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Mike and Pat

Age: 65+

Member since June 2015

Mike and I are retired and have traveled the western US and to Mexico for the past several winters, usually hauling ATV's, or more recently a small car behind our Bigfoot camper and GMC pickup..

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Summers are so wonderful in Colorado at our elevation of 8,000 feet that we have tended to stay home for these wonderful months. We have a parking area (max rig size: 34 feet) beside our smallish cabin in the mountains beside a creek. The national forest rises on the mountain behind us.

Mike is a retired mechanical/construction engineer and enjoys working on his old Porche, which he eventually wants to race in "Vintage" category. He also continues making laminated wood canoe paddles, which he did as a side business for many years.

I (Pat) am a retired writer/editor/photographer, and enjoy working in my courtyard and gardens. In the morning, we walk on the old railroad track beside the creek every morning. We enjoy our visitors, and at one time ran a B&B. Within the past two years I have discovered alcohol ink painting and love it.

We were whitewater rafters and have run the Grand Canyon in AZ, the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho, the Yampa in CO and of course, the nearby Arkansas. We have two ATV's and go on mountain trails and twice have taken them down to Copper Canyon in Mexico. We love canoeing in the Ozarks and Mike enjoys fishing when he can.

Our travels have taken us all over Mexico, as we tend to go to out-of-the-way places for a few days or a week before moving on. We also spent two months in Antigua, Guatamala housesitting! We speak just-adequate Spanish and love our friends that we now have in Mexico. We have also visited Caye Caulker, Belize several times. I write a blog only when we travel: patbickeljones.blogspot.com

Skills & Expertise to Share

Mike is an engineer with terrific problem-solving skills.

Mike and Pat's Hometown

Salida is a wonderful little town that has evolved into an artist town, with many, many activities going on each weekend during the summers. Every Thursday, plus weekend nights, finds music to tap your feet at in several of the restaurants around town. Along with microbrews to be tasted everywhere. Our home is 12 miles west of Salida.

Mike and Pat's Guest Details

Mike and Pat's Rig

Rig Type: Truck Camper

24 feet long

We have a GMC dually with Host Camper with three slides. Large! We sometimes haul a Chevy Tracker with us. Other times, a 16 foot enclosed trailer with 2 ATVs, or more rarely, an open trailer with ATVs, or catarafts or canoes.

Mike and Pat's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Has slideouts
  • Needs to run a generator

Mike and Pat Has 1 Host Location

Cabin on the Creek

Salida, CO, US
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Mike and Pat's References (41)

References from Guests (41)

hea4us

September 2020

Super friendly and personable

These are two of the nicest people we have met on the road. We were greeted with a slice of homemade spice cake that was delicious. We wouldn't hesitate to stop here in the future. It's too bad we don't get to come this way very often. Highly recommend Cabin on the Creek.


Jlgray

September 2020

Incredible!

Stayed one night. We are a young family with lots of energy. Hosts were extremely accommodating! Excellent hosts with lots of great info and stories for travelers!


dkwayman

August 2020

Wonderful folks!

I was greeted by Pat who gave me time to settle and then knocked on my door to invite me for a glass of wine. We sat on the porch next to their lovely courtyard garden Mike, Pat and I chatted about all kinds of things for the better part of an hour including a little area history. They are kind, interesting people. I then took a short walk on the old RR track bed beside the beautiful stream...wonderful! I'm staying there again on my way back in a few days. Highly recommend!


Ron+Jan

August 2020

Gracious host, lovely setting

We loved staying at the cabin on the creek. Such a beautiful setting and our hosts were very gracious. We highly recommend this place and would definitely love to stay again.


tripleJ23

August 2020

Lovely place and sweet hosts

Thank you so much for letting us stop at your beautiful home. We stayed two nights. It was lovely. The hosts are so generous for letting us stay and we appreciate it! Our daughter loved "Cat". 🐱


BlackButte

August 2020

Tranquil stay with easy access from hwy

Welcoming host couple who were always timely with communication, friendly and personable. Easy access to property.
Relaxing setting. We enjoyed our quick stay.


Aedward3

August 2020

Perfect stop!

This worked out great! Easy access and no levelling the TC. Had a wonderful visit these seasoned travellers and slept great in the cool mtn air.


garden1tal

August 2020

Great place to enjoy nature

Pat welcome us and accept our stay even though they were busy and planning to leave.
We came late and didn’t see the area around us, but when waking up we loved it. Took a walk with the kids in the huge wild fields. Enjoyed the river that was few feet’s away from our RV.
Salida is also a nice small town with good beer and food about 10m away from Pat’s.
Thanks you for having us in such a short notice.


Go Solar and Be Free

August 2020

A Wonderful Experience

As other guests have mentioned, the patio on the creek is magic.

We enjoyed talking with the hosts and sharing travel adventures. I’d like to get out the map and ask more questions about last year’s travel.

We hope the hosts visit us when they are in Arizona.


paul65k

July 2020

The PERFECT hosts in the PERFECT location

Mike and Pat are the ultimate hosts with a fantastic location at the base of Monarch Pass on the beautiful Arkansas river!!

They couldn't have been more gracious and we really enjoyed sitting outside with them and hearing about their amazing adventures around the world!

We can't say enough good things about our experience at the Cabin on the Creek!!


LindaCarlBendorf

July 2020

Wonderful

Mike and Pat have a wonderful location and are terrific hosts. We loved our stay, enjoyed visiting with Mike and Pat, and hope to return again soon.


Brandenburgs

July 2020

Lovely Hosts

Mike & Pat's beautiful home makes a wonderful place to stop for the night. We enjoyed chatting on their patio by a rippling creek and sharing stories of our travels.
Lovely people, great hospitality - what could be better!


davidhoffman

July 2020

A great first Boondocker's stay

We were greeted with warmth, generosity and great hospitality.


Treehuggers

July 2020

Treehuggers

Wonderful stay at Cabin in the woods. Beautiful creek close to our camper and nice trail also. Mike gave us ideas of places close by to hike. Hosts were friendly and helpful. Had a restful stay and got to bring a piece of art home from Pat’s alcohol inks. Would definitely stay again if we are lucky enough to be back here.


curelopc

July 2020

Awesome spot.

Mike and Pat’s place was super easy! We got in super late and had a perfect little spot. We were just passing through so we unfortunately didn’t get the chance to meet them. Wish we did!! Would definitely stay again.


Des

July 2020

Fabulous location, lovely hosts!!

We had a great stay at Mike and Pat’s Cabin on the Creek!! They have a little slice of paradise there, and we thoroughly enjoyed chatting with them out by the creek. Loved hearing their travel stories and all about their labor of love on their beautiful home!


2ConiferKids

June 2020

2ConiferKids

We loved our stay at Mike and Pat's beautiful spot on the river. They made us feel very welcome, and gave great information as to restaurants, things to see, etc. I hope we will be able to return sometime in the future!


TamarNJohn

June 2020

Lovely location

Our hosts were very gracious and we enjoyed chatting with them. They provided us with some good road info for Colorado and insights about their Mexico travels.
We did not have a chance to enjoy the recommended walk by the creek but got to enjoy the sound of the creek and the lovely yard.


Ukster

June 2020

Exceptional mountain retreat!

very accommodating. Appreciated having electricity since one day was unusually cold.
You can hear the roaring stream from your rig and you can hike along the stream as well.
They have a wonderful seating area next to the stream at which we had a interesting conversation. Because these folks I’ve spent a lifetime of being productive and traveling the world, they’re quite interesting to interact with.


JKandtheRV

June 2020

Wonderful stay!

We loved our night with Mike and Pat, and the serenity of their Patio and scenery.


Flyboy106

June 2020

Outstanding

Mike and Pat are very active seniors. Traveled all over the world and make excellent conversation with guests. Beautiful spot, quiet with a nice creek/river yards away. Highly recommend.


carl+christy

May 2020

Lovey Hosts!

Mike and Pat were lovey and welcoming hosts. We stayed two nights over Memorial weekend and couldn’t have been happier. Their patio by the river was a wonderful and peaceful place to enjoy our morning coffee. Highly recommend!


carl+christy

May 2020

The little oasis

The owners of this cabin on the creek are wonderful hosts. Their property is gorgeous where you can enjoy peace and serenity and even a bit of adventure. I took a hike to the lake about a mile away and on the way back Duke, my dog, sprinted off the path. He jump back onto the path quickly followed by this large moose. Duke is 40 pounds, with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He decided to cause a bit of a commotion which the moose did not take kindly to, and swatted Duke with one of its front feet. A quick yelp and Duke ran away Leaving me to confront the beast. I think I’m a little smarter than Duke and was not going to engage with the moose but the moose wanted to come on the path I was on, and there wasn’t enough room for both of us. I wisely stepped off the path hiding behind a large tree with my feet dangling in the water. I could see the moose as he walked by my hiding spot less than 10 feet from me when some of the branches I was clinging to broke and the moose stopped, directly in front of me. I guess it’s true that they don’t have good eyesight. After a few minutes that seemed a lot longer the moose shrugged its shoulders and went on his merry way. I got back on the path found Duke and we returned to the little oasis.

Our hosts welcomed us, showed us their home (a +100 yr cabin) and allowed Duke to explore around the property. I highly recommend these hosts and their property.


takingthelongwayhome

September 2019

Wonderful!

We stayed three nights with our hosts and enjoyed every minute of it. Our space was very quiet and the view from our trailer door was straight into the Aspens.

Our host at Cabin on the Creek had a lot of local tips for us and were also fun to chat with over a beer, we loved listening to their travel stories and hope to see them again in the future!


KansasDorothy

July 2019

Tranquility at the Creek

Our hosts at the Cabin on the Creek were absolutely amazing. They accommodated our request to change the dates of our stay to July 8th and 9th. Upon arrival we were welcomed with homemade rosemary and olive oil bread served by the creek. We had brought wine for them which they graciously shared a glass with us while trading travel stories. We loved our experience and hope to stay again another time.


COSpringer

June 2019

Great hosts, relaxing weekend

Mike and Pat have a wonderful property surrounded by aspen's next to a mountain river. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing a beer and their tales of travel throughout the Western Hemisphere, and Pat's unique artwork. Our parking area was mostly level gravel adjacent to their cabin, and 15 amp electricity and water we're available. Our Weimaraner Remy and I enjoyed a hiking path along the river. Thanks for a relaxing getaway!


Kfazio07

May 2019

Charming Salida Visit

Mike and Pat were excellent hosts. We parked on their property for two nights and wish we had more time to spend with them and time in Salida. Their property was incredibly peaceful with a lovely private walking path along the creek and lots of beautiful birds flying through - great for bird watching! Can't wait to visit again!


brianlpowers

September 2018

Fantastic Hosts!

We enjoyed our time with our hosts and we are very grateful for their hospitality. We appreciated their local knowledge of the area and our future travel destinations. There was a great little hiking trail by the river that my daughter and dog loved! A++ Thanks again!


danshula

September 2018

Nice quite place in the woods

We enjoyed the hospitality in this special beautiful place out in the woods.
Thank for hosting us.


johnjvenn

September 2018

Peaceful and Beautiful

Pat and Mike were wonderful hosts, and we really enjoyed our night at the cabin on the creek. We sould definitely recommend this as a stop over.


NomadicNebraskans

September 2018

Great first stay

This was the first boondocking experience on our inaugural full time RV trip. Mike and Pat were very welcoming, invited us on the patio for a drink while we got to know each other. They respected our space/privacy when we wanted it. Highly recommend staying here.


campboy

August 2018

Enjoyable Stay

Mike and Pat were delightful hosts. Hope to see them again some day.


lwestenburg

August 2018

A slice of paradise!

Staying at the Cabin on the Creek was truly a great experience. This was our first Boondocker stay. The location was ideal & we loved hearing the creek while there. What a beautiful and relaxing location. Mike & Pat were amazing hosts! We loved the conversation and hearing about their travel experiences. What a special weekend we had staying on their property.


santhony2003

July 2018

Lovely Spot, Lovely Hosts

The Cabin on the Creek is a beautiful spot to stop for a little serenity. I fell asleep to the quiet sounds of the creek each night. Mike and Pat were the consummate hosts, with delightful generosity.


tdralr

June 2018

Excellent location, Fabulous hosts

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at "Cabin on the Creek" Our hosts were gracious and informative. Mike gave us lots of wonderful traveling tips. Salida, just down the road, was a charming little city and well worth exploring for a couple of hours. The highlight of the evening was enjoying Mike and Pat's seating area right next to the creek. Nothing like the sound of water flowing over rocks for a relaxing evening!


Gerymichaeli

May 2018

Lovable hosts near the river

We requested one night stay and were welcomed to arrive earlier, per our request, and to extend our stay from 1 to 3 nights.

Location is so nice, in the nature near a river just off the main road.

Pat and Mike are such a nice and welcoming couple. We enjoyed speaking with them at length about many subjects.

They were helpfull with good advice about Whitewater Rafting, RV maintanance and even about Alaska.

Pat's homemade cookies are ausom.

Hope to meet them again at our home land or visit them again.
Highly recommended!


ASrPNW

June 2017

Amazing and gracious Hosts -- With a roaring brook

We too, were a little anxious when we saw the dirt road and bridge, but don't be alarmed, there is plenty of room on the other side to turn around and park.

Pat and Mike are WONDERFUL hosts. They welcomed us even though they had a dinner party that night and workers coming to finish their patio in the morning. With all that going on, they still made us feel welcome.

There is a RUSHING RIVER right next to their property and it made for a great sound barrier to Hwy 50, just a 100' away. The traffic never bothered us with the sounds of the brook.

We will be back to see Pat and Mike and to hear more about their adventures and share their grounds with us.


machichuli

September 2016

These Hosts are more than we expected

On first glance down their driveway we weren't sure this was a place that we wanted to take our 40 foot motorhome with a toad. Dawn said "Go for it" so we did. Down to the bridge, unhooked the toad and we pulled in and parked where they recommended. There was plenty of room. What a beautiful place to boondock. Pat and Mike were so friendly and we loved talking to them about their travels over morning coffee and happy hour. Thanks Pat and Mike for a wonderful two days.


homeindeed

September 2015

Friendly and Helpful

We loved our time staying with Mike and Pat. They are wonderful to talk to and their land is beautiful. Mike is a really handy guy and went way out of his way to help us with a problem we were having on our RV. We hope to see them again one day down the road.


DrKE

August 2015

Great stop.

We echo what the Breshears wrote. Perfect hosts, beautiful property, fun to talk travel with these guys, what's not to like. This was our first use of BDs Welcome and now we are big fans. We stayed overnight and had a long drive the next day and so couldn't stay as long as we would have liked. Other than that we couldn't have been happier.


Basecamp RCB

July 2015

Wonderful Hosts and Beautiful Location.

Mike and Pat are wonderful hosts. Their property is very beautiful and private.
Pat shared travel experiences and gave us great tips on the location.
We especially enjoyed the trail up the canyon and the stream and beaver ponds.
We were offered electric and water. Morning coffee on the porch was an extra special touch.
This was our first Boondockers Welcome stay, and what a great way to meet new friends.
Our place is available to Mike and Pat to stay any time.
Mike and Pat receive our highest recommendation.
Thanks again.
Randy and Cathy Breshears (Basecamp RCB)