Memorial Day weekend we drove up to Boulder Creek to celebrate a graduation for our friend Colleen. She hosted the party at a fantastic little eco-training-camp-school in the Santa Cruz mountains, pics are here on Facebook.
It’s great to get out away from town even just for a short trip or an over-nighter. In fact it’s one of the reasons we got the bus. We leave most of the gear in it, chuck in a suitcase and a cooler of food and off we go. Like my friend Clare says, there is often a beautiful wilderness just a short drive from where ever you are.
Driving a bus in the drizzle, in the winding little mountain roads can be a very white knuckle experience. We took the hair-raising route up, and some locals helped us with a more reasonable way down. For future reference, if you live in the area, don’t take your bus up Bear Creek road. Don’t be a hero.
Everyone always wants to see how we “redid” the bus so here are some pics. So far we haven’t redid much. We took a lot of seats out and put some functional things back in, like a mattress. I had grand visions of really fixing it up like the Albatross that Nicole Faires and fam built. They did a fantastic job. Nicole is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading. I’ve already told Nicole I have TBE (total bus envy) and I’d like to think that if I had time, money and talent my bus would look more like that. But not purple. And shorter.