The beginning of Chief’s renovations

Eric and I have a deal. I get to decorate and organize the inside of the trailer, he gets to do the same with the bus. Ideas have been thrown around about what we want to do with the bus from a garage, to a kid room, to a man cave to storage and combinations of those.

But first, off comes the ceiling.

What LOOKS like mold and bugs thankfully turned out to be glue and carpet fibers. (phew!) First layer of batting on!! Easy to glue and stays put!

The next steps were the fabric.

This stuff was hard to get on AND pull straight AND not get dirty AND secure somehow during a very blustery windy day! We used spray glue that dried way too quickly in the wind and screws that twisted the fabric. Our arms were tingling from being held in the air so long. The result needs a few tweaks, but is good enough for now.

Then he stapled a sexy, manly, heavy, gray alligator print pleather for the center section. Our little helpers Jill and Gabe were very needed to get this big center guy up and screwed in without it flopping down on our heads!

And here is the mostly finished ceiling (we should have glued the center too, but I didn’t think it was necessary, oops).

Meet Chief

I was inspired by somone in the RV community who pulls their rig with a converted bus. Out of curiousity, I got on the ole Google and searched away. Somehow down the rabbit hole I stumbled upon a government auction site. I registered, not thinking I was qualified to do so, and bid on a shuttle bus Eric and I liked.

And…we won. It was a real thing. We bought a bus. For real.

Won the bid on a Wednesday, needed to drive to Minnesota within 10 days to pick up the bus and I still needed to work full-time. This meant taking off mid-day Friday and driving to Minnesota during a pandemic. We had barely left the house, I got all my hand sanitizers and masks and we trekked out to drive and stop for nothing but bathrooms breaks, fill-ups, and sleep.

The first night we stayed in a cute campground in Nebraska, near Omaha. We got in late, pitched a tent and hit the hay. This campground is a bird sanctuary. We woke in the morning, not to a rooster crowing, but to dozens of geese and ducks honking. sqawking and quacking right next to our heads. We were giddy so we laughed and realized that meant it was time to get back onto the road.

Day 2 of our driving marathon meant we got to pick up the bus and drive it part of the way back home. I couldn’t stop giggling…never in a million bazillion years would I have thought I wanted to be a bus driver…or own one, or any combination a person could think of in regards to buses with the exception of having a tour maybe my childhood dream…and that’d be a fancy tour bus.

But here we are…picking up a real live bus and planning to actually drive it. A lot.

We hit the road to stay at a different camping spot to check it out in Vermillion, SD. Dad said the city was named after relatives, or so someone told him, so we needed to check it out.

I thought for sure we were lost because the camping spots were actually just spaces next to a building in a park. There were hookups and grills, so it must be the case. We had a long day and were so tired that we stayed. Covid caused the toilet areas not to work, which was SUCH a bummer. We hadn’t showered since Friday and I was really looking forward to one. Tent camping woes – haha! Since it’s a small town, even the gas station closed at night so in order to use the bathroom the awesomely nice store person let me in.

The ride went smooth and we were so grateful that the bus made it with no issue!

Have I mentioned? We own a bus. Like, you know, a wheels on the bus kind of BUS. Still in shock here.

What is Chief and Liberty?

Chief and Liberty are our vehicles, both literally and figuratively, for our new lifestyle of exploring everywhere we can drive with our family. Wherever we go, there we are!

We are both thrilled and terrified of what we’re about to do, but our goal is to show our children that the world is filled with so much more than the screen in front of them. With the ability to slow down our go-go-go lifestyle, we would like to tap into what being alive is really all about…connection. Connection with each other, connection with nature, connection with ourselves, and connection with this beautiful thing called life.

Welcome to the journey – we have a feeling it will be anything but boring.