Gosh, we’ve been busy! That is where we have been. It’s been well over a year since our last blog entry, and life or something like it, has definitely been chugging right along. Let’s see if I can catch you up…
We took an epic journey to pick up our new bus. After recruiting a couple of friends we took the scenic route to our bus. Including visits to a grave in the middle of the road, a giant cow, mammoth fossils, and an old fashioned soda shop. The trip took two days and was a great introduction into bus life.
We started demolition inside of the bus by removing the seats. This was a pretty easy task using some power tools. You can actually see us removing the seats in this YouTube video,
After we got the seats out we took our bus on it’s first real adventure…The Texas Renaissance Festival! We rolled out some carpet and rugs, moved in our bed, a couch and loaded up our camping stuff. When we arrived, Frizzle unleashed her inner decorator and turned the bus into a groovy hippy hang out, and a great backdrop for our fire performer friends! Check out these pictures:
Red even took some time recording our friends for a fun YouTube video. If you want to know what we like to do at the Texas Renaissance Festival, check this out,
After our fantastic experience camping in the bus we were ready to get a move on more demolition so we called in some friends and family to help. We removed the ceiling, wall panels and floor. You can check that out in these videos,
Removing the ceiling:
Removing the wall panels:
Removing the floor:
Enter Houston, Texas Summer.
So, I don’t know if you have ever visited Houston, TX from about April to November. But that is summer. It starts out HOT and humid and ends about the same. People try not to leave a/c during the middle of the day and life slows down. And soon, working after 10 am became unbearable for us, work in our steel box came to a grinding halt. We tried to work early in the day to handle smaller tasks like tackling the mess of wires and filling holes in the floor left by the seat bolts.
In October, we readied the bus for camping at the Texas Renaissance Festival again. Packed up all our stuff and headed toward Plantersville. And that is when it happened…the transmission failed. We had to have our bus towed back home!
While we were both upset, we picked ourselves up, unloaded the bus, repacked into our truck and went camping anyway. We needed a break. Red has been working full time while we tried to work on the bus and this was his vacation.
After our brief vacation, cooler weather and rain started to make its return and our work could start again, while we are looking for a replacement transmission.
Bus work has been hampered by the Texas rain, which conveniently happens every day Red isn’t working and we want to work on the bus. So things have been slow going.
We worked on floor plans.
We have sealed up some windows using some of the metal we took down from the ceiling. We have resealed all of our remaining windows, sealed the roof and wall seams and are working to weather seal the bus so we can start building.
And that is where we have been! We’ve been living our lives, working, raising a child, battling mental illness, spending time with friends, dealing with Texas weather, and doing all the “normal” everyday things, while building a home and trying to document that for Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and a blog, ALL AT THE SAME TIME! It’s not easy to keep up with everything when you get pulled in so many directions.
We do update our Instagram and Facebook pages more frequently, so if you just can’t wait for the next installment of our Bohemian Bus Odyssey blog, check us out there. Otherwise, have patience young grasshopper, good things come to those who wait. Until next time!