Planning our next expedition across the USA

 

 our bus July

Exciting times here… Starting to plan our trip back out into the wild blue yonder. It has been wonderful being back home, friends, family, sun and fun. But as the middle of July is upon us, and the first leaves are changing we are gearing up to head west again.

We will have a map of the journey soon.  We learned from our last trip that life on the road brings many surprises and unknown turns in the road… So, we are open to shifts in our plans. However mapping out our route and adventures along the way is a must. 

Do you have a suggestion of a place we should go, or an adventure we shouldn’t miss? Please let us know.  We would love to know the coolest place in your neck of the woods or a place you would love to travel to. 

🙂 

 

 

Zip awayyyyy!

Zip Away Action

This was one of the most fun adventures so far… Sailing 600 ft. in the air on a very thin wire, well at least it felt thin. 😉

This was taken at Hunter Mt. in New York. The guys here are really professional, and would recommend them any day! I have to say this was the second time we did this adventure and it was just as thrilling and epic the second time around.

What adventures are on your bucket list?

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We have launched our new site and blog… Come check us out

We  have so much more to share beyond our extreme activities.. So we added a Gemini Life Surfers blog and a Gemini Life Surfers website to the world wide web.  We will talk about other aspects of our life and adventures such as tiny house living, bus life, the simple life, homeschooling, family life, going green, sustainability, the rat race (and leaving it), inspirational quotes, original thoughts, and much more.

Live Life 🙂

 

Simple Life = Adventure Now

Extreme, adventure, what do these words mean to you? To us they mean a way of life! No matter the place or the time we are always striving to live in the moment. And this my friends is the adventure, an extreme & epic one at that!  We have desires for places to see, experiences to be had, and flavors to taste… But where we will end up no one really knows. Let us start with the cause of the final push that lead us to leave the rental market and get on the road in the first place.

Scaling down to from a 3 story house in a Southern VT. ski town (first to our station wagon and now living on our renovated school bus), has afforded us the opportunity to wander and wonder about what’s next.  Before leaving we had been planning and dream building for years about an off the grid homestead with very unique structures for our family. But nothing seemed to materialize, then finally last fall we thought we had a break… It was a big job we had been working on for a few months. The day we were to receive a large payment from the clients the whole project fell through. This happened as no result of our own, but still it was our reality to contend with.

Most people we mentioned it to felt bad for us, some got really pissed off about the details of the situation, and many even thought we should sue the organization. Instead of feeling down or angry we asked ourselves, what does this mean for us? What’s next for us? Why do these doors seem to keep closing? We reached out for some other money we were owed and that didn’t come through in the moment either. So, there we were 5 kids in the house, a frigid November heading into one of the coldest winters I can remember, no money and a low tank of propane.

We reached out to the family that owned the house we rented and asked if we could pay them 2 months late for rent and/or fix-up the house because of our situation. The house was in much need of repair: black mold, leaks, electric and the list goes on. But their answer was no, and if we couldn’t have the money on time they would like us to leave on Jan 1st.  Instead of giving notice on the spot we tried to come up with the money, we held out hope.

By the middle of December it was clear we wouldn’t be able to come up with the funds, so we decided our only option was to hit the road.  And this began the life style of adventure… Living in the moment and surfing the waves as they come!

🙂 GEAT

 

 

 

 

Summer Daze

 

Yesterday was another perfect summer day in the North East. Hot and humid followed by a severe thunderstorm to cool us down before the moon graced the sky.  We are in a small town close to Saratoga, NY… It is complete with rolling hills and greenery as far as the eye can see.

We settled in, relaxed, showered and prepared to have dinner with our good friend.  After enjoying our leisurely dinner of local chicken, sautéed vegetables and fresh salad we took to the outdoors. The rain brought refreshment to the air and a softness in the yard. The soaked grass didn’t stop the kids from go karting their hearts out, lap after lap. From ages 6 to 13 they all loved it!

Today is the 4th of July and we will see what that has in store for us. Will we head North or stay around this area for one more day?  For sure we will be planning our next adventures… Daydreaming about rock climbing, skydiving and race car driving!

 

 

Vegetable oil from food to fuel

We desire to add a veggie oil system to our customized school bus. It is important for us that the process is completed with the utmost of professionalism…. We don’t want to risk mucking up our fuel system.  Research and lots of question asking will lead us to the right set-up, but I wonder who will be our magic maker.  What a wonderful idea to use a waste product for fuel. Ideally we could come up with something even more sustainable.  Any ideas?

 

 

Hot and Sticky

Sitting here and writing in the hot and muggy weather of New England, I remember this to be the definition of summer as a child… It is as if the weather knew it had better get a move on up here in Vermont, or there would be no vegetables come fall.  Only a few weeks ago we were sleeping here under multiple layers, not to mention we spent the last night of June in long pants.  But here we are 2 days later, hot and sticky. Swimming holes and computer time is all that is on our children’s minds.

Just as these seasonable change hit so did the allergies, questions of what’s next, and across the board the irritability potential has been raised.  But, as this crazy bus life family we are; we all tried our best to support each other, own what is ours to own, and work on keeping it all in perspective. The moment is now, beyond that who knows!

We have begun o find our little places of comfort for today: food, computers, blessed fans & breezes, and the remembrance that this moment is the only thing we can truly have.  With this increased calmness we can now better view our next steps.  First on the list is to be more self-sufficient with our bus, while maintaining our commitment to lessening our carbon footprint… This means solar, a veg oil system, and a roof garden for greens & herbs.  The heat has brought transformation; a more balanced drive, and increased vision.

 

To be continued J

Firefly

Firefly

Lighting bugs, light bugs, ground stars at night, whatever you want to call them…they are summer; they are the light we ponder as adults and the magical light we want to capture as children. Sitting here thankful we are home, back in New England…Playing bocce ball and watching the world cup in Amherst, then dinner on a farm in Vermont. Seeing our loved ones and breathing in the fresh air moment by moment. What a wonderful weekend.

Thursday to Tuesday …the new weekend! This gypsy life is something to think about indeed. The deeper threads of conversation dipped into the rat race, the state of society, wealth distribution and the never-ending saga of bills that come along with all of that. These topics will be raised again, but for now the bottom line is so many of our friends have had enough!!