Boondocking!, Eats & Drinks, General info, Tiny Life, Travel

Why We Live This Life

Many times people question us as to why we choose to live “homeless”. We tell them we are not homeless but that we take our home everywhere with us!  A lot of our family in particular think we are crazy, or just going through “a phase”.  No amount of words can persuade them.  No matter, we love this life and this is why. Photos can say what words cannot express. Enjoy.

1.  Visiting amazing places! In just the past couple of years we have visited some beautiful locations and we haven’t even touched the tip of the ice berg yet! Here is a sample of some of the places we have seen:

Santa Fe, NM
American Girl Mine
Crater Lake
Ojo Caliente, NM
Mammoth Lakes, CA
South Lake Tahoe area


2.  Meeting great people and inspiring others along the way. So amazing!

Doug, Denise, Zoey and us at Treasure Falls, CO. We inspired them to live full time in an RV and they inspired us to buy our Avion! We’ve known them for over 13 years.
Laurie & Scott of Disrupting Ordinary in Quartzsite
Me with Kait & Leo of We’re The Russo’s in Woodland Hills, CA
Lucas, Nancy & friends in Mammoth Lakes
Shannon & Dave of 2 Wander Away in American Girl Mine

Amazing food!!

Homemade margaritas & fajitas!
Amazing nachos from Kips Cantina, Pagosa Springs, CO
Steak & Kale salad, Ojo Caliente Spa
Low Country Boil in the middle of nowhere!
Amazing views and great food, Klamath Falls

And last but not least, incredible sunsets:

Mittry Lake, Yuma, AZ
Sam’s Family Spa, Desert Hot Springs, CA
American Girl Mine, CA
Somewhere in AZ
Tierra Amarilla, NM
Mammoth Lakes, CA

As you can see, the above photos are just some of the reasons we live this life. And these are just brief moments of why we do this. Our main driving force?  FREEDOM!

Is it all peaches and cream? Hell no! There are many sucky days just like living in a sticks and brick! But we wouldn’t trade this life for all the houses in the world!

New adventure awaits just down the road! Live your life while you can and stop buying into the fallacy that keeping up with the Joneses is the right thing to do. The Joneses are broke!

Travel is the ONLY thing you buy that makes you richer!


Shelly & Mark ~ Boondock or Bust

Eats & Drinks, Tiny Life, Uncategorized

Baked Green Chile Fries

One thing I love about being in New Mexico is the unique foods we’ve been able to try.  On our visit to Ojo Caliente this past July we were able to enjoy these fabulous Green Chile Fries!

Green Chili Fries at Ojo Caliente

They were fabulous!  Slightly spicy with a wonderful breading that made us go back for them three separate times.  🙂

One thing I love to do when we eat something from a restaurant that we really enjoy is to try to recreate it at home.  This can be somewhat of a challenge but it sure was fun.  Here is my take on these fries.  I actually baked them to keep them a bit healthier but all in all they were delicious.  The vinegar dipping sauce was a bit harder to recreate but I think I came pretty close.  Let me know what you think if you make them.  Always looking for feedback on recipes!  Enjoy!

Baked Green Chile Fries w/Vinegar dipping sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Vinegar dipping sauce (see below)*

6-8 large poblano peppers (or jalapeños or any large spicy pepper)

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons

3 large eggs, beaten

1/4 cup milk

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove the seeds from all of the peppers and cut into 1/2-inch lengthwise strips.

Set up a breading station: 1 pan of 1 cup of flour, 1 pan of eggs beaten with milk, 2 tablespoons of flour and mustard, and 1 pan of bread crumbs seasoned with cheese, and salt and pepper, to taste.

Coat the peppers in the flour, then in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumbs.

Arrange the chili fries on a nonstick baking sheet and roast for 18-20 minutes, turning once.

While chile’s are cooking, prepare the dipping sauce:

Ingredients for dipping sauce

1/2 cup white distilled vinegar

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne

pinch of kosher salt

1/4 tsp red pepper flake

1 tbsp honey or Agave


Whisk together all ingredients until honey/agave is dissolved and then refrigerate.  You can make this the day before to help the flavors meld even more!  Just be sure to mix it up again before serving.



CA, Eats & Drinks

Nam Sod ~ A Traditional Thai Salad

This is one of my favorite and easy meals to make!! Excuse the “fancy” plate.  Nam Sod – traditional Thai salad

Nam Sod - traditional Thai salad
Nam Sod – traditional Thai salad


1lb ground pork (or chicken/turkey)
2 tbsp Sesame oil, divided
2 tbsp Soy Sauce, divided
1/2 large red onion, sliced thin
1 inch cube fresh ginger, minced
2 limes, juiced
Fresh cilantro
Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
Sriracha to taste
Peanuts (optional)
1 package broccoli slaw

Preheat skillet. When hot add 1 tbsp sesame oil and heat. Add ground pork (or chicken/turkey) and brown. While browning add 1 tbsp soy sauce and sriracha and pepper flake to taste. Continue to brown. Then add lime juice, ginger, red onion, peanuts (optional) and cilantro. Heat through.

On dinner plates place broccoli slaw. Drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil. Spoon Nam Sod on top of broccoli slaw. Garnish with cilantro and splash of sesame oil and serve!  It’s even better the next day served cold. 🙂

Eats & Drinks, ID, Travel

Idaho Winery Tour

Saturday, July 11, 2015

After spending the week with my mom and getting caught up with family, Mark and I decided to take a day for ourselves and hit some of the local wineries that have popped up here in the last 30 years.



The beautiful Snake River
The beautiful Snake River
Sunflowers and wheat
Sunflowers and wheat

Our first stop was at the beautiful Koenig Winery & Distillery.  Set up on a hill overlooking the beautiful Snake River Valley, this winery and distillery has been producing some of the top wines in the region.  It was established in 1996 by Andy & Greg Keonig, two brothers who learned the art of making wine and spirits in their fathers home country of Austria.

Koenig Tasting House (photo courtesy Koenig Winery)
Koenig Tasting House (photo courtesy Koenig Winery)
I think this says it all...
I think this says it all…

We sampled a variety of wonderful whites & reds, including an Ice Wine that blew my socks off!  Needless to say we left with a few bottles. 🙂  They also offer a wonderful selection of fruit brandies, vodka and whiskey!

Koenig award winning wines!
Koenig award winning wines!
Beautiful distilling equipment!
Beautiful distilling equipment!
Old fashioned wine press!
Old fashioned wine press!

Our next stop took us to a relatively new winery in the area – Hat Ranch Winery.  Established in 2014 by Tim Harless, Hat Ranch Winery is producing some outstanding young wines.  Their reds are fabulous and there is definitely great things in their future!  Tim is very knowledgable about his wines and was a fabulous host in the tasting room.  We purchased a wonderful bottle of red and we look forward to future wines from this up and coming vineyard.

The tasting room at Hat Ranch Winery (photo courtesy of Hat Ranch Winery)
The tasting room at Hat Ranch Winery (photo courtesy of Hat Ranch Winery)
Hat Ranch's vineyard - a storm was brewing
Hat Ranch’s vineyard – a storm was brewing

Up the road from Hat Ranch is the Bitner Vineyards.  Established in 1981 by Ron and Mary Bitner, this winery is producing some of the best Tempranillo wines in the area!  Spicy and herby, this wine pairs well with so many spicy food!  We left with a few of these bottles.  Another wine I loved from this vineyard was their High Desert White Blend. Perfect on a summers day!  There are so many exciting wines from this vineyard it would be too long to post how many we picked up! 🙂

Bitner Wines (photo courtesy of Bitner Winery)
Bitner Wines (photo courtesy of Bitner Winery)
Bitner Winery
Bitner Winery

On our way up to the last winery of the day, we were ran into a road block – of goats!  🙂  They were taking them down to another pasture and the only way was to herd them down the road.  We stopped and let them go by.  It was great seeing the kids out helping (human kids, not the goats).  Busy day for them!

Goats in the road!
Goats in the road!
The Snake River in the background
The Snake River in the background

And our final stop of the day was the Ste Chapelle Winery.  One of the oldest established wineries in the region (1976), Ste Chapelle is the largest producer of wines in the area with 130,000 cases a year.  Their Sauvignon Blanc was a huge hit with me!  A wonderful wrap up to the day.

The Tasting Room at Ste Chapelle (photo courtesy of Ste Chapelle Winery)
The Tasting Room at Ste Chapelle (photo courtesy of Ste Chapelle Winery)
Ste Chapelle Winery
Ste Chapelle Winery


Complimentary glasses with the wine tasting
Complimentary glasses with the wine tasting

On our way back home I took Mark into some of the country side I grew up in.  Out driving around we ran into Chicken Dinner Road!  I had totally forgotten about the road but when I saw it I knew I had to snap a picture of it.  Only in Idaho! 🙂

Chicken Dinner Road - only in Idaho!
Chicken Dinner Road – only in Idaho!

It was a fabulous day, lots of delicious wine was had and bought and we came home and crashed!  But we were lucky that a nice Russian tourist was kind enough to take a picture of us both to commemorate the day.

Happy wine drinking day!
Happy wine drinking day!

Up next is our trip up to Idaho City!  It is a “living” ghost town and has a LOT of history from the Gold Rush.  We also found the camp site I used to camp at when I was a kid!  So much has changed in Idaho but so much has stayed the same.

Here are some other photos of highlights of our day!  Enjoy…