Hidden gems

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.

(see mushrooms)

(see rain)

(It’s a bug’s life)

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.

Note to self: we must come back!