Cloud Wanderer is the travel memoir of Tor Torkildson's peripatetic quest to live the life he had always imagined. Inspired by a new love in his life, magical journeys to Shambala-like valleys in the Himalaya and the endless horizon of the Sahara, Torkildson takes the reader on a madcapper expedition of hope and excursion into the soul. When Torkildson isn't srking around the mountain ranges of the world you will find him plotting his next far flung adventure, reading and writing, and drifting about like a Cloud Wanderer.
Tor Torkildson is a spiritual explorer and traveler who has worked as a ship navigator, carpenter, teacher, commercial fisherman, customs officer, actor, explosives diver, lock and dam operator on the Mississippi River, and fixer in Africa. Between careers, he has undertaken a rigorous schedule of exploration which has taken him to the Amazon jungle, the Sahara Desert, and the Himalaya. He has traveled to over one hundred and twenty countries and has lived in Japan, Canada, the Philippines, Korea, Sicily, Crete, Spain, the Aleutian Islands, Germany and Morocco. He currently hangs his hat in a small village in Bavaria. Torkildson holds degrees in Asian history, multi-media arts, and psychology. Torkildson has published in numerous magazines such as the Kyoto Journal, Canadian Mountain Journal, and the Ripcord Adventure Journal. He has published two books, Encounters-With Remarkable People and Extreme Landscapes and Elbow Room-Musings and Wanderings in the Aleutian Islands. Torkildson is working on a novel, based on the life of American Matador, John Fulton, set in Andalucia, Spain. Tor and his wife Siffy are preparing for the journey of their life; they will give up the working world, shed their possessions, and wander the world in search of sacred landscapes, the miraculous, and the extraordinary in the ordinary.