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We met more than 26 years ago while we were both in training at Lackland AFB. Our children are now adults, so we get to act like kids again! Roam the roads with us as we RV our way around the country!

What is Harvest Hosts? Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

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10 FAQs about Harvest Hosts

Today we cover ten frequently asked questions about the Harvest Hosts program for RVers.

What is Harvest Hosts?

Harvest Hosts is a membership network that invites RVers to camp overnight at a network of more than 792 locations consisting of breweries, distilleries, wineries, farms, museums and other attractions and more!

What types of RV’s are allowed?

All classes of RV’s including motor coaches are allowed. The only restriction is that they must be self contained. This means you have an interior toilet with tanks or some sort of composting system. Unfortunately tents, campers with tent pop-outs, minivans and sleeping in trucks or cars are restricted.

Do hosts offer electricity or water?

Some hosts may, however as a rule expect no hook-ups.

Can you I use a generator?

Generally, yes you can but it’s best to call ahead and make sure.

How long can I stay?

Harvest Hosts is designed as an overnight program with stays of a maximum 24 hours. It is frowned upon to ask your host if you can stay an additional night. However, your host may invite you to stay another night at their discretion.

Must I buy something?

You are encouraged to buy something to show your appreciation to your hosts for their hospitality. We look at it as we get some great products or experience an amazing event or location that we probably would have paid for anyway and then we get free camping on top of that.

Are pets allowed?

Many Harvest Host sites allow pets. Some allow them inside and others require the pets to stay in the parking area. This will be clearly marked on the Host information page.

We are traveling with friends, do they need to be a Harvest Host member too?

Each RV vehicle will need a Harvest Host membership to stay overnight at any Harvest Host location.

What are the parking areas like?

The parking surface might be concrete, asphalt, gravel, grass or dirt. You may be in the Host’s parking lot, or in a field, orchard or vineyard. This will be listed on the Host information page and you can verify this when you call to let them know you are visiting.

How much does it cost?

There are 2 plans. The first plan is Harvest Host Classic and that plan allows you access to all of breweries, distilleries, wineries, farms, museums and event locations. This plan costs $79.00 a year which is typically paid for in the cost of two stays at a Harvest Host site vs. a campground. Harvest Host + Golf plan allows access to all the Classic locations as well as golf courses which opens it up to about 1136 locations. The Harvest Host + Golf plan costs $119.00 a year which is typically paid for in the cost of three stays at a Harvest Host site vs. a campground.

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THE ROADS CHRONICLE – A Traveler’s Diary [June 13, 2020]

A busy week!

This last week, we spent mostly workamping at the candy store. Business is still much slower than what it was last year at this time, but it is starting to pick up.

#dinner_disaster

After a long day at work, we decided to treat ourselves and ordered pizza and wings one night for dinner. We picked up the food, drove all the way back to our RV and prepared to eat. I set the pizza box on the ‘spacious’ kitchen counter (aka sink with inserts on it) and reached into the overhead cabinet to get our plates. As I did so, my hand hit the edge of the box with the wings on it. In my attempt to ‘catch’ the wings (I have no idea what I was thinking….) my other hand hit the pizza box, causing that to fall as well.

What to do? At this point, neither one of us wanted to cook so Russ saved the day and ran back into town to grab another pizza. I’m still upset over it!

Local wildlife

If you have been following our Instagram or Facebook accounts, you may have seen some photos of our neighborhood fox! This little critter makes several appearances a day passing by our RV. We weren’t sure at first if it was a male or a female, but have come to the conclusion that it is probably a female.

Over the last few days, we have seen her head down the road a few times a day and come back with something in her mouth. We started thinking she was probably taking food back to her den to feed some little ones. Our guess was confirmed when we checked the iNaturalist app and noticed one of our neighbors posted a photo of a little fox pup close by.

As seen on iNaturalist – submitted by debraokano

Yellowstone

Yesterday was my birthday and to celebrate, we decided to go into Yellowstone. Tour buses are still not running so even though more people are starting to trickle in, we figured it would be a good time to visit some of the more popular areas of the park that we had not seen yet. After renewing our annual pass, we were on our way!

A snowboarder gazes at mountain scenery before heading downhill in the snow.

First on the list was the Grand Prismatic Spring at the Midway Geyser Basin. Upon arrival, the parking lot was nearly full. We saw maybe all of five people wearing masks and social distancing was not being practiced at all. Russ and I tried our best to navigate through people but as we were walking up the narrow ramps, it was hard not to think about it. This was probably the first instance in months where we had been in such close proximity to such a large group of people.

Beyond that, walking up to view the Grand Prismatic is like walking through a sauna. We were grateful for the occasional cool breeze that descended upon our path. There was was one large gust that I was not grateful for, however. I was wearing my prescription sunglasses that tend to slide off rather easily. I looked down for a moment, and as I did so my glasses slid down and the wind whipped them off and tossed them about three feet off the walkway. Even though there are no barriers, you can not step off the platform. So, after staring at my glasses for 30 seconds, I sighed and we continued on. [Note: I do plan on contacting the ranger station to see if they were able to retrieve them, but if you see photos with bison wearing cool glasses, you know where they got them 😉 ]

Next up was Old Faithful! There was a crowd there, but from talking with other people, the crowd was nothing like what it typically has been in the past. There are a bunch of downed trees in a shaded area just a bit back from the geyser, which is where we chose to sit and wait.

TRAVEL TIP: If you are going to the park and want to know when Old Faithful will next go off, follow the geyser prediction Twitter feed.

We didn’t see much in the way of wildlife in the park, but we think that is in part due to the time of day we were there. Most animal sightings tend to be in the morning or later afternoons and we were there mid-day. However, we did get excited every time we got a glimpse of a bison!