For Sale

For Sale:  Recently updated, 1000 square foot, 3 bedroom / 1.5 bath ranch home located in established neighborhood on the northside of Holland, Michigan. Two stall garage (with insulated & paneled walls, workbench and storage shelves), large fenced in yard, new front and rear cement patios, recent roof, exposed wood floors in living room and all bedrooms.  Main bathroom recently updated with new tile and flooring.  Kitchen recently repainted.  Unfinished basement with loads of storage.  Elementary school right at the other end of the street - your kids can walk to school safely.  Public park located next to the school - enjoy basketball, tennis, softball fields and playground within a 5 minute walk.  Home is located 1 mile from a public boat launch and 6 miles from Lake Michigan - launch your fishing boat on a Saturday morning or ride your bike out to enjoy a beautiful Michigan sunset (all on paved bikepaths). 

Yes, we’re serious.  We’ve been thinking about this for some time and finally made the decision yesterday.  At some point during this year we will be placing our house back in Holland, MI on the market.  We have two main reasons for doing so:

  • Financial
    By selling the house we hope to pay off all of our current debt.  While our debt level isn’t excessive the thought of being completely debt-free while in our mid 40’s is extremely attractive.  We might be broke and we might need to incur more debt to replace our current truck or trailer, but zeroing out and starting over would be an incredible weight off my shoulders.  It’s frustrating that we’re halfway through the mortgage on this house and still have roughly 3/4 of the principle left to pay.  We no longer see the money and time we’ve put (and are still putting) into this house as a reasonable investment, especially when we consider the burdens of ownership.
  • Lifestyle
    By selling our “anchor” we’ll be freed up to continue our travels.  We just can’t see being done seeing this country after a year, and I can’t see going back and working in my basement office with the little windows out at grass-level where the highlight of a day was the occasional bird or frog showing up to look at.  Not after my office views have included mountains, lakes, distant city-scapes, and wildlife.

We’re still working out the details of this decision, but the rough plan is to find a park to “camp-host” at part of the year and then travel the other part of the year.  Camp-hosting involves working a set number of hours at a RV park or campground in exchange for a site with full hookups (water, sewer, electric). Duties and expected hours vary, but we’ve already dropped off an application at a private RV park in Durango, Colorado.  The park has a nice store & snack shop, swimming pool, game room, & ice cream shack - all providing opportunities for the kids to both have things to do but also finding odd-jobs.  MsBoyink and I would be on the hook for 15 hours a week and I would actually be looking to do more manual work to both get off the computer for awhile and get a workout.  Think of it this way - rather than pay for a gym membership I’d get paid to get sweaty..:)  This particular park also offers hourly wages for hours exceeding 15/week, so our hope is that during our stay there we can cover all basic necessities plus food and gas by our work at the park, and all income from our current business endeavors can be socked away either to fund future travels or purchase replacement equipment. 

The great part about this lifestyle is it’s not like we’re permanently moving somewhere - if we find one season is enough at one park we’ll just look for a new place next time around.  Or we’ll find a place to camp-host at in the south during the winter then travel the north during the summer.  Or we’ll find a park back in West Michigan and be around “home” for a season.  Our options are endless.

We have questions yet.  The kids have questions yet.  There will be many details to work out.  But we’re sure that given a few months we’ll figure it all out, and then be free as birds…;)


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19 Comments For Sale

  1. Picture of mrs. camachomrs. camachoMay 18, 2011

    Love it! You only live once, so live your dreams.

  2. Picture of DonnaDonnaMay 18, 2011

    Awesome. I was wondering if this might happen, and glad to see you all are livin’ the dream. Best of luck.

  3. Picture of DurtKlodDurtKlodMay 18, 2011

    That RV park outside of Durango is our favorite place to stay in that area.  Your picture of your trailer in the snow is right near our favorite spot… up against the fence.  We will be there in about a month.  If you get accepted as hosts for next summer, perhaps we’ll see you again.

  4. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMay 18, 2011

    Sounds good!  FWIW the Haviland Lake National Forest campground up the road is awesome too - just heavier on the natural beauty and lighter on the amenities..;)  But you guys probably know that spot.

  5. Picture of Jeremy LathamJeremy LathamMay 18, 2011

    Love the idea behind this! I think you guys will have a blast!!

  6. Picture of ChristyChristyMay 18, 2011

    Best of luck with the next leg of your adventure! Prayers that the house sale and all the other details will fall into place. Will keep my ears open for any house hunters in the area!

  7. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMay 18, 2011

    Thanks everyone!

  8. Picture of ErikErikMay 18, 2011

    Wow! You are my hero. :) But seriously, stop by Rochester, NY some time. We’ll be better for it.

  9. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMay 18, 2011

    Thanks Erik -

    Didn’t know you then but we bought our last car out of Rochester and drove out to get it.

  10. Picture of darol borgdarol borgMay 18, 2011

    I fear your not settling down   you will loose a daughter.  plus you can’t fulfill oblations with friends and family.  thanks for letting me say so.  If this even gets to you ,my     shills are poor.

  11. Picture of Adam ClarkAdam ClarkMay 18, 2011

    That’s awesome dude. There is something to be said for just going for it. We just ditched our house in the Atlanta suburbs and moved to Tennessee, where we’ve wanted to be or a long time. It’s exciting to just be doing it, even though it doesn’t fit the model of “stability” that we prize so highly in America.

    Really excited for you guys. Hit me up if you’re ever passing through Chattanooga.

  12. Picture of Kyle AdamsKyle AdamsMay 18, 2011

    Gotta say, it’s with a hint of selfish sadness that I read this. The West Michigan corner of this great country is just a little poorer without the Boyinks. With that said, further up, further in on your big adventure!

  13. Picture of LarryLarryMay 19, 2011

    I gotta say too, that I’m a bit envious of you and your family, Mike.  Here I sit in my office at work, no window, hot, with the mortgage and bills and all the rest…
    I wish you the best, what an awesome way to see this great country, stay close to the family you love, and have the flexiblity to go wherever and whenever you like.
    And when your in Menomonie, Wisconsin, it would be great to meet up with you!

  14. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMay 19, 2011

    Thanks Larry!

    Carol - I appreciate your concern but we were “settled down” for 15 years in this current house.  We just don’t see what that phrase means anymore - in the past you had to settle down to get a good steady job to provide for your family, and that’s just no longer the case.  I had that good steady job and it fell to pieces in the rubble of the twin towers.  My current work is totally portable - it makes no difference where I do it.

    We’ve met with more old friends and family and made more new friends since being on this trip than ever before - if everyone else is too busy to get away we can just come to them.  Much of our family lives out of town anyway - and a couple hours might as well be a couple of states.

    We’re in conversations with the kids, and both of them are tentatively excited about this move.  Storybird said she really couldn’t comment on it because she hadn’t experienced it yet, but the RV park where we dropped off the application has a dog-sitting service that she hopes to become part of.

  15. Picture of MarybethMarybethMay 19, 2011

    Grateful to be a part of your journey.  Thanks for letting me be family. Family gets to come visit, especially during baseball season! I will caution - he better always be a Tiger fan.  I love you all so much.

  16. Picture of TimTimMay 19, 2011

    Being debt free is the way to go! I’ll pray you sell your house with ease.

  17. Picture of StephanieStephanieMay 19, 2011

    Sounds like a fantastic plan! I hope it sells quickly and for more than you expect.

  18. Picture of markmarkMay 23, 2011

    Give a thoughtful listen to John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High”

    I always liked the song but didn’t “get it” till I left Illinois behind.

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