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 Train That Never Came…

The deep orange fireball slowly poked out above the calm cerulean ocean lighting the coastal skyline. Soft ripples churned below, splashing against the timber piles of an abandoned wharf and as I stretched my arms, I watched the fiery blaze of sky turn to cloudless blue. A sibilant sound struck the air behind me in a chain reaction and I jarred my head around watching another Intermodal freight train crawl back into the yard. I felt tired from restless sleep or lack thereof, but twas wandering the road that deprived me of this comfort. I did not...

Along the Dark Sky

Twizel felt homey and quaint like the small rural towns spread along the eastern coast of the North Island. With only one Four Square supermarket in the Town Centre, one hostel, and other small private businesses embracing modern European architecture, it became the last stop before our job on Lake Pukaki at Lakestone Lodge. This job would finish our trip in New Zealand before touching down back in America for summertime. But, adventure did not end just yet. It only just begun. We wandered away from town following a walking path interspersed with pine, beyond it lay golden fields of...

Skinny Dippin’ and The Lost Wallet

The morning sky poked up over the lake with a blink of dim light and at 5 AM I found myself inebriated, patting every pant pocket, shuffling through my frayed jacket, and searching frantically for my wallet. Where did it go during the shenanigans of skinny dipping at the thermal spas? Did I misplace it, slipping into my pants? Did one of my new encounters slip their thieving hands into my pocket and pilfer it? Shit...my head pounded with each racing thought as the cheap wine wore off to a state of throbbing punishment. With less than two hours...

Abandoned Southeast Asia

The Best Abandoned Buildings in Southeast Asia Want to escape tourist-trap attractions, busy crowds and overpriced fares? Planning to experience only the hidden elements of Southeast Asia? How about adding an extra sense of adventure into the mix? Look no further, here’s a list of the best abandoned buildings in Southeast Asia, guaranteed to have your heart pounding, your eyes wide, and your camera at the ready. New World Shopping Mall – Bangkok, Thailand Built in 1982, this 11-story shopping center was closed after only 15 years in business. The story goes that after the mall’s closure it was discovered the owner...

5 Tips for Traveling With Young Children

5 Tips for Traveling With Young Children Have you ever been at the airport and wondered how parents survive the long plane ride with their crying, crawling infant? Making travel hassle-free with a child is a daunting prospect, but with a bit of planning and a fool-proof strategy you can make the process a lot easier. Make Traveling With Your Toddler Effortless Heading to your favorite vacay destination with your special angel need not be a hassle with the guidance of these simple tips. #01. Get Your Child A Ticket and Carry A Safety Seat Buying him a ticket and having that infant seat...
Hitchhiking Kauai

Soppin’ Boots and Wrinkled Thumbs

Princeville Hawaii The Kalalau Trail came and left like a faint glimpse in a dream, but our efforts continued to explore Kauai for an undetermined...
Travel Maui on a Cheap Budget

The Road to Hana Nearly Killed Me

The Road to Hana And there I was with tears drowning my cheeks, gushing out of my eyes uncontrollably, as Kelly drifted away up the...
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...
Senora Falls Philippines

Mt. Palali and the Blood Suckin’ Leech

Mt. Palali - Nueva Vizcaya Solano After leaving Baguio for Welbur Lacdao's house in a village in Nueva Vizcaya Solano I arrived early in the...

The Bipolar Express

Train Hopping Poetry This vessel of emotion is like a sinking ship.   He tries to mend the wound, but the stitches are infinite.   To mask...

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