Who is Don Barnes?

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, my childhood was spent moving around the American southwest. The last conversation that I had with my mom revealed that I had lived in 24 houses and attended 18 schools by the time I left school in tenth grade. Vagabonding was my life from the beginning, yeh?

Fast forward to 2015. I was miserable, feeling worthless and praying to die. Literally. Every night my last words were, God, please let this be the last time. Of course, it never was and I’m glad for that, now.

When a couple of people pointed out (emphasis on “pointed”) that I was being childish, the realization came that I was simply wallowing in my own self-pity. So, in 2016, I decided to change that.

Travel was my therapy of choice, so I took the back seats out of a 1999 Ford Explorer and hit the road every chance I got.

Today, most of my time is spent in the White River National Forest of Colorado. As often as I can, though, I’m on the road to somewhere.

Best of all, I’m happier than I’ve ever been as an adult.


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