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Not all who wander are lost

Well it’s been a week since we “came out” to the world as some of those crazy school bus folks.  It actually went better than we expected.  Far more praise and well wishes than I would have ever imagined.  Of course there were those who had questions, some who had nothing good to say about it and others who tried to reason away what we’re doing.

For the record; we are not destitute, we’re not doing this because we have no other option and we’re not just doing this as a short term “until we can do something else” sort of thing.  We have decided to do this because it enables us to live on our terms.  If we wish to travel we can.  If we wish to buy property we can.  If we wish to live in this bus for the rest of our lives we can.  The point is that this bus conversion gives us options to do as we please.

Many people these days are tied to working jobs they don’t like to pay for a house they’ve outgrown by filling it with things they don’t need.  We’d much rather travel and see the world than fill our over sized house with things which sit unused most of the time.

In response to a question on the Skoolie Converters facebook group, Chauncey Carter who owns The Wandering Bus said it as well or better than I’ve seen anywhere.

“Famous Skoolies such as the Partridge family bus, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, The Magic School Bus (I don’t know if that’s still on TV), every rock group from the 50s to the 80s, including the Beatles, etc.

Impoverishment is a lack of control of income minus expenses, try living in Manhattan where an apartment will cost you upward $2000/m for 150 ft.²

Not all who wander are lostImpoverishment is a 40 year mortgage for a house you cannot afford, A car you need to go to work and work to pay back the car. A cable bill that does nothing else but take your time as you sit in front of the box.

Everywhere you’ll drive people smile and wave and ask you where you found the steel necessary to live like this.

When you want to go on vacation, you don’t have to worry about leaving your home and security because you’re taking it with you, you’ll park in Zion, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, arches, Blm and your views will be worth $1 million.

The city-folk have to pay to see the stars at planetariums, all we have to do is step outside and gaze up.

The richness and diversity of both our land and culture is a bountiful source of experience and awesome memories.

You can take your home to festivals, such as burning man, and that is no poor mans experience.

People will be envious of your liberties and how you’re living your own American dreams.
And living on the road or at least traveling far from home is how our people got to this country and made it to the west coast.

There is nothing more magical than the way we live with our Skoolies, except for the memories that we will create all together!!!”

Of course we’ve had many questions like “will you have a bathroom?” and “how will you wash clothes?”.  I assure you, my wife is not one to live in a dump.  This will be the nicest tiny home on wheels we can possibly afford.  We’ll have a full bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, hot and cold running water, a washer and dryer, refrigerator, convection oven and induction cook top.  The floor will be hardwood laminate flooring, the walls will be white bead board and there will be WiFi, TV and surround sound.

I hope this answers a lot of the questions people have had about our “little adventure”.  As for an update… we haven’t done much in the last week.  Life and previous plans have kept us from doing much, but we are about to go spend the afternoon removing bus seats.  Hopefully I can find someone to take them off my hands and maybe even leave me a bit of money in exchange.

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