The Green Tortoise is an old school bus tour that started in the 60’s. It was known to be an inexpensive hippie’s vacation. The inside of Greyhound buses were turned into convertible sleeper cabins, and goers drove slowly across the U.S. while stopping at cool places along the way.
The tour I went on traveled to western U.S. national parks. We drove through eight states over 16 days, and we went to quite a few national parks… Bryce Canyon, Yellow Stone, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Arches, Monument Valley, Zion, and Vegas. I especially loved the hot springs waterfall in Wyoming that we hiked half a day to get to–definitely worth the entire trip.
There were two drivers, and they drove in shifts all night. We would fold the seats down at night and sleep like sardines head-to-toe.–Unless you had someone to hook up with. 🙂 In the morning, we’d wake up at the new destination, either a visit to a national park or a hike to a hot spring. Everyone pitched in and helped unload the food, tables, camp stoves, etc. We all helped make breakfast, pack lunch, and clean up. And then we went out for the day’s adventure.
The age range of the tour I went on was from 21 to 80 years old. There were people from all over the world. Including Bulgaria, Chile, Honduras, the East Coast, U.K., Germany, and more. One of our drivers was a grizzled old lumberjack from Alaska. He was quite the character, with lots of amazing stories to tell. The best part of my trip was singing around the campfire and drinking beers with such a diverse group of people.
I learned a lot about myself on my Green Tortoise trip. Traveling faced with 39 other people from all walks of life, and having to work, hangout, and sleep together for 16 days really shows your own true colors.
Check out my Green Tortoise photo story here.