Camping Mt. St. Helens

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Or should I say “Glamping?”  Our first trip of the year was also our maiden voyage in the bus.  We had a few hiccups on the way down but all in all it did great.  The ride down was fun.  Kids were able to play in the back or hang out in front with us.

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Oliver was able to nap in his bunk.

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Apparently these are the only pictures I took on the drive down.  I did get some book reading in though.  This is not usually an option for me on road trips as motion sickness takes over.  Greg did a great job driving down and avoided smooshing the people who jump in front and slam on their brakes.  I mean really?  We are big.  Hard to miss.

So, I know I’ve skipped a lot of bus remodel posts.  But how about some pictures of the finished product.  They are the most fun anyway.  The finishing touches (you know like doors, paint, curtains, a few extra shelved) were finished the day before we left.  And no, this time, it was not procrastination.  But, working well under pressure we pulled it off.

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Here we have the front just as you come up the steps.  My co captian’s chair on the left.

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Kitchen with full-sized fridge and extra-large sink.  Both were very handy and well used this weekend.  Two cabinet doors will be added to the pantry (above and below the microwave).

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The hallway just past the kitchen.  The bathroom on the left and clothes closets on the right.

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Our soon to be tiled shower.  This is on the left side of the bathroom.  The only thing not functional in the bus this trip.  Not bad.

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The other side of the bathroom.

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The bunks.  We had Oliver and Abigail on the bottom bunks with Zoe and Ezekiel on the middle bunks this trip.  Until we get a bar or ledge on the top one we’ll hold off on that.  Both Zeke and Zoe fell out of their bunks the first night due to slippery sleeping bags.

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The back bench/bedroom.  We wanted extra bench seating and play area in the back.  We have boxes under the seats that fill in the middle section and cushions to go on top that turns this into a bed.  It worked out pretty well.  A little tweaking is needed to keep a crack from developing between one cushion.  I was not effected but poor Greg kept falling in the hole.  It will be an easy fix.

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And a final view from the back bench forward.  There are still a number of things that need to get done but this project has come a long way in a short time.  We call this our mobile Monticello.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I’ll post the rest of our trip soon.

3 thoughts on “Camping Mt. St. Helens

  1. I am so impressed! You guys are so good at this kind of stuff….can’t wait to see it in person at the campout!

  2. What an AMAZING transformation!!! Greg, Merriann – you guys are so talented!!! What a wonderful team you make. I can only imagine how wonderful it was to have room for everyone yet NOT to be on top of each other during your time on the road. Did the dog get to go? When are you coming to Texas in your new home on wheels? 🙂 I would have loved to have been a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ during the trip to hear all the family chatter and expressions; we’re so big, look-out!, we can see everything!
    GREAT JOB!!!
    Love you,
    Sis 🙂

  3. Wow! How amazing! This brings back memories when my Wife and I purchased our first (school) bus to convert to travel with our 4 boys. Let’s just say 1 year later, the school bus is still not complete BUT I too purchased a MCI bus that was already converted. By way of Google, I happened to stumble across your site. How refreshing it is to see other young families enjoying life’s little treats on the road. God Bless.

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