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This is a custom display of points in chronological order from when I went backpacking in Virginia on the Appalachian Trail during the early Spring of 2011. I had set out to solo hike a few hundred miles starting from where I left off years ago when I had hiked 400 miles of the southernmost portion of the trail. Spring Fever is a serious condition that plagues most long-distance hikers: a burning itch to escape into the mountains for the coming of Spring.

Trail Journaling is an already established genre. But because I built my own tool for posting microblog content such as these, I own and control all the data. Maybe that sounds obvious, but the series here exists primarily as an illustration of that fact. The micro-content was born in and lives in the same system as my project portfolio. A collection of points (called a line) can easily be promoted to the position of project, with no duplication and a minimum of recontextualization. Blurring the line between origination and documentation.

As usual the photos were taken with my Android phone in 1-megapixel (640x480) format. Using this portable phone device as a gps, topo map, radio, cd player, flashlight, and weather vane, I was also planning to post lots of stuff in real-time during the hike. Well I didn't post as much as I had wanted because of battery power and because Southern Virginia has very shitty cell coverage. That didn't upset me too much though as this was all something of a quasi vacation field research art trip in the mountains of America.


tomorrow i am leaving for a backpacking trip on the appalachian trail to hike the state of virginia .. for about a month i will be posting mindless dribble and photos of animals and thru-hikers and such .. but first i must travel by train to the trailhead
 tomorrow i am leaving for a backpacking trip on the appalachian trail to hike the state of virginia .. for about a month i will be posting mindless dribble and photos of animals and thru-hikers and such .. but first i must travel by train to the trailhead
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 couch surfing and grey hounding in lynchburg va
 just finished the last cup o' starbucks i gonna c fer a long time .. god it was good
 geared up .. full o' beer .. ready to hike outta here .. in damascus va and soon onto mount rogers .. highest mountain in virginia and populated by wild ponies
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 damascus virginia, creekside, etc
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 killer pancake bruffuss with local buckwheat and syrup in comic sans .. hiker named hickory departs
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 a squirrel falls and dies perfectly balanced on the corner of bank and trestle
snow and ice on mount rogers 1snow and ice on mount rogers 2snow and ice on mount rogers 4snow and ice on mount rogers 5snow and ice on mount rogers 6
 my hike begins with snow and ice
Holy Crap Wild Ponies 1Holy Crap Wild Ponies 2Holy Crap Wild Ponies 3Holy Crap Wild Ponies 4
 ... and then there were wild ponies
 i m on top of mt rogers highest mntn in virgina
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 trail meets road at this point in time and space
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 advanced primitive message delivery methodology
this is what it looks like when you exit a national recreation area by trail
 this is what it looks like when you exit a national recreation area by trail
 no signals lately .. went through atkins ate sunday country buffet and miller high life .. almost zapped in t storms yesterday .. i heard tell of some serious hail storms golfball sized
the barn country buffet 11-2 on sundays spread the word
 the barn country buffet 11-2 on sundays spread the word
 75 miles so far .. slow start .. onto pearisburg
 i have heard that backpacking the appalachian trail is like having an adventure in america's backyard
the hiker leafguy was smelly but the shirt he was sweating into was of his own design
 the hiker "leafguy" was smelly but the shirt he was sweating into was of his own design
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 contemporary campsite