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My name is Dave McRae and when I was 16 or 17 years old a few of my friends and I talked about a GREAT and EPIC ADVENTURE. We wanted to walk across America. Well, bad decisions and life derailed that plan for me. I am now 55 years old and I AM GOING TO DO IT!!!!
My plan is to start on Sept. 1, 2014 at the Newport Beach Pier in California, near where I grew up and retrace my life in reverse. I will visit each of my childhood homes, my brothers and sisters, my parents, my children and grandchildren and the hospital in which I was born, located at Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I will finish my walk at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Along the way I will meet new friends and visit old ones.
I will be carrying two GoPro cameras, one mounted on my chest looking towards where I am walking and one mounted on a mast directed at my face. I will be making a documentary and writing a book of my journey.
I will also be conducting what I call, "Direct Charity". Since I am going to depend on the goodness of my new and old friends as well as doing odd jobs along the way like sweeping floors, washing windows and digging ditches for my basic needs, I have chosen to live on only $30.00 per day that will give me $5.00 to $15.00 to eat each day and pay for one or two nights aweek in budget motels where I can shower, charge the electronic devices being used to document "Walking To My Friends" and stay in contact with family, friends, and Backers of "Walking To My Friends" . I will "redistribute" all the excess over $30.00 per day to the folks I meet along the way who are in more need than myself.
I also have an idea for a book that I have wanted to produce for many years. I would like to photograph newborn infants being held by their parents and surrounded by their family. The twist is that I want the family to be COMPLETELY dressed in "their" regalia, whether it's a multi-generational "Ivy League" family, Native American family, East LA "Gang" family, Orthodox Jewish family or a proud Military family. My premise is that we are all born naked and shaped into the adults we become by our family.
This epic journey will take at least two years. I hope that you will not only reach into your pockets but, also follow me at www.walkingtomyfriends.org and if I am in your neck of the woods, perhaps you can let me use a few square feet of your yard or living room floor to sleep one night. Thanks for reading this and for backing my EPIC ADVENTURE and my documentary. Here is a map of America with my path.
For those that say your are Worried about me, here's at least a weather update of where I am going to be sleeping. :)
Watch this video and get and idea of what this crazy old guy is planning to do and why.
YEA!!!!!!!! Today "Walking To My Friends" Facebook page received its 100th Like. I could not be happier. Thank-you all who have joined me on my journey to create a wonderful piece of art in the form of a documentary as I walk across America discovering the Goodness and Kindness of the people who will become my new friends. I am excited to share my lessons on creating relationships with others in a hope to inspire others to make new friendships with people in their own neighborhoods, communities and cities. You, who are reading this right now, are my friends and I love the support and encouragement you have given me.
Please share www.wallkingtomyfriends.org with as many people as you can. Not only do I need to continue the Pledge drive on Kickstarter but, I look forward to being introduced to the people you would like me to meet as I am "Walking To My Friends" starting September 1st. I hope that, if I am close to where you live, that you would invite me to visit you and include you in the film. And if you know someone that is on my path and would like to let them know that I am in their neighborhood, I would LOVE to meet them as well.
I am hoping to create a HUGE network of friends all across America. I can't do it without your help. So, I would like to ask you to share this blog entry by posting it to your "Facebook wall", adding it to a "Tweet" and by subscribing to the blog at "Walking To My Friends BLOG" . I look forward to keeping in contact with you all and sharing this EPIC ADVENTURE with you all.
Let me take a moment and share some more of my hopes and dreams for this project. I hope to, with your help, create an inspiring film which shows how people come to the aid of a single traveler and show him goodness as well as kindness and invite him into their lives, sometimes for a few minutes and sometimes for a little while longer and become friends with this total stranger. Some will ask this traveler to join in family celebrations and some will invite him into their homes for a meal and/or a warm place to sleep. Others will be more comfortable with giving a simple handshake, hug, a hearty exchange of support and/or a couple bucks for his next meal. ALL will be appreciated and be honored as FRIENDS! Along the way the traveler will take all the excess he accumulates beyond his simple needs and redistribute it to those who are in more need than himself. These people in need will become his FRIENDS as well.
When the film is seen it is my hope that people who experience it will be inspired to walk about their own neighborhoods, towns and cities and interact with whom they share those spaces and make NEW FRIENDS, no matter what their socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, spiritual differences are. My belief is that when we make friends with others that have different life experiences and world views that world peace is right around the corner. I know its a big dream but, it is one that is shared with great men such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Whether you have already made a pledge or are planning to make one soon and become a Backer of “Walking To My Friends:Discovering Goodness and Kindness in America” on KICKSTARTER I would ask that you do the same thing I plan on doing on my walk. Give to someone every chance you have who has less than you and needs your help. Don’t judge them. Your gift to them is for you far more than it is for them.
THANKS AGAIN FOR BEING ONE OF THE THE FIRST 100 LIKES ON "WALKING TO MY FRIENDS" FACEBOOK PAGE. BIG HUGS TO ALL!!!!!!CLICK HERE TO GO TO FULL BLOG
Here is my Store. Please visit it and I'm sure you will find something you can't live without. Thanks for so much for your support in my Walk To My Friends.
You can follow me on my journey on Facebook.
Finally, here are a few organizations that are supporting Walking To My Friends.
VESTED POWER WEDDINGS! How would you like to be married by a officiant who walked a hundred miles just for your wedding and include your wedding in a Documentary called "Walking To My Friends"?
UNSEENHEROES: THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE POWER! Honoring the men and women that light up your life and bring power to a modern world.
MEANDERING MOMMA! Follow the travel blog of a Full Time RV'er as she sees the country driving off the beaten path and seeing the USA.