Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Poor Man's Vehicle Wrap


Check out the full instructions on Instructables.com.

I have been working on my school bus conversion for several years. I wanted to do as much of the conversion myself as I could. One of the things I wanted was a nice graphic design. I priced several companies and the prices were impressively beyond my range. A few even cost more than what I paid for the bus.

Read the rest at Instructables.com.

Stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fifteen Minutes

While working at the Care Center in Livingston, TX I met a couple of roving reporters for "RV Life" who heard about my bus.  They came by the bus and interviewed me and took pictures. Here is the article they wrote, Solo RVer Takes it Easy Like a Sunday Morning. I have officially obtained my fifteen minutes of fame.

I'll be heading for North Dakota in two weeks for the Sugar Beet Harvest so stay tuned.

Stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Saturday, July 23, 2016

What Street Do You Live On?

Those who travel full time in RV's vans and campers always get the question, "Where are you from?" When you no longer call one place home there's no easy answer to that question.  Many campers hang out a "HOME IS WHERE YOU PARK IT" sign.

I can now say I live at 1989 BLUEBIRD LANE.  Every town I stop in will have a 1989 BLUEBIRD LANE, at least for the time I am there.  I carry my own street sign which hangs by the front door. The sign attaches with thumb screws and is removed for travel.



Stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Sunday, July 3, 2016

$200,000

This is my BLUEBIRD bus in Springfield, MO at
of 25 years of service.  (pictures)

This is a BLUEBIRD bus, (made by Wanderlodge) at
Escapees Rainbows End RV Park in Livingston, TX.

Probably the biggest difference between these two BLUEBIRD buses is about $200,000.

(and I'll bet the Wanderlodge doesn't have a Jacuzzi).

Stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bathroom

The Bathroom


The bathroom is a split design with a walk-in sit-down Jacuzzi style tub on the driver's side of the bus and a Dry-Flush toilet and vanity on the passenger side with a center aisle. The entire bathroom can be closed off with pocket doors on each end that has storage in them.

Jacuzzi, looking towards the front.

Jacuzzi, looking towards the rear.

The vanity with a lighted mirror.

Dry-Flush toilet.
The Dry-Flush toilet is a waterless, odorless, chemical free dry flushing toilet.  No need for a black tank.  No need for composting.

Pocket doors.
There are two pocket doors that separate the toilet and vanity from the aisle and jacuzzi.

Storage in the right side pocket door.
Storage in pocket doors. I don't have a medicine cabinet.

Reading room storage in pocket door.

And because it's a "MAN BUS (cave)"...
Porta-P urinal
In the left pocket door is a Porta-P urinal plumbed into the grey tank.


Pocket door between bathroom and livingroom.
Pocket door between bathroom and bedroom.
Toilet and bidet!

Jacuzzi window.
There is a window at the jacuzzi with a fold up window cover.  When in Kansas, after a hard days work at Amazon, camped on a lake I sat in the jacuzzi with my glass on the fold down window cover/shelf and watched the ducks take off and land on the lake.  I can see out but you can't see in.  (Doesn't get much better than that!)


Bathroom flooring.
I finally got around to laying some Pergo flooring I've been carrying around for almost a year in the bathroom and bedroom.

Stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wimberley: Epic Flood Tests a Small Town's Strength


From rescuing Llamas to helping fellow man.  I'm in Wimberley,  TX volunteering with the NOMADS in rebuilding homes damaged in the above flood.  The amount of devestation and the high spirits of the loc they have.als contrast against each other.  The book mentioned in the above video is available online at The Old Mill Store.  

Here we are one year later with still much more work left to be done.  Makes me appreciative of the little I have and how I can be of assistance to those who have lost ALL they had.






We were able to finish the house below and had a moving back in ceremony while there.

Wimberley, TX flood victims - Kimmons family
Wimberley, TX flood victims - Kimmons family

Click here for news video...


Stay safe and...

Happy travels,

Leonard

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Birding at Brantley Lake State Park

While camped at Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM I visited the wildlife viewing area.  If you're into birding it has a really nice setup.  Not being a birder myself (because I am never able to get good photographs of them naturally) this was a beginners paradise for me.  


Wildlife viewing area at Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM
Wildlife viewing area at Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM.

There is a fenced off area as a natural habitat for the local wildlife.  The fence has portals cut into it at different heights for viewing from several levels and for all ages.
Viewing fence at Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM
Viewing fence at Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM

There is also a viewing room with glass wall and stadium seating where one can watch without disturbing the local residents.  (I guess you could call this a neighborhood watch.)

Glass walled viewing room at Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM
Glass walled viewing room at Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM.


Long shot from the viewing fence.

A close up through the fence.

A close up through the fence.


Information board.

Donated by...
An excerpt from their website...

The southernmost lake in New Mexico is an oasis of water, wildlife, plant life, gorgeous sunsets and stunning night skies.  Located twelve miles North of Carlsbad, NM, the park offers boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking trails, exceptional bird watching, developed and primitive campsites and restrooms with showers. Whether you’re picnicking for the day, or camping in your RV for a week, you’ll be sure to find adventure at Brantley Lake State Park! 

Park Elevation 3,295 ft

Happy travels,

Leonard

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Me and Mrs Jones

There was a popular song made famous by Billy Paul named "Me & Mrs. Jones".  Well, meet Mrs Jones...

Me & Mrs Jones
Me & Mrs Jones
I'm spending time volunteering at a llama rescue in Kerrville, TX.  I had no idea that 1. There were llamas that were needing rescuing, and 2. that there were so many needing rescuing.

Anyway, here on the farm is Mrs Jones and seven others who arrived here for one reason or another.  I was schooled (cause I knew nothing about llamas) that one should not try to approach or touch them around their head or face.  They do, however, don't mind your scratching their backs.  Anyway, Mrs Jones for some reason or another will kiss you if she has no fear of you.  I am told that a llama kiss is an exchanging of breaths.  She will blow in your face and then smell your breath.  No wet sloppy licks like with other animals.

As the song goes, we meet in the same place every day (we've got a thing going on).

Meet chloe
Meet chloe



This poor gal has a spinal condition that
will not allow her to hold her head up.

Some of the llamas show similar signs of aging as humans.  There are two here with an aging spinal condition that will not allow them to hold their heads up high and proud like  normal llamas.

If you'd like to know more about these animals you can look at:
Southeast Llama Rescue (SELR)

Southwest Llama Rescue, Inc. (SWLR)



Happy travels,

Leonard


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Back To Work

Well, Easy and I are back on the volunteer trail.  We left Deming last Friday enroute to Hobbs, NM and Habitat for Humanity.  Last year I signed up for four weeks in Hobbs and ended up staying nine months.  This year I'm signed up for two weeks.  We'll see how that turns out.  In route to Hobbs I stopped at Oliver Lee State Park in Alamogordo, NM.

Oliver Lee State Park in Alamogordo, NM.
Oliver Lee State Park in Alamogordo, NM.
Oliver Lee State Park in Alamogordo, NM.
Oliver Lee State Park in Alamogordo, NM.



From there I stopped at Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM.

Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM
Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM

Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM
Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad, NM


My plan is to volunteer in Hobbs for two weeks then move on to a Llama rescue in Kerrville, TX. from there on to Canyon Lake, TX with the NOMADS for rebuilding homes destroyed or damaged by flash flooding from a tropical storm that occurred on Memorial weekend, 2015. From there I saunter over to Lexington, TX to help out on an organic farm.  Some time in April I should be arriving in Livingston, TX to volunteer at Escapees CARE which is sorta like an assisted living facility for RVers.

McKinley Street in Hobbs, NM
McKinley Street in Hobbs, NM

This street above is McKinley Street in Hobbs, NM.  When I first arrived here in January 2015 they were just finishing the second house from the left.  Now, March 2016 we are completing the sixth house and completing a new block of home owners in this neighborhood.  The next phase is to repeat the process in the lot seen in the foreground.

Leonard