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Kimberlie DameBy Kimberlie Dame
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Kimberlie DameBy Kimberlie Dame
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$2,547
pledged of $36,000pledged of $36,000 goal
42
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 8 2011 7:14 PM UTC +00:00

About

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk away from civilization as it is, from all that you have been acclimated to believe that being alive is about? My name is Kimberlie and I’m about to find out.

 I've been noticing that there are people in this world that don't voluntarily integrate into our normal society. I've tripped over them occasionally in my travels, in the woods, in cafes, in odd little camps and communities. They seem happy. I realize that it's very easy to romanticize a life like that, imagining freshly-caught fish over the campfire and idle days journaling all day about the meaning of life, but I am determined to find out what it is really all about. I want to experience it, find others that are experiencing it, make them tea, and get them to talk. I intend to find out if life is possible this way, if it creates an ambient bed of happiness for the person living it, and how it can be done legally, gracefully, and without smearing my lipstick.

The Experience

The plan is to walk away (literally and with great fanfare) from my life in Brooklyn, New York and head south along the Appalachian Trail. After completing the trail, I will then head west onto a network of smaller trails along the southern periphery of the United States. Along this route I will join up with a Hobo convention, a Renaissance camp, a Rainbow gathering, and other people in subcultures that I already am aware of, and hopefully with some that I will become aware of. I will then begin the Pacific Crest Trail in California and head north to its terminus, completing all 2,650 miles of it with varied and interesting people. I will then enter the "flaneur" part of the journey,intentionally  allowing open space and time to research and pursue new trails, new people, and new experiences that are outside the range of normal civilization. I will return to Brooklyn when three years has passed. All throughout this time, I will be doing a whole bunch of writing, communicating, and figuring it all out. My legs and fingers will become deft and muscular.

The Book

The urgent point of this journey is to share the experience with you. I will be doing an immense amount of documenting, writing stories about people and situations I encounter, and amassing a wealth of knowledge about long distance hiking, minimalist alternative lifestyles, and nomadic existence in a modern world. The book will serve as an entertaining story packed with valuable information. You'll want a copy. Keep your eye out for chapter outlines and preparation stories in the updates section.

The Money

The funding will be used for an initial purchase of dependable gear and clothing, as well as a very lightweight computer and smartphone. I will also be purchasing a SPOT locator device, making it possible to communicate with you from all the little corners of nowhere and to be tracked (let the stalker in you come alive!). I will need to provide myself with sufficient food, by far the largest part of the budget. I will also need to frequently replace my shoes and gear, pay for cell and SPOT service, and cover any emergency transportation costs, band-aids, sunscreen, ibuprofen, batteries for the gps, cards and postage, and leg waxing services (just kidding). The funding also will cover an initial small printing of the finished book as well as an edited and lovely digital version. I will keep an updated Excel chart of detailed expenditures on the "Updates" page for those who love Excel charts (who doesn't). 

I hope you'll come along with me on this journey. It will be at least entertaining, probably informative, definitely life-change inspiring.

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    An invitation to the send-off and back -home party in Brooklyn (transportation and lodging not included), monthly handwritten and thoughtful postcards sent to you from the trail/road, a blog post written ABOUT you and any (tasteful) aspect of your life (or you can pick a different person/topic and I will write about that) ~ AND ~ One long inspiring love letter written to you from the top of a pristine mountain vista.

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    SEND ME ON A MISSION! Some ideas: Have me deliver flowers to your grandmother, speak at your child's school, shoot a video of a special spot you've been wanting to visit.. Run it by me. If it won't get me arrested, I'll probably do it.

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    You get a fortune (one that I've really meditated about) sent TODAY, access to all updates, access to a special Backer's Section on my blog which will have VIDEOS (no one else gets videos, seriously), monthly emails sent from the trail/road, a digital copy of the book, a signed copy of the printed book, and your name glorified on the blog and in the book (as well as a link to your site if you have one).
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    An invitation to the send-off and back -home party in Brooklyn (transportation and lodging not included), monthly handwritten and thoughtful postcards sent to you from the trail/road, a blog post written ABOUT you and any (tasteful) aspect of your life (or you can pick a different person/topic and I will write about that) ~ AND ~ One long inspiring love letter written to you from the top of a pristine mountain vista.

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    YOU'RE COMING WITH ME! Spend a week on the trail with me! I'm nice enough, know when to shut up, and boil water for tea like a pro.

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    You get a fortune (one that I've really meditated about) sent TODAY, access to all updates, access to a special Backer's Section on my blog which will have VIDEOS (no one else gets videos, seriously), monthly emails sent from the trail/road, a digital copy of the book, a signed copy of the printed book, and your name glorified on the blog and in the book (as well as a link to your site if you have one).
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    An invitation to the send-off and back -home party in Brooklyn (transportation and lodging not included), monthly handwritten and thoughtful postcards sent to you from the trail/road, a blog post written ABOUT you and any (tasteful) aspect of your life (or you can pick a different person/topic and I will write about that) ~ AND ~ One long inspiring love letter written to you from the top of a pristine mountain vista.

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Funding period

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