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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

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And We Are On The Road Again!

This has been a crazy year to say the least. Mark experienced some really bad health issues this year which put a brake on our travels. His health issues were getting so bad we even sold our little off grid cabin. 😢

Sold!! We will miss this adventure

Fortunately we were able to figure out what was causing all his symptoms (Lupus) and now we have a game plan with his doctor and are able to get the most severe of his issues under control.  Along with his major back surgery nearly 4 years ago, things have been really insane health wise. I’m glad that we now have a handle on it and know how to deal with it!

As Mark was feeling better we started to get the itch to travel again. Our friends Doug and Denise have a cute 1978 Avion and we fell in love with it when we visited them.

Doug, Denise, Zoey and “Ava” the Avion

We made it our mission to find one and that we did. We even got to surprise them this summer with it! And of course we were fortunate to have their help for about a month with the rehab of our rig.

Now that Armani the Avion is restored to his former (and better, imo) glory we have decided to hit the road again.

All set up at our first location on our latest journey

We will be hanging in the northern New Mexico area while we finish up some doctors visits and shake the bugs out of the rig.  Oh, and we got a couple new travel partners too!! Meet Ranger (blk/wht) and Scout (tabby). So far they have taken to RV life just fine and we anticipate many fun adventures with them!

RV life is tough on kitties! 😂

See you down the road!

Adios!
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Avion After Photos

Finally!! After nearly 3 months of working full time on Armani the Avion we are pleased to say he is ready to be a full time RV!

Not to say that everything is finished. As we all know with RV’s of any age the work never stops. We did complete the solar project as well (more on that later). And we still have to buff and polish his satiny aluminum! But now we are ready to get back on the road after our nearly 8 month hiatus! Wow! I can’t believe it’s been that long.

But without further ado I present the completed interior of our Avion. Click on each picture to see a full size version. Go HERE to see the before photos! Enjoy!

New awning installed!
New and improved lounge area!
Another view of the lounge
Love the “L” shape!
The dining area set up
New fridge (electric), new hardware on screen door and a compass rose decal!
Compass Rose decal up close!
Looking towards the lounge and kitchen area
Loving the NEW kitchen! It’s amazing what paint can do!
More kitchen
Another view
With the kitchen cart and “bar” added – the Berkey is a must!
Up close detail of my faux finished counters! They turned out great!
The new flip up desk! Replaced the old dresser that stuck out too far
Desk engaged
Another view of desk
Desk engaged – see the storage underneath?
Bedroom completed! Sweet dreams on our 10″ memory foam mattress
Looking the other way. We installed our 12 volt TV on the cabinet for easy viewing.
The rear bath. So large and luxurious now. We carried our 100% cork flooring throughout the whole rig.
Large porcelain sink. Kitty approved!
New flush toilet and the counters were faux finished in here as well.

And that’s it for now!  I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual tour of all the updates we have done.  Now to hit the road!

1979 Avion 29J. What a fun restoration this was!

Cheers!

Shelly & Mark ~ Boondock or Bust!

 

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Officially Downsizing!

Ok y’all, we are in the cabin for the summer (woohoo!!) so we’ve decided to put our rig up for sale! We want to downsize to something smaller for our winter adventures but before we do that this one has to go.If you have followed this page this past year you know this has been a fun rig and we’ve had some great adventures in it!  But, we really want to camp in some areas that we just can’t get this rig into so it’s got to go to someone who will enjoy it as much as we have.  So, if anyone is near northern New Mexico and has any interest in this beautiful travel trailer here are the specifics!  Even if you’re not close by, we can certainly work a deal.

For Sale!! 2015 Aspen Trail 2780RLS 30′ travel trailer by Dutchmen.

$16000.00 OBO (no low ball offers, please)

Purchased new June 2015 for $30k.  MSRP $33,900

We are downsizing so our loss is your gain!

Clean title – no money owed on this rig!

This is a beautiful travel trailer and we have hauled it from South Carolina to New Mexico. We traveled full time in it for about a year so all the bugs and kinks are worked out! It is in great condition with only very minor wear and tear.

Features:

Power tongue jack and manual stabilizers.

Included is the anti-sway bar kit with heavy duty tow ball hitch.

One large slide (slide topper) with couch and dinette. Both fold down into beds for the kids! SLEEPS 6!

Automatic awning 18′ with LED exterior lighting.

Gorgeous L shaped kitchen with stove/oven combo, split sink with modern faucet, microwave and dual propane/electric fridge/freezer.  Propane/electric 6 gallon hot water heater.

Lots of cabinet and storage space in this unit.

All lighting has been converted to LED and it has one 100 watt solar panel with a 30amp PWM charge controller and one 100 amp hour deep cycle battery. It is set up to add three more 100 watt Renogy solar panels up top (as the brackets are still there and no holes were put in roof as they were Dicor’d down) and there is a large battery bank area in the pass through to add more batteries. 12 volt plugs have been added throughout for ease of charging phones/laptops or running a 12 volt fan.

Ducted air conditioning and furnace. Both work perfectly!

It has been set up for boondocking (dry camping) and we have a composting toilet that we have removed so it will need a regular flush toilet added which we will be happy to do pending sale – or better yet, just get a composting toilet! 😊

A mattress will also be needed as we kept the Temperpedic we bought for it. It will hold a full length queen size mattress.

Large storage under bed and dinette. Large pass through storage as well.

Everything works and has been well maintained this past year. There are new seals/bearings in the wheels with better high temp grease that is an upgrade from factory. New water pump was installed for better PSI with a water saving Oxygenics shower head.

Spare tire and rack.

Stereo system with outdoor speakers.

So many features it’s hard to list them all!  Just ask if you have any questions.

This is a NON SMOKING rig. We do have a dog but the rig is very clean!

Any questions please Email me at boondockorbust@gmail.com

Located in Tierra Amarilla, NM. More images will be added but here are a few!


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Camping at American Girl Mine

After spending a couple of weeks at Quartzsite we were starting to get frustrated with the crowds and rude people. We had a huge rally group park right on top of us and one guy nearly hit our dog (who was on his cable by our rig) with his RV. Time to go!

We decided to head down HWY 95 towards Yuma and decided to stop one night at KOFA wildlife refuge.

Overnighting at KOFA wildlife refuge

After chatting with some other RVer’s we decided to head to American Girl Mine. This is another BLM area on the California side of Yuma.

All set up at American Girl Mine BLM area

There was a big gathering of fellow RVer’s including Aluminarium, Wanderwasi, Drive-Dive-Devour, Bold & Adventurous, Finding Marshall, 2 Wander Away and many others!

The first night there we had a low key gathering for happy hour and enjoyed a glorious sunset!

Sunset in the desert

We’ve been big fans of Aluminarium since we started this journey so it was awesome to meet Leigh, Brian and Curtis! We love their website Campendium which provides so much good info on boondocking areas, state parks and RV parks. You can leave a review of any place you’ve stayed as a helpful resource to others.

Leigh was also kind enough to feature us on her blog!! Of course, it could be the fact that we were sucking up wearing our Campendium hoodies too! 😜 

Wearing our Campendium hoodies!

While we were there, Jase of Wanderwasi was kind enough to get some great drone footage of us and our rig!  This was such an awesome thing for him to do and we so appreciated having this great memory!

There was a lot of great walking/hiking areas including the old mine shafts and tailings.

American Girl Mine
American Girl Mine

Just up the road was Tumco Ghost Town.  Another great area to explore with a ton of history behind it.  Very interesting to see the remains of the old buildings and mining areas.

Tumco Ghost Town
Walking the trails at Tumco
Walking the trails at Tumco

Another awesome aspect of being in the desert were the hummingbirds!  We had so many come and visit our feeder and I was actually able to capture this great shot of this pretty girl.    

Female hummingbird captured with my iPhone 6. She would let me sit within inches of her!

The desert is amazing in so many ways.  It’s so surprising to me that so much can survive there in the extremes of summer.

Surviving the odds

And of course, the sunsets will blow you away!

Another glorious desert sunset

We spent nearly a month in the area and while we enjoyed it immensely we were really ready to see our property again!  So on February 5th we loaded up and headed to New Mexico.  We are currently staying in Santa Fe as the snow is just a little high yet at our place, though with the current warm temperatures everything will be turning to mush and mud soon!

The RV park we are staying at is nothing to write home about, but it’s close to Santa Fe, an hour and a half from our property and is convenient if nothing else.  Sometimes this life is not very glamorous but then again it provides a lot more freedom!