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About Us

We’re Will and Alyssa, and we live to hike, bike, ski, and explore the world around us. We started this blog because we’re smack in the middle of an epic adventure: traveling the USA in a converted school bus. Outside Found is a place where we can share the adventures we have along the way with family and friends.

Who are Will and Alyssa?

Let’s start at the beginning! We met at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo after growing up in the mountains of Northern (Will) and Southern (Alyssa) California. After graduating from Cal Poly we moved up the the San Francisco Bay area to start our careers in tech and startups. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) we quickly realized that the Bay Area startup scene wasn’t for us. We loved pushing our limits in the outdoors, and living on the peninsula was seriously limiting.

Alyssa quit her job in April of 2013 and spent the summer hiking the John Muir Trail. Along the way she convinced Will to quit his job in order to form their current venture, a design and development studio called Camp Four Creative. Freed from nine to five restrictions, we quickly decided to sell all of our junk and move from Mountain View, CA to Boulder, CO where the tech scene was thriving and outdoor activities abounded.

The year we spent in Boulder reinforced that our amazing clients couldn’t care less what our physical location is, so long as our work is outstanding. It also taught us that there are few downsides to saying “Yes” and making a strategy on the fly as opposed to saying “No” and missing out on an opportunity. So… when Will approached Alyssa with the idea of “buying a school bus, converting it to a tiny house, and rolling around the country” it was an easy yes.

We spent the spring of 2015 converting the bus from a shell of a vehicle into a fully functioning tiny house.

The last character in this story is our awesome dog named Hilde (pronounced Hill-dee, also known as #hildebeast, Hilde Bear, or Little Bear). Hilde is a rambunctious Bernese Mountain Dog who is built for adventure. Here in Colorado she loves to join us in the mountains for hikes, short mountain bike rides, and backcountry ski days. We’re so excited to have her along for all of the adventures to come!

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  • Daniella Oquendo

    I love your page! I stumbled on your site from an Tiny House article. I think it takes a lot of courage to do what you guys did. Do you think you’d go back to a regular lifestyle and sell the bus?

    • Hi Daniella! Though we love the bus, we know that we’ll want to settle down into a more traditional community in a few years. We plan on traveling through next summer, but will probably look at selling it sometime after that.

      • Daniella Oquendo

        It would be great if you can keep me in mind if that happens. 🙂

  • Trevor – I just saw this comment. We have an email signup in the sidebar now! Thanks for always sharing our posts. 🙂

  • Shaina Torgerson

    You guys are awesome and love that you’re Cal Poly alumni too ;). I’m on the path to doing the same thing with my life and you guys are such an inspiration. Keep it up!

    • Shaina Torgerson

      Also, would love to connect if you ever have some time. I know how busy life and business can get, but would like to hear about how you guys grew your business, what you use for internet on the road, etc.

  • Matthew Baker

    Love your site – thanks for sharing so much – I’m working to build my own tiny home in a bus also – I’m just starting out and wondered if you could answer a technical question… I’m planning to get a propane furnace so want to ask if you would recommend an AC or DC powered furnace?

    • Will Hitchcock

      Hey Matthew, thanks for writing in! That’s great that you’re getting started on your own bus.

      In general, the AC vs. DC decision is going to come down to where you plan on having the bus most of the time. If you are going to be in RV parks or hooked up to AC power, then AC appliances will generally be cheaper and are the way to go. If you are setting up for the complete boondocking experience and plan on running off of batteries, generator, or solar, then DC is going to be more efficient for you because it can draw power straight out of your batteries with no energy loss from powering the inverter.

      I’m assuming that when you’re thinking of AC vs. DC for your furnace that electricity is just used to light the flame and not actually to create any heat. If that’s the case, I would lean towards the DC option – that way if you’re boondocking you don’t have to have your inverter on to operate your furnace.

      • Matthew Baker

        hello Will – thank you for the detailed response, I really appreciate your time and thoughts – you assumed correctly I was talking about a propane RV style furnace where the electricity only lights the flame and I guess also powers a fan for forced air – I think I saw a picture on your website of you installing something similar in your bus – I found a used RV furnace for sale and while researching realized that various models are either AC or DC …thus my question – I assumed that it might be best to have as many things in my bus run on DC/propane as possible for efficiency sake because I do intend to mainly do off the grid “boondocking” as you called it – I have little to no intention of ever parking in a traditional campground if I can avoid it – now with your input I realize that it will be best to have as many things as I can running on DC rather than AC – I’m sure I’ll have plenty more questions coming your way in the future as I think through more technical challenges – for now… I’m curious, did you ever find a way to make your driver seat swivel around so you can face the back of the bus when you’re parked? – I’ve thought about doing the same thing with my driver seat if possible

        • Will Hitchcock

          I’m glad to hear you got that sorted. We do have a fan forced propane furnace and it’s awesome. It’s amazingly efficient and heats the bus up pretty quickly on chilly mornings. For a while we were looking at replacing the stock driver’s seat with an RV style swivel seat, but discovered that if we pull out the tightening knob on the original seat that we can make it turn about 90 degrees and use it as another seating option in the living area. It’s not as ideal as being able to turn it around 180, but it has worked well for the handful of times that we have needed extra seating in that area.

          • Alyssa

            Adding on to Will’s comment about the seat – it’s not ideal, but it was free! all the other seat options we were looking at were several hundred dollars, so we are pretty happy with our partial solution!

          • Matthew Baker

            sweet – I’m still considering doing the swing around seat if I can find one that will fit – also I’m considering adding a “navigator seat” next to the driver’s seat so my daughter can sit next to me and be seatbelted in

  • Matthew Baker

    hey Will and Alyssa – I have a new question… I’m having a hard time finding someone to put insurance on the bus I’m going to buy on Wednesday – any suggestions?

    • Will Hitchcock

      We had some pretty big problems with insurance during the process. Ultimately, we went with Good Sam, but they will only insure a bus once the conversion is complete. Long story short, we did not have insurance on the bus while we were doing the conversion. We just kept it parked in the driveway and got through the conversion process as quickly as possible.

      • Matthew Baker

        I ran into the same issue – various insurance companies said they’d either ensure a bus or a conversion but not something in between – I know there’s options out there because I’ve bumped into a few people who are driving buses that aren’t completely converted, however, every state has different laws so what might work in one state not does not necessarily work in another state – anyway I ended up going with temporary 30-day insurance arranged by the dealer I’m purchasing the bus from in PA just so I can get it home to NC and have some time to try to get insurance with someone else before I have to park it long term pending permanent insurance – thanks again for sharing what you’ve learned

  • MOOI ORIGINALS

    How much did u pay for your bus if u don’t mind me asking. I will be purchasing a bus for my business and wanted to know what guidelines u might have in helping me narrow it down…What to look for, how much is reasonable, what to stay away from? Who to go to for insurance….Ugh! Overwhelmed. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Im in Florida.

  • CJ Sugita-Jackson

    Hi Alyssa…do you guys have any type of internet package on the bus to get your wifi pretty strong while you’re out and about?

    • Hi CJ – we have a WiFi Ranger that we use when we’re parked near strong, reliable internet (usually outside the house of someone we know) and we also use a Verizon MiFi with 30GB of data. Libraries are a great resource for free wifi!