I highly recommend the book “Vagabonding” by Rolf Potts – it reads more like a philosophical dissertation on the joys of travel than a “travel guide,” as it is billed, but it is an enjoyable and smooth read. There were so many moments that gave me pause, so many phrases and thoughts that had come up during discussions with Rhys on our upcoming adventure worded slightly differently and written in print in 2003! Who says time travel doesn’t exist?
Potts’ premise seems to be that true, enduring adventures come through the slow and deliberate, even luxurious, moving through the world and taking real time to get to know a people and a place. Open-ended journeys are paramount, and chance is not chance at all, but the inner grumblings of instinct that gets buried beneath the thick veneer of corporate America. And some other things as well.
I enjoyed it immensely, although I suppose I would, since it serves as a bit of validation to our crazy plot. Do and be – those are the verbs I am most looking forward to embodying, not necessarily in that order. His website is at Vagabonding if you would like more information.
Reminder! Crazy awesome goodbye party featuring BARON VON SWAGGER this Saturday! Email or call us for more details (or just scroll down to Rhys’ much more informational post a few levels down).
Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe.
After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world.
Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.
Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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