Age: 65+

Member since April 2012

Twenty years ago at age 50, we retired the same year we married and began our vagabond life, boondocking 4-5 months of the year.

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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.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Quilting, knitting, paddling, pickleball, tennis, editing, golf,

kjkohlhaas's Pets


Favorite Boondocking Locations

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,

kjkohlhaas's Hometown

Paw Paw, MI

kjkohlhaas's Guest Details

kjkohlhaas's Rig

Rig Type: Travel Trailer

20 feet long

2017 Ford F-150 and a 2007 Puma 20' travel trailer (no slide-outs).

kjkohlhaas's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle

kjkohlhaas's References (17)

References from Hosts (8)


September 2021

See you again next year!

Looking forward to seeing you again on your next trip our way!


September 2021

Enjoyed hosting them

This couple are wonderful guests. Very friendly, but also quiet and the perfect guests! This was their 2nd visit with us and we look forward to hosting them again!


August 2021

Great first guests.

I don't think we could have had better first guests, they were very nice people and answered any questions we had about boondocking. They are welcome back any time.


June 2021

kev and joan

What a delightful couple. They arrived on Memorial day, so we invited to sit on the deck and visit with us. This allowed us much more socializing than we normally get with our guests. I always enjoy learning about life adventures of our guests. If their travels ever bring them close to Akron again, A visit from them would be like a visit from old friends. Our experience with this couple is exactly why we like being a Boondocker Host site.


January 2020

Great couple

They were the nicest couple to meet. Wish we had more time to hear some of their travel stories that others had talked about. Welcome back anytime.


September 2019

Quiet couple, welcome again anytime!

Great communication, very quiet and respectful. They are welcome again anytime!


September 2019

Short but Sweet!

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


January 2018

What Delightful and Interesting Guests!

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.

References from Guests (9)


June 2019

Amazing Hosts

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.


November 2018

Amazing stay in Pawpaw!

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!


November 2018

Extremely welcoming!!

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!


June 2018

Perfect Stopover

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.


June 2018

A lovely country retreat, minutes from the highway

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!


June 2018


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!


May 2018

Instant friends

Beautiful setting, interesting conversations, very nice folks. If you pass up Paw Paw, you have missed out . Hope to see them again.


September 2017

Wonderful hosts

Very warm and hospitable people - always welcome to visit us in England anytime! :-)


June 2012

The nicest people!

These are some of the best people you will ever encounter. Be nice to them - or you'll have me to answer to ;-)