Playlist Number Three:
So Called Love by Gramatik
I Come In Please by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Fools by the Dodos
Baths by Animals
Mushaboom by Feist
In For the Kill by Skrillex
Today marks our move towards the Pacific Coast and away from the mountainous Western territory that has been so hospitable to Love, the Bus over the last few weeks. Our time in Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho has been marked with a slew of extreme activity in the name of charitable organizations and our own adventurous appetites. Our first stop in the Rocky Mountain territory was Fort Collins, Colorado where we stayed with Crystal and Tiff, two of my gregarious friends from high school. We spent hours tandem-bike riding around the micro-brew capital of the world while hosting an impromptu undie run through the Colorado State campus, visiting a fantastic urban CSA program, and showing off the bus grease kit at a local sustainability fair. We left Fort Collins full off hops and fresh vegetables after donating five huge bags of clothes to those in need. After a quick stint of dune boarding at Dunes National Park, Chartreuse made it up and over the mountains to Carbondale where we were finally (finally!) able to resolve the frustrating problems with the grease system. It feels good to smell like french fries and shrimp tempura again and the bus has continued to steadily cover ground fueled solely on waste vegetable oil.
The bus was greeted in Wyoming by the colossal Teton Mountains and a group of Tyler’s friends from Connecticut College. Jackson is nothing less than a natural playground and proved to be as good a place as any to cliff jump and tube down the Snake River on inner-tubes and…air mattresses. On the suggestions of many, we checked out the local Habitat for Humanity mission and spent a day nailing, sawing and hammering in order to provide low income housing for five Jackson families. The day at Habitat was a break from the usual bus model of fundraising around a specific challenge. Instead, Tyler, Seth and Corey decided to stop by the construction site on a whim and donate their time and skill. Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity was rewarding for all and a welcome reminder that doing good can be seamlessly integrated into travel with a bit of initiative. While enjoying all that Jackson had to offer us as visitors, the bus was also able to make a tangible and lasting contribution to the community.
After a quick stop in Sun Valley, Idaho, Love, the Bus drives West away from the cozy ski towns to the Pacific Coast. The bus has covered a wide expanse of territory in the last month. We’ve been inspired by the disarming kindness and hospitality of the people and communities we’ve met along the way and are ready to continue to spread optimism on the final leg of the trip. Send Tyler, Seth, and Corey suggestions, challenges, and causes and they traverse their way through Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and the many worthy places in-between.
-Kelsey and the Bus
This past week we were lucky enough to meet up with the Kellogg Show—a family who lived up to their title as “the most bad-ass family on earth”. The family of thirteen took Seth, Corey, Tyler, Kelsey, and Kevin down the Colorado river for an extreme adventure.
Check out their show and the work they do with the organization First Descents.
Thanks to the folks @ the Fort Collins Sustainable Living Fair for allowing us to join in on a day of music, community, and great ideas. Fort Collins is a full of people who have lots to teach about sustainable energy, organic food, and eco-living. Thanks for all of the support!