There once was a time, circa pre-Internet, when the idea of living a lifestyle other than the prescribed social norm was seen as 'fringe'. Fast-forward to today, and the easy dissemination of alternative information and memes via social media make a plurality of ideas like living simply and mortgage-free, urban homesteading, free-range parenting and co-working seem way less marginal and even desirable. Time and time again, we hear how ordinary people rethink and find the inner courage to make big changes that are better for them and for the planet.
Will Hitchcock and Alyssa Pelletier of Outside Found are yet another example of a couple who took a chance and headed for the unknown. Both were employed in stressful, Silicon Valley start-up jobs in San Francisco's Bay Area, and the two outdoor enthusiasts found themselves yearning for the outdoor activities they didn't have the time or space to do in the city. So they quit their jobs and moved to Boulder, Colorado, launching their own tech consulting company, and then deciding they wanted to travel and work remotely. Their new home on the road: an 2001 GMC Bluebird bus that they renovated themselves.
The couple found the 38-foot-long bus on Craigslist, and despite not having any construction experience, began the task of making it into a cozy home. It wasn't easy, says Alyssa: "Will and I worked on the bus every day for almost four months, and not a day went by that we didn't have some sort of unique challenge to overcome."
The interior was completely insulated and redone. The front of the bus acts as the mud room for taking off soiled boots and shoes. That overlaps with the main sitting area, which faces the all-purpose table which can fold down so that the couple's dog, Hilde, can run around. There is storage integrated into the custom-built sofa.
Beyond that lies the kitchen, which faces the couple's large workstation area, which has a lot of desk space, legroom, and storage (the bus' solar power equipment is hidden somewhere here).
Bathroom has composting toilet and custom shower.
The bedroom is tucked near the back, up a couple of steps on an elevated platform. It feels super cozy back here, and the handmade wall-shelving makes it seem less cluttered.
One of the unique features of the bus is the couple's 'garage', located at the very back, which holds their bikes and other outdoor gear. The bus' layout allows for not only a comfortable home life, but also holds the possibility of dropping everything to go on an long hike.
For Alyssa and Will, the adventure continues, but in another mode: after travelling through Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona for the past couple of years, the two have now decided to settle in Arizona, and are now selling their beloved bus for USD $64,500. For more specs, visit Outside Found.