Wandering Aimlessly

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

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 - Vulture City Ghost Town

Abandoned Vulture City

Abandoned Arizona Vulture City - Wickenberg We also found time to journey down to the ghost town of Vulture City. Expecting to pay a fee and enter a tour of the ghost town we brought our little doggy, Nellie, a chihuahua-beagle breed. She weighs about as much as four water bottles and her fur is a mix of gray and silver with speckles of brown near her neck and white along her snout. Upon stopping at the gate we realized they were only open on Saturdays and this was Sunday so we decided to venture on down the road to...
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,...

Island Air and the Psychic Mermaid

Island Air Shutdown, Went Out of Business Abruptly So my wife pestered me to book my flight back to Honolulu two days prior to my...
Hitchhiking Kauai

Johnny Jitters and the Yellow Tarp that Could…

Meth in Maui "This is a throwback story from our time hitchhiking around the island of Maui. When the wife and I were bummin' it...
Hitchhiking to Abandoned Tokomaru Bay

Abandoned Tokomaru Bay

I stood right outside Tologa Bay by the only shoulder in the shade, flexing my thumb as minimal traffic whizzed by along highway 35...
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...
Abandoned Arizona - Vulture City Ghost Town

Abandoned Vulture City

Abandoned Arizona Vulture City - Wickenberg We also found time to journey down to the ghost town of Vulture City. Expecting to pay a fee...