This bus is SO hott, it needs TWO(2) AC Units

to cool it off!

We’ve gotten quite a few questions about our A/C setup in the bus. So, now that summer is coming to an end, we decided to write a little article about how we kept ourselves cool in the bus for the past 3 years.

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"The bus came with a front and rear AC installed. Neither of them worked when I bought the bus."


1990 International Amward 3800 with DT466 engine linked to an Allison transmission.

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"Purchased in March of 2015, this Big Blue Church bus has been a dream come true."

Don't get me wrong. I fully understood when I bought the bus, that even with the most beautiful interior and exterior renovations, it will continue being a 1990 International bus. At the end of the day, it's a metal/aluminum tube with old cranky, leaky windows. I knew the entire process would challenge me.

I was then, as I am now, prepared for anything. To be cold and hot, to take cold showers not take showers at all, to eat cold meals, to need more blankets, or to sleep with a fan running, limbs spread far apart, sweating into my pillow top mattress.

Bus Life, to me, has always been about simplicity and living with less.

I have learned to be grateful for what I do have.

In comparison to the Skoolie Love bus, our great friends living the BlueBusAdventure don't have a bathroom, minimal insulation, storage, less space, etc and they are doing absolutely wonderful living in their bus. It’s about balancing your needs and your wants, keeping everything in perspective.

They absolutely love their life, and you can tell in the way they look you in the eyes, speak with you, and give you the most heart warming smiles and hugs. A little is a lottle!

blue bus adventure nick

"I had been online friends with Nick and Jessica for a long time, until I met them at Descend On Bend in 2017"

 What do you NEED and what do you WANT?! You can get by with much less, and have so much more time and space for other things in your life.

  Installing the A/C Unit(s)

Parked on my parents property, the Big Blue Bus was converted in Las Vegas, Nevada during the summer of 2015. It was a ridiculously dumb idea to build it during these months - May to August 15 - as we had nuclear temperatures in the bus.

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"16% Humidity, with a current temp of 122, and a high of 131."

When I initially day-dreamed about the road trip in my new Skoolie, I was not that concerned with how the interior would come together. I was prepared to slap some wood in, lay down a mattress and poop in a bucket. There would be a foot-pump hand wash station. The conversion would be done super quick and I could hit the road with most of my savings intact. Now I have full electric, plumbing including a 6 gallon water heater, lamps and LED ropes. And much less in the way of savings.

My dad was adamant about adding an Air Conditioning unit right from the start.

“No way old man, you don't know what you are talking about."

"I do know what I'm talking about. You're going to love having it."

"I don't have to listen to an older, wiser person that happens to be my dad. I'm a mountaineer and camper."

"Sure you are."


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"A brisk walk uphill - 14,411 feet on top of Mount Rainier in Washington."

My parents were not having that. They were not going to support that kind of lifestyle. If it was going to be a bus home, it was going to be a proper and beautiful bus home. Something I am proud to show off, and happy to come home to. They would not work on a literal dump bus for me to live in, as much as I wanted it to be "minimal."

So it has become what it has become - The most beautiful home I have EVER lived in.

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whole interior skoolie love ac

Once we really got working on the bus interior, as it got into late May and the temps in the bus were constantly above 100 degrees, it made complete sense to install an AC. It was clear to see that installing one would help make the build more tolerable. I am glad that my parents talked me into it. It has been a COMPLETE LIFESAVER from day one.

Once we decided to go ahead with installing an AC, we wondered how we would go about it. We did not want a window unit in an actual window, for safety reasons. I also did not want an AC on wheels, because those have huge vent hoses, and I did not want to worry about storing something that tall when not in use.

There was really no other simple place where we could install a permanent window AC unit. So my dad and I decided to cut a hole in the back of the bus. We went to Home Depot and measured their AC units, and got the biggest one we could fit into the available space at the top end of the bus.

My dad cut the hole with an angle grinder, and then we wedged the AC in, after cutting off the feet and small nubs of the unit, and sanding down the sharp edges of the brand new hole in the bus. The AC unit fit like a charm! We attached small pieces of wood around the unit, encased the inside of the wall with Styrofoam insulation, siliconed all sides of the unit, secured it, and installed wood trim around all of it. It has been doing a necessarily fantastic job!

"Dad, you were right."

"I'm glad you're enjoying your new home."

Be ‘COOL,’ listen to your parents

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Adding a Second Unit

For the past 3 years, the unit in the back has been working out great. Once I close the curtain and put the AC on 65, it blasts out cold air and spreads out into the bedroom. While the bedroom has a chance to cool off, it became apparent quickly that the unit does not, and never really has, covered as much square footage as advertised.

Anywhere I've parked, as the outside temperature, and ambient temperature of the bus became warmer and warmer, and the windows were taking on the sun's rays, the AC unit couldn't produce and push cold air past the 20 or so square feet that is the back bedroom. The conditioned air barely reached the hallway of the bus.

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During the first part of my road trip, I spent the winter in Florida, and then made my way back to Vegas during that following summer, a year into Bus Life.

I went back in Summer because...well...that's how Life wanted it. So I came back to Vegas at the end of April, heading into Eternal Hellfire that is a desert summer. I knew what I was in for.

It was not fun being stuck in the bedroom of the bus in order to stay cool. I did not want to be in bed all the time while reading or working on the laptop. Since the AC unit did not work past the bedroom, most definitely not the 300+ Square feet it advertised, the front of the bus became roasty toasty, unbearable to spend time in.

I still wanted to be “Home” while parked on my parent's property, so I stayed in the bus as long as I could, before heading in to the house to live in my parent's guest room. To escape the heat.

My dad and I brainstormed what we could do, from trying out a swamp cooler, to adding a rooftop AC, or installing another window unit.

But where and how would we put it?!

interior design skoolie love ac install

This is what we came up with! We were able to install a bigger BTU unit into the emergency window. We found a unit at Home Depot that fit right into the window when it was opened.

My dad got to work right away on building a sturdy and safe mount. He used scrap pieces of wood to build a base that supported itself against the outside of the bus, as well as an extra piece of wood on the interior side that sits against the metal frame of the window.

Then he put together a metal wire support system, attached to holes on the underside of the roof/window rivets. The black wooden support base is simply laid on top of the window frame, nothing is physically attaching it. The weight of the AC unit, and the cable supports, is all that's needed.

** This is ONLY for when I am permanently parked. **

This is not safe when driving. I only use it once it gets hot, when I am permanently parked somewhere. Otherwise it is too much of a hassle to set up if its only for a night or two. I store it in its original box inside the bus when not in use.

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 More Appliances means More Power needs

It’s plenty nice to have 2 A/C units, but not as much fun when you can’t run either of them.

With my limited 200 watt solar setup (Amazon Link), with 4x 6 Volt batteries with I believe 215 Amp Hours, I am unable to run either unit while I am on the road. They simply draw too much power for the battery bank and Inverter to keep up. Both units only work when the bus is plugged in to Shore Power.

You would need a minimum of 400 watts, full sun and high quality batteries to be able to run either of these units. Both come with an Energy Saving mode, as well as only a Fan mode. The fan mode, only to move some air, DOES work when on the road. If you have a generator, then you might be able to run both units.

The permanently installed unit in the bedroom is functional all the time, where as the unit in the window is only temporarily in the window if I am parking long term.


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The Square Foot coverage that the AC advertises is not true to Bus Life. The back unit said it was good for 300+ sq ft, and it barely cools the bedroom down. The front unit, when on full blast, cools off the front area of the bus very nicely.

However, in the 100+ degree heat this summer in northern California,we needed both AC units running the entire day, as the direct sunlight was heating the bus us to 95+ degree temperatures easy.

Without them, it would be extremely difficult to get through such hot temperatures. You can open the windows as much as you want, if there is no breeze, it's simply hot. NO matter where you are and what you live in, when it's over 100 degrees, it's just going to be hot. The AC units do make it extremely bearable to live in the bus.

Our neighbors were living in an older RV, and their roof top AC units were not able to keep up. Even at full blast, it would be in the upper 80's and climbing into the 90's in their RV.

Thanks to my parents, especially my dad, for making sure that my bus became a proper Home, a place that I can feel comfortable in, no matter where in the world I am.

laying bedroom national park skoolie

Final Note

If you are going to be traveling and living in your bus, I highly recommend adding an A/C into your home. No matter where you are going to be parked, you'll be happy you have an AC during the warmer months.

Companies also make AC / Heater unit combos. Those would be perfect to keep you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter, without a need to find storage for the unit during either season. For our specific build, the hole in the back, as well as the available space in the windows, we found these units were too big, too heavy, and too expensive to consider.

Another positive that my wife and I found, running the A/C or only as fan-mode, it helped our tinnitus and made it easier to fall asleep. The white-noise was able to distract our hearing enough to get better sleep.

And let me tell you, we get amazing sleep on the bus. The bus has one of the most comfortable mattresses I have ever owned. When the temperature is right on the bus, it is the most perfect place to be. Making the decision to install the AC units is one I would make over and over again in future builds.

You can always just leave where you are, and head to cooler climates.

If you don't like it around here, leave. GET OUT!

That's the beauty of living in a mobile Skoolie Home, isn't it? – Don't like it here? Drive somewhere else!


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Why We Decided Not to Build a Bathroom

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By Contributing Writer: Madi Bowman of The American Field Trip

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When we first started making plans to convert a shuttle bus for full-time living, we assumed we’d want to include a bathroom. But as we did more research into what a bathroom build would involve, we started to question whether it would really be the best use of space and resources. Ultimately we opted for an outdoor shower and a self-contained toilet, but in 18 months of living on the road, we’ve never used the toilet and only occasionally made use of the shower.

If you’re navigating bathroom build issues, consider this—

What if a bathroom is not as crucial as you thought!?

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How big will your water tank be? A low-flow shower head will use about 0.5 to 1.5 gallons of water per minute. If you’re very efficient when showering and turn the water on and off as you need it, you’ll be able to get clean without using too much water. But if your water tank is small, even a short shower will run you low, in which case you’ll need to find a spot to fill up. Often, the most convenient spots to fill up water will be campgrounds, which generally have showers available.

buster bus desert adventure

Do you need hot water? If you want your shower warm, you’ll need a way to heat the water. Most water heaters need to be vented to the outside, so installation can be tricky. A solar shower, which can be made of black PVC pipe and mounted to your vehicle’s roof, is a good option, but if you want to shower inside the vehicle, you’ll need to pipe the water in from outside; this can work well, but your water supply will still be limited, and you’ll still need to fill up about as often as you’ll shower.

Where will you be staying? If you’ll be primarily in campgrounds, you'll usually have easy access to showers and bathrooms. If you’ll be in wilderness areas, you can go au natural (just be sure to use proper Leave No Trace potty protocol!). If you’ll be staying in Walmart parking lots, stealth camping, or otherwise remaining in town often, you’ll probably have access to a public restroom except in the middle of the night—in that case, it’s good to have some kind of alternative, in the form of a self-contained toilet or simply a jug.

not urinal jug

How many people will be using the bathroom in your rig? If you’re living solo, your water-filling and tank-emptying chores will come up less often. But small black tanks and self-contained toilets fill up quickly, especially if there’s more than one person using them, and require that you stay on top of cleaning them out. If your tank fills up and you’re in a jam, you’ll have to find another place to go anyway; and if the tank fills up mid-stream, you’re in for an unpleasant backup situation.

Would you rather deal with finding a place to go, or with regularly cleaning out a black tank? Cleaning out a black tank doesn’t have to be nightmarish, but it’s one road life chore you can easily eliminate. If you’re willing to deal daily with finding places to go, it becomes just another little piece of living on the road—and in our experience, it’s almost always a very simple one.

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What you can do instead:

Shower in campgrounds—usually these showers take quarters, so even if you’re not staying at the campground, you can ask whoever’s in charge if they mind you using it; no one has ever turned us down when we asked.

Wash off in the nearest body of water—showering in lakes and streams can be an awesome back-to-nature experience, even if it’s a bit chilly at times. Just be sure to use biodegradable soaps and make sure you’re downstream from any water sources.

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Plan on parking in spots where you can go when you need to go—if you’re in a remote area, get comfortable with going in the woods; if you’re staying in a more populated area, make sure you’re near a public restroom.

Keep a container on hand for emergencies—in a pinch, pee in a bottle or jug. Men have it easy in this situation; women, invest in one of these SheWee units.


 Final Thoughts:

It might seem odd at first, to have a home without a bathroom—and I certainly wouldn’t have thought 18 months ago that such a situation wouldn’t give me pause and maybe a shudder or two. All I can say is that, as with many aspects of road life, you get used to it!

If we had more space to work with, I’m sure we’d have enjoyed a bathroom of our own. But with 4 people in 80 sq. feet, we just didn’t want to sacrifice living space, or be in constant close proximity to each other’s intestinal output :)

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Make it a wonderful day!

"Effective Ways to Meal Plan" While Living Nomadically

"Effective Ways to Meal Plan"

While Living Nomadically

~ By Contributing Writer: The Gnomad Home ~

Let’s talk about everybody’s favorite topic - FOOD!


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Your eating habits on the road can make or break your budget. If you eat out frequently, you are shoveling out a bunch of money. If you eat nothing but ramen packets - you may save loads, but what is it costing your body? Here are some ways we’ve found to fuel our bodies in positive ways, without breaking our budget.


One-Pot Meals

First and foremost - one-pot meals are a great best friend to have when living in such a small environment. Personally, we love a large elaborate meal! Anytime we have access to a full kitchen with a four burner stove, oven, multiple dishes and more - we wreck the place in the happiest of ways. BUT... when you are living in such narrow quarters, you need to keep the wreckage to a minimum if you want to remain even the slightest bit sane.

This is why we find one-pot meals handy. One-pot meals can surprisingly cover a large array of dishes and cuisines- you have soups and stews, pastas, stir-frys, quesadillas, paninis, scrambles and chilis and more! You can get pretty elaborate without having to deal with a wicked mess in the end.

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Dishes That Can Be Reincarnated

One of our best kept secrets in regards to eating on the road is to create meals that you can turn into something else with the leftovers. We rarely make enough food for just one evening. Most of the time, we purposefully make a ridiculous amount of food in order to turn it into something else the following day.

Our greatest example is whenever we make lentils. We love making some lentils! You can combine them with rice. You can enjoy them with naan. You can eat them loaded with veggies and tofu, or you can throw in some fish or chicken. There’s all kinds of ways to mix up spices and seasonings to create an enjoyable dish and make it different every time.

This is one of those items we specifically make way too much of so that we can guarantee having a dank lunch the following day. Normally the day after a lentil party, we take the leftovers for lunch, crack in an egg or two, mix it all together with some flax (optional) and shape them into patties. We then cook them in our cast iron pan in some coconut oil until they brown on each side and voila! We have ourselves some lentil patties for a scrumptious sandwich, salad, or wrap.

So much variety!

There are so many items that can be resurrected into new dishes the following day. Stir-fries can become tacos. Or, transform your leftover medleys (veggie and/or meat): mix in some tortilla chips and salsa, crack open some eggs, sprinkle with a little bit of cheese, cover with a lid for a minute or two and BOOM! You just made yourself some grand ole chilequiles.


Just Throw It All In!

Whether you live in a vehicle or a mansion, we all have those days where you just don’t feel like trekking to the store to get more ingredients. We fall into this headache far too often. We frequently find ourselves debating whether to get off our butts and surrender a beautiful spot to another eager camper or take whatever we have, throw it together with a bunch of seasonings and see what happens.

More times than not, the modge podge of food option takes the cake! We actually have had some of our best meals when they aren’t entirely planned and it’s just a free-for-all of what we throw together.

A trick to making this little hack even MORE successful - have plenty of tortillas on hand at all times. Got nothing but a can of chili? Throw in some flax or flour, thicken it up, grab a tortilla and BAM. Instant burrito! Got nothing but cheese and tortillas hanging out in your fridge and that unopened jar of salsa in your cabinet? I don’t know about you, but I’m smelling a quesadilla on the horizon! Basically tortillas are the glue that hold our miscellaneous items together when we don’t know what else to do.

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United We Van Cookbook

For our final tip, we suggest investing in a cheap and handy cookbook for those times you lack food creativity or inspiration.

The United We Van Cookbook is our personal favorite. This cookbook was made as a collaborative effort by nomads living out of vehicles from all over the world!

For $12.99 you get over 100 pages of all kinds of meals that people actually make in their tiny homes on a daily basis. And the best part about it? 100% of the proceeds are donated to The Nature Conservancy!

This book is jam-packed with recipes including breakfasts, snacks, an entire section on tacos, one-pot meals, desserts, beverages, pastas, salads and SO much more. There is even a meal in here made entirely of items a woman foraged in Alaska.

It’s only available as an ebook, so you can download it to any device you wish and not have to worry about taking up any additional space in your tiny house on wheels. You, my friend, are so very welcome.

Get Cookin’, Good Lookin’!

There are tons of ways to plan your meals for when you hit the road. We feel that a decent amount of veggies and beans are always great to travel with. They make for great side dishes, salads, items to stuff other items with, and are perfect for on-the-fly cooking when you’re so stinkin’ hungry but don’t have a single plan in mind. Throw ‘em in the pan with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder - drizzle whatever your favorite sauce is on top, and you are good to go with minimal effort!

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cooking over campfire

Using a fuel efficient Bio Lite cooker for some sausages!

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cooking over campfire

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Happy munchin’, friends!


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Parents pull kids from public school system and homeschool from the open road.

"Create memories with them instead of being away from them 8 hours a day."

~Guest Blogger: Ashley Trebitowski ~

Brandon and I have been parents for a little over 9 years now. We had our first child in 2008 when Brandon was still in college and working full time.  We were scared and worried 100% of the day. Always concerned that our kid wasn’t getting enough oxygen or nutrients from the food we were giving him.

After having two more children, things drastically changed! Our 3rd gets away with murder because she’s the baby. Our middle is active and constantly doing things to get attention. Our first son is brilliant and yet bossy. They all have their own personalities and we have learned to cultivate their strengths and try to ignore their shortcomings in hopes that they’ll outgrow them.

When Cayden (our oldest) started kindergarten he quickly was being punished for bouncing in his chair or making his classmates laugh.  They tested him within the first month of school and he scored 100% on his standardized tests. At that point his teacher realized he was bored out of his mind.  Thankfully he had a wonderful teacher who utilized his strengths and had him help other kids with their reading. Also she offered to send home extra homework to keep him challenged.

Quickly we found that extra work at home was not our favorite. After being at school for 8 hours the last thing we wanted to do was complete more worksheets in the 4 hours we had before bedtime.  We didn’t do it.  The teacher understood and openly stated “I’d rather families spend time together than worry about homework, but I’m required to send it home”.

This picture was taken in Disneyland. Our kids favorite place to visit. In 2016 our family spent over 30 days in Disneyland. It’s one of our favorite pastimes.

We slowly stopped caring what the district required of our kid and started enjoying life again.  We were absent 26 days in 4 months and late 12 times.  We travelled to Portland to see our dear friends in the middle of September and took a wonderful trip to Disneyland with our best friends in February. Missing school wasn’t something we worried about.  We were more concerned with spending time experiencing life everyday rather than living for the weekend.

Teaching my kids to read is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. When it finally clicks for them I am assured that I’m doing what I’m called to do. It takes a lot of work on both of our parts.

This is Cayden taking drawing the Columbus River as we passed over it on our way up to Seattle. 

Brandon has worked a remote job since before he graduated college allowing for a lot of freedom and travel.  School wasn’t going to take that from us.  Slowly but surely we realized that homeschooling was going to be out best option.

We could allow Cayden to read at a 4th grade reading level while helping him with his struggling spelling skills. We could spend more time on Math and typing instead of teaching cursive.  Public school doesn’t allow for that flexibility.  The requirements are harsh on teachers and hold these wonderful people back from their full potential because of rules. Don't get me wrong I’m not bashing public school but its harsh on teachers! They are expected to deliver so much and have so little help or time to help the kids they need to.

The Gum Wall in Seattle’s was a fun and disgusting experience. Reagan our youngest was upset she couldn’t eat all the gum off the wall. 

We always try to do a small craft for holidays. Even in a small space we try to keep traditions as a priority. This was taken in Hillsboro, Oregon. We later that night walked Main Street in Hillsboro for a fun trick or treating experience. This town was to friendly and amazing to our kids. All the restaurants and shops opened up to give kids candy. It was our absolute favorite city to go trick or treating in. 

It’s hard sometimes to let the kids have a lot of friends over at once while living on a bus but we try to allow them to get time with their friends 1 on 1. This Reagan and her BF Marley coloring barbies on the floor of our bus in Seaside, Oregon. It was a rainy month while we were there. Forcing us to spend a lot of time inside.

As time went on we decided that traditional school wasn’t for us.  We realized slowly that a lot of traditional things weren’t for us.

I had a lot of wonderful friends and family who homeschooled and could help me with my journey as I started out.  Curriculum choices, groups to join, activities to put the kids in. I was blessed to have them helping me.

It took about 2 years to truly get the hang of it and by that time Jackson (our second son) was ready to start kindergarten.  We went through many different curriculum books. Wasted hundreds of dollars finding what worked for us.  

Curriculum has to work for the teacher as well as the pupil.   We would find a history curriculum that would have us baking pies and making teepees for three hours a day that the kids loved but it made it so mama never got alone time. Alone time is crucial for a mom, you go crazy without it…literally crazy, full mental crying break down. Momming is hard work!

As a homeschool family we start “school time” at an early age. The earliest the kids get into a routine of doing school the better. This pic is of Reagan doing “school” at age 2 (15 minutes of practicing coloring, cutting, stamps etc) 

Typical road schooling session. We keep a folding table in the closet and set it up on the days we do school inside. 

Typical thanksgiving craft. The kids love doing art together whether simple or super elaborate we try to do at least 1 craft day a week.

So after finding what worked best for Cayden I thought “well this will be easy” with Jackson. I was wrong. They are different kids, and learn in completely different ways.  Cayden was born in November so starting kindergarten he was 2 months from being six where Jackson was born at the end of June. He turned five only 1 month before kindergarten started for him.

I pushed him too hard. Wasted so much  time when Jack just wasn’t ready. He loves athletics, bike riding, and interactive learning.  Cayden loves building legos and doing art projects.  Worksheets were no problem for him but for Jack it was like pulling teeth.  

I learned quickly that instead of giving Jack a worksheet we had a better day if I gave him bean bags that had numbers on them and vocally told him addition problems and he threw me the correct bean bag with the sum of the two numbers on it.

Once we bought the bus (February 2016) we started the conversion process in April 2016 just in time for summer break.  Over that summer we finished the bus conversion and got it ready for travel.  We took our first trip in late July and we hated having to move back into our 2000 sqft. house.  Come August we made the decision to move onto the bus full time and travel with our good friends (fellow bus dwellers the Miller’s).  We sold our house within 1 week of it being on the market, sold 85% of our belongings and moved onto the bus September 22, of 2016.

Impromptu field trip to Astoria, OR.  Here he hiked up the enormous Astoria column. At the gift shop they sold $1 wooden tiny airplanes you could throw off the top of the column. It was BY FAR our favorite field trip of our 6 month trip in 2016/2017. The sunset over the coast while we were up there and it was gorgeous watching these little airplane fly for what felt like forever. The kids jumped up and down watching them fly.

Redwood Forest was another amazing day. The drive through the gorgeous giant trees that met the coastline was beautiful. A sight I’ll never forget. We hiked for the entire day and still felt like we needed more time.   We taught the kids about wildlife and how to guess the trees age by counting its rings. 

We planned to hit the road for about 6 months heading from Seattle, Washington down to San Diego, California. We did our first “road schooling” on that trip and we loved it.  I continued teaching math, english, and grammar the way I always had.  What changed the most was our history lessons. Instead of teaching a specific curriculum we mixed it up and taught about where we were that day.

We drove through Utah and learned about the indigenous people of that region. Learned about the crops that were most prevalent in that state, and why.  We would do trivia over the CB radio with our friends, learn about the Columbus River as we drove over it in the bus.  We went to the Maritime museum in Astoria Oregon and hiked up the Astoria Column to throw wooden airplanes off the top while watching the sunset over the most beautiful coastlines we had ever seen.

Traveling and teaching was amazing. We learned about the differences between sea lions and seals on the same day we saw them sunbathing along the bay at Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco, California. Cayden participated in a magic show while we were there too which helped him to learn its not so terrifying to get up in front of lots of people. We went to a vintage arcade and played games from the early-mid 1900’s.

San Francisco is always a fun quick trip. We love to watch the free magic show and share a crepe at Fisherman's Wharf. The kids love the vintage arcade down the street from the Wharf and we also have biked the Golden Gate Bridge to get ice cream in Sausalito.

Cayden doing his school work before going out to play on the beach in Silver Strand Beach San Diego, CA

he kids exploring the beach on Christmas Eve in Silver Strand. We went whale watching here also. 

We did a quick study on trains at the Sacramento Train Museum.  The possibilities are endless when you’re able to step away from the traditional way of learning.  Homeschooling has opened so many doors for us.  

Bus life naturally encourages it because why not?  If you’re able to travel why wouldn’t you!? Let your kids learn through experience instead of only reading about it in a book.

Create memories with them instead of being away from them 8 hours a day. I enjoy teaching them, I enjoy them learning alongside me.  Is it hard? Yes, but isn't everything that is worthwhile hard work? If its a priority you'll make time for it and you’ll make it work. So we MADE it work for our family and haven’t regretted it for a moment.

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