The drive down from Alaska was a long one and we ran into a little trouble. Bruce The Bus lost half his serpentine belt in the middle of the Yukon and we had to limp him along through 200 miles of slush snow before we hit Fort Nelson and were able to find a replacement belt. If you're ever traveling on the Alaska Highway you should always carry a spare tire, spare serpentine belt and a jerrycan full of fuel. 

Once we made it down to Vancouver we hopped the ferry to Vancouver Island and drove the bus to Tofino. Our plan was to surf for a week before going our separate ways. Our first stop was Long Beach Surf Shop to rent some wetsuits, buy some cold wax and get the low down on the surf and swell. The guys in the shop are the best and had the widest selection of wetsuits and boards for rent. We felt like we were locals while at the shop and got to see their little record store inside as well.

One of the best and most memorable parts of our time in Tofino was meeting Adam. Adam rolled up to the parking lot on the beach where we were camped in the bus and was fascinated by the bus and the fact all of us were living in there. He owns the local coffee shop Tofitian in town and offered us a place to park if we got kicked out by the cops. He also invited us to go crabbing with him one evening and we witnessed a bald eagle swooping down from the trees and grabbing the old bait from our crab traps. Later that night Adam showed us how to cook and crack the crab shells. We had a gigantic feast of crab and wine.

The surf was good for the time that we were there. Cub, Colin, Chessa, Kelan and Brian are all experienced surfers and attempted to help me get a wave under my feet but I struggled a bit with the big we suit, gloves full of water and booties acting as weights. The rest of the crew caught some good waves and I filmed from the beach with a PBR in my hand.

After Tofino we went our separate ways and I was left alone with the bus to myself. After almost 5 months of living in 76 sq ft with up to six total people I had the bus all to myself and it seemed like a mansion. I could spread my arms without poking Brain in the nose as he snored himself into a slumber. Getting to anything in the bus was no longer accommodated with the words "Can I squeeze by?" It felt lonely the first few days but I'm slowly getting used to it. I have everything I need in one small Tiny Home on wheels. Life In The Bus Lane continues...

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After spending almost two weeks on Haines Summit we decided it would be best to move on and head to Thompson Pass just outside Valdez, AK where a handful of our good friends had flown in and were giving us reports of great snow conditions. Ben Girardi stayed in Haines to shoot photos with another group of snowboarders but Aaron Dodds was ready to link in with us when we arrived at Tailgate Alaska.

Mike Hood, Brady Farr, Kalen Bamford and Nick Decicco joined us for the duration of our time in Alaska and we spent over two weeks exploring new zones and visiting old favorites. The snow for the most part was perfect until the end when it began to get warm and the rain level was higher than we'd ever seen it. After seeing some very large natural wet slides we decided it might be best to call it a winter and head south for some surfing.

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Down days in Alaska while we wait to ride.

 

 

 

 

 

Timelapse of Northern Lights

 

 

 

 

 

Instagram has become not only a way to share photos but a way to meet like minded people doing similar things in life. We follow a lot of other people on Instagram that have or are converting school buses into Tiny Homes. One particular person (@theabominableheidimonster), Heidi Miller had hit us up with a few questions on how we set our Kni-Co wood stove up inside the bus. Brock was heading to Park City, UT in the bus and decided to make a short stop in Moab, UT where Heidi lived to shoot a quick interview. Well, life on the road always has its surprises and after blowing a tire just outside Moab he ended up spending four days helping Heidi with her bus, paddle boarding, biking and a little rock climbing before getting ready to link back in with the rest of the crew.

Once the bus was loaded, Ben Girardi a photographer from SLC, Austin Gibney and Colin Spencer joined the Bus Life Adventure crew to seek out snow in Alaska. It was an interesting drive to say the least and the weather in Alaska proved to be a challenge for finding blue days to film and ride big lines.

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We got a call from our team manager at Never Summer that he and a handful of other team riders were going to be at Sheepshead Cabin for the next handful of days and invited us to join. It was back the way we came from, Wolf Creek Pass, but that's the beauty of the bus. We can go anywhere at anytime with a drop of the hat.

The terrain at Sheepshead proved to be tricky and we only spent a few days there before we decided that Alaska might be the best call being that snow was melting quick and it was only the beginning of March. Cub and Brian took the truck and went back to Denver for jury duty while Brock made the solo trek to Utah to prepare for the drive to AK. On his way home a major problem with the bus brought him to a halt and stranded in Moab for four days.

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