Thoughts of a Bus, the Vicaribus Blog2017-04-15T09:55:57-06:00

Thoughts of a Bus, the Vicaribus Blog

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I Can Haz Internets? How We Stay Connected on the Road

Some folks choose this type of lifestyle specifically to disconnect - that's not us. Staying connected is vital to our day-to-day bus life. I work remotely as a Software Engineer to keep the gas tank filled, and we are heavy sharers of this journey to keep your social media feeds and inboxes filled. We have five different means of connecting to the world wide internets on our bus - or three, or two, depending on how you look at it. The Five Ways We Connect (Or Three, or Two) Here are the five: My iPhone 7, Heather's iPhone X, our AT&T hotspot, our Verizon Hotspot, and our WiFi repeater network. Since both Heather and I have our cell service on AT&T, [...]

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Nick, and the Things|0 Comments

Five Best Campsites in Idaho

Idaho was our 4th state to visit on our journey and provided some of our best campsites yet!  There is ample free camping in the mountains and national forests and tons of dreamy waterfront spots on various lakes and rivers.  Perhaps the best thing of all about Idaho, it seems nobody else knows about it yet.  While we are hesitant about letting the secret out, Idaho is too awesome not to share.  Without further ado here are our five best campsites in Idaho:   1. Trail Creek Road: Sun Valley, ID Location: Trail Creek Road (Sawtooth National Forest): numerous spots available Type of Camping: Boondocking (dry, primitive camping) Price: Free! Why it is awesome: plentiful mountain views, flowing creek, close to town, [...]

By |August 23rd, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Heather, and the Purple Backpack|0 Comments

Vicaribupdate – Olympic Peninsula, Washington

The Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park in western Washington has a little bit of everything. Glacier capped mountains, rugged ocean coastline along the Pacific, calmer oyster-filled coastline along the Hood Canal, and stunning old-growth rainforests. We spent nearly two weeks on the peninsula and got to experience first-hand everything except the mountains, which we only ever saw off in the distance. Little known fact: Olympic National Park is the only place where the Greek Gods are still allowed to visit the U.S. Map of Olympic Peninsula (Olympic National Park in Green) Hood Canal on the East We actually made two separate trips to the peninsula. Our first visit started in the northeast where we landed in Port Townsend [...]

By |August 19th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Nick, and the Things, Vicaribupdate|0 Comments

Vicaribupdate – San Juan Islands, Seattle and Another Breakdown

After nearly 7,000 miles of driving since leaving Denver four months ago, we finally found the Pacific coast, sort of. Our first stop on the coast was at San Juan Island, which is technically in the Salish Sea. From there we worked our way down the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula trying to get to Mt. Rainier, but failed, breaking down just a couple of miles outside the park entrance. Once that was sorted out, we headed to Seattle for a bit. Little known fact: the San Juan Islands were purchased from Canada for six beaver pelts and one Celine Dion. San Juan Islands (via Ferries!) The San Juan Islands are a group of respectably sized islands on Washington's northwest [...]

By |August 11th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Nick, and the Things, Vicaribupdate|1 Comment

But How Do You Get Mail? Getting Packages on the Road While Traveling

One of the most common questions travelers (including us) get asked is "how do you get mail?" And, while we are in the day and age where paper snail mail is not all that important, packages (particularly Amazon Prime packages) are.  Here we will talk about how we get mail, and all the different ways we have tried (both successfully and unsuccessfully) to get packages while traveling on the road. Getting Mail on the Road This is an easy one for us.  We send all of our mail to Nick's mom. Her house also happens to be our permanent address and domicile.  There are great mail services out there that will sort and send pictures of your mail and then forward [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Heather, and the Purple Backpack|0 Comments

7 Reasons You Should Go To Idaho

Idaho is the Gem State, which couldn't be a more fitting name for this hidden gem.  Some folks probably can't even pick out Idaho on a map, and most likely don't know about all the beauty and awesomeness throughout the state. Here are seven reasons you should go to Idaho. 1. Mountains There are numerous gorgeous mountain ranges in Idaho and we recommend hiking into them to get the best perspective, but many are beautiful to just drive through as well.  We made it to the Pioneer and Sawtooth ranges, which blew us away.  One day we'll come back for the Tetons. Pioneer cabin and the Pioneer Mountains. Hiking in the Sawtooth National Forest. Sawtooths [...]

By |July 26th, 2018|Categories: A Bus Story, Heather, and the Purple Backpack, Travels|0 Comments