Wandering Aimlessly

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

The Wood Chip Train Can

I woke up covered in a thick, wet, film of condensation from the crashing raindrops running rampant throughout the rough night, festering from the ambush of humidity. I glanced through the alcove of dripping forest at the dismal gray blotch of sky, blocking the sun with dark, puffy, storm clouds giving the façade of night. In three hours, I would interview for "gatekeeper attendant" at Baxter State Park Headquarters located behind the McDonald’s in Millinocket. The passion I once held for this position dwindled away completely, but I told myself I would see the interview through. So I packed...

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...
Catching Tilapia in Isabela Philippines

Isabela, Philippines, Tilapia…Oi…Oi

Hitchhiking Isabela Philippines The past few days the knots and twists in my stomach killed me. Literally incapacitated, I slept most of the past two...
Pioneer Park

Hitchhiking to California

Hitchhiking to California We stood near the on-ramp of I-70 West flying a sign that said, "West." The vehicles whizzed by the roundabout right before...

Into the Deep Blue, Crater Lake

Seasonal Work in Crater Lake https://youtu.be/mm52e6JaFnI The smoky haze, its tendrils of deep gray, black, plumes of burning pines, hemlocks, firs and hardwoods filled the air...

Abandoned Growers Cold Storage Co.

Abandoned WNY - Growers Cold Storage Co. Alright, so I'll be the first to honestly admit that Western New York sucks, but the country has...

A Night on the Steel

Slowly I tiptoe Shadows drown glistening steel She creeps to a halt I wait patiently Grass joins the chorus of wind Whirs fade to a hiss I jump to my...