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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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Never Forget ~ 9/11/2001

Shared this in 2013 and still valid today ~ especially coming in the wake of Hurricanes Irma & Harvey. 

“Today as we remember the tragedy of 9/11, please take a moment to hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love them. You may not get the chance to do it again.

A quote that is worth repeating:

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

  – James Madison


Peace & Love, my friends!

Shelly & Mark ~ Boondock or Bust

General info, Remodel, Tiny Life, Uncategorized

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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Happy Memorial Day!

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Memorial Day has always held special meaning for us.  This weekend is more than just BBQ’s and enjoying the start of summer.  We both come from a military background – Shelly having served 4 years in the Air Force during the first Gulf War and Mark’s father serving in the Air Force during Korea.

Sadly, Mark’s father is no longer with us.  This weekend will hold a lot of reflecting back on the good memories of him.  I (Shelly) will also be remembering many friends I lost during my time in service.  We understand what these young men and women who are currently serving (or recently separated from service) are going through and they have my respect and admiration.  We must always hold them dear and remember they are serving OUR COUNTRY.  Where they go and what they are assigned to do is beyond their control.

The men and women who sign up to serve our country are doing so freely, with the knowledge that they could lose their lives doing so.  They do not make much money but they are defending us all so we can rest easy.  Trust me, it takes a lot of courage to be so selfless.

So please take a moment during this long weekend and truly remember what it represents.  We are enjoying our freedom, our families, get-togethers, etc, all because someone else is sacrificing their lives for us.  Honor our military members and veterans and if you see someone in uniform take a moment and thank them for their service – it will mean the world to them!

Stay safe and have a fabulous weekend!! 🙂

Shelly & Mark ~ Boondock or Bust!