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NW Missouri Family Farm "Home--Away from Home"

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Stewartsville, MO

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Hosted By

MissouriBirds

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    45+ (ft)

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    1

  • Max Nights Per Stay

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    2

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    Yes

We have one large gravel guest parking site with access to 30 Amp electrical service on "Connell Hill", our 1890's family farm. Our guest parking site requires minimum leveling. However, large rigs towing a vehicle may choose to un-hook before backing into the site which is located parallel to our machine shed, near our yard. It offers private green space for relaxing outside of your rig along with great country views in all directions along with several options for exploring the farm or walking your dogs. We often see deer, coyote, turkey and an occasional bald eagle. Potable water is available for filling water bottles and coolers, however we do not offer a water hook-up to a hydrant. We have excellent Verizon and AT&T cell phone access, in addition to over 20 TV stations available via standard TV antenna. Guests are welcome to relax in our covered, outdoor backyard patio area including use of our TV, fridge, sink with hot and cold running water and eating areas. We also have a Tornado "Safe Shed" available to guests if needed during a severe storm. Well behaved pets, on a leash, are welcome as are well-supervised children. We live near a busy 4-Lane highway which provides quick, easy and convenient access and the farm is located less than 20 miles from 2 Major North-South Interstate Highways; I-29 and I-35. Suggested Local Attractions: There are several public Wildlife and Fishing areas, a paved walking and bike trail, and a large, new waterpark and swimming pool within 15 miles of us. St. Joseph, MO, about 25 miles west of our farm is home to the Original Pony Express Station and Headquarters, a National Historic site, along with several other outstanding museums, a casino, a Nature Center and Museum on the banks of the Missouri River and many historic districts in addition to assorted restaurants and shopping options. Shatto Dairy, A large family owned dairy that offers farm tours and many flavors of freshly bottled milk along with home-made cheeses, ice-cream and butter is just a few miles from our farm. We are also close to the nationally recognized Missouri Star Quilt Company, home to a large collection of quilting related shops in Hamilton, MO. In addition, we are about an hour north of Kansas City and all of its historical and entertainment options including Worlds of Fun, Swope Park Zoo, the Royals and Chiefs home stadiums, a NASCAR Race Track, The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Home, the Jesse James home and farm and all kinds of shopping along with Kansas City's famed barbeque restaurants.

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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Pets Welcome

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Electric Hookup: 30A

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Slideouts Allowed

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Generators Allowed

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Separate Tow Vehicle Parking

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Outdoor Cooking Allowed

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House Rules

Please call approximately 1 hour before your anticipated arrival so we can be sure to be available to help you get set up. And we ask that you arrive before dark. Children are welcome to play in our large, grassy yard. However, parents are asked to supervise them closely and to keep them away from all farm equipment, growing crops or the driveway leading to the highway. Well behaved pets, on a leash, are also welcome here on the farm. Please be sure you clean up after them. Please, no smoking or alcohol consumption in our yard or outdoor patio area. ILLEGAL DRUG USAGE IS NOT ALLOWED ANYWHERE on our property. Guests are welcome to use our outdoor patio area before 10:00 p.m. It includes a full-sized fridge/freezer, sink with hot and cold water for dishwashing, two eating areas, a TV and multiple electric plug-ins. Just clean-up after yourselves and place any trash, in bags, in designated trash cans. We have a large vegetable garden in our backyard and enjoy sharing its bounty with our guests when excess is available. We live in an area prone to dryness most of the summer. Therefore, we ask that our guests have no open fires. And, most of all, we want you to relax, soak in the beauty of the surrounding countryside and make yourself at home. Welcome to Connell Hill!!

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Location

Access Road Conditions: We have a moderate hill coming up our gravel driveway off a 4-Lane, paved highway. When you get to the top of our driveway turn left, towards the small brown rental house adjoining our property, until you get straightened out. Then you will be ready to back into our designated parking area parallel to our machine shed. We have plenty of flat, back-in parking space for both your rig and your tow vehicle. Our site, suitable for all sizes, is on gravel with 30 Amp electric service nearby. Tow Vehicle Parking Details: We have plenty of tow vehicle parking available. However, many overnight guests with travel or 5th wheel trailers choose to stay hooked up during their visits and our site is large enough to easily acomodate that option.

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Gravel

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Hosted By MissouriBirds

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65+

Life-long Road Trippers Details: Hello from the "Missouri Birds"---Ken, a retired over-the-road truck owner/operator and Robin, a retired NW Missouri farmer raising corn, soybeans, hogs and kids---not necessarily in that order. Robin also worked as an ag consultant in Ukraine, an advertising and marketing specialist in New York and spent 10 years teaching 5th and 6th grade Social Studies. Today, we live on our Century Family Farm located on "Connell Hill" east of St. Joseph and north of Kansas City, Missouri. Both of us are history buffs and when not "Road-Tripping" we keep busy with a large vegetable garden, sharing good food and good times with friends and neighbors, and participating in church activities. We have 9 living children and 50+ grand and great-grand-children. Most of all we love exploring our beautiful land and visiting with people, learning about their travels and experiences and gathering new ideas for places we need to add to our "bucket list". We have visited 49 states including two road-trips to Alaska and most of Canada and Robin has spent significant time in Europe. We look forward to hosting visitors and sharing tips for things to see and do all across North America. Home Town: We both grew up on Missouri farms. Today, we live on "Connell Hill", our family farm. Our home was not quite completed when Robin's family bought the farm in 1892. It has remained in the family ever since and we are proud to call it home. "Connell Hill" is about 25 miles from St. Joseph, MO, home to Jesse James and the Pony Express and about 55 miles from Kansas City and Independence, MO, proud home towns of the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and Harry Truman. We live in the heart of Trails West history, with the Pony Express starting in St. Joseph and the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails setting out from St, Joseph or Kansas City areas. Favorite Boondocking Locations: We primarily stay in small town parks or public campgrounds, including Corps of Engineer parks and an occasional Fairgrounds, some primitive but most with electricity. However, we have boondocked in Alaska and Idaho, with our favorite being along the Lochsa River, a wild and scenic National Waterway in North Central Idaho, where we had spectacular scenery all to ourselves! Skills or Expertise to Share: Ken is excellent at providing directions and driving tips for almost anywhere, as he spent his entire life as an over-the-road truck driver. Robin has 50+ years experience in planning travel adventures throughout North America. She has extensive knowledge of US History, geography and roadside sites. Both love to share their experiences while staying in all types of campgrounds and visiting interesting places throughout Canada and in every state except Hawaii .

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References for this location from other RVers

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    chuckm52

    2 months ago

    Ken and Robin are excellent hosts. The welcome package with maps and brochures on area attractions was very helpful. Along with the yummy banana bread! Easy access as it is right off Missouri Highway 36. That also makes it a bit noisy from the highway traffic, but honestly we didn't notice it much once we went to bed. An evening of conversation in the sun room was especially enjoyable. We learned a lot about Missouri farm life and having grown up on a farm in Montana, we had a lot of similar interests. We would definitely stay here again if we were in the area!

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    Charlene

    2 months ago

    Robin and her husband were very welcoming. A little noise from. The highway but it also made it an easy on and off. Robin had muffins and a bunch of information for us to look at. We learned so much, we will need to come back.

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    TomandJackie

    2 months ago

    They provided us with electricity and a very deliteful conversation. They can accommodate even the bigger rigs. There is plenty of room to swingin and around.

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    JustUsHere

    3 months ago

    First time using HH or BD but pleasantly surprised at how kind and easy access this was. They were very kind to accept us on the same afternoon of request. Ken and Robin made us feel extremely welcome. The muffins was an added personal touch! We loved the beautiful farm and could have enjoyed the fellowship much longer if the cold hadnt been getting to us. We will certainly stop again if we pass this way!

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    DdubbTiff

    3 months ago

    Robin and Ken are the best hosts--very hospitable and informative. Farm dates back to 1890s. Located on US36. WATCH carefully for driveway. 30 Amp electric is available.

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