Pawling, NY. // Wildman Steve Brill

By Maggie -- Jul 08, 2014

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Pictured above is Wildman Steve Brill. This guy is 100% legitimately the wackiest nature dude either of us have ever encountered in our lives. He's vegan and lives mostly off of foraging wild plants. How did we find out about Wildman Steve? I don't remember. I was googling something and fell down a rabbit hole of things to do in New York and there he was. And it so happened that he was going to be giving a wild foods tour on the Appalachian trail while we were in town. We put our hippie hats on and showed up bright and early for his tour, covered in a mix of bug spray and sunscreen. It was weird and fun! We ate some flowers and plants and neither of us got a tick so I'd call it a success.

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The night before the wild foods tour we camped at Walmart. See how well we blend in? There's a nickname for camping at a Walmart: "Wallydocking", a fun and cutesy term that plays off of "boondocking" but really means that you're "pitching a tent" in a parking lot that's lit up like a carnival because either you're poor or stupid or having terrible luck. On the upside, it's free, the bathrooms are clean, and 9/10 times there's a Walmart close to where you are. And surprisingly we were not the only ones wallydocking here - there was another family that had stayed the whole weekend! That's what happens to the poor schmucks who forget to make camping reservations on the fourth of July weekend.