Wandering Aimlessly

Hey, I'm Brian Cray - adventure travel writer and seasonal worker. Follow my adventure short stories on hitchhiking, train hopping and wandering.

Slow and Scenic on Loaded Wood Chips

After lying my ass off to the Park Ranger at Baxter State Park, I found myself with a pink warning slip in my pocket, my pack in the bed of his vehicle and my ass plopped in his passenger's seat. He lived in Maine his whole life, worked at the park for 12 years and offered me a job as a gatekeeper attendant. He set his truck in park outside of the Family Dollar in Millinocket and pointed across the street at the headquarters. “See that buildin’, wit the white sign, pass the McDonal’s?” “Yeah” “That’s the headquarters...get a job application there...we're...
Abandoned Twin Arrows Trading Post

Twin Arrows Trading Post

Abandoned Twin Arrows Trading Post Faded paint chipped off every corner and wall of the structures. Each room covered in vibrant, artistic graffiti and random tags defaced what once remained a historical roadside landmark on Route 66 off I-40. As we roamed through each adjacent, dilapidated room we felt a piece of history come over us. The 25-foot tall twin arrows perched outside the trading post stood tall attracting us to the abandoned structure. The roof of the structure fell through to the foundation of most rooms piling up soggy, moldy debris alongside all of the trash discarded by other...
Lost Dutchman's State Park

Lost Dutchman’s Park

Haunted Lost Dutchman's Park I worked another frantic week on my feet busing tables, serving food and rearranging tables, chairs and silverware for the next day's wedding. However, the upside to my job came with this week of freedom of not working until Friday. I used this time to plan an adventure and by plan, I mean, pack up my bicycle, a pannier and my backpack and hit the road for Lost Dutchman State Park to hike Flatiron. I awoke at 11 AM on Tuesday morning to start my journey to Apache Junction. A mere 57 miles meant the longest...
Abandoned Arizona - Casa Grande

Casa Grande Domes

Abandoned Arizona - The Casa Grande Domes, Casa Grande, AZ https://youtu.be/RonBkzvABhE Update: After visiting the domes in Casa Grande one of them collapsed shortly after exploring the facility sometime in late 2016 After getting a job in Goodyear much of my time was tied up with working odd shifts and weekends, but Kelly and I still found time to explore abandoned Arizona and the wonderful relics it left behind. Before a shift one day we took a mini road trip down to Casa Grande to scope out the abandoned Casa Grande Domes. The trip down there felt uneventful. I fancied her request...
Abandoned Arizona - Phoenix Trotting Park

Abandoned Phoenix Trotting Park (Demolished)

Abandoned Arizona - Phoenix Trotting Park - Goodyear, AZ (Demolished) Stationary living is different than wandering around aimlessly, especially in the desert. The dry heat baking my skin, sand sticking to the corners of my eyes, and monotonous scenery are just a few reasons I dislike Arizona. But, recently, I took a step back to appreciate everything and accept this change as a new journey down a different road with newly shared experiences and explorations. Much of the last two years of my life I spent in and out of homelessness to experience true freedom as a wandering, free-spirited soul,...
Abandoned Arizona - Phoenix Trotting Park

Abandoned Phoenix Trotting Park (Demolished)

Abandoned Arizona - Phoenix Trotting Park - Goodyear, AZ (Demolished) Stationary living is different than wandering around aimlessly, especially in the desert. The dry heat...

Walla-Walla-Bing-Bong, Cassidy and Holiday

Hitchhiking Volcano National Park https://youtu.be/k5wbdFcwhQ0 I pushed my flight back until November 14th while my visa processed for New Zealand. With the sudden change of destinations...
Hitchhiking Sausalito

Hitchhiking Sausalito and the Driftin’ Dream 

Hitchhiking Sausalito As I traipsed the streets of Sausalito I watched the riches of both the land and the architecture unfold in front of my...
Crane Climbing China

Crane Climbin’ in Communist China

Urban Exploring in China I nestled in bed under the sheets watching "Xingshi" known to people who speak English as "The Walking Dead." Relapsing with...
Crossing the Pi River

China Urbex

China Urbex I will write yesterday's adventure about Luodai Ancient Town after I write about today's China Urbex. So it occurred to me today that...