We are the Wilderness Family.
by Bobbie Zakary
Ray and Bobbie Zakary, along with our four grown kids: Jeremy, Jessica, Michael and Veronica.
Bobbie grew up in Anchorage, Alaska; moved around a lot: Arkansas, Colorado, California, Minnesota, and finally settled down in Atlanta, Georgia when she met Ray, they got married and moved again, this time to Mentone, Alabama.
Ray grew up in Jackson, Alabama. He went into the Marines right out of high school, spent three years in the Marines then went into the Army where he retired in 2007. He moved around a bit also: Korea, Washington state, Georgia. Then met Bobbie online when he lived in Douglasville, Georgia.
They met and were married in 2001. He was deployed because of the 9/11 incidents. And they started looking for land and found it in 2004. Moved to Mentone, Alabama and started a retreat center called The Wilderness, now called The Wilderness of Mentone.
All four kids when they were young.