Retired couple. Enjoy the outdoors. We are beekeepers, he is into astronomy, she is a birder. Love to share our beautiful area!
Note: If you stay with us, please make sure you get some "better" directions from me than Google and some GPSs provide.
Little bits of this and that. The old "jack of all trades, master of none" type of expertise.
1 cat that rules our life.Miss Pris, goes out on a lease when away from home..
We like to collect National Parks! And stop to meet and re-meet Boondockers along the way!!
Originally from Crystal Lake, IL. Now living and hosting Boondockers in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley, western Montana
2011 Keystone Cougar 36 ft fifth wheel & 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 truck. Have a custom "swing set" on rear. Just for "hangin'out!" Love it!!
Very quiet couple with grandkids, arrived late, we had 3 other RV's on the lot that had turned in for the night so we put them in our overflow area, very nice and very quiet which was great, we had to leave for work the next morning so we were unable to do a good meet and greet. They are welcome anytime.
Susan & Richard were very gracious hosts. It was our first BW stay, and it was wonderful visit. Susan sent detailed directions, and they both personally welcomed us. We really enjoyed our time on their beautiful property, and had some great chats with them periodically during our stay. Finally, they are both beekeepers, and we bought a few jars of of their delicious honey.
Susan and Richard are amazing! They did everything to make our stay perfect and memorable as our first Boondockers Welcome experience! Their 8 acres lies in the beautiful valley between the Bitterroot mountains and the Sapphire mountains. they gave us lots of great ideas for sightseeing and places to eat. They gifted us with a jar of their own home made honey as bee keepers for over 30 years, best we've ever eaten! Sunsets and daytime views were gorgeous! We highly recommend staying with these great people, who we hope will be friends for life!
We were so warmly welcomed by our hosts, who provided water and electric service and plenty of room for our rig. When bad weather delayed our departure, we asked to stay another day. Not only were we encouraged to stay but the kindnesses magnified at that point. We had a wonderful time in this beautiful location and hope to reunite with these fine folks in the future.
Although we didn't end up staying in Stevensville on our way west, our host was so friendly and accomadatinh, I would love to return!
A nice place. Susan have us great recommendations and her friend was very helpful. We went to the Metcalf refuge and saw our first owls in the wild. Had a great dinner downtown and listened to live music at a nice brewery.
We had such a lovely time here! The hosts were so warm and welcoming to us. Beautiful location right in the middle of Montana country and it was quiet. The hosts were so gracious and even showed us their sun scope and gave us a jar of their homemade honey. I feel like we made friends here. We would go back if we find ourselves in Montana again. Thanks for a wonderful time.
We had a wonderful stay at snelson's home. They shared their love of the Earth and the skies with us and helped us find great places in Missoula for our day trip.
For our first boondockers experience it worked out great. It was easy to find their location and easy to pull in with our 5th wheel and get set up. Susan and Richard were quite busy getting ready to head out on a trip of their own but took the time to make us feel welcome and comfortable. We had a good time on Saturday exploring Stevensville and taking in the farmers market and the parade that honored community service that took place that day. All in all good experience. Wish them the best.
Precise directions and quick communications are always appreciated when traveling. The nelsons exceeded my expectations.
What a beautiful and peaceful spot. Surrounded by mountains. I wish we had more time to get to know the Nelsons, but we have to move on. Too many places to see and things to do.
They are very welcoming and helpful.
I stayed with the Nelsons for a weekend some time ago - there's recommendation below about it - and this time got to return and sing and play. As it turns out, Susan's taste in music overlapped mine, so we sang together on the deck. On a beauftiful evening. In a lovely location. It probably won't be until next summer but I plan to return. Good folk!
Friendly folks, serene setting, super stay! Hope to come back someday, if they'll have us!
snelson600 has a beautiful property. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet the owners, but they had made arrangements to help get me set up. Thank you for allowing me to stay at your property, it was a pleasure!
We had a great time staying here and the hosts were super helpful and friendly. They answered all of our questions and even gave us some great resources based on where we are traveling to next. I would love to stay here again, and I highly recommend it!
The location is every bit as great as they say it is! More to the point, however, is that the host couple (Susan and Richard) are great folks to spend time with. I don't know how to tell the software that they accepted a request to stay another day - but that's the kind of people they are. I expect I'll be returning - either shortly or next year. I may have to get on a waiting list at this point - but it would be worth it!
Our hosts gave us wonderful information on local attractions and took time out of their busy schedule to sit and talk. The spot was lovely with easy access with their directions. Such a joy to sit and relax while looking at that Mountain View. We hope to return someday.
Beautiful views no matter where you look.
Hosts were very friendly. Great place to stay.
Great conversation, beautiful scenery, beautiful historic area. Would like to return and continue getting to know the hosts. Very accommodating new friends.
This was our first Boondockerswelcome experience. I think we got spoiled..... The property views were amazing! Susan and Richard were wonderful hosts! Lots of great conversation that included bees, fossils,geology, astronomy, butterflies, travels...... Susan gave us suggestions on places to visit in Stevensville, including a great hike at the Kootenai Creek Trail about 15 minutes away. Thank you both for opening your lovely space to us! See you in September! <3
This was our first Boondockerswelcome experience. I think we got spoiled..... The property views were amazing! Sharon and Richard were wonderful hosts! Lots of great conversation that included bees, fossils,geology, astronomy, butterflies, travels...... Sharon gave us suggestions on places to visit in Stevensville, including a great hike at the Kootenai Creek Trail about 15 minutes away. Thank you both for opening your lovely space to us! See you in September! <3
Prime example of BDW at its best!!
We stayed at SNelson in 2017 and knew we had to request another stay when our travels would bring us to their area in 2018.
They are an awesome couple with an interesting travel history and hobbies.
If only we could see them more often.
Thanks again for letting us boondock on your propertu and hope to see you sometime down the road!
We spent one night here, and couldn’t be happier! The backdrop of mountains and peaceful quiet was better than expected, and Susan had a wealth of knowledge about the area.
The 30 amp electric hookup was great and there was water available as well, but we didn’t use it.
If all people could be like, the world could be better. Thanks for your hospitality when we arrive so late. We spend one night and it was so light. Continue to protect bees for all. Our daughters thanks you
We spent 2 nights here and while the smoke from a local fire obscured the view of the mountains during the day we were treated to the most grogious sunset. We also were treated in so many other ways... concise directions, great conversation,a great insight on gardening and beekeeping... our host are real stars and honeys. Hope to connect again some time... btw I meant to ask about the raptor in the rafters...
My wife dogs and I thoroughly enjoyed our few nights stay. Waking up surrounded by mountains was great but conversation with our hosts was better! We will definitely be back next time we are in the area.
A bit off the beaten path; but well worth it for the friendly hosts and the excellent views of the mountains!
We would definitely stop by here again if we're in the area - if they let us :)
Clear and precise directions to their home, good communication, detailed maps to get to local attractions and greeting us in the yard -- great hosts!
This couple is welcoming and genuine. We sat on their deck and talked about everything and nothing while getting acquainted.
As we can't back up with our toad attached to our motorhome, they even made sure we could turn around in their yard without unhooking! Power and water were available.
Glorious views of the mountains in a tranquil valley with wonderful hosts. If you need a place to park while in Montana, even if you have to detour out of your way, this is one stop you want to make. We hope to cross paths again.
Thank you very much!
A++. Best. Ever.
This was definitely a positive experience for us and hope to return if our path takes us this way again.The property has a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and it was very quiet. Our GPS took us on a few gravel roads off of Hwy. 93 but the roads were graded and it wasn't a problem. These hosts are friendly, warm and welcoming and generously shared some veggies from their garden. We were even treated to a photo shoot of our *whole* family (including our two kitties). We would definitely recommend these fellow boondockers as hosts or guests. Thanks to snelson600 for sharing their lovely property as Boondockers Welcome hosts!