Age: 65+

Member since December 2014

Both of us are retired

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We are retired and live in NE Oregon.
Bob is a search manager for Union County Sheriff's Search and Rescue and a member of Sunrise Rotary in La Grande. Retired Navy in 1984.
Betsy is a double lung transplant recipient. UW Apr 2012 Retired Administrative Specialist
We are non smokers and prefer to keep that association... Medical issue.
If you need to smoke, please keep it at your rv
We often beverage with wine and / or good beer...
Bob is a rugby fan. We do not follow American Sports such as football, soccer, basketball, baseball , tennis. American sports is a topic we avoid. Rugby is here to give football players a role model.
We try to avoid politics and religion in discussions with guest.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Small shop available, but our rv lives inside it when not in winter use.. Basic to intermediate tools...
Bob is just enough of a mechanic to fix some stuff.
Betsy is an amazing cook and has a large sewing room.
We built the shop and barn on our own, and did most of the 1897 house remodel.

bobnelson's Pets

Violet, a golden doodle service dog lives here. She knows the property lines... and welcomes other friendly dogs..

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Any place out of the big cities and off the interstate's.

bobnelson's Hometown

Cove, Oregon, a quiet town with no stop lights. One store/ gas station/ laundry/ a great Tavern/ Steak house. / post office, hair salon, and a 6 door fire station with medic unit. We are in the NE part of the state and 16 miles east of La Grande. We are originally from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Gas and Diesel are usually 2-3 cents cheaper in Cove. 1897 farm house... remodeled a hundred times...


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bobnelson's Guest Details

bobnelson's Rig

Rig Type: Truck Camper

27 feet long

2015 GMC DRW long box. Big truck. 2014 Arctic Fox 1140 Camper. Normally we have a 2014 16' Cargo Trailer (man cave). 1998 Chev Tracker (slight lift) and a Yamaha XT250 dual sport usually travels in the man cave. Sometime we pull a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. Both can be towed 4 flat. If we have the trailer on, then we are 42'

bobnelson's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Has slideouts

bobnelson Has 1 Host Location

Cove Oregon, aka Nelson State Park

Cove, OR, US
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References from Guests (20)


October 2018


So much more than I expected. Friendly, opened their house to me . Long pull through with power and Bob went out of his way to pull hoses for me to fill up with water before I left. My first and it was wonderful. My thanks to the N..

for their hospitality.


August 2018


Like old friends. Hope our paths cross again.


August 2018

All I can say is "WOW"...!

Bob, Betsy and Violet the wonder dog…
Thanks you for providing me with a fantastic boondocking experience. Soon after arriving I was parked, set up and hooked up in record time… I really appreciate all the consideration both of you showed me, you are very giving family… Your property truly is a park, and it shows many years of TLC and I’m glad I was able to experience it. A bonus for me is your hillside location that gave me a panoramic view of the night sky to enjoy my telescope… Another special treat were the dinners and conversations we shared. In our short time together all three of you became very special to me.
Thanks also for allowing me to extend my stay so I could take the AF plant tour. When I come this way again I’ll definitely give you a call.


August 2018

Delightful hosts in park-like setting

I can’t overstate how positive our experience was at the Nelson’s. Their property on the eastern side of the Wallowas is breathtakingly beautiful. They have outfitted their space to be graciously accommodating to those of us visiting their property — complete with electricity on a level space with views in every direction. They were generous, informative, and friendly hosts. I hope we can remain in touch and return the favor of their hospitality.


July 2018


Bob and Betsy are absolutely two of my favorite people! Violet is amazing! This is a little piece of heaven. The parking and hospitality are exemplary.


June 2018

Wonderful stay!!

The spot is a little piece of heaven on earth. Everything has been taken care of. The garden is beautiful, the view is beautiful and the host very funny!! Thank you for a wonderful stay.


May 2018

"A Wee Bit of Heaven!"

Betsy, Bob and Violet always hit a warm and friendly 'home-run' out of their lovely "Nelson State Park"!
Thank you for another great visit to 'NSP' in Cove, OR! Susie and Doyle Hughes


May 2018

Superlative Stay

There are not enough wonderful adjectives in our vocabulary to describe this stay. Our hosts were so friendly and welcoming and made us feel right at home. And such a beautiful spot!! Our one regret was that we could not stay longer. We highly recommend this stay.

Poste family

September 2017

Fantastic hosts

I cannot tell how much we loved to stay at bobnelson's place. We were received like family, had a great night and the kids really enjoyed the company of their lovely dog.

Judy and Larry

August 2017

So warm and welcoming

Bobnelson were just what we needed. Our front brakes had to be unexpectedly replaced. We'd been towed to Baker City on Monday morning - finally got brakes fixed by 4pm. We're not a fan of state parks and we were hot and tired - not sure where to go. On a whim, I emailed Bob and he called back almost immediately. We were only an hour away. Their property is beautiful - they invited us in and treated us like family. Even shared dinner and non-stop conversation. Thank you!

Judy & Larry
(Wanda & Vern)


August 2017

Such nice hosts!

Bobnelson are fellow RV'ers so they know just what is needed; great instructions, flexibility and such warm hospitality! They let me ask 1000 questions about their area, the history and they gave me wonderful beef tacos! Great discussion and a wonderful young woman (their granddaughter) made this a memorable stop. The spot where they live is special too; a great view, lots of critters (wild and domestic) and a nice neighborhood. I would love to come back and stay longer but I was within kissing distance of seeing my son so I had to move along!

Hope they come visit NY!



August 2017

Wonderful Host and Hostess; and your property is gorgeous!

Thank you, Nelsons! We had a most wonderful time in June this year! All your efforts to provide for a lovely stay was met and surpassed! Many Thanks, Doyle and Susie Hughes


November 2016

A VERY short 15 miles off the hyway

Wow what a great experience, gave a LOT more than just a gravel lot to park beef stew, apple pie and great friendship. Oh ya I guess I'm not suppose to tell you about the stew and pie. Don't be put off by the short drive off the hyway, the view at night alone is worth it. The only downside was we didn't have enough time to stay long but there is always the return trip home from the Baja right? Thanks again Bob and Betsy

Larry Dean Jackson

September 2016

Great communication

Was unable to stay because he already had so many staying. But was great at communicating, especially as he checked for extra space. Thanks


September 2016

They set the bar HIGH

Bob and Betsy are the friends you've always had but never met! WOW all I can say is they are amazing. Had a blast at dinner with some beers and as Bob would say, swapping lies and telling stories. They also brought water and 50 amps right to the rig. Their pup violet is amazing too! We came as strangers and left as friends. Truly great host!


July 2016

Wow... what a lovely host couple

We stopped for one evening on our southbound journey to Mexico and we will definitely be stopping by again. What a wonderful host couple... and so organized !!! Shelley was taking photos of Bob's camping gear and workshop to post inside my shop just to keep me motivated on how it should/could be done. We had a lovely evening. Thank you.


July 2016

Outstanding hosts!!

We only stopped for a night, but ended up staying two nights because our truck needed some repairs. I'm only mildly mechanical, so with Bob's lead and tools, we found the problem but weren't able to fix it because the issue was a bit advanced for both of us. He recommended a local mechanic and the truck was fixed the next day. Thanks, Bob!!

The evenings were cool and pleasant, and so was the company of Bob and Betsy, sharing stories of our RV adventures, mishaps, and good times. We'd love to see them again when we pass back through the area.

And then there's Violet. Violet is a dog. Violet is a big, happy dog. My kids love Violet. Violet loves my kids. You'll remember one another fondly. :)


July 2016

Boondocker Heaven !!

Thank you - "B,B,V&PC" for a great stay! Very welcoming, informative, & supportive, great RV site, easy in and out, loving golden-doodle, very well behaved - "Pet Coyote", Our very first Boondock Welcome experience and they set the 'hosting bar' very very high! Love you guys !! D&S, DPS Life Members


October 2015

Wonderful folks with great location

Bob and Betsy were wonderful hosts. The are a bit off the beaten path (I-84) however, it's worth the drive. Lovely, quiet rural, scenic spot with electricity and water. Had a lot of fun talking over a delightful dinner. Got to meet sweet Violet Labradoodle and her friend, a visiting inspiring dog, Bell. It was the highlight of my week and I'll surely make my way back any time I'm in the area to reconnect. Highly recommend!


June 2015

Warm Welcome

Warm welcome, delicious dinner, beautiful and shaded parking space, electricity, laughter, and friendship.
Bob and Betsy are wonderful people, and made us feel at home and part of the family immediately.
On our next trip to Montana, we will make it a point to travel this direction again, just to reconnect.
Thank you for hosting us and becoming our friends!