Day 62


May 27th, 2010

Found on the side of the road


  1. Susan says:

    Just came across your story on a news website and then this blog. I love the photos. This one reminds me of Jamie from Mythbusters. :-)

    From what I’ve read about your trip it seems that you’d be reluctant to think of yourself or this trip as inspirational. The trip seems to be personal for you: just something you wanted to do, so you’re doing it. I must say that THAT is inspirational to me. I’m about the same age as you are and while I do enjoy parts of my job, there are other things out there that I want to conquer.

    I pray that you have safe travels. I can’t wait to see more photos and read more about your trip.

  2. washerdreyer says:

    V.I. Lenin! Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!

  3. Celena says:

    I totally remember this little guy! Him and others like him came in these little sets of mermaid dolls when I was little. They would color coordinate with their mermaid pal and had sort of different themes- this was obviously sort of a northern/Alaska type idea. I’m surprised they’re still floating around- nice to see though! :)

    • Jenypher O. says:

      Oh my gosh! I didn’t even think of that until you mentioned it! I remember those dolls too. I had a collection for my baths!

    • Laurenis says:

      Yes! I had a blue one… I hadn’t thought about these in…gosh, I don’t know how long! When I saw this picture, it brought it all back! WOW…they’re still around!

  4. Barbara says:

    I definitely had this toy and his mermaid friend when I was a child. Kind of makes me wonder what happened to them. Wishing you well on your journey!

  5. Don says:

    Did you adopt Miss Walrus?

  6. Chris says:

    The walrus is the most noble of all mammals. Also, I know a certain someone who says “Arr arr arr!” and wants to make sure that you are eating plenty of mollusks.

  7. Lisa says:

    Awww I had one of those as a kid, too.
    wonderful nostalgia…

  8. Jennifer says:

    Love the Walrus. I too remember him and his mermaid friends from when I was a kid. I recently moved back home at the age of 30 and uncovered some of my old ones. He’s fabulous!

  9. Misty says:

    Walrus…Wally… Wall-E… Friend. That cute critter appears to have lost his friends. Glad you two found each other.
    Through my travels as a Soldier, I must say that this picture reminded me of the many children without toys I have met and how quick we are to discard things that could be precious to many. It also reminded me of how “things” have journey all their own. Wonder what stories Wally would tell?

  10. Kelly says:

    They were called “Little Mermaids”. I still have one of those walruses floating around somewhere. I gave it to my duaghter to play with. I have a few of the dolls also. Good luck on your travels. Hopefully you don’t run into any nasty weather in the midwest.

  11. Julie says:

    Good luck with your travels. I think it’s awesome that you are going totally against the flow and just doing your walk for the sake of doing your walk. You’re just letting each mile and each day take care of itself. I’m sure you will learn and experience way more than you ever imagined by the end of your adventure! Best wishes – I will be checking on your journey to see how you’re doing and I will keep you in my prayers.

  12. Joanna B says:

    Do you think the toy has been laying out there since the 80’s? They were called Sea Wees… How did it get there, I wonder? Safe travels!

  13. Kristen says:

    Is that a walrus-mermaid-angel? I’ve heard stories of those mythical creatures, but never seen one in the flesh… er, plastic. If you get to your destination and decide to walk back (and just a little out of your way), my family has 8 acres in Augusta, MI, that you’re welcome to pitch your tent at. Walk safe and enjoy your travels! :)

  14. 'gina says:

    a freind of the rubber duckie perhaps?

  15. Laurenis says:

    Just in case you’re bored (how could you be though, with all the sites your seeing…)

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