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
Mike is an engineer with terrific problem-solving skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)