We recently joined an online community called Boondockers Welcome, where RVers open up their driveway/land/space for you to park, and depending on the situation, may offer some amenities like water or electricity. We were supposed to have our first Boondockers Welcome experience in Vancouver, but since that didn’t work out we decided to stop in Olympia for a few days before we headed north to our reserved camping spots for the next couple of weeks. Not only did we have a great first time experience staying with the nicest, most caring, genuine and welcoming couple, we also had a lot of fun with some of the locals. The family living in the house across the street, from where we were staying, had a very impressive vegetable garden and invited us to come pick fruits and vegetables, that would benefit the local food pantry - how could we refuse. It was a really fun experience to give back, meet some locals and enjoy some home grown fruits and veggies!
In addition to soaking up the local culture, we spent some time hiking, biking, exploring Tumwater Falls and picking Himalayan blackberries on the side of the road - we probably ate just as many as we picked!