Just a girl and her Bus named Bubba

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Five Ways to Meet People as a Solo Female Traveler

This past summer, I hopped on an Amtrak train and went across the USA. I spent time in incredible cities; some I had been to before, others were brand new. While in Nashville, Tennessee, I found, fell in love with and bought a small school bus. At the end of the summer, I returned to Nashville, and with a few detours drove him back to San Francisco, via the historic Route 66. It was an amazing summer; one in which I went to discover America; and discovered myself along the way. I completed the entire journey as a solo female traveler; a feat which seems to surprise and delight people of all genders and ages. Here are a few ways I met people while I traveled.

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Visiting the Tiny Living Festival in Richmond, California

The dream of tiny living is taking over the country. Be it financial or environmental concerns; yearning for freedom or being bit by the travel bug, tiny homes of all sorts are becoming en vogue. For reasons of my own, I decided to take up the adventure and convert a short school bus; a lifestyle that has spawned its own lingo, culture, and community; that of the #skoolie: #skoolielife #skooliebuild #skoolieconversion and #skoolieadventure.

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Embracing the Grey

My son, 10 years old at the time, was perched on the back of a chair and I was sitting at his feet. He was armed with tweezers prepared for our weekly ritual of plucking the stray gray hairs from my head; the ones I had missed in the dyeing process. I patiently waited; his hand

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Bubba the Bus gets weighed

My Skoolie Conversion of Bubba the Bus: The DMV Part 1:Bus Life As A Solo Female Traveler

Transferring a title for a skoolie conversion project, from any state to California, requires patience, tenacity and the occasional shot of bourbon. I was prepared for the myriad of hoops I would soon be jumping through to get Bubba the Bus California ready. I loaded a 600+ page book onto my Kindle, I took a bath with CBD oils, did yoga and deep breathing. I was ready for the California Division of Motor Vehicles.

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My Skoolie Conversion of Bubba the Bus: Bus Life As A Solo Female Traveler

While attempting to remove the carpet in Bubba the Bus, during my Skoolie Conversion last week, all I accomplished was bruising my body and breaking my back; so, I did what any resourceful woman would do in a situation like this: I went to YouTube. After scouring tons of videos, I came up with a plan; and although it is yet to be tested, I am confident in its success.

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My name is Heather and I was raised on Indian Land in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen, when I left and spent a year in Australia as an ‘experimental exchange student’.

When I returned to the USA at the age of 16, I attended college, received my FCC license, followed by a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies & Journalism from CSU Sacramento and a Masters Degree in Rhetoric & Communication from UC Davis. Later, while living in Laguna Beach, California, I became a certified yoga instructor.

I have traveled extensively and worked a variety of jobs. During the ’80’s, I worked in radio, followed by a foray into the music industry, where I spent time in A&R, booking, concert production and as a glorified babysitter. Eventually,​ I worked as a music journalist for a major independent record label and several online publications. I have also written a few books.

All of this as a single mother. I recently hopped on an Amtrak train and traversed the country. By the end of that trip, I had logged over 10,000 miles on planes, trains and Bubba the Bus, a short bus I purchased in Nashville, which I plan to convert into a tiny home.

I hope this blog and these stories inspire you to live the life you love.

May you never settle for a life that is anything less than extraordinary…. Cheers!

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