We wanted to getaway from our home and be on the road again, but had limited time because of prior commitments. We decided on using the Harvest Hosts app to plan our itinerary. This particular Host was on my radar since we first joined Harvest Hosts. Our phone call to book our night there confirmed my feelings that this would be a great destination for us.
There’s no bear with a honey pot on this hundred acre woods…
We weren’t disappointed! On the edge of the town of Wharton is the Rural Rootz Nature Reserve. The quirky signs that lead you through the property’s driveway illustrate that this is a place to relax your mind and body.
There are buildings and structures throughout the initial property that all seem to invite you in. We are greeted by the owners, creators and custodians of the site, Tom and Dee. Heart to heart hugs are the methods of greeting and right away you know you are in a safe place.
After the intros, we settled in and planned to go on an exploratory hike through the property led by the very knowledgeable and patient Tom.
We parked on an existing concrete pad complete with a 30 amp hookup. Bonus! The property includes a rental ‘treehouse’ with guests, Ginny and Daryl staying there. Later on we were joined by Kelly and Scott in their shiny Airstream trailer. We couldn’t ask for more grounded and genuinely nice and accepting people.
Whether you are a Harvest Host member or not, for an adventure in your own mind’s exploration to one of the best nature experiences, we highly recommend this location and the life teachers, Tom and Dee.
Walking around the Rural Rootz property you can hear the crows and blue jays calling, and the rustling leaves blown by the wind, or the sound of a distant car passing by. When you look closely at the flora there is a quiet, peaceful activity that says, you are not alone here.
The road around the Gaspé peninsula has more than natural wonders. Blink and look ahead and you’ll miss some interesting sights. We saw an oddly decorated house with intricate tile designs. Those who know Robyn will understand her directive to “find a place to park the RV!”
We weren’t disappointed. We parked outside a motel that had an art installation consisting of a flock of sheep. As we walked towards more similar artworks, a local told us they were the works of the Gagnon family and directed us to the family’s gallery.
One of our favourite destinations is the Gaspe Peninsula. We chose Camping Gaspe, a small campground close to the town of Gaspe and the National Park.
Having trouble parking into our campsite, a helpful voice suggested manoeuvring the RV differently. He was correct and invited us to join he and his wife for a drink. It was here that we met Jacque and Sharon from New Brunswick, two very friendly campers. We shared several meals together including freshly cooked lobster that Jacque expertly cooked for us on his camp stove. He and I handpicked the lobsters at a local poissonnerie in Gaspe.
We enjoyed their company so much, we extended our stay at the campground. Hopefully we will meet up again on the road in the not so distant future.