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!

Cheers!

Shelly & Mark ~ Boondock or Bust

Boondocking!, CA, Solar, Travel, Uncategorized

Boondocking by Indian Creek Reservoir 

After leaving Scott Lake dispersed camping area, we made our way over to Indian Creek Reservoir.  Now, while there is a campground there ($20/night for RV… no thanks).  We were after FREE camping.  🙂

To get here, you will take Airport Rd off of HWY 89 that goes to Markleeville, CA.  Head toward Indian Creek Reservoir.  Right before you get to the “airport” (really just a landing strip – there are no outbuildings, etc), on the right there is a small little turn off with a little area that’s cleared off.  Keep an eye out, it’s easy to miss!

The sign on the road - don't overstay your welcome! 14 day limit!
The sign on the road – don’t overstay your welcome! 14 day limit!

There is a small road that continues up the mountain that you could easily tent camp at but unless you have a little tiny RV there isn’t room for a rig there.  Great views tho!

Can you see her?
Can you see her?

There were a ton of deer in this area and we were graced with them nearly every day.  Lots of does with older fawns but we did see a few bucks as well.

Our view
Our view
Another view
Another view

We spent our limit of 14 days here.  There was water to be had for free in the day use area of Indian Creek Reservoir and there is a dump station there as well ($10).  With our composting toilet and only grey water tanks we were able to stay the whole time with no trouble at all.

Ahhhh.... peaceful
Ahhhh…. peaceful
Great place to relax
Great place to relax

We had great parking for our solar and still plenty of shade in the afternoon.  The temps ranged about 80-85 during the day and high 40’s to low 50’s at night.  Perfect!

So nice!
So nice!

We were all by ourselves the entire time we stayed here.  We did have some people stop by who were curious, obviously, but mostly we had the place to ourselves.  There is a bit of road noise from the small amount of traffic that goes to the reservoir but all in all it was a very peaceful place!  We would certainly return.  And it’s FREE.  Did I mention that?? 🙂

Nestled among the trees
Nestled among the trees

This spot is located about 5 miles from Markleeville, CA (no cell service there but wifi to be had) and about 30 minutes from Carson City, NV and Lake Tahoe, CA.

We DID manage to get 1-2 bars Verizon 4g with our Wilson 4g booster.  I think if we could have raised the antenna higher we would have had even better signal.  No AT&T service though if we went to the top of the hill we could get one bar 4g.

All in all a really nice boondock!  Where are we headed next?  Well, our general plan is to make it down to New Mexico as we are going to the Balloon Fiesta!  But as we have a few weeks until then we are going to meander our way down 395.  Possibly go to Mono Lake!  But as our plans are set in jello only time will tell.

Boondocking!, CA, Travel, Uncategorized

Boondocking at Scott Lake (Lake Tahoe area)

After leaving the Klamath Falls, OR area, we decided to head down to the Lake Tahoe area to check out some boondocking areas.  We first went to Carson City, NV and stayed at the Gold Dust West Casino and RV Park (not really recommended).  While there, we went and scouted out some areas we had heard about.

We first went to the Markleeville, CA Guard Station and spoke to the rangers there.  They gave us quite a few ideas and off we set to scout the area.  We located a few potential spots but the first one we settled on was Scott Lake.  Located less than 30 minutes from South Lake Tahoe and Carson City, we felt this would be a good choice.  GPS:  38.76618, -119.94187

Scott Lake dispersed camping
Scott Lake dispersed camping

There were a few other campers in the area but it was not particularly crowded – at first.  There were cows running through the area but they didn’t cause any trouble.  They were rounded up and moved out on the third day we were there.  Our dog Tank really enjoyed seeing them!

We got cows! :)
We got cows! 🙂
Fascinated with the cows!
Fascinated with the cows!

We set up camp and had wonderful sweeping views of the meadow and mountains in front of us.  There is some road noise from Hwy 88 that runs near the area but it wasn’t too bad.  The weather was really nice – mid 70’s to low 80’s during the day with a few clouds and a tiny bit of rain but the area needs it.  Perfect at night being in the mid 40’s.   The only downside was there wasn’t any signal – either Verizon or AT&T, even with our Wilson 4g booster. But the town of Markleeville, CA was only 13 miles away and there was plenty of free WIFI to be had.

Set up at Scott Lake
Set up at Scott Lake

Now, there is a lake at Scott Lake, but it is up a very rough dirt road that is only recommended for 4 wheel drives.  And at nearly three miles we didn’t walk up to it (steep road).  Not sure of the status of the lake but we heard it has some good fishing.

Dramatic clouds over the area
Dramatic clouds over the area
Tank loved it there
Tank loved it there
Shortly after this pic was taken they touched noses!  I don't know who was more surprised... :)
Shortly after this pic was taken they touched noses! I don’t know who was more surprised… 🙂

We spent 4 full days at this camp and had planned on staying longer, but unfortunately a group of campers came in and decided that even though there were plenty of other areas to camp that right next to us would be perfect.  :-/  So we decided to high tail it to a new camp.  After all, that’s why our house has wheels!

They ended up being closer by the time it was all said and done
They ended up being closer by the time it was all said and done.  Damn clingers!

So we packed up and headed over to Indian Creek Reservoir to a dispersed camping area by the lake.  As of this writing we’ve been here 3 days and this is much better.  No other campers in sight and plenty of wildlife!  AND we get Verizon signal for our MIFI which we didn’t get at the other camp.  Perfect!  But more on that in another post.   I will leave you with a few more photos of this camp.  All in all, it wasn’t a bad place but did get a lot of other people so if you’re looking for something more secluded this is not it.  But on the other hand if you want a free camp that is located close to Lake Tahoe then this is definitely a decent site.  We did enjoy it but was glad to move on.

General info, Travel, Uncategorized

You can’t go back but you can go forward

Lake Tahoe, California side on a grey day
Lake Tahoe, California side on a grey day

Ok, so here’s the deal. You know how you have these great childhood memories of the vacations you took as a kid?  The nostalgia of what was seems to overwhelm the senses and makes us think how perfect things were “back then”.   You can’t wait to explore the area that produced those amazing memories. Then you go to those places and find you are shocked how things have changed.

Grimes Creek, Idaho where I camped as a kid.  I remember it being bigger!
Grimes Creek, Idaho where I camped as a kid. I remember it being bigger!

That happened to both me and Mark on our recent trips to Idaho and Lake Tahoe, respectively. What once held such amazing memories has become distorted with what is now termed “progress”.  Overcrowded with people who now run around in a frenetic pace; tons of new buildings where once there was farmland or forests. It truly boggles the mind.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada side
Lake Tahoe, Nevada side

While we enjoyed the chance to relive the memories, it also served to remind us that you can’t go back.  On the other hand, by going to these places together it gave us the opportunity to create some fabulous memories as a couple, and for that we are truly thankful.  We know while the memories from childhood may be blurred and distorted, the memories we are creating today will last the rest of our lives.   

Cheers to our wonderful life!  Together and making memories.
Cheers to our wonderful life! Together and making memories.

 

Boondocking!, CA, Uncategorized

The Big Camo Truck

Meet Bob, Millie, Daisy and the Big Camo Truck (at least that’s what *I* call it)!

Bob, Millie, Daisy & the Big Camo Truck!
Bob, Millie, Daisy & the Big Camo Truck!

While out scouting for boondocking locations, we stopped at an overnight parking lot to get out and stretch. When we pulled in we saw this awesome beast I knew I had to take some pictures!

The Big Camo Truck!
The Big Camo Truck!

I asked Bob (in the army green shirt above… lol) if I could ask him some questions and take some pictures of this glorious boondocking beast.  He was more than willing and seemed to love to talk about his truck which I don’t blame him.  This thing was AWESOME!

The steps going up into the Big Camo Truck
The steps going up into the Big Camo Truck

He told us that he went on frequent trips in his big machine and was meeting up with a buddy of his with an identical truck to go out boondocking together!  We didn’t get to meet his friend but two of these trucks would have been killer!

Such a sexy beast!
Such a sexy beast!

Bob told us the truck itself is a 1991, 931 Tractor with an 83 Cummins motor and the box is an M109 shop van.  (Bob, if you’re reading this, please correct any of my mistakes in the comments! lol)

Bob explaining the finer details to Mark about the truck
Bob explaining the finer details to Mark about the truck

The truck runs on diesel and he thinks he gets about 8-10 mpg with it.  He gets his house power through a 250 watt solar panel mounted on top with 235 AH battery set up.

The tires were nearly up to my shoulder!
The tires were nearly up to my shoulder!

Bob was also kind enough to let me poke around inside and WOW does he have it set up perfectly!

The kitchen:

The sink and on demand hot water heater.  All his military memorabilia is amazing!
The sink and on demand hot water heater. All his military memorabilia is amazing!
Perfect size two burner propane stove
Perfect size two burner propane stove

The “bar” area.  I missed the wine rack below.  Again, the memorabilia was amazing and fit the vehicle perfectly!

Wine anyone?? :)
Wine anyone?? 🙂
John Wayne lunch box!!
John Wayne lunch box!!

The head (bathroom):

Combo shower and porta-potty
Combo shower and porta-potty

The fridge – multipurpose by adding a mirror to the door!

The fridge across from the head
The fridge across from the head and what I assume is a pantry in green

The bedroom:

Large bed with storage underneath
Large bed with storage underneath

We didn’t get to stay long and talk but we were so thrilled to see this amazing vehicle.  It just goes to show you, there is no wrong or right way to RV!  Variety is the spice of life.

One last picture to close…. I love The Big Camo Truck!

That's a Big GRILL!
That’s a Big GRILL!