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By Preston Westmoreland*                                                                KTAR Radio, Phoenix, Arizona

 

tierra del fuego,chile,south america,patagonia,argentina,adventure,travel  Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Millard Farmer traveled the world for several decades throughout North, Central and South Americas, as well as Asia and the South Pacific.  The desire for adventure cultivated while serving the United States in the mid 1960's as a highly decorated combat field medic.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he entered the University in California while working in the field of aeronautics. One of his proudest achievements was making two different valves that were used on the Apollo 11, the first US manned space mission to land on the moon.  Not satisfied with his life as a student and machinist, he unloaded most of his earthly possessions and left California to travel across Europe, continuing onward through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, only to turn around and return to the United States a year later.

 

World photography,adventure travel,international photos

By Preston Westmoreland*                                                                KTAR Radio, Phoenix, Arizona

 

tierra del fuego,chile,south america,patagonia,argentina,adventure,travel  Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Millard Farmer traveled the world for several decades throughout North, Central and South Americas, as well as Asia and the South Pacific.  The desire for adventure cultivated while serving the United States in the mid 1960's as a highly decorated combat field medic.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he entered the University in California while working in the field of aeronautics. One of his proudest achievements was making two different valves that were used on the Apollo 11, the first US manned space mission to land on the moon.  Not satisfied with his life as a student and machinist, he unloaded most of his earthly possessions and left California to travel across Europe, continuing onward through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, only to turn around and return to the United States a year later.

 

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millard farmer,travel,tourist,explorer,adventure,world travel,trekking,hike,biking,bicycle,transportation  The appeal of California and the University had but vanished and instead of heading back to the classroom, he opted of a six month wild adventure of hitch-hiking around Mexico with a close friend. It was during this trip that he developed a love for 'Latin America' and moved to South America for the next three years exploring the entire southern continent, while learning the Spanish language and teaching English to get by before eventually returning to the USA once again.


Unable to re-adapt to the North American way, the travel bug had him packing bags within just a couple of months.  Without much of a thought out plan, he was heading off towards Panama, with hopes of catching a boat to New Zealand.  A year had passed and he had only reached Costa Rica.  Money all gone and desperately needing new shoes and pants, his plans changed to finding some work.

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tropic opf capricorn,tropics,south America,argentina,Chile,Bolivia,Brazil,Peru,columbia,Equador  Costa Rica was good to him and became home for the next ten years, learning and working in the fields of graphic arts, photography, and publishing.  It seemed as if he had finally found what he was looking for and settled down.  As sole writer, researcher and publisher, he produced an International Agricultural and Conservation Newsletter published in two languages and distributed widely throughout the Americas and Europe.  Several other publications, Time Magazine and Business Week, have printed his Agra-Industrial articles, and several travel magazines have featured his occasional travel story as well.

It was also in Costa Rica where he first joined the extremely popular International running group know as the Hash House Harriers.  They jokingly describe themselves as, "A running group with a drinking problem".  This forever changed his life, turning him into a health and fitness fanatic.  It was about that time as well, that the "mountain bike" industry was in the early stages of development, and he jumped right in offering the first private organized "mountain bike" tours in Costa Rica.

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Crossing the Tropic of capricorn in Argentina  Not done yet, he closed up shop, sold everything, then ventured off on a ten year bike journey, pedaling his own hand-built mountain bike over 150,000 kilometers, equal to several times around the earth's equator.  Notably during this amazing journey, he lived and traveled freely amongst the World's only remaining head-hunting tribes of Papua New Guinea and the Philippines living in remote, rugged, island highlands.  Then, during three consecutive summers. he hiked the Great Wall of China, from end to end oblivious of the hardships, and "off-limits" boundaries designated by Chinese government, being arrested a total of five times before he had finally reached the end.

Millard's photos and travel stories have been featured in numerous 'travel and adventure' publications in the U.S. and Asia and have earned international popularity with his diverse and unforgettable images.  Honored as one of today's finest world class photographers, his work has been enthusiastically collected and displayed across most of our seven continents.

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millard farmer,people,internet,bike journey,adventure travel,exploring  After finishing the long bike journey he returned to the US, and for the next three years exhibited his photos, mostly on the east coast, gaining recognition wherever he went.  Eventually, he tired of telling the story and stored all his photographs, slides and negatives in Delaware and went to work in the family construction business for two years before his love of Latin America started calling him once again.

 

Returning to Costa Rica in the year 1999, Millard worked briefly in the hotel industry and tourism, but is now retired and stays busy biking, playing golf and rock n' roll with his local band, the "Sleezy Boys".   By the way, he finally got married for his first time at the young age of 61, after a long ten year courtship.  I guess you can say he has now officially settled down.



*  Preston Westmoreland is a talk show host for KTAR Radio and also producer of "Stay Alive", a video course and program broadcast on public and private television.

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