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Walt's Look Around: Marz Waggener hikes across Miss.

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"But I've always been a bit of a free spirit and kind of do things a little bit differently."  

That's the way Marz Waggener describes herself, and that's also her explanation of why she strapped her tent, her belongings on her back and struck out across country. 

"I don't really have a goal or a plan. I'm kind of figuring it out as I go along. Mainly I just want to meet people, talk to people, and just have an adventure," said Waggener. 

She walks as much or as little as she feels like every day. Or even stays over in a place she likes for a few days, pitching her tent beside the road or in a campground or anywhere she can find. And then meeting the people she runs into along the way. 

"People are very hospitable especially in the South. So I've had a lot of people invite me to their homes, let me take a shower or just give me food along the way," said Waggener. 

But after she's stayed a night or a while, she'd ready to move on. She strikes her tent and packs her real estate and puts it back on her back and she's off walking again. And she has another day to herself, to keep herself company. 

"I kind of bore myself honestly. I don't know there's not a whole lot to do while you're walking and I don't even know what I do. I just make up stories in my head. Mainly I'm trying to develop my photography skills and just get as many great pictures as I can," said Waggener. "And I love meeting people. And I write stories about it. If you go to my blog you can read some of the stories and some of the adventures that I've had. And that's pretty much what it's about, meeting new people, having new experiences and just living life and really being alive."

And as quickly as she faded into view around the upper bend in the road, she vanishes in the rising waves of heat that distorts the far horizon and she's gone. Not having to wonder what's around the bend, but going there and finding out for herself.

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