaned boxes of fresh local blueberries.
We had another couple from BC boondocking so we had a great chat about Boondocking and RVing in general.
Maryann has become one of our family because she was a great friend to my brother Eldon who passed in 2017
hugs to you and thank you for the visit
John really enjoyed meeting Marianne and Randy and getting to know them. Sorry I missed you. Very self sufficient and low impact. Come visit any time
Well where do I start? Hmm well Marianne and Randy stayed with us on June 21 2017 and it was a great time and experience! As our first boondocker guests we were blessed to have them visit! We stayed up passed midnight chatting at the campfire about this, that and the other. In one day, complete strangers became friends!
You be crazy not to have them stop by. They are a wealth of information. And what great people to visit with
We had a great time hosting the boondockerswelcome.com founders a few days ago. They are very nice people and have some very interesting stories. I think I could talk with them for hours. We hope they stop by again when Danielle does not have to work so that she can meet them. Enjoy your trip across the U.S. Randy and Marianne! Stop back any time.
It was our pleasure to Host Marianne and Randy at our place, we had a very nice evening with them and finding out lots of useful information from them, they are more than welcome back here and hope to meet up with them again.
Marianne & daughter stopped by for a quick visit on way to VT for an Escapees rally
We had family house guests @ same time so had to share our attention but much enjoyed their company & hope they manage a return trip. They were generous, interesting, friendly, informative guests & it was great to host them
It's only taken me a year to write this recommendation, I didn't realize, this option was here.
Very nice folks, welcome again any time.
Butch and Fonda
BTW, I really enjoy your books!!
We all greatly enjoyed having Marianne and Randy stay overnight. They brought interesting conversation with as, quiet and respectful of guests as anyone could expect. Additionally, their knowledge of boondocking was a welcome resource. We would highly recommend them as guests to any host fortunate enough to be requested.
Marianne & Randy are delightful people. They arrived when they said they would, we had a very nice visit, although too short, and we hope they'll come again so we can spend more time with them.
Marianne & Randy stopped by and visited with us a couple days. They have really travelled. Enjoyable to talk to. I recommend them as guests to anyone.
Marianne & Randy spent a night at our place and we had a most enjoyable visit while they were here. I highly recommend them as guests.
Marianne and Randy are very welcoming and friendly we spent 2 nights at theire location we had a great time in Elora hicking and visiting the town center.
Thanks for everything
Sheila and I had a wonderful time staying at Marianne and Randy's home (driveway)! The are very considerate and welcoming. They showed us the area, including the beautiful Elora Gorge that boasts an up to 2 hour nature walk with numerous rapids, which is only a couple of blocks from their home (inner tubes are available for rent from the park administration). Our hosts were very helpful in showing us routes of travel to Niagara Falls and the surrounding area. We would be very happy to stay and visit with them again! Our thanks to a wonderful couple for their hospitality.
Pretty cool town. Great stroll through town and viewing the gorge. The hosts were extremely nice and helpful.
I arrived earlier unexpected - Marianne happily greeted me at the curbside and showed me where to park and then invited me in to their home. Randy and Marianne are welcoming and friendly and informed me about the nature of boondocking. This was my first Boondockers Welcome experience. I will return to Elora again for another stay for both the friendship and the lovely Elora.
Stayed one night with Marianne and Randy in beautiful Elora, Had a great visit sharing trekking, camping and boon docking experience.Highly recommend, hope we cross paths again somewhere, someday.
Thank you so much for sharing your property with us. We felt very safe. Lovely area to visit and we will be sure to return. Our host was welcoming and had some great stories about their travels. We cycled, visited the Elora Gorge and drove a short way to the only remaining covered bridge in Ontario. Good fun!
We loved meeting Marianne and Randy and staying at their comfortable and quiet Boobdocking spot in Elora Ontario Canada.
It was kind of a last-minute booking for us and they graciously extended an invite . We had wanted to stay here at some point as it’s close to Guelph where our daughter goes to university and we also wanted to have the chance to meet the creators of the Boondockerswelcome. We were not disappointed on either front. Marianne and Randy are a lovely couple and made us feel so welcome. We would welcome them to come and visit us at anytime as well. Elora because I lovely and quaint town. We visited one of Marianne And Randy‘s favourite coffee spots and walked around town. We spent a few hours at Victoria Park within walking distance from their home and walked along the gorge. It was so lovely. I highly recommend this place and this lovely couple. Thanks again you guys. Great to meet you.
Since we arrived so late I only got to talk to Marianne briefly. She invited us over for morning coffee but it was pouring rain so we headed out early. We will definitely be back again this summer.
After a Roadtrek factory tour, I was fortunate to boondock with Randy and Marianne in their wonderful town of Elora, ON. After we shared a light supper they took me to a dance at the Canadian Legion. It was a wonderful evening. If you stay with them I recommend you arrive early in the day and enjoy some of what their town has to offer.
This couple are delightful hosts. Invited me to attend Canadian Legion dance just a few blocks from their home. Also enjoyed happy hour and light dinner before the dance. Wonderful town less than an hour from Roadtrek factory.
We had marked this spot on our map after meeting Marianne and Randy in Tucson at an Escapade - if we were ever in the area, we wanted to stop and get to know the owners of Boondockers Welcome. Were we in for a treat! The town of Elora is quite the attraction, rivers, gorges, restaurants, parks - and Randy's family is part of the history here. He knows every nook and cranny and we walked all over. Marianne and I could talk website business for hours. We shared a few delicious meals and too much wine! They are the perfect hosts in a nice quiet residential area - walking distance to the shops and restaurants in Elora. Our Roadtrek looked so cute parked next to theirs!
Mark this spot on your map - you'll be glad you did.
Chris Guld, GeeksOnTour.com
Little did we know when we signed up to this site that our first boondock would be with the creators!
Marianne and Randy were brilliant and so forthcoming with info to a couple of newbies.. Even though preparing for their own big trip they made it evident that we were more than welcome and we had a great time meeting them. Thank you so much for having us and your brilliant idea! Happy travels :) Nat and Alex.
Although we have members in the past, we rejoined recently and had our first experience with Boondockers Welcome with Marianne and Randy. They made our 30th anniversary celebration very special, going out of their way to provide us with local information including some great walking trails and dining recommendations. We felt very welcome and all of our uncertainty of using Boondocking Welcome vanished. It was also wonderful to learn from them with all of their insights into ways we can travel in our retirement in 2017. The parking spot was easy to get in and out of and being right in such a beautiful Ontario town was very enjoyable. Elora is one of our favourite small towns in Ontario and we are looking forward to returning in the future.
Hi- wanted to say thanks for the stay and for the exchange of information. Always a pleasure to see you both and hope we can reciprocate here some time.
Based on only one [very good] Boondockers Welcome experience in my first year, I happily renewed for another!
Hadn't been to Elora for about 25 years but remembered its beauty. Luckily there was a BW member close by with available space.
Imagine my delight when I realized my hosts were Marianne and Randy...absolute encyclopedias of frugal RVing knowledge!!!
They were right there when my dog and I arrived and guided us into a lovely, shady spot with huge trees and a spacious, flat, private area. The entire neighbourhood felt very safe.
My expectation was for just a parking spot but we got so much more!!! They instantly felt like friends...very easy to be with...and more than generous with their time!!!
I learned some Elora history, was offered maps and brochures, and was taken on an amazing hike around the breath-taking gorge by Marianne. She's very athletic. She also makes a mean taco salad!
Randy spent a lot of time helping me figure out a battery problem...a very patient and thorough teacher!
Do yourselves a favour and visit Elora. It is charming and quirky and unforgettable. And do yourselves an even bigger favour and meet Marianne and Randy, two people who squeeze every ounce of adventure out of life...their energy and enthusiasm are very contagious!!
Kudos to Marianne for the brilliant BW idea! Can't wait to visit them again!
Linda and Keith the dog
The Elora Gorge is something I have wanted to see for ages. The Town is reminiscent of a town in Britain. Our hosts were Fantastic our meeting was like old friends getting together yet we had never met. I know everyone who has met Marianne and Randy have nothing but positive thoughts. Marianne "Thank You!" for being you and creating this wonderful idea were RV's can share the space they have available.
Perfect location for an easy walk to downtown restaurants and trails. Marianne and Randy gave us some very useful tips on finding the trails that the locals use. Excellent hosts and quiet location. We will be back!
Shula & I visited Marianne & Randy in Elora Ontario,
We came with arented car from Toronto as our rig is already stored for the winter and awaiting us to pick it up in the following summer.
As we entered thier house we immidiatly felt welcomed ,we chated and found many mutual interest.
The 3 hours we were there flew without notice,that is what happens when you are having a good time.
Thank you for your king hospitality.
Hope to see you again.
Marianne and Randy have started a wonderful way to see the country. Not only is it free and safe, you have interesting people at each stop to advise on sites in the area to see. Their spot is nice and level and close to all the attraction in Elora.
My wife Angie & I stayed for two nights in Elora as guests of Marianne & Randy and it was our first time to be guests at a Boondockers Welcome location, and since they are the originators of the organization, how great was that!! We got lots of good information from them about the joys of boondocking and look forward to meeting new people this way as we head to Canada's west coast this summer. They are a warm and friendly, very knowledgeable couple, and, by the way, Elora is a nice place to visit too.
Since they stopped by our place in TX we decided to pay a visit to them. No kidding, it's a wonderful town. We just loved it. We had a great time visiting with Marianne and Randy and the family. Not only does she host a great website she makes a great Boondocker host as well. Kudos to her daughter for the fabulous work she's done on the website. Boondockers Rocks!!
We had a wonderful visit when Marianne and Randy welcomed us to their home in Elora on our maiden voyage with our Roadtrek. They are boondocking pros and fellow Roadtrekkers so we were taking notes! We found many topics of conversation and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The boondocking spot was flat with no need for levelling. Marianne provided sightseeing tips, too. For those interested in seeing in seeing rural Ontario, Elora is a lovely, walkable town and Marianne & Randy are wonderful hosts.
Cruisefx (Jenny & Paul)
Spent a couple of nights at Marianne's & Randy's, wonderful hosts. They provided a lot of information on my future travel plans. The site easily accommodated the 20' motorhome and the town of Elora is a delight to visit.
Couldn't resist stopping in at Randy and Marianne's place to actually meet the originator of this site. Real nice couple.The parking was a little tight for a pickup and 28 foot trailer. It's in town as well so we only used our generator for a short time. We had breakfast with them and it was great to hear her plans for the future of this site. They drove us all around the town and showed us the sights. Elora is beautiful and is perfect for walking around for a day. Highly recommended.