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After traveling in our 1978 VW Bus for over 2+ years, life led us to a 1961 GM Bus in the New Mexico desert. We’re now converting it into a home on wheels!
Come along with us, as we educate ourselves and share alternative views on life, love, energy, food and travel.
DAYS OF BUS BUILD
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After days in the desert, working on getting our 1961 GM “New Look” bus running, the secondary fuel filter kept running dry. We took a closer look at the fuel system and began clearing all the fuel lines with an air compressor. One of the last return lines...read more
When the two of us headed west in our VW bus, we brought along our dog, Sunday. We knew she would love to be part of our cross country adventure, but we had no idea what we were in for. At destination 2, we crossed paths with a tiny stray kitten, who wouldn’t...read more
When we began to understand the benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet, our change to Vegetarianism came quite naturally. We were drawn to the wide variety of nutrition found in plant-based foods, many of which had remained a mystery to us for years. Throughout...read more
While traveling for 2 years in our VW bus, we learned to live on very little. Our needs became basic: food, water, shelter, a place to park, a place to shower/use the bathroom and a place to do our design work. Not having a toilet or shower in our bus proved to be...read more
After a relaxing time at Cheaha State Park in Alabama, we decided to skip down to New Orleans, Louisiana. We knew we wouldn’t be able to camp in our bus in the city, so we got creative and contacted vacation home owners in Nola. We were able to trade our video...read more
When stress runs high or we find ourselves in a panic, we try to remember, to “Stay In The Canoe“. This is one of our little mantras. It’s how we calm each other down and how we remind ourselves, that at all times, we are in a metaphorical canoe. If...read more
Before heading out on our cross country adventure in our VW bus, we learned the power of bartering. We had developed skills (web, graphic, photo, video) that allowed us to trade for things we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Over the years, we were amazed...read more
The two of us were hoping to leave on our cross country road trip by our 7th wedding anniversary (May 30th, 2017), but the universe had other plans. We had spent the previous months gearing up our 1978 VW bus and organizing what we were going to take with us, but...read more
It’s been over a year since the two of us and our dog left South Carolina, to drive across the country. We have been humbled by the experiences and we are thankful to have made it from one coast to other, safely. There were ups and downs all along the way and we...read more
The other day, we were speaking with a gentleman and he asked what our names were. We replied, “Alex and Lara…yep, L-a-r-a”. He asked about the name Lara and we went on to explain that it was inspired by one of the main characters in the motion...read more
One might think that there’s a ton of planning that goes into a road trip across America…but for us, that wasn’t the case. There were only a few decisions we needed to make, before taking off on an adventure of a lifetime. Subscribe to The Lills...read more
On June 5th, 2017 the two of us and our dog said goodbye to living in South Carolina, paying rent and working statically. We took our design business on the road and it all of a sudden sunk in that we were taking a leap of faith. We made it to Alabama, spent two weeks...read more
Sometimes, we get sugar cravings and although it would be easy to grab a processed chocolate bar, sugary snack or candy, we are reaching for better alternatives. We’ve even found ways to get some extra good nutrients (like chia seed) into our desserts. See our...read more
Caffeine, which Wikipedia states “is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug”, stimulates the nervous system and the blood vessels in the brain and body. Caffeine also blocks the effect of adenosine (a neurotransmitter that causes sleepiness and...read more
Fuel, fiber, paper, food and medicine are all things, that we as a population, rely greatly upon. The vast number of resources from around the world, that are pillaged and polluted every day to supply these staples, is astounding. What if there was another way? What...read more
After 1 year of traveling cross country in our 1978 VW bus, we finally crossed the California state line! It was an incredible feeling to have accomplished our trip across the North American continent. The experiences we had together on this adventure, strengthened...read more
One of our dear friends gave us a bag full of organic wheatgrass seed in South Carolina, right before we headed out on our cross-country adventure. That bag stayed in our bus, as we traveled along, until one fine day, we opened it up and planted some seed. Poof, with...read more
When the two of us visited Las Vegas, we had an incredible vegetarian meal at Nobu, a fine-dining Japanese restaurant. We adored the creative veggie sushi and sashimi, but we most enjoyed the roasted cauliflower with jalapeño peppers. It was so amazing that we decided...read more
We had our first go at replacing a broken clutch cable on our VW Bus in the blazing heat of a typical Las Vegas afternoon. In the midst of searching thrift stores to find wedding attire (as we had plans to renew our vows while on our cross-country adventure), we...read more
From South Carolina to Utah, we spent a lot of time in the great outdoors, in nature and in peace. We camped under the stars, we hiked miles of trails, we swam in natural lakes and rivers, we dangled off of cliffs and we observed amazing wildlife. From Zion National...read more
After waking up about the reality of hemp and the roles it has played in our societies, we began doing more research into why this miracle plant isn’t in our day-to-day diet. The prohibition of cannabis hemp (1937) criminalized the plant and so, it’s once...read more
A good friend of ours showed us this funny video of a comedian taking a look at our calendar and the revisions it could undergo. It made us laugh and it made us look at our days, months and years a little differently. Much of the yearly calendar that we adopted...read more
We juiced a bunch of organic carrots recently and we were left with a lot of organic carrot pulp. We decided to make cookies using the carrot pulp, some almond flour, rolled oats, maple syrup and a few other ingredients. The cookies turned out to taste AMAZING and we...read more
There are many phenomenona in this world that great minds and scientists have yet to fully understand, like the placebo effect, which occurs when the human brain believes something enough to produce the desired outcome. For example, a patient can be prescribed a...read more
We joined Instagram in 2019 under the handle @thelillslife and have been posting photos and videos of our adventures since then! See a few of our latest posts below and see our full Instagram page here: @TheLillsLife