We retired 20 years ago and travel 4-5 months of the year, boondocking almost exclusively. Fifteen years ago, we purchased kayaks which ride on the top of our truck. We love paddling all over Michigan but take them with us everywhere--lots of rivers and lakes to paddle in the southwest. Kel maintains several small filing cabinets of great places, great hikes, and great paddling and biking opportunities which he finds in The Frugal Shunpiker e-travel books, magazines such as OUTSIDE and BACKPACKER, also by searching the Internet--never at a loss for things to do, places to go.
We have 6 children and 9 grandchildren between us and enjoy involving ourselves in their school and sport activities, as well as taking them camping. We also enjoy pickleball, rollerblading, reading, knitting, quilting, and various service projects.
Quilting, knitting, paddling, pickleball, tennis, editing, golf,
Hill Country in Texas, Big Bend National Park, Gila National Forest in New Mexico, BLM area near Why, AZ, Anza Borrego State Park in California, Mojave Preserve in California, Gold Butte area in Nevada, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, Paria Wilderness Utah/AZ border, BLM area outside of Arches National Park, BLM area outside of the Needles area at Canyonlands National Park,
Paw Paw, MI
2017 Ford F-150 and a 2007 Puma 20' travel trailer (no slide-outs).
Great communication, very quiet and respectful. They are welcome again anytime!
Wonderful quiet kids passing through the UP, who stopped for a good night's rest. They were here and gone without a trace, but for the lingering warmth from pleasant conversation over morning coffee. (and some warm toes!) I would love to have these folks here again and be able to hear more about their travels. Enjoy your journey my friends!
“Knitting has a profound connective power. The culture and people and rituals around it, the values, they all contribute to an immediate and profound trust in one another. It's home. You belong and are accepted, which rings true no matter where you are" - Clara Parkes
We had the honor of these guests for only one night but look forward to more visits. They have travelled extensively to places we will never go (canyons and mountain tops!) but we enjoyed hearing about them and sharing our own experiences too. We were happy to meet them and will always have a place for them on return visits.
Wonderful hosts with a vast knowledge of traveling. They shared a lot of their experiences with me. Their lifestyle is what I strive for when I retire. Location was perfect and quiet.
We loved stoping by Kel and Julie's place. They were great hosts and were super welcoming. We enjoyed sharing our travel adventures with them and hearing some of their experiences.
It would be nice to meet you again!
Thanks for everything!
They were very kind and helpful and allowed us to stay an extra day! We hope to meet them again! I highly recommend staying here!
Lovely spot in the country that was perfect as a stopping point on our way to Ontario. Wish we had had more time to explore the lake etc.
I was greeted with warm hugs by Julie & Kel and immediately made to feel at home on their shady, spacious property. After a pleasant and informative chat with them I settled in for a peaceful night and even slept in, not realizing I’d changed time zones! No worries, my hosts came to say goodbye before heading off to see their grandchildren. This is a lovely, well-travelled couple who would make any traveler feel welcome. And Larry had a great time chasing chipmunks and squirrels, too! Thanks Julie & Kel!
Kjkohlhaas is a great place to spend the night. It’s a nice quiet spot and we had a deer walk right up to us while we were sitting outside in the evening. Thanks so much!
Beautiful setting, interesting conversations, very nice folks. If you pass up Paw Paw, you have missed out . Hope to see them again.
Very warm and hospitable people - always welcome to visit us in England anytime! :-)
These are some of the best people you will ever encounter. Be nice to them - or you'll have me to answer to ;-)