Bought an RV to escape to the great outdoors for peace, quiet and inspiration to write a book. Am an arborist, always looking for interesting, rare and unusual trees to visit, write about and/or photograph, not to mention meeting great people who also appreciate trees and nature.
Arboriculture - Tree Planting, Planning, Care and Education; Environmental Education; Pollen and Allergic Plant Specialist (how to avoid pollen); Writing, Editing, PowerPoints, Event Organization
Long Jim Loop, Tusayan, AZ, just outside the Grand Canyon-South Rim
TV Tower Road, Cuesta Ridge Botanical Special Interest Area just North of San Luis Obispo
San Diego, CA
2010 Coachmen Freelander 21QB. 24 ft long, 8.5 ft wide, 10ft 11 in tall w/ AC and roof mounts
The owner welcomed me when I arrived at this beautifully landscaped spot. Communication was easy. I parked behind an automatic gate and the owner gave me a key so I could come and go as I needed. Communication was easy. Very gracious and friendly! Thank you so much!
My first stay with a BW host. It couldn’t have been any better. Rachel’s driving instructions were spot on and was a terrific guide. Bert was the most genuine person, a true Renaissance man. The property was divine. We were encouraged to pick fruits from the trees. Upon seeing the drive way, was a little concerned but there was no need. Although steep, it was concrete all the way and had no problems. Can’t wait to return, if only to spend evenings sharing stories with Bert. He’s truly someone special and so is the property.
This is an amazing place to stay in the San Diego area. Our previous plans for camping feel through due to Covid, but these hosts took us in on sorry notice. The house and views are breathtaking. We spent a few hours chatting with the hosts and learning about their great adventures. We wish we could've stayed longer but our trip plans required us to venture North. We hope to come back sometime in the future. The access and drive up to the home is steep. We made it fine using the gravel frontage road and then turning into the driveway. We have a 24.5 ft Forest River Forester. The driveway is narrow in places but not bad and it is paved the whole way. At the top is a flat driveway to park on. If you have a RV our size or smaller you should be fine as long as you are comfortable driving and backing up in narrow spaces. The effort is worth the reward of one of the best places we have ever boondocked.
I arrived as scheduled during the non-peak traffic rush hour (good idea), parked on the dirt "frontage road" as recommended & disconnected my Toad as advised (both good ideas). I drove my car up to the "Hi Hopes" home & parked in front of the beautiful home amongst the palm trees aligning the driveway.
I met the owner & builder of "Hi Hopes who is a very interesting "Senior Citizen". We enjoyed several sessions of visiting inside his incredible home. He has obviously enjoyed a wonderful life, especially w his equally hard working & very daring wife.
After the 1st meeting w the Host, I decided to leave my toad at his home & walk down the long concrete road that is shared w a few neighbors. That is when I became very concerned about my 20 yr old Cl. A RV w a new V10 gas engine being able to make it up this hill & possibly having to back down the long road.
There is not much space at the toop nor turnoffs to reverse directions. Also, the road is long for the sharp incline, much more than 10° & w my "senior" years I have become "scared" of heights. There was a visitors large Cl. C parked at the top in the Hosts driveway, She must be much braver than I.
After walking down ~1/3 of the road, I decided to allow my "gut feelings" to over-rule my "brave instinct" to attempt it. So, I walked back up to the Host's home & sadly informed him that I was not brave enough to attempt it. I was very disappointed for myself & for this wonderful Host. I seldom cancel my approved visits, especially upon my arrival.
But, w my Hosts suggestion, I did camp over-night where I had parked on the dirt frontage road, mostly used by neighborhood 4 wheelers. I did hope that none of them would be using it that evening.
It was still early (~4PM) on my arrival day so w the Hosts knowledge, I decided to accomplish my 2 primary goals for visiting the San Diego area.
A. Visit what some motorcyclists consider the furthest SW location of the "4 Points of America". San Ysidro, California on the border of Mexico.
B. Per my BW Hosts recommendation, visit Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial which is on the highest local mountain NW of San Diego. The Memorial is terrific but the view is truly amazing.
Would I go to "Hi Hopes"again? Never to camp in a large RV. But definitely to visit this wonderful man & BW Host. He, his home & view are all amazing.
My sincerest THANK YOU! to BranchingOut, including to the young Lady that advised me on how to get there & much more.
We had an amazing visit with Hi Hopes.
Two great hosts with great life stories. Wonderful conversations, warm and inviting.
Beautiful hi mountain side perch. Perfectly level parking spot. great view looking down towards San Diego.
I could go on we were both so sad to leave.
Follow their instructions about accessing off the busy road. And when they say steep driveway they mean it.