Mark was a complete jerk after we switched sites. Our group of 3 adults also had a little 3-year old girl and a dog, and since we were the only group camping the Monday after 4th of July, we decided to switch to a larger site so the little girl and dog could have more room to run around. We texted Mark if we could switch sites, and he called and said sure, except he hadn't had time to check to see if the toilet needed to be refilled, yet. Fine, we could wait, no big deal.
Unfortunately, the little girl had to use the toilet before he came and we had trouble figuring out how to get it to work (it was a portable pump toilet with a valve you have to slide open). We texted Mark on how the toilet worked, especially after he said to feel free to text him anytime with any questions we may have. Instead of just telling us how it worked, he just asked "Did you read the instructions?" "Is it full I have not cleaned that site yet is it full?" I responded we couldn't get it to flush. Instead of responding to my text, an hour later he drives over with a tractor and buckets of water and starts absolutely screaming at my friend about the fact that he hadn't had time to check the site. He totally went off for a good 10 minutes, and he did all this in front of my friend's little 3-year old girl!
Totally not cool, totally irrational and hostile reaction, especially considering the guy claims to be an emotional healer while running a meditation retreat and farm. After he completely went off on my friend, he finally calmed down and apologized to my friend. My friend was cool with the apology, but he's also just a really chill guy. I, on the other hand, did not think his behavior was normal and would never trust my safety to a man like him to ever feel comfortable staying at his place ever again.
This is such a great little spot to rest and relax, especially if you're driving between SF and Portland and are looking for a break halfway. I was originally a bit nervous and awkward when I found out I was the only guest for the night, but Amir was such a gracious host and gave me my privacy I felt comfortable staying there as a solo female. And my tent spot also had the most privacy and the best views, it was such a great experience, overall.
The part of the farm set aside for tents was much smaller than what you would envision from the description, but it was still enjoyable with enough space to socially distant from each other. Turns out this place is popular with SF Bay Area folks, there were 4 different couples in tents and 1 family that came in an RV, all mostly from the Bay Area. The platforms helped a lot with tent placement and distancing, but could use some maintenance since there were nails sticking out on ours, and the wood was starting to bend from being so weathered. We expected to see a sign for this place since they had an official name for it, but there was no sign, not even address numbers posted on the fence. Thus, finding the place was definitely a bit confusing. Buddy, the resident pit bull, and all the chickens running around the outdoor kitchen were awesome to have around.
Waaay better than what we were expecting! We stayed at Site 3. We first drove through Sites 2 & 4 since we weren't too sure where we were supposed to go, and also because we wanted to explore around out of curiosity. Those sites were pretty small and close together, we figured the other sites would be the same. Then we found Site 3 and were surprised at the spaciousness and the privacy. It even came with a picnic table under the trees - we were excited. We also thought the path to the "restroom" with the the solar lights leading to it were a nice touch.