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People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is...to walk on earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Hi! I'm Holly Bernabe and I'm walking solo across America next year.  Come again?  Yeah, you read that right.  I am walking across America solo, no support vehicle, no dog to keep me company.  Just little ol' me.

What on earth would I want to do that for?  Am I a woman going through a mid-life crisis?  Nah.  Not any more than any other middle aged woman. 

Am I crazy for doing something like this?  Well...yeah.  Pretty much.  But it's a good kind of crazy.  There are many varieties of crazy folks out there.  I'm the kind where people say "but you can't do that" and then they whisper behind my back and shake their heads in consternation.  Then the next thing you know, I'm inventing a flying machine.  Or curing a disease.  Or walking on the moon.  In other words, I'm the kind of crazy that doesn't let people tell me what I can't do and then I go and do something unexpected, something beyond most people's comfort zones, something monumental.  And in so doing, crazies like me help foster growth, whether personal, familial, spiritual and/or societal. 

The plan is to document my progress, as well as meet with other people who have crossed the US on foot and interview them for my documentary.  I am fascinated by what drives people like me to do these crazy things.  I want to know why they did it, how they did it, what they learned, and how it changed them.  And every person I've talked to has said the journey has changed them. I want to see how our experiences differ and what we collectively learned about this country.  I want to meet the people of America, and get to know this continent in a way I never have before.  I want to share that learning with other people.

Check out my blog at hollybernabe.wordpress.com to learn more about me, my training (I started training already and I've lost 22 pounds from my efforts so far) and preparation for the walk and my planning for the documentary.  See my tentative route plan and leave comments!

My food and shelter needs are pretty much taken care of for the trip, but I do need money for equipment, supplies, obtaining film crews to help me out with filming in certain key cities and for interviews, transportation to some of the people who aren't directly on my route, and for a way for me to get home.

People who donate will get some cool rewards!  I have listed a bunch of nifty rewards for your donations, the more you donate, the better your reward!  Most of the rewards will be given at some point during my walk, which will be from April through November of 2012.  However, there are several that involve post-production, like access to footage, DVD's, tickets to the premiere, etc.  These items will not be available right away because post-production takes a lot of time.  I'm doing most of this on my own, which is a painstaking process.  I have estimated a finish date of June 2014.

Please be advised if you are new to Kickstarter--if my entire goal of $5000 is not reached in the time allotted, then I will not get a penny of that, and you won't be charged on your credit card/debit cardThat means it is really important for me to reach that goal!  Please share this campaign with your friends and encourage them to donate! 

Kickstarter campaigns can go over the goal just fine.  $5000 is the minimum I feel I need to do a decent job for the doc.  Kickstarter and Amazon both take a cut of the donations, too, so the more I go over, the more I'll have for the documentary and the better quality I can make it.  

The month of December is the month of my birth.  Please help me celebrate my birthday by donating to my campaign!   It would be great if my goal was met and surpassed by the end of December!  Thanks!

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    You are super cool! Thanks! I will send you a personal thank you email for donating to my project and I will add you to my Supporters page of the website. Share the link with your friends and see if they'll get their names up there, too!

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    I can't imagine a nicer person! Thank you! You get the above AND a postcard with a personal message from me from along my route. In addition, I'll send you periodic updates about the documentary. The mailing of the postcard will be sometime between April and end of November 2012. The periodic updates will continue throughout the project's production and post production. Don't worry, I won't spam you--I figure a monthly newsletter is just right!

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    You are the bees knees! Thanks! You get the rewards #1 and #2, PLUS I put your name on a piece of paper and in front of a mile marker or landmark along the journey, take a picture and post it in my blog, with the caption worded something like: "This blog entry of Holly's walk brought to you by [insert name here]" Or, alternatively, if you have a photo that you would like me to use, I will use that instead (as long as it is g rated and you have the rights to the photo). This means I can put your mug up on my blog or a pic of your best friend and you, or a portrait of your grandma who just passed away, or your favorite pet...Whoever you want me to honor. I am limited by the number of days of my walk as to how many of these I can do. Delivery will take place sometime between April and the end of November 2012.

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    You are the milk to my cereal! Thank you! You get the rewards in #1 and #2, PLUS you will be the first to see my finished film, with an exclusive password-protected link sent to your email.

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    You are the sugar in my coffee! Thanks bunches! You get the rewards listed in #1 and #2, PLUS inclusion in the credits of my documentary, and a signed copy of the DVD of my film.

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    You are stupendous! Thanks so much! You get the rewards listed in #1 and #2, PLUS inclusion in the credits of my documentary, and cool t-shirt designed by li'l ol' me.

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    You are da bomb diggity! Thanks! You get the rewards listed in #1 and #2, PLUS inclusion in the credits of my documentary, a signed copy of the DVD, the cool t-shirt, and a personal telephone call by me while I'm out walking the route. The call will come sometime between April and November of 2012. DVD won't be available until 2014.

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    You are awesome! Thank you thank you! You get the stuff listed in #8, plus special access to segments of the film in development via password protected links sent to your email. Delivery of most of the rewards will be between April and November of 2012, but the DVD and special access to post production won't be available until later.

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    You rock! Thanks so much! You get the rewards listed in #9, PLUS I'll make you a meal or bake you some cookies, if you live in Portland, OR area or are located within 20 miles of my tentative route (or farther, if you're willing to come get me and drop me back off). We can talk all about the trip, the documentary and you!

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    Yay! You are a person in bright shiny armor! Thanks! You get the rewards listed in #10, AND I'll include the photo of your choice (as per reward #3) in the credits of the actual documentary plus four tickets to the premiere (travel and accommodation not included).

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    Hot dang! You are tremendous! You get the rewards listed in #11 AND an invitation to a private screening before the premiere where I will answer any and all questions to the best of my ability (no, sorry, I don't know the meaning of life, and I doubt this walk will clarify it for me). Travel and accommodation not included.

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    Wowza! You are incredible! You're a Producer on my film! Thanks! You get the rewards listed in #12, AND you get to submit a title that will be included with a few others the executive producer will choose from. Impress your friends with your new status in the film biz!

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    Holy Cow! You just funded my doc! You're my new Executive Producer! I can't thank you enough! As your reward, you get everything listed in # 12 AND you will also get to pick the title of the film from the few choices I've whittled it down to and to any title submissions the producers gave.

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