10 Family Must-Dos in the Quad Cities
Over the weekend we took at trip to visit Jason’s parents (and my lovely in-laws) who live in Milan, IL an area known to many as The Quad Cities. Now, let us not argue over exactly what cities are a part of this whole “Quad” group, because as I... Read more
Dear Garage Sale Buyers…

Last weekend we held a Garage Sale as part of our downsizing and preparation for full-time RV living, and let me tell you, I may never organize another Garage Sale again.

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A Setback
Well, we knew something would happen sooner or later. All RVs have issues (I type this as we are passing an RV that is smoking on I-80 through western IL), and 14-year-old school buses are bound to have their own set of problems. We drove the bus to Kansas... Read more
Where’s the Nearest Hospital?
Children’s Mercy Hospital ER Entrance. Photo by Our Wandering Family  Life on the road has a lot of perks, but today, as I was taking my youngest to a local children’s hospital here in Kansas City, MO, I realized healthcare is a vital reality for us as we travel... Read more
RV Camping in Chicago
Getting Legal: Registering a School Bus as an RV
We knew this would be an issue. There are lots of horror stories online about the runaround people get from their state’s DMV or DOT trying to convert their new School Bus’s title into a private RV. It’s a necessary step for several reasons: registration for a bus—which is considered... Read more
Teaching in America’s National Park System

When we set out on an adventure, it’s our job to prepare for the teaching moments when they surface. We put our children in situations that will stimulate their minds, and then we follow up with activities that will keep the learning experience rolling. There’s no better place for our family to practice unschooling science, social studies, and even physical education, than in the National Park system.

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Downsizing: Or Why I’m Embracing Letting Stuff Go

When we first started talking about life in a converted school bus I thought there was no way we could fit a family of 5 in a bus. We have so much stuff! Even in a small 3 bedroom, 1 bath apartment with no real storage, we’ve managed to accumulate a lot of stuff.

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How to Remove Reflective Tape from a School Bus
School buses are covered in a pesky yellow reflective tape that seems to be attached with glue engineered by NASA. We tried several different methods to remove it, including scrapers, razor blades, acetone, and a 3M brand Stripe-Off Wheel. Ultimately, nothing was working pretty well, so I picked up a... Read more
Yes, We Bought a School Bus
The camping bug had long ago bitten us when we began researching the idea of living full-time in an RV of some sort. We’re not adverse to tent camping—we love it. We’ve done several trips in our Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8, but you can’t keep your life in... Read more