With how much change buslife brings around on a daily basis, something that has been grounding for me is to start my day with a little morning routine. 💫 A huge part of this for me has been turning my phone off before bed and not turing it back on before I've spent some time on myself. My routine is still evolving and I'm figuring out what works for me. I stretch, meditate, have a cup of coffee and make a plan for the day. I used to hate waking up early and now morning has become one of my favorite times. How do you start your days?
2,060396 October, 2019
Wowza! We can’t believe we’ve reached 1000 followers! In lieu of this Instagram mile marker we thought we’d say hello 👋 + introduce ourselves! •
HELLO! We’re Alexa (Lex), Kyle (Ky), and Trippy Cat (TC, trips, noodle, smoosh, puppy, etc.). We met in Baltimore Maryland back in 2014 and started dating in 2015. We absolutely loved Baltimore but always dreamt about living on the road full time. That’s why when we got Trippy Cat as a kitten, we started harness + leash training her right away. We bought Sturdy Barb, our 2001 Chevy Express 3500, at the end of 2018 off craigslist in PA & 6 months later, we quit our jobs and moved to Vermont to build her up! •
Alexa loves finding local coffee shops to hang out in, mezcal margaritas, and is in the hunt to find the best french fries in the world, while Kyle loves creating music, listening to stand up comedy, and is really good at finding heads up pennies in unsuspected places. •
We finished building Barb in September and our goal is to be on the road for about a year or so visiting as many national parks as possible as well as all of our family and friends in their home towns. If you’re new to our page and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We love how this platform makes it so easy to connect with others around the world and we’ve made life long friends from it.
See you in the road!
Photos by the super talented @victoria.selman (and soon to be more comin’ atcha!)
I love seeing where we came from. Makes us appreciate where we are. Tag someone in the building stage so you can feed their fire. Also I want to follow more builds ;)
2614310 December, 2019
Testing out a tiny electric heater on my 96 sq ft bus. It's 45° out tonight This little bus warms up pretty fast. The electric heater is just for when it's parked in my RV driveway. My oldest likes to hang out on the bus with her friends 😁. I'll be getting a Mr Buddy heater for when I'm out in the wild. I'll be finished with my chemo treatments by next month and in April I'll be fire dancing at an unofficial regional burn called the Pagan Bunny Burn (it's a burningman thing for those that don't know). It will be my first trip in my tiny house on wheels. So I have 3 1/2 months to save and get some front tires and a tune up before heading out on my first trip. Super excited. In other news, happy to report that the USB port worked to charge my phone in just an hour and only used 3% of my @jackeryusa (swipe right). Next test is my projection screen & projector too see how much power is needed to watch a movie on it 😁
28010 December, 2019
Plot twist: I’m not currently living in the bus.
I’ve been back in Texas for almost a month now. I came back to be close to friends and family, invest time in my relationship, and to surround myself with those I love for the holidays.
I also came back for one other big reason: I’m renovating the bus!
I joke that I’m renovating my renovation. This was always part of my plan. I knew I was hitting the road back in March with a temporary installation. I wanted to test out my layout, see how I used the space, what worked and what didn’t, and most importantly, make sure I actually liked living in a bus before investing more time, money, and effort into building my little home on wheels.
Living in a temporary space without electricity, heat, running water, or an indoor toilet wasn’t easy. There were days I cried in frustration. There were many days I said “fuck this” and felt like a failure. There were days when I questioned why I was doing this and if all my struggles were worth it. Sometimes I wondered if I should sell the bus or call it quits. But there were so many good days too.
As the leaves changed and the days got shorter, I found myself wanting to nest deeper into my home, make it even cozier and more my own. I daydreamed for hours about what I wanted the interior to look like. My mind swirled with all the handy small-space ideas I had. I thought about the renovations I could do, and for once I wasn’t exhausted just imagining it. I was finally ready.
Right now, the bus is once again an empty shell. I removed all of my belongings. Only the wood floor and the bed remain. I’m changing the layout, adding more insulation, putting in a real kitchen, and home-ifying everything.
As holidays come and go, I’m shuttling back and forth between Georgetown and Fort Worth. Friends and family have been infinitely helpful. I’m so grateful.
I’ve got a lot to do before January and am hard at work. I’m nervous, but I’m excited.
Hi, I am assuming most of you are like me and didn’t know jack about solar or power and just sending it hoping it works out.... Well I’ve wasted money, time, and had problems ha ha. These are the upgrades and changes I made to fix my system. A 110 outside hook up that connects to a Lithium Charger to keep my battery topped off when the sun runs away. 40a DC to DC Charger made for lithium batteries since my old KeyLime Smart Isolater fried my last battery. PS @battlebornbatteries has a 10yr warranty thank god. A 12v outlet to charge my phone so I’m not using a 2000watt inverter wasting my precious power just to charge a phone. I’ve called and talked to about every local solar/power guy in Oregon. The most down to earth and affordable peeps are @nathanastic from @grapesolar if you want to talk to a professional or get some help. Love and respect my people just my personal service announcement.
176309 December, 2019
Parked the bus at the new super secret escape spot.
A little fakesgiving meal to comfort a cold day of working on Bussy! Our home oven is broken so we just use the bus oven.😁
23698 December, 2019
Used @kilmatusa under the driver seat and firewall to help silent some engine noise. This stuff works amazing! 10/10 would recommend! Also picked up a @pabstblueribbon tap handle that I made into my door handle! .
Watching Eunice go by from bed is pretty much as great as one would imagine. 🚌 We took our big girl on a little adventure last night. Camping in this box is my hobo heaven...
Music by Dolly Parton 💅🏼
State of the bus report: plumbing is complete, washer/dryer are hooked up, and electrical work is 95% done. Ongoing projects: finishing shower stall and building back wall. Big to dos: remove and skin over a few of the back windows w 18 ga steel, install interior roof, hook up propane water heater, and install moar cabinetry.
Sometimes it’s the simple trips that turn out to be the best.
Anza Borrego was a really quick and easy journey from our home in San Diego. Luckily it was cool this time of year so we didn’t need A/C! The hikes were great, the night skies were awesome, and there were plenty of free places to park!
We were really scared to mess with the windows at first, so much so we were about to built off the original wall. But our fear of moving on not knowing the conditions under pushed us to go for it (plus we wanted to make sure there was new and better insulation). Glad we did because it was easy and worth it!
Make sure you keep all yours screws and have someone who can spot the window from the exterior while working on it and maybe don’t pick a windy day😅
Watch our new wall conversion process in our n e w YouTube video!! Ps. Look at that lighting thooo🔅
Our bus is almost ready for Arizona!!!! Now all we need is the wood stove installed (waiting on two 24" pieces of stove pipe) and our solar panel kit which we ordered and are ready to get in the mail!!!! We ordered the goal zero nomad kit for off grid solar. We got it licenced, tagged, and are getting insurance as we speak. Not bad for being busless and broke back in August. #buslife#skoolieconversion#homeiswhereyouparkit#shortbus#shortbusconversion
155174 December, 2019
Life is not always perfect and things don’t always go our way. Sometimes we just have to let go and let what will be BE.
279284 December, 2019
Everyone deserves a spa day once in a while and today is Barb’s. She’s in the shop for an oil change, wheel rotation, and just a quick check up on her fluids and what not. 🧖♀️ Next stop, our third National Park, @congareenps 🏞 Have you check it out yet? If so, got any recommendations?
Today, we found out that a pocket plane works really well for removing the extra Great Stuff that bubbles out of the cracks while filling in around our foam board insulation! We are psyched at how much progress we have made since getting back to Utah! Today we got most of our insulation in our walls and got the last two ceiling panels off the bus as well as the front box thing above the dash removed. Hopefully we will get subfloors glued in and framing going up by the weekend! @firstname.lastname@example.org@jefftheclimber