Erick (Wandering Lottie)

Today's Explorers

Erick (Wandering Lottie)

May 28, 2022
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Charles Forman

Where are you from?

Whidbey Island Washington, Elizabethtown Pennsylvania

When did you start your interest in exploration?

In 2017 when I frequently started road trips up and down the East Coast.

What is a brief understanding of your background story up until you started seeking adventure?

I was working various jobs in Lancaster Pennsylvania for several years until I relocated briefly in Asia and then to the American Pacific Northwest, where my original sense of adventure was renewed. Shortly after I relocated to Washington, the COVID Pandemic started and I worked in various locations across the US which inspired me to perform the Trans-America Trail.

What special skills do you have to help with your explorations?

I am an EMT that currently works in aviation medicine. The past eight years of experience and continuing education has given me many successful tools in wilderness medicine.

Where have you explored so far?

The Trans-America Trail(33 states over 13,000 expedition miles). The Pacific Coastal Highway, The Southern half of Route 66, Alligator Alley through the Everglades, and the overseas highway to Key West Florida. In total with the Land Rover I have driven 40 of 49 drivable states in the USA, and in total I have been to 47/50 states.

What is a brief understanding of your adventures so far?

When I adventure, I try to experience the local scene to include landmarks, historical sights and other culturally significant items. While in the wilderness, I try to gain appreciation for what the area has to offer, and establish a pass of self-discovery through journaling and just taking it all in.

What are the top three destinations you hope to explore next, and why?

1. The ALCAN Highway from Whidbey Island to Tuktoyaktuk and back through Alaska

2. The Pan-American Highway (Hopefully in the next ten years)

3. Conquering all 49/50 states

Where would you recommend others visit?

To me, the three best places in the United States are the Blue Ridge through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. All of Colorado, and the North Cascades of Washington and Southern British Columbia.

How do you primarily travel on your adventures today?

2008 Land Rover LR3 with an upgraded suspension, Raised air intake and (soon) a solar panel.

What are five pieces of equipment that you always travel with?

A journal, Recovery shovel, Axe, Air Compressor, and a map

What inspires you to explore more?

I love the idea of seeing new places. I believe that there is so much in the world to experience, and I want to see as much as I can before my time is up. Each place, no matter how menial, has its own set of unique experiences, and one does not necessarily have to go far to see this.

How do you engage with others?

I enjoy engaging with others through social media, social gatherings and during my travels.

Why is it important to embrace global cultures?

As I've said before, each place has its own unique take on the world. By taking the time to experience and learn other cultures, one begins to see a much broader picture of the world, and thus, becomes more wise.

What are your goals when you explore?

First and most importantly, I try to slow down. The world can be incredibly fast paced and lead to burnout. When on expedition, I prefer to set loose timelines, and approach each day with a "we will see what happens" approach. Next, I try to take as much in as possible. If I see something that looks interesting, I check it out! Safety is also a huge part of my travels.

What are some challenges you have experienced?

The biggest challenge I experience during long trips with hard laning is the desire to quit. I always try to take a deep breath, take a quick break and then continue on.

What has been your most meaningful moment so far?

There are so many! The biggest one in quick memory would be when I completed the TAT. I remember the overall feeling of accomplishment.

How has exploration changed you?

Absolutely, and for the better!

What is the number one lesson that you have learnt through your exploration?

I learned to take my time. I was one of the people that let my work consume me. Now, I understand that work is still important, but I make sure to take time for myself.

How do you explore locally?

I always try to get out and see different places. The great thing about being in the PNW is that there is a plethora of trails and local spots to see.

What does the explmore mantra mean to you?

The mantra is a guideline that I have been using for quite some time.

What advice would you give to others who are seeking life changing adventure?

Just get there, and don't get lost in the details. The longer the wait, the easier it is to never get out there.

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