At Red Dirt Vagabond, we’d like to encourage people to Slow Down, Look Around and Explore the Natural, Historical and Cultural Beauty of Middle Georgia. Middle Georgia is not just a part of the state that you should breeze through on I 75. There are so many natural places to explore, from hiking trails, to rivers and lakes. Also, we have many historic sites, museums and interesting small towns full of history. Middle Georgia was the birthplace or stepping off point for many artists and musical talents such as Little Richard, Otis Redding, Chuck Leavell, James Brown, the Allman Brothers, Jason Aldean and many others. As well as musicians, we have had several famous authors and poets who called Middle Georgia home. Authors like Flannery O’Connor, Sidney Lanier, Joel Chandler Harris, Alice Walker and Agnes Cochran Bramblett. Many talented artists still showcase their work in and around Macon. We have so much to see and so much to offer. Get off the interstate and come see us.
The founder and man behind Red Dirt Vagabond is Glenn. He grew up in Forsyth, Ga in a historic farmhouse that had been in his family for six generations. This house was out in the country, so he spent many hours hunting, fishing, canoeing, swimming and exploring the neighboring woods. This life instilled in him a love for the outdoors and a love of history. When he was fifteen, he got the opportunity to go to Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. At Philmont, he went on a 10-day backpacking trek with a group of other boys. This was a great experience, that was one of the factors that started his love for hiking.
Glenn's love for nature and outdoor recreation continued throughout his life. He majored in Recreation and parks management in college but was unable to find what he wanted to do specifically in outdoor recreation.
Glenn was a teacher and a coach for ten years, and has been running a small lawn maintenance business for the past seventeen years. A couple of years ago, he started a hiking ministry through his church to encourage friends to get together and enjoy God’s creation and see new and different places in our area that we may not necessarily go and see. Doing research to find places to hike and getting out there and seeing these places and just how majestic God’s creations are, opened his eyes to places that are right here in the Middle Georgia area that are waiting to be explored. He started taking pictures and posting them on his Instagram account. Glenn and Sandy would like to do more to share what Middle Georgia has to offer, not only in nature but the many historical places and the cultures that shaped the Middle Ga area.