Hi! We're Jeff & Elle Ivy, a newlywed couple from Texas. We are about to embark on the adventure that some only consider to be a daydream. A spontaneous 1000-mile move took us to Denver, and a few unforgettable day hikes in Colorado had gotten our wheels spinning, we would ask "How can we make this our everyday life?" After feeling the serenity and the beauty of the outside world, that seemed like something that had to be done. It didn’t make sense to continue to struggle and stress over paying rent, utilities, and other pointless bills when there was such a majestic part of life that was waiting. So the ideas began.
Jeff happens to be a skilled carpenter and just about everything else that he 'tries' at, turns out pretty good. A lot of the new and used RV's on the market were way too expensive, so building an RV became the only answer. A school bus has an awesome sturdy frame, (once gutted) lots of space, and is meant to cart kids around all day, so of course, it's reliable. You can usually find school districts auctioning off school buses for pretty cheap, but we happened to find ours on good ole Craigslist. We haggled, bought one new tire for her, and drove her home.
The conversion has been a learning process for us in many ways, but nothing will compare to learning to live on the bus. The bus will not only transport us to remote locations but will serve as a sustainable life source. Solar panels will power our electric needs, and a composting toilet will keep extra duties simple. Keeping warm will be easy with a wood-burning stove, and a Yeti cooler will act as our refrigerator (for now). Simple upgrades may come with time and experience. The bus will be considered our home for as long as we want, and will also assist us while we build a more permanent home. We are both excited to live simply, hike constantly and have the opportunity to see it all.
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Some trails are familiar, like a pair of cushioned slippers formed to your feet. Each turn is comforting and warm, as known as the pages of your favorite book. Some trails are rocky and wild, proving to you with every mile both the thrill of nature and your own limitations. For different experience levels, locations, time constraints and moods, there are likely to be a variety of trails near you that meet your needs. With some helpful resources and considerations, finding the perfect hiking trail is easy.
From hiking dog jealousy to estimating the calorie-to-weight ratio of entire grocery stores, outdoor adventurers have unique experiences all around.
Here are just a few to make you laugh, paired with watercolor interpretations of outdoorsy absurdity.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
|Small||4 - 6.5||2 - 4.5||35 - 37||20.5 - 23|
7 - 9.5
|5 - 7.5||38 - 40||23.5 - 25.5|
|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
13.5 - 15
|11 - 13.5||46 - 49||29 - 31|
|Small||N/A||N/A||N/A||20.5 - 23|
6 - 8.5
|5.5 - 8||39 - 41||23.5 - 25.5|
|8.5 - 11||42 - 44||26 - 28.5|
12 - 14.5
|11.5 - 14||45 - 47||29 - 31|
|WOMEN'S||FITS SIZES||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||2 - 4||Length: 26"||Width: 15 ¾"|
|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
|Large||8 - 10||Length: 27 ⅛ "||Width: 17 ½"|
|X-Large||10 - 14||Length: 27 ¾"||Width: 18 ½"|
|2X-Large||14 - 18||Length: 28 ⅜"||Width: 19 ½|
|MEN'S / UNISEX||CHEST TO FIT||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||34 - 37||Length: 28"||Width: 18"|
38 - 41
|Length: 29"||Width: 20"|
42 - 45
|Length: 30"||Width: 22"|
46 - 49
|Length: 31"||Width: 24"|
|2X-Large||50 - 53||Length: 32"||Width: 26"|