Freedom

I wasn’t sure how to title this blog, other than freedom itself. It is the main goal and reason we travel, home school, jump around and live on our own terms. The RV lifestyle was like jumping into the unknown, with no opportunity to practice or pretend like we knew what we were doing. A lot of it was fear based, leading us to making a decision to live outside of our comfort zone and to experience day-to-day life from a small camper, living simply, yet still having comforts of “home”.

Towards the end of the second month of full-time camper living, we were getting ansy, on-edge, and sometimes down right confused by this path we took, for the sake of doing something against the social grain. The average day consisted of picking a good time to use our limited 10GB mifi-Jetpack from Verizon, understanding that we couldn’t use it for any videos, Netflix or Youtube, which was a huge struggle since there was a lot of downtime at night. We had to also be extra cautious with the water supply, since it only held 6 gallons of water, which meant very limited and FAST showers. Imagine this; the ceiling is only about 6ft tall, and my husband stands over that, so his back is breaking, from bending backwards to brush his teeth, requiring him take insanely quick showers.. water is running out the sides, being over 6f ft tall requires creativity and many relaxation methods to overcome limited standing room and living space-lol! We also had to be creative on where our showers and laundry days would come from, whether it be our in-laws home and using Regional Parks for showers and dumping days. There was a lot of options involved in this lifestyle, you just have to be willing and ready.

We also had to be weary of how much of the generator we used during our boondocking stays in the desert, if the weather is crappy, it is a challenge getting everything in order to make sure it stays dry and out of the rain and mud. Can’t forget about those lovely Burros! They love to come around the corner and scare our dog half to death, we had no clue that they can be dangerous, from our point of view they looked so friendly and enticing. Lastly, the final two areas of our “freedom” journey also required dedication to going to work, finding creative work opportunities and being willing to drive back and forth to U-haul storage units in order to get our camping and hunting supplies for our next trip up north. Lots of patience and looking at the bigger picture required in order to look past challenging days. Keep in mind, sometimes you would have to move from your desert location, due to blm land restrictions, 14 day limits and sometimes unbearable visitors, such as ATV riders, family day trips, traffic and a lots of other misc things that come up. But…. some of the best experiences have been the peaceful, tranquil, amazing, desert nights and some views that sunsets that could take your breath away.

Some days I found myself questioning my day-to-day life, questioning the ultimate motive for our so-called “freedom” quest and what the long-term goals would look life for our family of 3, plus a dog. Lots of prayers, lots of deep breathing and a lot of self-care books read in order to re-energize my thoughts . Idealism isn’t going to happen, but, I’m going to try my best to make my “idealistic” dreams for our family come true, God willing, that is.

I love my family and our blessing of a life too much to be ruled by working my life away, all to save for a retirement fund I’m not even sure we will be able to use. Nobody knows where tomorrow will take them, let alone if there will be a tomorrow.

Till next time……

 

Blessings to you,

 

Heidi 🙂

 

 

 

Behind the scenes..

Last time I wrote my family had started experiencing life on the road, as a full time RV family. Mind you, we were NOT living in anything remotely close to a luxury RV or 5th wheeler, rather a 1990 Mallard 5th wheeler, with maybe 70 feet of livable space. We wanted to try to do things differently, rather than sit back and wait for things to happen. We refused to let life’s routines and “fear based” tactics to dictate how we lived and raised our only child.  Life behind the wheel was a humbling experience, we lived amongst the desert creatures, soaked in the plethora of night stars and tranquility.

What most people didn’t know, was that this type of life isn’t for the weak of heart. It required dedication to alternate forms of living, using electricity, water and internet sparingly. It was also a wake up call to how simple and precise life was getting. At times it was a blessing and a “what were we thinking” moment. Not only has it opened doors to new walks of life, it has also introduced us to new people and ideas that have changed our life forever.

Within the last few weeks, we soon realized that our passions in life we taking the back burner to finding new places to boondock , mixing in with driving back and forth to storage units to gather our supplies for our outdoor activities. It also required patience for each other, taking turns walking around in a 75 ft space with maybe 6 foot ceilings and reminding everyone, a lot of the time, shortly, to stop running the water or to remember to lock the fridge. Patience was tested, space was limited, and so was our view on living on the road. Keep in mind we are also working and slowly working on new ways to generate income to suffice a “free” lifestyle that allows us to enjoy limited routine and the option to come and go as we like.

Our 10 yo, son, Ethan was also feeling the “change” especially when his bed was turned into a table each day, requiring him to learn to go with the flow of challenges and taking on a new point of view, rather than the dreaded “school routine” his other peers were facing. Child rearing alternatively has proven to be a blessing and has  decreased our limited beliefs and infused our life with more zest and challenge for  peace of mind!

I plan to update soon,

Take care and be kind to yourself!

Best wishes,

Heidi Oxendale 🙂

Hope everyone has had a great year in 2016!

Hi everyone,

It has been over a year since the last time I have posted anything, I apologize, lots of things were taking a front seat to my blogging. It is time for me to stop making excuses and start blogging more.

Today you will find out family nestled back in Arizona, after 3 months of time off work. We saved up some money and went hunting and hiking in Montana, Colorado and Minnesota. We visited friends and family and learned about the great and beautiful states of the Rocky Mountains. There is something about those mountains that keeps drawing us back every few months.. it’s probably the views, serenity and many miles that separate us from civilization. These week long trips have provided us with new found respect for living simply and downsizing many of the items we own into a small U-Haul storage unit. This opportunity has provided us with more freedom to move around as we please and the chance to live as if we can get up and go at any second. Best moment of our trip was when our 10 yo son, shot his first buck ! It was a special moment for all of us.

We were blessed with the opportunity to take a temporary leave of absence from our jobs (unpaid) to explore the mountainous regions and find some peace of mind. Once we returned back to Minnesota this past November we were able to buy a 1990 Mallard 5th Wheeler to travel back to AZ in, this was a fun challenge and really provided our family with a new perspective. Our cats had previously passed away this summer, so our living arrangements have made things a little easier since then…

We arrived back in Arizona right before Thanksgiving, taking advantage of our mobile living arrangement we were able to camp out on BLM land in Florence, AZ while our son hunted for Javelinas, unfortunately, no luck!

As of today we are leaving freely, and moving around in our 5th wheeler, working part-time and focusing on new career opportunities! More about that later.

Thanks for reading- I will update shortly.

Lots of update! 🙂 I’m excited to share with you all.