Travel Reality show, TRAVELING EXPOSED host Willow Jon spontaneously spins a globe picking a destination at random, then he must travel there and not only survive, but thrive for one week with no money, contacts, guidebooks, or maps to see what happens when imagination becomes the new form of currency.
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In the fall of 2009 I took a trip to Thailand, Cambodia, and Loas. I spent three months with my video camera and my guitar filming and playing music. I visited the spiritual temples of Anchor Watt in Cambodia, chartered a slow boat down the Mekong river for seven days, and did some adrenalin pumping deep water solo rock climbing in Ton Sai. Everyday I was singing songs, dancing, and making friends with people of different cultures from all over the world. Spontaneous adventure at it’s best. As my English mate Simon would say. “It was pure Genius!”
I stumbled upon the Guerrilla Gardening Club while eating at one of their Monday night dinners at St.Timonthy’s church. I was really taken in by the amount of knowledge, opportunity, support, and love from the group. The GGC helps to beautify the community at the same time providing jobs, volunteer opportunities, and education to those wanting to better themselves and the world.
I was getting down like Charlie Brown at the Captain Nasty show at The Fuel Dock when I ran into my college friend Sofia. After talking to her I found out she was sailing the Pacific Ocean on the Lady Washington. I asked if I could join them on their trip north and due to the fact they were short one crew member it was perfect timing and I was aboard. Rolling back and forth on the wild blue ocean, looking off in all directions at the great expanse I felt a little more free inside, my heart was beating a little faster. I had to steer the boat and perform on watch to make sure we didn’t hit anything and do a body count, engine check, bilge check, and a host of other seafaring duties. On the second day I got sea sick and questioned if I had possible made a horrible mistake. At night I lay away in my bunk as the bulwarks creaked and moaned and the ship fell and rose against the northwest swell. By the end of the second day I was feeling a bit better and when we sailed under the golden gate bridge the foghorns were blowing like howling trumpets and I was very excited to get to land. Once on land I did my regular skateboarding, playing music, dancing, and reuniting with old friends and making new ones as I skipped through the full moon night with sparks of joy and excitement.
After surviving my three day seafaring journey aboard the Lady Washington. We motored up the central California Coast from Morro Bay to San Francisco and I met up with an old high school buddy I hadn’t seen in twenty years, rocked the dance floor at his bar and met this super cool tree activist, Jungle Bird, who is using humor to help stop deforestation. Some people say, “Oh, I’m just one guy what can I do?” Well this ONE guy is doing quiet a bit to help educate and empower people on how to stop deforestation. Check out his cool website at. http://junglebird.org
I met Walker and his girl Tammy one day while exploring the sand dunes with some friends. We happened upon their campsite, introduced ourselves and shared stories of wild times traveling, hitching, and camping in the wilderness. Walker showed me some of his handmade flutes and I told him we should jam out; So we jammed out. He and Tammy came over to The Brier Island (the 40 junk sail boat I’m living on with Captain Paul) and we jammed out with Captain Paul Armstrong, Michael, and who ever else happens to be around the north pier. One of my favorite things in life is meeting new people and jamming out with the spontaneous vibe.
A music video for “Third Person.” It’s about how we have so many parts to our personalities, bodies, minds, and spirits. Willow Jon river rafts, laughs, dances, plays music, makes friends with everyone including mischievous little monkeys, swims in a volcanic mud bath and continues his world wide tour of joy through Columbia and Ecuador. Enjoy!
Willow Jon continues his world adventures with a trip to South America where his curiosity, enthusiasm, and gigantic appetite for adventure are even bigger than ever. Animals, smiles, music, butterflies, pristine beaches, laughter and more. What else could your ask for?
There is a mystical connection I share with the horse. When they allow me onto their backs we become one. I am free and powerful and connected to an energy larger than myself. Watching the foals explore with the world for the first time and play as a family is so very special to be around. I met April Joga a few years ago when I was playing a cowboy in an indie film and we have stayed friends ever since. April’s love, hard work, and commitment to understanding and communicating with her horses is very inspirational.
A passion for reaching new heights inside comes from pushing yourself to fail and overcome your fears. A climbing film from the WIld Mind Film Camp in the Methow Valley of Twisp Washington with Paul Butler and Larry Goldie of North Cascades Mountain Guides. Music by FFA. July 2012
I met this cool guy in the subway tunnel in San Francisco and we got to talking about life and conspiracy theories and I asked him if I could play his guitar. After hesitating for a minute, he said, “Ahh, Sure I guess so.” I made the song up on the spot about my love for traveling and meeting people. He ended up singing some good backing vocals and enjoying the song.