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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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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
Here’s what we’re FOR. If this resonates with you, build with us.....#blackvanlife #blacktra....
Here’s what we’re FOR. If this resonates with you, build with us.
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Your time and talent is invaluable. Shine your unique light to help the Aboveground Railroad flo....
Your time and talent is invaluable. Shine your unique light to help the Aboveground Railroad flourish.
We want to build with you. Get involved by joining the community platform or simply DM/email us so we can set up a chat and explore how we can move forward together as a community.
If you’ve been observing our progress and like what you’ve seen so far, just imagine what we can get accomplished when you bring your brilliance to the community.
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Y'all coming thru?! Let’s immerse ourselves in nature and Black love on November 5th at a smal....
Y'all coming thru?! Let’s immerse ourselves in nature and Black love on November 5th at a small, family-friendly event way out at @kidogo_farms homestead in Georgetown, SC! Link in bio.
First-time campers are encouraged to come! If you need gear, just holla and we’ll help you get what you need.
It's gonna be down-to-earth family cookout vibes with some fun outdoor skills activities throughout the day! Come on through and dap it up, hug it out, eat some Gullah farm-fresh home-cooking, and enjo Read More
Let’s go look for food in the woods! Might sound cray, but this used to be the norm for most p....
Let’s go look for food in the woods! Might sound cray, but this used to be the norm for most people and still is for many.
Just being present in nature helps us to reconnect with what truly matters. That connection deepens when we find ways to directly engage with nature. Foraging for wild foods and useful plants is a great way to reshape the way we look at “the woods”.
It doesn’t take long to retrain your eyes to see the forest for the actual trees (and plants, fungi, animals, etc).
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Check out the feature article on WayOut in Fodors Travel Guide! Good lookin’ out @yvonnemcbrid....
Check out the feature article on WayOut in Fodors Travel Guide! Good lookin’ out @yvonnemcbridelitlife ! Thanks for writing the article and shining more light on the AboveGround Railroad! So delighted to see some of our partner campgrounds, homesteads, and farms get some shine. Looking forward to shining more light your way!
It takes a community to build a community. Much love to those who are bringing their unique skills and resources to the table to help further this cause. We give because th 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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