Rick is a long-time Rotarian and now a semi-retired real estate broker. Roberta sold her travel agency in 2006 which she operated for 25 years. Now we enjoy exploring all there is to see in North America. We highly recommend a visit to Newfoundland where during the summer of 2012 we spent 6 weeks on the island and will have to return some time to finish the exploration and renew acquaintences with many new friends there.
We have enjoyed hosting several Rotary Youth Exchange Students over the years of Rick's tenure in the Thornbury/Clarksburg Rotary Club. See: www.tcrotary.ca. Several of the hostings have resulted in life-long friendships resulting in a few visits to their homes in foreign lands, including one wedding. We look forward to meeting new friends as we travel following the suggested trips of boondocking sites listed in the Frugal Shunpiker's Guides.
Our home and boondocking site is located about 5 blocks from the public beach in Thornbury. We just didn't want to create the illusion that we live at shore-front location.
Rick is a licenced electrician and handy with mechanical repairs. Rick & Roberta have been active with volunteerism with several different organizations i.e. United Way, Canadian Cancer Society as fund raisers and volunteer drivers, ShelterBox (disaster relief organization),
We no longer have pets but are pet lovers. We feel that it's not right for us anymore since we're on the road so much. When at a campground we usually select the "Pet Section" thereby getting our "pet fix".
Through-out Newfoundland, Arizona in the hill country south of Sedona and east of Phoenix, in the mountains of British Columbia on former logging camp sites.
The Blue Mountains (Thornbury) is located on southern Georgian Bay ( an arm off Lake Huron). The region is designated by the province of Ontario as a "Four Season Recreation Area" due to the largest alpine ski area in the province, fresh-water fishing and swimming, numerous hiking trails and the well-known 7-mile sand Wasaga Beach. Blue Mountain Resorts is only about 10 km from our home. The Bruce Trail that runs from Niagara Falls to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula is within a 7 minute drive also.
We own a 2011 36 ft. HitchHiker fifth-wheel coach with 3 slides. Our first RV was a "Tag-along" pop-up canvas fold-out camper which we rented for our honeymoon in 1970. Over the years we graduated to larger camper trailers, then a hard-top Bellevue pop-up camper, which had a small fridge, our first. While our children were young and still at home we did canoe-wilderness camping in Northern Ontario. In 2002 we bought a used Ford 1/2 ton truck with a 26 ft. Glendette 5th wheel attached to it (no slides and 10 years old). The truck has been upgraded twice in the years since and is now a 2009 GMC Sierra LTS, 2500 with Duramax. In 2006 we purchased our first HitchHiker, 2000 model year. which we traded-in at the factory in April 2011 for our current RV.
It was such a pleasure to host Rick and Roberta, they had such wonderful stories and great tips to share based on their extensive travel experience.
So glad to have met and hope to be able to make a visit to theirs when we eventually make it on our cross Canada trip.
R & R are quiet respectful guests and simply lovely people, if you get the chance to host them, jump at it, they are fabulous folks.
It was a pleasure having Roberta and Rick for a couple of days. As Rotarians they displayed the best in Rotary's 4 way test. They are welcome any time.
Wonderful place and people. We had a nice talk with Rick and he a very friendly guy. We shared travels experiences.
We strongly recommend to meet them .
My kids and I were warmly welcomed by R & R. We had a great time sitting in their backyard with a fire going talking about trips, life, etc. Would love to return and meet with them again. Thank you!