Who wants to live on a shuttle bus? No? It doesn’t sound fun? Well, it might be. David and Madison Bowman were a regular couple, living in Manhattan with their two toddlers. But then they did something pretty… not so regular. David quit his job and the family moved in an airport shuttle bus. Yes, they went from Manhattan to shuttle bus. And here’s what happened!
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Sliding Sands. The ranger told us our hike back to the summit would take us up about 500 feet–easy peasy. And alas, not true. It's actually about 1500 feet of elevation gain, we found out later, which made us feel better about our huffing and puffing along the trail. The day before, I got food poisoning from a taco truck and spent a bitter cold and uncomfortable night tent camping on the mountain and running to the pit toilet every 15 minutes to be sick 🤢. (Is it ok that I've posted twice in two days about members of our family puking? Maybe keeping it a little *too* real??) Anyway, I felt on this hike so grateful to be feeling better, to have a body that, while not The Most Fit, can hike and climb and lug my kids around, that brought these kids into the world in the first place. This body's not going on the cover of Shape anytime soon, but it's taken me to some pretty rad places and done some dang cool things, so I'm giving it a solid 10/10.
David worked as a graphic designer, and wife Madison stayed at home with their four- and one-year-olds. When David started feeling restless, his wife encouraged him to create a bucket list. And what did it include? “Live on a Bus” and “Visit all of the US National Parks.”
The couple dropped everything, including David’s job, and bought a $9,000 shuttle bus on eBay. They drove their bus to Idaho, stayed with Madison’s family and fixed up their new-ish vehicle. They tore out all the seats, added solar panels, built a bedroom, put in a kitchen and totally tricked out the old shuttle — making it a home away from home, on wheels.
The family officially started their adventure on May 26 in Southern Ca. From there they headed north, driving up the coast to Alaska. Amazing!
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Updates on the bus! First: we named him Buster. We've been calling him that for a long time and finally decided we're officially rolling with it–the association with our favorite Bluth boy brings a lot of warm feelings (say "Buster" like Lucille 2 and you'll have the idea; if you have no idea what I'm talking about, go watch Arrested Development stat!!) Buster is running like a champ and is all geared up to make the long drive to Alaska next week. He recently got a new look that we're super excited to post here–we're working on a time lapse video of his makeover 😍. We're also working on a series of posts and a video about the bus' interior and why we built it out the way we did. If you have any questions or if there's anything you'd especially like to see, let us know!
You can follow the Bowman’s adventures on Instagram @theamericanfieldtrip.
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