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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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Abundance. Walking into the house last night, we spotted a deer 🦌 just hanging out in the yar....
Abundance. Walking into the house last night, we spotted a deer 🦌 just hanging out in the yard. Normally when people come closer, they move on. But she was just chillin', looking back at us like "Sup, y'all good?".
This morning, we realized why she didn't move on. Some fresh ringless honey Mushroom had popped up in the yard. She wasn't about to miss out on a great meal! Was gonna grab some for lunch but decided to let it be.
This evening, she brought her babies with her to feast. Again, the Read More
We haven't posted in a minute, but we assure you we're still hard at work building this communit....
We haven't posted in a minute, but we assure you we're still hard at work building this community!
We've been welcoming new community members, increasing our exposure via our new YouTube channel, planning some community camping events, and ironing out our fall and winter travel plans.
We're loving this journey and we hope to connect with you somewhere way out very soon! Link in bio for more info about the AboveGround Railroad community!
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We've been getting SO MUCH love on YouTube...and, as expected, a little negativity. Here's our r....
We've been getting SO MUCH love on YouTube...and, as expected, a little negativity. Here's our response.
We are focused on what we are FOR.
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IG fam, it's been really going down on YouTube lately. Hop on over and check us out! Link in bio....
IG fam, it's been really going down on YouTube lately. Hop on over and check us out! Link in bio.
Our Van Tour video has brought in over 4,000 subscribers and 115,000+ views in ten days! Today we posted our second video taking a deep dive into the DIY shower and toilet setup in our self-built van.
Subscribe to our channel! We launched this channel because we want you to get to know us better and get a glimpse into how we're travel camping throughout the US to build the AboveGround Railroad!
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That feeling when YouTube suggests that you watch yourself! 😆Delighted to see our video pop u....
That feeling when YouTube suggests that you watch yourself! 😆
Delighted to see our video pop up in suggestions today. Thank you for all the love shown for our Van Tour video on our new YouTube Channel. Almost 7,000 views in 5 days!
Haven't seen it? Come on thru and see what all the hoopla is about! (Link in bio)
While you're there please Like, Comment, and Subscribe to help boost our content!
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Yea, we know. It took us forever but, great things take time. Check out our van tour!There’s n....
Yea, we know. It took us forever but, great things take time. Check out our van tour!
There’s nothing else like it out there!
That’s why we had to build it ourselves. Kinda like the Aboveground Railroad ;)
Like and Subscribe to our YouTube channel to support.
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How do you build a real community? The same way you drive down a muddy road with two-wheel drive....
How do you build a real community? The same way you drive down a muddy road with two-wheel drive. Intentionally!
It’s a delicate, yet deliberate process.
You have to be cautious, but not afraid. Approaching each puddle, you decisively press on the gas and confidently wield the steering wheel.
You have to be patient, but not hesitant. This isn’t a time for speeding. You move at a pace that allows you to clearly see and consider how to best navigate what is directly ahead.
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No mosquitoes? In the middle of August in Maryland? Near a large body of water. You jiving! Nope....
No mosquitoes? In the middle of August in Maryland? Near a large body of water. You jiving! Nope- it can happen…in a truly magical place. 
We had a great time connecting with Derek (Host) and Jayden (Grounds Keeper) at @farmzen_ in Newburg, MD. We were truly inspired to hear how Derek reclaimed 133 acres of his grandfather's land which included a rough time evicting people taking advantage of the land after his grandfather’s death.
Farm Zen now offers group camping, an outdoor event space, a n Read More
Are you wondering how we and our two teens eat, sleep, play (shower and poop!) in our small van ....
Are you wondering how we and our two teens eat, sleep, play (shower and poop!) in our small van without mayhem and madness? 4 people in one van?
Well, we have a year’s worth of experience to show that it can be done with a lot of family fun and a van layout you have never seen anywhere else!
We’re not YouTubers, but we are going to post our tour video on our newly created channel that we hope will help us share more stories about the people stewarding and visiting the lands of the Aboveground Read More

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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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