Ken Ilgunas

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Ken Ilgunas was born in Ontario, and raised in Wheatfield -- a small town in western New York where his family still lives. At the moment, he's either tending a friend's garden in Stokes County, North Carolina, or traveling cross-country in his van.

In 2013, I self-published a 15,000-word tiny book called The McCandless Mecca . It's about my hike to the magic bus of Alaska's Stampede Trail, where Chris McCandless from Into the Wild died. It's one of my favorite pieces of writing, and I'm happy to announce that it's just been re-released in paperback form, with a new cover from artist Astrid Jaekel, eighteen B&W photos from Josh Spice... Read more of this blog post »
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In 2013, I self-published a 15,000-word tiny book called
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“Perhaps there’s no better act of simplification than climbing a mountain. For an afternoon, a day, or a week, it’s a way of reducing a complicated life into a simple goal. All you have to do is take one step at a time, place one foot in front of the other, and refuse to turn back until you’ve given everything you have.”
Ken Ilgunas, Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom

“It was strange how it was always the poor who picked us up [hitchhiking]...They dwelled beneath poverty lines and were undereducated, but they were...more civilized than the finely bred..for there is no demographic that has a sharper instinct for empathy than the downtrodden.”
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“We need so little to be happy. Happiness does not come from things. Happiness comes from living a full and exciting life.”
Ken Ilgunas, Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom

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