Technically, it has not been a whole month yet, but, with May starting it seemed close enough. We have certainly had our share of kinks and things to work out these first few weeks. Therefore, we thought we would offer up some advice, or lessons if you will, of things we have learned so far from full time traveling in our converted school bus. 1) STOW GFF - pronounced “Stow Girlfriend Friend” in a high pitched voice. This is the acronym we came up with of all the things to check and make sure are in the right position before driving. [...]
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After spending 4 nights in a mechanic's parking lot we were ready for fun and adventure again. We made a brief stop at an RV park for some hot showers and laundry and then moved on to our first Harvest Hosts stay - an alpaca farm! For those of you who do not know, Harvests Hosts is a membership program you can join that gives you access to fun places like farms, wineries, museums, etc., all over the country that will let you spend the night on their property. Naturally, when we saw an alpaca farm right in the Santa Fe [...]
You know that awkward feeling when you just don’t know what to do with your hands? Well week one pretty much felt like that - but with everything. Where do I put this? How do I get to this? Where should we go? What should we do today? Why doesn’t the water work? Why doesn’t the internet work? Crap, is there an engine problem? Has Miles eaten/peed/pooped? Damn, I hit my head again! As one would expect, we’ve had some kinks to work out. I’m happy to report that we’ve mostly gotten the what/where/when in the bus figured out at this [...]
As you may have heard by now from our other blog posts, it is apparently cold in New Mexico this time of year. We made it two whole nights of camping in high 30 degree temps at night before deciding it was best to get a hotel room (with heat) for the next two nights when temps were expected to drop into the twenties. While we had a nice warm place to keep Miles and little desire to spend time in the cold and windy outdoors we decided it was time to check out the city of Santa Fe and one [...]
Bus Conversion: How we fit a living room, dining room, office, guest bed and storage in 20 square feet.
Designing a bus is a lot of work, and one of the hardest parts is deciding which things actually get to the fit in the bus, which parts of the build get precious inches added to or subtracted from them, and which things get eliminated all together. It's all about making the most of the space, and squeezing out every last drop of functionality. Being that we are all about comfort and lounging, we knew that some kind of "living room" with couch seating had to make the cut. Our couch in our sticks-and-bricks apartment is where we spend the vast [...]
We spent a lot of time trying to decide what to do for our kitchen counter top. There were two primary requirements - it needed to be light and it needed to be durable - and for a bonus we were hoping it would be cheap! Once you start talking about light weight, you pretty much eliminate all stone countertop choices and durable takes away glass, ceramic. I’m no expert, but this pretty much left us with wood - solid or laminate. We started exploring the butcher block style, and while it met our criteria being durable, relatively light and relatively [...]