Sunday, June 5, 2011

I've Been Everywhere

It's a milestone of sorts. Ten years ago this week, I started my nomadic exploring with Wandrin Wagon in tow behind Silver Slug. The morning I headed east on US Hwy 34 out of Greeley Colorado was overcast and rainy. Fortunately those weather conditions weren't an omen of the next ten years.

There have been a few "potholes" along the way which caused some change in plans, but there was nothing to cause me to consider stopping being a nomad. After two years, the travel had become habit and I found it very enjoyable. Two years became three. Became four. Next thing, ten years had passed.

The chorus of I've Been Everywhere seemed fitting.

I've been everywhere, man.
I've been everywhere, man.
Crossed the desert's bare, man.
I've breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I've had my share, man.
I've been everywhere.

Really, I haven't been everywhere. I haven't been to all the places mentioned in the lyrics of the song. It would take 20 lifetimes to explore and wander around the US and see it all. Since I don't have 20 life times, I will explore what I can in this life time.

During those ten years of travel, I have managed to explore the perimeter of the 48 states including the "corners" like Key West or the Pacific Coast on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Beyond the perimeter, most of my exploring has been in the western US. The rocky terrain and expansive views are where I like to explore and wander -- and frequently wonder.

The plans for future nomadic travel are for extended stays and less travel. At least that is the plan. But will I be happy. Or will "hitch itch" get too strong to ignore.


  1. I have a few months to make it to four years. Your help and style were a significant inspiration to start as soon as I did which was later than I should have. Thank you.

  2. Congrats on a very memorable time in your life. You've done it well and hopefully no regrets, or at least very few. You are admired by many and envied by most. Continue to have many more adventures, some even better than the past.
    Hugs, Mary B.

  3. Happy Anniversary, Lloyd!!!
    I remember, too, your RV inspiration by example... a simple quest for the perfect cinnamon roll and weather that allowed you to wear your trademark Hawaiian shirt and shorts.
    Thanks for taking us along, and sticking to it.

  4. I can't wait to get to Key West as well as the Pacific Coast. Having always lived on flat land I'm looking forward to the mountains.

  5. Bravo! You are an inspiration to us too.

    Yesterday, my Dad wanted to know when we were going to put an expiration date on this "moving around business." I said, "why do we have to?" I'll never say never but I'll also say that for now, we're happy being nomads too.

    If you happen to come up near Fort Collins again look us up! We're in Red Feather.

  6. Congratulations on this very important milestone of your life...As all who know you.. we know it was the right decision and the envy of so many of us that cannot partake in your nomadic lifestyle....The hitch itch will always be there because you are truly the"Wandrin Man".
    Thank you for being my friend and bringing your adventures into our living rooms.......

  7. Ten Years! That's incredible. Congratulations!

    I don't even think about how long I'll be doing this, but I'd love to still be full-timing in ten years. I plan to stay more and travel less. I just want to "live" in different places, not travel a lot. I'll get there slowly.

    Here's to many more happy years Wandrin!

  8. Congratulations and kudos are appreciated. The nomadic travel has been all the more pleasurable and memorable with the opportunity to meet many of you. Thanks for being there.

  9. I pass through the front range working north... and shortly... you cross through behind me running east... ok... it was a few weeks :)

    some time, we'll have to get those trails to cross together again! ... hopefull before another 10 years rolls by!


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