WAND3R3R

I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.

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Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, 2016.

I just returned from an awesome 12 day adventure to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming with my niece and nephew.  The last time I was there was 40 years ago, when I was 12, and on vacation with my family in a 1976 VW camper van named “Big Red.”  My niece
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Spring Planting, 2016.

I think “Old Man Winter” is finally gone for the year, at least I hope so. We have been frost-free here in central Kentucky for about the last 2 weeks, so I decided it was time to plant.  I spent the last few days planting 7 small container gardens.  A few years ago I planted
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Paddling the Elkhorn Creek, 2016

This weekend was perfect weather for a paddle… it was sunny and 79 degrees with a slight breeze!  I loaded the kayak on my truck and headed to Elkhorn Creek in Franklin County, Kentucky.  My put-in spot was the Elkhorn Acres River Access on Peaks Mill Road.  Water-level was perhaps a bit low for this
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Lots and Lots of Water…2015

As my regular Blog Readers know, I recently took a 90 day break from Blogging.  During the break I spent some real quality time with my family and friends in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky!  I made 2 trips to Ohio and 3 trips to Michigan during those 90 days and spent a great amount of
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Back on the Farm… again!

It’s been a little over a month since my last blog post, I know… a blogger should keep readers up-to-date, and this update is overdue! The last week of April, I departed Prescott, Arizona and headed east!  After 3 long days of 600+ miles driving… I was back in Central Kentucky on the little farm!
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A Dusty Trail and a Dozen Jackasses!

Last weekend I rode the XR, AKA the B.O.M. (Big Old Mare) for three days in west-central Arizona with my good friends Robert and Emilio!  It was the first time I’ve ridden for multiple-days when packing all my gear on the bike. I’ve trailered the B.O.M to campsites before and then gone on long day-trips,
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Moroccan-Style Lamb Stew… a la Solar Oven

It’s no secret, I like to eat!  The good thing for me is that I’m not afraid to try new and exotic dishes whenever I travel!  Since I’m traveling in the US now, it makes sense that I learn to cook some of the dishes I really enjoy that are often difficult, if not impossible,
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Hitched My Horse at the Palace Station

From Prescott, the “Palace Station” stagecoach stop, located approximately 17 miles south of Prescott along old Senator Highway in the heart of the Bradshaw Mountains, is a great adventure motorcycle day-ride destination!  The buildings now administered by the US Park Service were first built in 1874 by Alfred Spence, who decided the location, half-way between
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Hiking the Granite Mountain Wilderness.

I recently saw a bumper-sticker that read, “Nature is my Church.”  So Easter Sunday, I decided to spend all day in ‘church’ and hiked the Granite Mountain Wilderness Area.  Probably the two most recognizable physical landmarks in Prescott, Arizona are ‘Thumb Butte’ and ‘Granite Mountain.’  From just about anywhere in Downtown Prescott you can see
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Floating Down the Verde River.

Last weekend I floated down the ‘Verde River’ in my inflatable kayak with my good friends Emilio and Julie.  The weather was perfect for a “float” down a lazy river, it was in the high 70s and sunny.  The Verde River flows for about 160 miles, starting in the northwest corner of Arizona near the
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Rugged Beauty… The Granite Dells.

We don’t often associate the words ruggedness and beauty in the same sentence, that is until you visit the “Granite Dells,” located just a few miles from historic downtown Prescott, Arizona!  Father-Time has created what I like to call “rugged beauty” in the Granite Dells.  Over an estimated 1.4 billion years the wind and water
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Gold Is Where You Find It.

I think just about every kid who grew-up in the 60s and 70s watched any number of Western movies and television series, like Gunsmoke or Bonanza, that often depicted life in the Gold-Rush towns of the late 1800s. The storylines of many episodes went something like this… A miner works long hours in the hot,
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On a Slow Horse to Bagdad.

One of the best things about Prescott, Arizona and the surrounding area is that there are literally thousands of miles of trails for ATV and adventure-motorcycle enthusiast!  Anyone who has a dual-sport motorcycle will probably agree, the real fun begins beyond the pavement!  Just a few miles from downtown Prescott, the ponderosa pine-lined trails cut
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Go West “Young-ish” Man

The title says it all, well maybe not all, but it certainly says a lot!  If you are reading my blog, you are probably familiar with the expression, “go West young man…”  It encouraged young men to head West in the 19th century, to seek the many opportunities offered to adventure-lovers and fortune-seekers.  The numerous
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Hills ‘n Hollars and Waterfall-ers…

After a week of rainy, overcast weather all-over Kentucky, the sun triumphantly reappeared today!  It turned out to be a really beautiful Fall day, sunny and 55 degrees, a perfect day for exploring new places!      I headed south from Lawrenceburg about 100 miles to the southwest corner of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
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Burgers in the Bluegrass…

It has been more than a month since my last blog post.  My only excuse is that I have been really busy on the little “Farm.”  Since returning from “Road-Trip” 2014, I have been working on numerous projects, repairing a retaining wall, sealcoating a patio and carport, cutting grass, trimming trees, splitting firewood, getting the
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Road-Trip 2014 Wrap-Up.

On May 5th of this year, just days before my 50 birthday, I embarked on what I called “Road-Trip 2014.”  In close to 100 days on the road, I traveled over 9600 miles from Kentucky to California and back.  I traveled across Kentucky and into Illinois, then across Missouri, across Oklahoma, across New Mexico, paused
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Exploring Colorado, Part 2.

After a night in the Black Canyon, camping along the Gunnison River, I continued my exploration of Colorado, heading east on highway 50 toward Salida.  Highway 50 passes the Curecanti National Recreation Area and crosses over the beautiful Blue Mesa Reservoir a few times as it climbs toward Monarch Pass.  There are half a dozen
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Exploring Colorado.

From Cortez in the south-west corner of Colorado, I headed east on highway 160 for about an hour to the  town of Durango and the San Juan National Forest.  You can easily spend a few days exploring Durango and the surrounding area.  Take a step-back in time on the narrow gauge steam engine railroad and travel
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Tips For a Successful Day-Hike.

During a recent visit to Mesa Verde National Park, I hiked the Spruce Canyon Trail.  It’s a relatively short hike, only 3.0 miles long, starting at about 7000 feet elevation and consisting of a 200 foot decent along a well marked trail into a canyon and then a steep, rugged 200 foot ascent out of
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Mesa Verde, Bear Tracks and a Missing Hiker…

In 1976, on an epic “Family Road-Trip,” I visited Mesa Verde National Park with my father, mother and 2 brothers.  I was only 12 years old at the time, but I distinctly remember climbing an old wooden ladder to access some of the cliff dwellings!  The sandstone block and mortar rooms perched precariously on the
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Moab, Arches and Canyonlands 2014.

I departed Monument Valley late in the afternoon and headed north-east in the direction of my next destination, Moab, Utah.  At about 7:00 PM I arrived in the quaint little high-desert town of Bluff, Utah.  A town put on the map by a rugged group of Mormon Missionaries in the 1880s. It was still about
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Monument Valley on “Bessie” the Mule.

Two years ago, when I was traveling with “Bertha” the Bigfoot Camper, I visited Monument Valley for the first time.  I fell in love with the area and visited again a few days ago on “Road-Trip 2014.”  This time the visit was in my Tacoma.  While in Monument Valley I finally decided on an official
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Hammock Camping in Monsoon Season!

I’ve spent the last 2 weeks in and around Prescott, Arizona.  I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE the city of Prescott and the surrounding area!  I spent a few nights with my good friends, Emilio and Julie, enjoying their incredible hospitality and the rest of the time I spent camping in many of
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Garlic-Sriracha Mini-Chicken.

Solar Oven Roasted, Garlic-Sriracha Mini-Chicken (aka, Cornish Hen). My latest adventure in Solar Cooking took place today in the Prescott National Forest.  It was a beautiful sunny day, high of about 85… perfect weather to try a new dish in the Solar Oven!  I made what I’m calling “Garlic-Sriracha Sauce Mini-Chicken.”  The mini-chicken is more
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“Road-Trip 2014″…. “Restart.”

When I envisioned “Road-Trip 2014” a few months ago, I didn’t plan on spending 6 weeks in San Diego. But I guess if I had to pick a city where to extend my visit, San Diego was certainly a great place to do it!  I was able to visit many friends I haven’t seen in
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Solar Cooking in Suburbia.

Anyone who has followed the blog knows that I love to cook with solar!  You really can cook with solar just about anywhere, all you need of course is the sun!  Many people believe you can only cook with solar in a rural setting?  Today’s post will demonstrate that with only a few square feet
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Farmer’s Markets Are Just Cool!

When I travel, I always like to visit the local markets, bazaars, souks or whatever they call the place where people come together to sell “things.” Fruits, vegetables, textiles, jewelry, pottery and prepared foods are just some of the ‘things’ you will find at a local market!  In many countries, market-day is truly a ‘social’
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Balboa Park… A True San Diego Gem!

Balboa Park is a true San Diego Gem.  A unique “Urban Green Space” like no other, anywhere in the United States.  The Park hosts a world-class Zoo,  dozens of museums like the Natural History, Art, Photographic, Air and Space and Automobile to name a few.  There is  even an IMax Theater, a Science Center, the
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Welcome to the New Blog!

I’m currently in the process of moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress. If you are reading this post, that’s great, it means you’ve found the new address, www.pocketfullofwanderlust.com Please Bookmark the new blog address for your next visit.  After I move all content to the WordPress Blog, I will no longer update the old
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I Can’t Drive any Farther West…..

    Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the cliffs at the Torrey Pines Glider Park in San Diego, California. Last week I arrived in San Diego, one of my favorite cities in the world!  I’m going to visit friends for a few weeks and shoot some photographs of the beautiful, diverse landscape.  It’s been a
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Mt. Mingus Wanderings.

I spent the last week in the Prescott, Arizona area.  About two years ago I blogged about what a great place Prescott is and I’m happy to report nothing has changed, there is still lots to do within about a 60 mile radius, making it a great place to wander for a week.  I have
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North to Zion and Bryce.

After a great couple of days at Toroweap Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon I was planning to drive back south through Flagstaff, and on to Prescott to visit friends.  But realizing I was only about 45 miles from Zion National Park and 75 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park… I had
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The Dusty Trail to Toroweap Point!

The view from Toroweap Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.     Early Monday morning after the Overland Expo, a group of 5 vehicles headed north of Flagstaff to the Toroweap Point camping area on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.   There were 2 Jeep Rubicons, a Ford F250 pickup,
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Overland Expo 2014 and Navajo Nachos.

Last weekend I attended the Overland Expo 2014 at Mormon Lake, Arizona, just 30 minutes south-east of Flagstaff.  It was my second time attending the Overland Expo in the last 3 years.  For anyone not familiar with Overland Expo, it’s basically where people of all walks of life and from all parts of the globe
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Ancient Indian Dwellings.

A few days ago I departed Oklahoma and headed toward Flagstaff, Arizona where I am today.  Along the way I came through the northern New Mexico mountains.  From the town of Eagle Nest, all the way to just south of Taos it snowed!  It wasn’t a lot of snow but it was snow… it was
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“No Man’s Land,” and Dinosaur Footprints.

When I departed Stillwater, Oklahoma yesterday it was 88 degrees… when I arrived in Red River, New Mexico today at noon it was 28 degrees.  I was hoping the temperature would be a bit cooler in the New Mexico mountains, but a 60 degree drop in about 24 hours was more than I anticipated! I
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Still Waters and Good Times.

After dinner in Paducah, Kentucky last Tuesday evening, I continued my drive west and crossed the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at about 7:00 PM and entered Missouri.  I was’t tired, so I decided to continue driving west on highway 60 for a few more hours.  Six hours later I was just south of Springfield, Missouri,
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Westward Toward Oklahoma.

As I mentioned in the last post, I don’t really have a set agenda for “Road Trip 2014,” and it’s true, I really don’t!  But I still have a few people and places I want to see!  My first want to see person is my Aunt in Oklahoma.  The last time I visited her at
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Road Trip… 2014.

After a few weeks of great visits with friends and family in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky, it’s time for “Road Trip 2014.”No surprise, like my 2011 and 2012 road trips, I will be heading West again this time! I love the American Southwest and want to explore more off the beaten path in 2014!  This
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Up North…. Spring Cleaning.

After a great Easter Weekend in Cleveland, I headed north to Michigan to my older brother’s home in the Detroit area.  It’s that time of the year when he normally, single-handedly, “opens” my Mother’s lake home near Cadillac.  I was available to help him this year and decided a “Spring Cleaning” weekend would be a
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Cambodian Statues and a Corned Beef Sandwich.

A Cambodian Statue at the Cleveland Art Museum. Last weekend my younger brother’s family and I visited my mother in Cleveland for Easter Weekend.  We were fortunate that the great Snow-God, Nanook of the North, decided to give us a break…. the weather was really nice all weekend!  I know that after the epic Winter
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A Day on the Green River.

The appropriately named Green River in South Central Kentucky It was a beautiful day in central Kentucky, sunny with temperatures in the high 70s, a great day for exploring one of the state’s many rivers.  Kentucky has literally thousands of miles of navigable waterways, making it a great place for kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts!  From
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A Bluegrass Backyard Adventure.

The backroads of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region are great for day-trip exploration!  The scenery is absolutely beautiful!  Drive 30 minutes outside of Lexington in any direction and the winding country roads will offer awesome views of grass covered rolling-hills, dissected by mile after mile of horse fences and countless creeks!  Follow a creek long enough
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Ova Easy Eggs, Wonderful Food for the Wanderer.

I like to find great food for the Wanderer (Traveler).  I know that with refrigeration, one can “wander” with almost anything you have in your kitchen at home.  Many vehicle travelers have 12 volt refrigerators and coolers making food choices on the road almost endless.  Even though I too have a cooler and a 12 volt refrigerator, I
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Rode My Horse to a Tavern.

For the last few weeks the Big-Old-Mare (aka my Honda XR650L motorcycle) has been chomping at the bit to go for a ride.  She has been cooped-up in the barn since mid-November, when I rode her for the last time.  Even though we are almost in April, and Spring officially arrived last week, it seems
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A Mysterious Disappearance in Kentucky….

Many people know a little-bit about Kentucky and Kentucky History.  When I ask my friends what they know about Kentucky, they often mention the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Bourbon, Bluegrass Music, Daniel Boone and of course the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud.  But few people know that Kentucky is also home to the first permanent settlement
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A “Titan” of a Storm….. 2014.

As I’ve said before, perspective is everything.  For someone living in the northern United States, a Winter-storm that drops 6 inches of snow overnight is nothing special…. but for residents of central Kentucky, 6 inches of snow anytime is a big deal!  When someone or something is referred to as a “titan,”  it means they
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The Dentist and the Tax Collector……

Forgive me if I don’t seem overjoyed about departing the beautiful, 82 degree, sun-soaked weather of Florida to head back north to Kentucky and “polar-vortex 3.0!”  But that’s exactly what I did a few days ago!  There are 2 people you should never ignore, the dentist and the tax collector.  Everyone knows if you ignore
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A Wander-er’s Kitchen.

Great place for a lunch-break while wandering, sure beats a fast-food parking-lot or truck-stop. A blog reader recently asked me what sort of “kitchen set-up” I use while traveling in my Tacoma.  Since it’s often difficult to explain something with only words, (anyone who has bought furniture from “Ikea” knows that the assembly diagrams with
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