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, 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. We walk the dog, Mollie, 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 year 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 Pets

Mollie is 14, 40 pounds of love. Walks with a limp from arthritis in a front leg, but loves people. Other dogs? Not as much. She is a geat traveler and never wanders off.

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 (14)

References from Guests (14)

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)