Ed – Vagabond King
Where would I be today if I hadn’t read Ed Buryn’s book “Vagabonding in the USA” when I was 21?
Would I be the clever marketing ad man I was training to become? Perhaps. But his book steered me on to a new path that led me around the USA and Mexico in a 1974 VW camper bus over one amazing and magical year (see “Birth of a Digital Vagabond“).
When I came back to Minneapolis/St. Paul at age 22 the city was the same but I was different. I was like a dog who had slipped his leash and tasted red meat for the first time and didn’t want to go back to eating dry dog food.
Ed Buryn and his book had made me unfit for conventional life. I had stretched too much to fit comfortably inside the straight jacket of the straight and narrow. I had become a vagabond at heart.
For this I owe Ed Buryn a priceless debt of gratitude. Twenty plus years later during my Great American Road Trip I tracked Ed Buryn down in Northern California to thank him in person.
The man I discovered was much more than a travel guru. Beneath this vagabond traveler is a poet philosopher seeking truth, beauty and authenticity. His journey is ultimately spiritual whether he is traveling the globe or at rest reading in his rural home.
Ed has a passion for learning and ideas. Every wall in his house, basement, garage and storage shed is lined with over 40,000 books. Many of them he catalogs and offers for sale online.
View the Poetry and Philosophy of Ed Buryn
Ed’s positive energy and magnetism attracts positive and sweet people. On his three acres he hosts a few like minded people who help him keep up the house and the garden.
He has attended 15 burning man festivals in a row and I had the honor of camping with him on his 14th burn in August of 2008 (view the highlights and photos). Together we explored the playa and Black Rock City, partied and projected over 1,000 images from my Great American Road Trip on the side of my motor home in a show called “Reflections of My American Dream“. I hope to collaborate with Ed by making his timeless classic “Vagabonding in the USA” available online for a new generation of aspiring vagabonds.
Ed’s Camper Van
Ed has a gentle and very funny sarcastic wit. He is a joy to be. I had the privilege of sharing the Burning Man experience with Ed and his wife, brother and friends again in 2009 in the Nevada desert. There Ed acted as the “Honorary Dean” of Vagabond U and awarded the 2009 Roads Scholars their diplomas in Digital Vagabonding. To see highlight visit Burning Man 2009.
While many hippies turned yuppie, Ed has remained committed to his values and passions. I admire and cherish his youthfulness and wisdom. What can I say, I’m an Ed Buryn’s groopie!