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Bubba the Bus: Comes to Live in San Francisco…

San Francisco to Alameda is a four hour round trip, and a large part of that is the Bay Bridge; which I have decided that there is no good time to cross. Today I will pick up Bubba the Bus in Alameda for the final time, as my friend has hooked me up with a

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Removing the Carpet from Bubba the Bus…still…

While attempting to remove the carpet in Bubba the Bus 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

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Bubba the Bus Gets Titled in his New Home: San Francisco

Going to the DMV, (Division of Motor Vehicles), is a harrowing experience for most. However, I have been blessed with good DMV/Car Karma, so the visit is usually painless. I arrive with a book and lunch, expecting it to be a day trip; but I am in and out in 2 hours flat; having barely

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Bubba the Bus: The Gutting Begins

There is nothing more beautiful than San Francisco on a sunny morning–(although, I am partial to Karl the Fog), the sun is always a welcome surprise. Cloudless blue skies and a faint ocean breeze greeted me and I was excited to pick up Bubba the Bus and begin the journey of converting him into my

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Bubba the Bus Day 10: Bakersfield to Alameda

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” Jack Kerouac (On the Road) When I was a kid,

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Bubba the Bus Day 9: Laughlin to Bakersfield

Essex, California is nothing more than a wide spot in the road. Population 89, down from 111. It is right off Interstate 40 and has two buildings consisting of a cafe, post office, towing company, tire shop and gas station. There may have been more to the ‘soon to be ghost town’, but, I didn’t

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Bubba the Bus Day 8: Flagstaff to Laughlin

My heart is a little heavy leaving Flagstaff; a quaint city, nestled in the pines and cool breezes of Northern Arizona. I loved my little 2.8-star room at the foot of the mountains. (Allegedly the motel is under new management, but, the room was lovely for a mere $39.00. Starbucks was located across the street,

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Bubba the Bus Day 7: Albuquerque to Flagstaff

Albuquerque to Flagstaff–a mere 323 miles. I woke up early, and although I was told there was a lovely breakfast at the hotel, I wasn’t down to give it a go, considering how horrible the place was. If I could give it negative stars, I would, but, Trip Advisor requires at least one star in

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Bubba the Bus Day 6: Shamrock to Albuquerque

I got up this morning in Shamrock, Texas; checked the oil and water on Bubba–and began the trek Westwards. I didn’t plan to make Albuquerque, as it is nearly 400 miles–and that’s a lot of driving and heat. But, I LOVE this bus. He is SO fun to drive; I find myself looking forward to

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Bubba the Bus Day 5: Fayetteville to Shamrock

Who was forced to read The Grapes of Wrath in High School? Weren’t we all? Who chose to review the Cliff Notes, instead? Didn’t we all? Well, I had a grandmother who brought me a box of books each month, and John Steinbeck was in that box. The story is actually pretty great. It’s set

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Bubba the Bus Day 4: Resting in Arkansas

For me, today is another day of rest. Once Bubba and I hit the road from Fayetteville to the Bay Area; we will be on our own. I don’t know where the next hot shower or bed will be; but know they will turn up–(or as we say in my circles, manifest.) Fayetteville Arkansas, located

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Bubba the Bus Day 3: Memphis to Fayetteville

Why am I going to Fayetteville, Arkansas? To be perfectly honest; procrastination. I have a friend there, who has offered me a couch and a shower; which I am delighted to take him up on. He is a lovely fellow, who used to live in San Francisco, but, as I’ve said–our beautiful City by the

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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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