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Snapshots from the Rail

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Scroll down for notes from the WayOut experience. If we don't study ourselves, we get studied. Often, with a lot of misunderstanding and misrepresentation. We're side launching a community ethnographic endeavor-- out of the ivory tower and into the grassroots. The snapshots below are excerpts from written and audio field notes. Join the research. Not as subjects, but as intellectuals. Post your reactions, insights, analysis and similar experiences. 

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400 acres of an Atlanta forest in a Black community is scheduled to be destroyed and replaced wi....
400 acres of an Atlanta forest in a Black community is scheduled to be destroyed and replaced with a massive police training compound. 😠😡🤬!
The plans include military-grade facilities, a mock city to practice urban tactical operations, explosives testing areas, dozens of shooting ranges, and a Black Hawk helicopter landing pad.
We took a trip down to walk through the forest and got a chance to talk with protestors who have been camping in the forest near the proposed Cop City building site.
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Get a GRAND start to the New Year! Come camp out and connect with @blkdreamcamp in Apache County....
Get a GRAND start to the New Year! Come camp out and connect with @blkdreamcamp in Apache County, AZ just a few miles from the Grand Canyon. Dec 30 - Jan 1
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Join us on New Years Eve for a celebration of new energy, life, abundance and manifesting in Nature at BLK Dream Camp!
We will be emersed into the wonders of nature and will participate in:
🔵 A Vision Board Ceremony
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🔵 Midnight Paper Lantern Release
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Bring in the new year under the stars at @kidogo_farms in Georgetown, SC! Fri, Dec 30 - Mon, Jan....
Bring in the new year under the stars at @kidogo_farms in Georgetown, SC! Fri, Dec 30 - Mon, Jan 2 (You can camp 1, 2, or all 3 nights!)
Aboveground Railroad community members get the hookup! 35% off! Current members, check your inbox for the coupon code. Not a member yet? Come on through and register today! Link in bio.
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We arrived at night at @kidogo_farms. We were prepared. Or so we thought. Things got wild!Ventur....
We arrived at night at @kidogo_farms. We were prepared. Or so we thought. Things got wild!
Venturing way out gives us the space and clarity needed to connect more meaningfully with nature. It encourages us to see and feel the extraordinary that lies within the ordinary.
Good times on the Aboveground Railroad with our fam at Kidogo.
Y'all going high or low vibrational with your plates today? It's all good 😁🤤. Grateful to ....
Y'all going high or low vibrational with your plates today? It's all good 😁🤤. Grateful to be on this journey.
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We soaked up some Gullah Geechee love at @kidogo_farms in Georgetown, SC! Check out the full vid....
We soaked up some Gullah Geechee love at @kidogo_farms in Georgetown, SC! Check out the full video with highlights from our trip on our Youtube channel. Link in bio!
Kidogo Farms was the first place we visited when set out to build the Aboveground Railroad and it was truly an affirming experience. Coming back after over a year of travel camping truly felt like returning home.
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One of the best things about travel camping in our van is it gives us opportunities to step away....
One of the best things about travel camping in our van is it gives us opportunities to step away from the usual daily routines and reflect on life.
Check out our latest Youtube video where we explore some WayOut Thoughts on work vs living. Link in bio.
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This is the only pic I have of the amazing campout and workshops I attended at Brightwood BEDZ--....
This is the only pic I have of the amazing campout and workshops I attended at Brightwood BEDZ-- a perfect spot to do my (Aasha) first solo trip in Turtle, our van.
I was much too busy enjoying myself to stop and take photos. But, I couldn't resist a pic of this little mew who cozied up by the fire with all of us. 
Skip, our host, was a wealth of knowledge as we learned how to identify the right trees to use for various parts of firebuilding, from starting a fire with kindling to long smolderi Read More
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Here’s what we’re FOR. If this resonates with you, build with us.
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"I’m worried about listing it on AirBnB."

As such, after talking with landowners, WayOut Railroad has a “Business is Personal" policy.

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“This helped me with my PTSD”

...Everyone looked to him to explain himself and he shared with us that he was ex military and he enjoyed the quietness of the outdoors. It turns out in our little huddle three of the men were ex military...

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“He’s not white, y’all. He’s Black!”

...An older, fair skinned gentleman with a greyish white beard, it was not easy to tell.  And many assumed that he was white...

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"Where ya going in those flip flops, girl?"

...The day before we spotted some chanterelle mushrooms from a distance so we wanted to head a little deeper into the brush to see if we could find enough to cook.  As we are walking we hear a loud voice, “Where ya going in those flip flops, girl?”...

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"Oh! The cops are here."

...“Oh! The cops are here.” From the table, the campers could see a cop car parked at the main road. The event organizer and a few others got up to see why it was there. Before walking over, someone said, “Bring your phone....

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