A long-retired forester, (I consider St Maries, Idaho as my home but do not now have a permanent address - PO 53) I decided that I should spend the remaining years of my life exploring this beautiful country of ours. I have traveled many times to Minnesota (family) and sped by many sites that I wished I could stop and explore, so now I want to slow down.
I travel with Sadie, a golden retriever, who is a friendly and excellent hiking companion. I enjoy hiking, seeing, listening to, and feeling the wind, rain, or snow. I am not a snow-bird, as I love snow and cold weather, but since RVing is new to me, I decided to test it out by heading south first. I live solely on my SSN payments, so I must be very frugal with my money. I had a consulting business, so I hope to pick up random jobs.
Short travel distances per day (200-300 mile max) and short stays (2-4 days) depending on what is available to visit in my car and hike with Sadie are my goals. I don't have a set schedule but am interested in seeing as many state, county, local, and national parks as possible.
I enjoy meeting new people but am not fond of crowds. I have learned so far in my research that I may be interacting with thousands of RV'ers this time of year in the southwest, so I'll have to accept that and hope to meet many new friends.
I have a female partner who lives and works in Iowa and will be joining me several times throughout the year when she can get off of work. She retires in three years, and hopefully, I will still be RV'ing with her another three years.
I am a retired forester but have acquired many skills throughout my career. I was a canoe guide in northern Minnesota in the BWCA as well as a big game guide in Alaska. I worked as a surveyor on the pipeline as well as for many private clients. I managed two native corporations in Alaska bringing both of them out of the brink of bankruptcy and left them as their CEO. I have had many contracts with federal, state and county forestry agencies and even produced a fifteen-minute video for the State of Alaska promoting the Forest Stewardship program to the many native village and regional corporations throughout the state. I do have a private, commercial and instrument rating as a pilot although I am not current. I ran my own landscape management company and am very proficient at pruning or falling all trees and shrubs. I acquired my Master Gardener certificate while in Oregon and had a 35 X 70 foot garden as well as three 4 X 4 foot raised bed gardens. I practically fed the neighborhood! I owned rental property in Anchorage and acquired man y skills with plumbing, electrical and other repairs. The last two weeks have provided me with new skills during the shakedown of my RV - repairing sinks, cabinets, learning new electrical and gas maintenance, etc.
I have had many dogs in my life and currently have a four-year-old Golden Retriever named Sadie. I get a lot of compliments about how nice and beautiful she is. She is full of energy and loves to go on long hikes off-leash. I am aware that many parks require a leash, so it appears that I may have to leash her up in many of the parks we will be visiting.
I have just learned about boondocking and hope to be able to meet some really great people who would open their property to strangers for a night or two. Since I am traveling slowly so as to not miss any features of this country, I would hope that I could learn about local history, lore, or museums from local folks. I noticed a boondocking site just east of Boise and may try to stay there if possible.
Since I am towing a car on a tow dolly I am sure many boondockers will not have the drive-through I would need to turn around since it would be impossible to back up unless I disconnect the dolly and car.
I was a military brat and moved many times in my life. I considered Minnesota (14 years), and Alaska (15 years) as my home but ended up in St Maries, ID in 2006 and would like to end up there when it is time to 'hang up my hat'.
I have a 2003 Hurricane and towing my Dodge Grand Caravan on a tow dolly. I will need a pass-through if possible or a spot to unload my car and dolly.
This was Sangfroid's 2nd stay with us and he and his dog Sadie are very welcome back any time. Though our weather hasn't been great either time, he doesn't seem to mind exploring in it anyway. Friendly and respectful.
We had such good conversation with this really nice guy. So interesting and informative. This is what we love about being hosts - all the wonderful people we would otherwise miss meeting. Very respectful.
As my First Boondocker, he was pleasant and very helpful! He was very considerate, polite, quiet and unobtrusive! He travels with a beautiful, friendly and well behaved companion. They are welcome back anytime! 🙂👍
Nice guest and has a very good dog. Would enjoy having him visit again.
Enjoyed having him stay with us. Had a nice walk with the dogs. Hope to have him stay again in the future.
Sangfroid was a great guest. Harley knew he was here. He had a dog but I never saw it. A great guest to have. If we weren't selling out house I would certaily welcome him back.
Thank you for stopping by for a visit!! A true pleasure to meet you and you very well behaved dog Sadie! I’m so glad you enjoyed this beautiful Valley we call home. Wish I had more time to visit. It was fun learning from you.