On February 27, 2022, Seth Varner opened his Visit310SouthDakota tour with a stop in Vermillion. He posted the more than six dozen pictures he took to his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Visit310SouthDakota and announced his intentions to visit 310 incorporated towns in South Dakota.
Blunt, town 165 of 310, was among Seth’s stops on the last leg of his journey on May 31. He will be continuing his travels next week with stops in Onida and Agar.
Seth explains that his ‘day job’ is resident director on the University of Nebraska – Omaha (UNO) campus. “I’ll be a senior at UNO this fall,” said Seth. “I have a business on the side, Wandermore Publishing.”
Seth said he began his Wandermore adventure during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The whole business started by accident,” said Seth, who says he was just looking for something to do to pass the time. He and buddy Austin began traveling to different Nebraska towns. “We hung out with locals. They began opening their museums and restaurants that were normally closed for Covid to us.” They also adopted a stuffed Energizer Bunny as their mascot, because like the bunny, “We never stop going, learning, and exploring.”
The Wandermore adventure continued in 2021 in Iowa. Seth turned his sights to South Dakota for 2022.
During each community visit, Seth takes pictures of the local sites and buildings in the community and posts them to Facebook. Followers of his page can visit South Dakota vicariously through his pictures.
Reporting on the results of his Facebook posts, Seth says that he has found the comments people make interesting. “I took a picture of some graffiti that read ‘Class of 1982’ and the members of the class saw the post and commented. A debate started about who had painted it. It’s like dropping a nostalgia bomb on people.”
At the conclusion of his journey, Seth intends to publish a book that will be the ‘ultimate guide to South Dakota,’ and a ‘must read for every South Dakotan.’