Mike and I are "retired" church worker types. Mike retired 5 years ago from his ministry as a Lutheran Pastor at a 100 year old church in downtown Toronto. Jan, that's me, just retired last June from working for Canadian Lutheran World Relief, a church based agency that works in the area of development. My work was to help resettle refugees. We have three children. Sun, our daughter, lives and works here in Toronto, not far from us. Our son, Philip, and his wife Stephanie, live and work in Sunnyvale, California. We have lived in downtown Toronto, Ontario for 25 years, and still love it, even though we are from the USA, originally Michigan and Idaho! Before Toronto we lived in Los Angeles, California.
We love to travel, and mostly by car. Our big travel even was 25 years ago, when we left our work, sold our home, and packed up our two little kids for a trip around the world for a year! That was great fun and a great experience. Now we enjoy exploring Canada and the USA. We just bought a small 13 foot trailer, ProLite Mini, which we have only had out a few times. We are looking forward to a long, 4 month trip to the West Coast, which we head out for in a few days. [We are still pretty new to RVing and have a lot to learn yet!]
We enjoy meeting people and getting to hear their stories and travels. We just learned about Boondockers welcome and look forward to meeting you and others in the group. Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this organization. Mike and Jan Drews
We are very limited in the skills to share department. Right now, we try to learn as much as possible from the "experienced" RVers...especially with "backing in" tips. We really need help in that area! Mostly we enjoy visiting and hearing people's stories; eating many varieties of foods; and just enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way.
This is not a skill, but we do like to share our home with visitors to Toronto. Because we live in downtown Toronto, we have a very small yard and a shared drive, so we cannot offer a boondocking location. However, we would like to offer a room in our home, if anyone finds themselves coming to Toronto for business or pleasure and needs a place to stay close to the down-town. Also, if anyone is camping near Toronto, and does not want to drive their rig through our narrow streets, you would be welcome to stay overnight in our home, and we will help you get around the city and give a personal tour!
We haven't had a chance to try Boondocking yet. Last year we had a fantastic month traveling in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. It was so relaxing. The scenery was spectacular and the people were so friendly, welcoming, and helpful. Can't wait to go back again sometime! This year we will try to explore the western USA with visits to Arizona, New Mexico, California coast line and up into the Northwest, and across Canada back to Toronto. So far we have enjoyed almost everywhere...even when finding a camping spot for the night gets a little difficult!
We have a small, 13' trailer, which we pull with our small Toyota, Matrix! [We are a bit like a "circus clown act" because we are 2 very large people, traveling in 2 rather small vehicles. Our trailer is called a ProLite Mini, made in Quebec, Canada. It is very compact yet very comfortable, even for 2 XXL people. It has water, sink, stove and fridge...one sofa that makes into a queen size bed, and a dining area that fold down into a double size bed. There are lots of windows making it light and air-y. We do not have a bathroom though. It is pretty simple and basic...no slide-outs, nothing too fancy, just simple and comfortable. It is about 2 years old this spring. The only "funky-ish" thing is that it is shaped a bit like an egg!