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Donna Hailson

Answering the Call of Bumdom


Mark Twain wisely noted that: "twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

In this episode, Donna will share some of what it can be like to answer, what John Steinbeck referred to as, “the call of bumdom.” More than four years ago, she and her husband, Gene, decided to throw off the bowlines, to sail away from the safe harbor, to explore, to follow their dreams, to discover. Answering the call of bumdom has launched them into a journey that has taken them to wild places and into wild company, a journey that has also made them 'Rubber Hobos,' workers at odd jobs in odd places.

With no prescribed route, determined to let the “journey take them,” they’ve wayfared their way through nearly 30 states. Along the way, they’ve met fascinating people, from goldpanners and a family of wild mushroom pickers in Oregon to a moonshiner in Louisiana, from a mariachi band in Texas to Gullah-Geechee sweetgrass basket weavers in South Carolina. They’ve spent delight-filled days marveling at glorious natural wonders from the majestic Grand Canyon in Arizona to the hoodoo-filled Bryce Amphitheater in Utah, from the lush and soul-soothing Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida to the barren salt flats of Badwater in California’s Death Valley.

This episode centers on what inspired them to get on the road, how they fared through some misadventures in South Dakota, and what you can expect to hear in future episodes as Donna takes a different tack, turning her boat’s head into and through the wind.

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