Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:  Boondockers Welcome, Tom’s Back Yard, Helena, Ohio

July 29, 2019

Temperature 88 Degrees

Travel Day

My Son Paul Joined Us For Supper

Today was another travel day.  We were on our way back to where we had started two weeks ago – the state of Ohio.

Travel wise it was not a good day.  The roads were the absolute pits.  There were potholes, tar strips, broken concrete and so much more.  It all added up to a really rough ride, especially when you are piloting what is no more than a glorified UPS truck.  Then add to it the fact that there were gusty side winds continually from start to finish.  The end of the trip was also quite interesting since Tom’s place is literally in the middle of nowhere.  The final road to get here is not even wide enough for two vehicles.  Yet, this gentleman has a steady stream of 45 foot rigs coming here to stay.

Once here it is easy to understand why they come. This is a gem of an overnight stop.  This is the driveway in, wide and easy to navigate.


One part of the parking area.  Vehicles can park on either the gravel or the grass.


This is the side yard, also used for parking RV’s.


This is Tom’s garage and living area.  Behind door number one on the left is his 45 foot restored American Eagle Bus.  Behind door number two on the right is his apartment.


A picnic area down by the creek


Here we are, hard packed gravel, dead level, 50 amp electric and water.  Point of fact there are five 50 amp electric boxes.  I parked in such a way that I can keep the sun off the refrigerator during the heat of the day.  This is our home for the next three days.  It is a very quiet and peaceful place but absolutely removed from any hint of civilization!



Tonight we had company.  My son, Paul came up from Findlay to join us for supper.  Unfortunately his wife, Brittany, had to work and could not make it.  We missed her.  Barbara gave him his choice of a meal and he chose zita and meat balls.  She also baked a chocolate cake for dessert.  We all did justice to this meal that’s for sure.


Actually, we had two guests this evening, Paul brought his dog Sassy for a visit.  What a terrific dog, well mannered, inquisitive and so quiet.  It was a treat to have both of them with us for the early part of the evening.


Tomorrow we’re going down to meet Paul and then we’ll be off to the Neil Armstrong Museum.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  A rough travel day that ended in an absolutely wonderful way since we were able to spend time with my son, Paul.  Thank you Lord for safe travel and for our evening together with Paul.

Thanks again for joining us on our journey.  We always appreciate your company and comments.  Catch you again tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two human soul mates.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road!



  1. You know the saying? ‘Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations’. You made it and spending time with your son made it worth all the bumps, rattles and rolling. Enjoy!


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