Soon after I retired from nursing we sold our home and rentals to our son and began full time RV life. We are nearly three years into it now. Traveling is in my wife’s DNA as much as mine. We spend a fair amount of time at our home base 10 acres to be part of our grandchildren’s lives who all live within an hours drive.
As a second career I am a custom cabinetmaker and furniture builder. Also, making wine, mostly fruit wines is a great pastime for me. The fruits are mostly from our own property.
Living the RV lifestyle has afforded us to meet so many people from across this country.
Having lived most of my life here we are able to direct you to many of the areas of interest when visiting.
We love both cats and dogs but are living without them now.
We travel the 1000 mile length of the Baja about every year. Two of our favorite places to boondock on that journey are Playa Santispac on the Bahia de Concepcion and Santa Ynez a cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere near Cataviña.
Lebanon, Oregon is a small town of about 16,000. I was born in our hospital here right after it was built. Twenty years later I returned as a new nurse and the woman who hired me was the same one who signed my birth certificate! I spent most of my career about 50 yards from where I was born. When growing up this was very much a logging and wood industry town. Much of that is gone but our town is transforming into a university town. About ten years ago a medical school was built here and they now have nearly 410 medical students. That is stirring up other related businesses in the town. We maintain about ten wooded acres on the edge of town that we call home when not traveling. Very quiet but near to downtown activities.
This is a wonderful Boondocking site. The host met us when we arrived, very friendly and accommodating. We used a full hookup site that overlooked a lovely green area, very close to the trail. Enjoyed visiting with the host. Great place to camp!
I ended up only staying one night because of the wildfires, wind and smoke but would love to return for a longer stay under better circumstances. Beautiful, peaceful spot. Warm, welcoming host.
Canopy Grove was a wonderful location! The hosts were so incredibly helpful and immediately came to introduce themselves and help us set up upon arrival. The location was quiet and beautiful. There was a trail right outside of the doorstep of our RV. We took our two dogs out on a hike during our stay and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! We got to see some deer and a peaceful river along the walk. Our stay was a huge success even despite nearby forest fires affecting the air conditions. We highly recommend you consider Canopy Grove as one of your stops in your travels!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Canopy Grove.
Coming from the Oregon Coast to this beautiful shaded, grass, quiet area was a treat.
Our host made sure we had everything we needed to hook up including the use of the fire pit with free wood and lawn chairs. The only missing was a cold beer and I am sure that would have provided if we asked.
The site borders on a multi use trail which is perfect for biking or jogging plenty of mature trees and beautiful green grass which is hard to find in Oregon in the late summer.
We will definitely visit again!
Everything gets an A+++. Easy to get to. Plenty of room for big rigs. BEAUTIFUL location! You have to see it to believe it! Hosts are incredible. They are there to welcome you, help you park and regularly check on you.
There is a park-like yard for RVers to share. Bonus: the city walking trail can be accessed at the RV location.
We will definitely come again if we are in the area.
Our weekend get-a-way to Canopy Grove was wonderful. We met friends here and enjoyed the beautiful park-like setting that our hosts have provided. The mentioned bike/walk path is a nice mostly flat loop to the river that would be perfect for little ones or wheelchairs. We took a short bike ride into town for lunch at Barsideous Brewing, which is in an old theater on Main St. A must stopover if you like small batch craft beers, good food & maybe a chat with one of the brewers. We saw Koi at the Japanese Gardens, deer while at the camp & the guys went fishing in the river too!
Our hosts were just wonderful! They made sure we were set up comfortably and checked a few times to make sure we didn't need anything.
We will definitely return !
What an amazing place to relax and enjoy time away from home. It is a beautiful location with a great bike path to the South Santiam River and into the town of Lebanon.
We went bike riding along with our friends who stayed there as well to the river and into town saw a small Japanese Garden unfortunately not the one at the hospital but it is across the street it was really pretty. And we had lunch at a great brew pub called Barsideous Brewing. Came back and the guys went fishing and the ladies relaxed and read, so peaceful Later Saturday night we sat around the fire relaxed saw several deer and enjoyed the peacefulness of our surroundings.
And I can't say enough about our hosts they were absolutely fantastic hosts. Checked on us several times to make sure we didn't need anything. And so super friendly.
Definitely will be returning.
This is by far the most beautiful place we have stayed. The hosts could not have been more helpful. Even has full hookups if needed. Hope to have a chance to stay again.
Not only is the host an absolute delight their property is meticulously maintained and BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! We had a full hookup spot, with 2 other rigs that had partial/no hook ups. There is a beautiful fire pit in the center and a beautifully paved walking trail on property...to say that we left feeling refreshed is an understatement. We left with our hearts full, and stress released. Such a blessing!! Oh yeah and our internet was AMAZING!!!! We have Sprint and Verizon and both worked lighting fast the whole time!!! 🙏🏼☺️
A must do if you are in the area. Host met us and gladly helped us get parked and hooked up with electric. Checked in with us to make sure we had everything we needed. Their property is a true park like setting with shade trees, flowers and trails. We will definitely request another stay as our travels bring us this way again. Thanks again
This is one of the best boondock locations we’ve ever stayed at. The owner is very attentive to his guests needs and takes great care of his property. We parked on the grass alongside the beautiful and lush park. We parked in the sun (as requested for our solar) but there is lots of cool shade to sit under the huge trees which was welcome in the 95+ heat of mid-August. There were two other rigs while we were there and they were both parked in shadier spots, one of which was FHU (50amp), the other dry camping with a 30amp extension. The river is within walking distance for swimming/tubing and there is a walking/cycling trail that runs in a loop around and through the property. We filled with water on arrival and also used the available 110 outlet ($10/day). Lebanon is a lovely town and we will definitely be back next time we’re in Oregon.
The owner has a second property in La Paz, MX that is listed on boondockerswelcome. There are 3 sites there that all have FHUs on 50amp. We are planning a trip to Baja in the future and will definitely include a stay at his La Paz location. Pictures look great!
We enjoyed our time here. Hosts were very accommodating and helpful.
If you stay here, be sure to see the Japanese gardens at the hospital and at the hotel in Lebanon.
Thanks for the nice setting.
We had the most awesome time. Don is an amazing host, so welcoming and warm. The property is beautiful and Don even built a private outdoor hot shower, WOW. We will definitely come back.
Don and his wife have a beautiful property that is park like. We picked a spot with plenty of shade for the afternoon sun and go comfortable. Will definitely be back.
Very gracious host and most accommodating. Bonus: Found we had lots in common
Couldn’t have asked for a better experience than this! Host Don welcomed me with a bowl of locally grown and delicious Cherries and helped me get settled in. Spent 3 days enjoying the lovely grove and nearby walking trail. It was a peaceful and delightful respite in a lovely setting. I look forward to coming back this way again just so I can visit with these lovely folks!
Our stay over Father's Day weekend was just delightful! Fixtrauma and family members were so incredibly helpful and friendly. We couldn't have asked for anything more ~ even sitting around the campfire and sharing stories was an added bonus to our already relaxing stay.
Ditto to what others have shared - here are a few extra hints for being a tourist. Check out the gardens by the Best Western and see the koi swimming around. The covered bridge scenic tour was fun and if you like antique and thrift shops, Lebanon and Albany have an abundance of fun little finds.
Great food at Novak's for a special treat of Old World Hungarian food in Albany. And to work off what you just ate, a nice bike/walk trail system right next to Canopy Grove property!
We hope to have a chance to get away again sometime soon!
The hosts were very helpful and friendly. Enjoyed the nice park walks and quiet evenings, birds and the deer. Thank you so much
for opening your beautiful place for me to stay!
Thank you to our wonderful hosts! This was our first experience with Boondockers Welcome and it was a wonderful stay. They moved their coach so we can stay in their spot. It was like being next to a park with a beautifully manicured lawn with a grove of trees. We saw deer, ducks and birds all around. They even had lawn chairs around a fire pit with firewood for our use. Their property has direct access to a walking trail that we used to go on our daily jog. We can’t thank them enough for their generosity and great conversation. We definitely will drop by and say hello next time we come through.
My fiancé and I enjoyed a 2 night escape from the stay-home quarantine. Fixtrauma’s property is beautiful and peaceful. It was very helpful to have power as the temperature was unseasonably warm. The setting is park like, grass, trees, birds. The creek is along the bike path. We brought our bikes and rode the path to the river and around the local roads. My fiancé rd his bike about 15 minutes to get into town to pick up a few things. Fixtrauma and his wife are very kind and friendly. We enjoyed spending time chatting with them. We look forward to returning soon.
As with many RV'ers, we were suffering from a bit of cabin fever. Found Boondockers Welcome and found this site nearby (about 1 hour from us). The setting was like being in a city park, and we had the entire property to ourselves. There is a nice paved trail that follows a creek at the edge of the property, and is great for riding bikes, or as we did, walking the dog.
Host had full hookups including 50a electrical near his rig, and standard 110 outlets scattered throughout the property, and had a dump station for us to use before we left.
If you are in need of a friendly and comfortable place to getaway for a day to two, you cannot go wrong with Canopy Grove!
This was a perfect stopover on our way south through Oregon. We didn't have any extra time to linger, but we wish we could have. The location was easy to find and very quiet. It's a sweet spot! The hosts were friendly and accommodating. We definitely hope to stay here again!