The SpaceThe bus lives on our nearly four organic pasture acres, is fully converted with tongue and groove wood panelling, a sleeping loft with sitting height ceilings, a steep ladder to reach it but a very comfortable King size mattress once you get there, with a view through the trees to the organic vegetable & fruit garden that is behind our house. There is also a sleeping bench/couch on the "ground" floor that would only be suitable for someone 5'6" or less, two small armchairs, a closet and shelves for clothes, a table with benches for dining, double sink, wooden counter, a fridge,microwave, two burner electric cooktop, pots and pans, Keurig coffee maker, and electric tea kettle. A computer, flat screen TV, and DVD/Blue-ray player with approx a 100 DVD's & blue-rays but also books to read if you just want to relax in the bus. There is also a radio probably already tuned in to NPR!
We supply coffee, tea, sugar, and milk enough for a day or so, plus there are a few small staples if you arrive late and want to cook something, or just arriving and haven't had time to buy anything. There is also oil and vinegar, salt & pepper for cooking etc.
Windows and doorways have thermal curtains to block heat and cold - a ceiling fan and skylights that open to help cool the bus on
warm/hot days. Air-conditioning is available as well as an oil filled radiator
Though we are in the quiet of the country, it is really easy to reach the center of Eugene (or Springfield) in about 16-20 minutes where there are athletic events, shopping, dining, coffee shops, University of Oregon campus, theaters and concert halls.
We are also very close to the McKenzie River (about 5 miles) with a landing to get onto the river and float to Armitage Park in Eugene. On the local rivers it is required (I think its even the law) that all passengers must wear a life jacket - there are many white water rapids. Guest Access- Most of the bus is available to you, except for a storage loft over the driver's area
- To access your private bathroom (toilet, hot shower, washbasin) and laundry area, you will need to walk about 50-60ft through the fenced dog area along a pebble walkway lit by solar lights at night. Our dog is large and friendly once you have been introduced and is only in this area during the day. Main access to the bus is not through this area, but is reached from the area where you park you car by walking on the path by the yurt, avoiding the deck at the back of our house.
- Private sitting area outside with chairs and barbecue
- We have a freezer in the garage where we can store food for you if necessary as the one in the bus is just a fridge.
- You might hear the noise of sheep, cows, horses, dogs and farm machinery during the day, but at night they all become quiet - including Marcola Road! Interaction with GuestsAs we live on site, we can be available to help and give any recommendations you might like to have - we've lived here for over 20 years and know the area well. We do have knowledge about hiking and walking trails and have biking maps to use for getting around the area as well as places in Eugene itself.
On the other hand if you want to just come for a private, country experience without any interaction with us, we would totally understand and honor that. The NeighborhoodIts just a lovely open, peaceful valley with large hills on each side but is not isolated. It is easy and fast to get into the local cities by way of Marcola Road for 7 miles and then Hiway 126 (basically a freeway) for 6 miles to be in the center of Eugene and just over 8 miles to Springfield. Getting AroundWe are close to popular biking areas, rafting rivers, walks. There is no public transportation out this way so either a car, motorbike or bicycle would be a necessity. There is plenty of room to park your car either at the end of our street (we are at the very end) or on the property itself - you do not have to go through the fenced area to access the bus, but can walk past the back of the house and garden.
There is a gravel walk around the back portion of the property which you are welcome to walk around, but please be aware that the green tape is electrified Other Things to NoteWe do recycle and would appreciate it if you would like to as well. Containers are in the driver's area of the bus, clearly marked.
Compost - no meats, fish, or cooked food please but all else can go in the wheelbarrow that is at the bottom of the path on the way to the stalls
Glass and plastic bags should each have their own bag
Paper, hard plastic (as in bottles), and cans can all go in together.
Regular garbage can be put in the garbage cans that are behind the garage and to the left of the path as you approach your bathroom.
For your interest: we do not use poisons or chemicals on the property or in the house or bus and use scent and chemical free washing soaps pretty extensively. The household spray provided is one made up of white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and fruit & vegetable non-toxic wash. The dishwashing soap is "Dawn". If you have a problem with that, please let me know and I will exchange it out.