I know I post a bit of random stuff up here, but hopefully, it’s all interesting stuff. I try to keep it consistent with art, travel and exploration, but I’ll often put a few other tidbits in there just to make sure it doesn’t get stagnant. The majority of this blog will be me sharing my stories, discoveries and journeys with those who aren’t able to get out there and do it themselves. But I will also share stories and information from people and projects that inspire ME. That’s why you see all these posts about The Exploratrice. It’s a very inspirational project and has actually pushed me to get back out there and do what I love.
Back in 2010, my Vanishing America website (complete with 4 years of adventures, stories and imagery) got hacked by some teenagers playing a joke and I lost everything. My hosting service didn’t have proper security or a proper backup, so all we have left are my archives of images and a handful of blog posts that were recovered from the disaster (that’s what you get when you allow friends to do what should really be done by professionals). What that means is that I essentially have to start over. But, that’s okay. I love the places I’ve visited. And it will give me a chance to see if (and how) the places may have changed since my last visit. I’m not sure how I want to present the online version of The Vanishing America Project, but I do know that I’m going to keep it simple this time. It’s easier for me, and it’s easier for everyone else to follow.
I won’t be doing year-long trips like I did in BABS (my Big Ass Bus), but I will be doing short excursions of a few days to a couple of weeks. I’ll start out close to home (Chattanooga) and venture out as far as my funding and time off will allow.
If you know of a place neglected, abandoned or just plain “in danger” of disappearing forever, let me know! I love the discovery process. And if the timing is right, we can meet up on the road and you can be a part of the journey, too. I love meeting new people and learning about your little part of the world.
The goal here is to keep The Vanishing America Project alive and to share it with the rest of the world so that they, too, can be inspired to share and protect their own “vanishing” America.