Enjoy our home and new adventures with us on the eastern, rain forest side of Hawaii (AKA the Big Island), USA

  • Favorito 70 vezes
  • Última atividade: 20 ago. 2023



 Hospedagem min. solicitada: mínimo 1 semana



  • Descrição


    More coming shortly for our Colorado Workaway.. maybe a week in June, probably not till August…

    Hello Workawayers!

    We are looking forward to being new Workaway hosts in Colorado and to let you experience the splendor of one of the most beautiful valleys in Colorado!

    My husband and I are a busy, outspoken, happily married couple (24 years) that would love to share our mountainside, our skills, knowledge, mentoring and friendship while appreciating assistance with our many projects.

    We are spending time now at our mountain home, but we’ve not been here much for the last 7 years (while living in Hawaii) and there's always projects to finish.

    We homesteaded our mountainside home (5 acres) starting 23 years ago, living off-grid for the first 7 years. And, there's still more to do.

    I grew up on a large Minnesota farm and love getting my hands in the dirt, but don’t have the time to garden as much as I’d like, so my husband's doing much of that lately. But, since we just got back, no garden going yet, except my chives & rhubarb which always come back on their own! I have my own nutrition-related business, via internet and phone mostly, so I spend many hours on my work.

    My husband is a master carpenter, building contractor, skilled electrician, mechanic, security specialist, gardener, gunsmith, massage therapist, sailor, diver and has a ton of valuable information he’s willing to share as you assist him in many of these projects. He is also computer literate; knows plumbing and he speaks intermediate Spanish. (I do not, sorry.)

    He is a wealth of knowledge on many topics, and will often make you laugh with his quick humor. He makes friends quickly, but will expect as much from you as he’s able to give. (He’s been known to work circles around people 20 years younger than him!) He will expect your best. He comes from a solid military background, so will be outspoken and you’ll generally know exactly where he stands on any subject, so if you can’t keep up, best to stay out of his way.

    We’ve hosted many family and friends, as well as strangers, through other platforms, but this is our first time with Workaway in Colorado. (We did have a short, successful workaway guest at our Hawaii home.) We’ve stayed with others often in work/trade situations, with family/friends or via other platforms and we have 5-star rating, as we always strive to leave a place better than we find it. We also ran a B&B in our past, and our guests also loved us, quirks, discussions, politics and all.

    We love improving our place, exploring, hiking, 4-wheeling, camping, going to local farmers markets or festivals and enjoying friends. We would love to have you share those experiences with us as well!

    We are looking forward to being new Workaway hosts in Colorado and to experience the beauty of one of the most beautiful valleys in Colorado (as many have said, but there are so many beautiful places to explore!

  • Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Tipos de ajuda e oportunidades de aprendizado

    Projetos artísticos
    Ajuda em projetos ambientais
    Construção/faça você mesmo
    Ajuda em fazenda
    Criar/cozinhar refeições caseiras
    Ajuda a cuidar da casa
    Manutenção geral
    Ajuda com computadores/internet
  • Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Oportunidades de intercâmbio cultural e aprendizado

    Some basic landscaping, running a lawn mower (very little lawn) and running a weed-eater, trimmer. Washing/help maintain vehicles/outdoor equipment.

    Gardening, planting, weeding, landscaping, tree trimming, mowing; use of equipment may include weed-eaters, shovels, rakes, picks. General maintenance and upkeep. Cleaning out/organizing shop/storage sheds. These will be supervised/done as a team unless/until you demonstrate comfort doing on your own.

    Also: We are rehabing a classic vintage aluminum trailer; You might assist putting in a wood floor, cleaning, painting, plumbing, staining wood of gazebo/trim.

    Working on getting a 1948’s classic Jeep and an older Blazer plow truck fully functional/ running well again (mechanical assistance-hubby's a pretty accomplished mechanic-may be able to teach you new skills.)

  • Ajuda


    We homesteader our property, and actually still working on it, we have plenty of landscaping, gardening, painting, weeding, construction & clearing out some old buildings for new space.

    Projects-clean indoors & out; windows, pick up trash, organize junk
    Clear brush- fire remediation below bus.
    Enjoy campfires together

    Noxious weed control
    Re-level trailer, reskirt/insulate/seal-up
    Paint, floor prep, clean bins, reattacch doors?
    Storage shed cleared with Rob & Jan
    Bus cleared, sell or donate stuff
    Hillside Rock ledge place leveled for tables
    Stain gazebo
    Stain/ seal sunroom/siding? Paint deck roof wood?
    Remove windmill star. Recreate?
    Clean vehicles for sale

    More to come soon

  • Idiomas

    Inglês: Fluente
    Espanhol: Intermediário

    Este anfitrião oferece intercâmbio de idiomas
    Robert speaks fairly fluent "Mexican" Spanish, Jan is just a beginner, but open to practicing more.

  • Acomodação


    Our mountain "house" is a vintage trailer, with additional add-ons/sunroom, but no place for guests to sleep so you’d be camping in your (or our?) tent/vehicle/van somewhere on our property/driveway/gazebo. The photo could be right near where you might choose to have your tent.

    We are 25 miles from Carbondale and approx. a mile up a 4x4 road from a small community that does have additional internet access, a welcoming non-denominational community church, a few businesses.

    The road to our home, in summer, is passable with a car or van if you know how to navigate such roads, but is "nearly" a well-maintained 4x4 road.

    The night sky has a million stars and we have what others call "the million dollar view." We never tire of it!

    There are multiple waterfalls within 2 miles. Hiking opportunities everywhere. Amazing sunrises and sunsets. Sometimes were "above the clouds." World-class 4x4 roadsand so much more. Depending on the year, an abundance of fresh, organic serviceberries available for the picking.

    Weather. At about 8500' altitude, summers are often a comfortable 70-85 or so during the day. But, when the sun goes down, if often cools down. As low as mid 50's or so by morning, so we learn to dress in layers, or have various things for both chilly weather and dry, hot days. But, we love sleeping outdoors here. Almost no mosquitos and few bugs.

    We can take one or more people if you’re willing to camp and have your own camping gear/supplies. (Or consider simple living in an out-building, but indoors at night. There are options.)

    But, we're happy to keep you well fed! And, you are welcome to share most/all of your meals with us, if you wish. (No need to be "camping" and cooking your own food.) We can make a mini-fridge and some freezer space available to you- and our indoor bathroom/shower. But honestly, I've also loved the solar shower in the trees as well.

    We don't accept children or pets due to risks including cliffs & wild animals and we don’t want dogs or cats scaring off our wildlife. We have deer, bear, fox, and although I’ve never seen a mountain lion here, others have.

    You must understand concepts of safe “wilderness camping and food storage and leave no trace.”

    Another possibility is- to sleep indoors in our out-building with couch, air mattress, TV/DVDs, coffeemaker, microwave and mini-fridge, but it needs a bit of work before it’s really “livable" again. (A family member did happily stay with us, staying there, for years, but not recently. ) In that case, bedding/linens/towels may be available for your use.

    You’ll be welcome to do laundry or maybe add your laundry when we do a load. But, we haul water, so that’s kept to a minimum. (Or better yet, run loads when you’re in town.) If it’s a breezy, dry day, we’ll generally hang clothing/towels outside.)
    We have plenty of pure, filtered drinking water.

    We like a wide variety of foods and like to cook and happy to share what we know. We eat well, healthy foods mostly, but never ones to follow any extreme diets. We almost always have an abundance of food in the fridge and on the shelves we're happy to share. We’re almost always stocked with staples like fresh fruits, veggies, rice, beans, tortillas, bread, potatoes, milk, eggs, cheese and meat (fish, beef, pork, chicken). You are encouraged to contribute your favorites. (A more expensive tourist store for emergency supplies is 10 miles away. We do have many organic foods delivered, or regular supermarket 30 miles away.

    Please feel free to take care of your own special food needs, special food requests, snack foods & personal dietary needs, but happy to accommodate you also at times. But we’ll work out a shared option for shared meals/leftovers. Always be prepared to purchase your own preferred foods from the farmer's markets or store when on outings or food/material runs to town.

    Common meals we eat mostly organic cereal/fruit/nuts/seeds, omelets, scrambled/boiled egg/sausage/potato something or burritos or smoothie for a late breakfast. Common Lunch/Dinners: Steamed veggies, salads, soups, fish, beans/cornbread, fried rice, stir-fries, chili, Mexican food (street taco/burrito/guacamole/chips), spaghetti, beef stew, sandwiches, all often with a lot of veggies and beans). The nearest supermarket is 30 miles away, and so we stock up on many things, hoping to add Misfits Market food delivery this summer.

    We. can easily get into food ruts, so love having other cooks in our tiny kitchen! We’d love to have you share your favorites.

  • Algo mais...

    Algo mais...

    It's the Colorado Rockies! We love sharing this beautiful, peaceful and sometimes exciting place and culture.

    We love sharing the mountains, lake, streams, waterfalls and local fauna/flora with you, teaching you what we know.

    We have an abundance of birds including hummingbirds, hawks& just today a fox and her baby walked up near our driveway. I've seen sunsets and rainbows that take your breath away, and sometimes, were actually "above the clouds" when there's fog in the valley after a cleansing rain.

    When working with my husband, he’ll teach you if unfamiliar. (Some projects might include learning how to sharpen a chain-saw blade, repair a roof, repair drywall, stain a gazebo, repair a vehicle, cut down a tree, smoke fish/meat, do construction, work with propane, bicycle and/or large engine/automotive repairs (always a great skill to have), possible plumbing.

    But also from me, you should eat well (I grew up cooking for a large farm family, baking bread, preserving veggies, etc.) You might learn some cooking and various kitchen equipment use; food preservation techniques; painting techniques, cleaning skills (as a past innkeeper, housekeeper and food-service worker).

    When we head to town or travel on our adventures, we generally love showing others around and will invite you to join us on outings. (But, we're homebodies here too.)

    Are you a photographer? There’s an abundance of opportunities for beautiful photography.

    Come join. us!

  • Mais alguns detalhes

    Mais alguns detalhes

    • Acesso à internet

    • Acesso à internet limitado

      Acesso à internet limitado

    • Temos mascotes

    • Somos fumantes

    • Pode hospedar famílias

  • Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    Pode hospedar nômades digitais

    Yes. We understanding "working remotely," since I've done that for 20 years. Starlink Wi-Fi, no cell towers.

  • Espaço para estacionar campervans

    Espaço para estacionar campervans

    Have driveway space for parking a van/trailer.

  • Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?

    Quantos Workawayers pode acomodar?


  • ...

    Horas previstas

    20 hours/week. 4-5 days a week. Very flexible though.

Nº de ref. de anfitrião: 283485284672



Fun in the midnight sun, cultural exchange and help with our projects in Eagle River, Alaska, US
Urban homesteading in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA