The Tougas family is doing something amazing in 2014, and they're going to share it with anyone who wants a piece of the pie. This homeschooling family of five who I love to follow on their life story blog, FIMBY, is planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. In other words--the whole Megillah.
I have been faithfully reading FIMBY for over two years, and I can honestly say it's one of my top three favorites. I read a lot of blogs, but this is one of the very few I click over to. That's blog-speak for Very Important. I forfeited my annual homeschool conference money to have Renee homeschool coach me, and it was a fabulous experience; worth my investment.
When they officially announced their Kickstarter campaign, I was impressed with their options for support. When you help a kickstarter campaign by donating money, the way it works is that you get something because you're taking part in the financial aspect. For example, in supporting an album of a friend last year, I chose a level of support-- a certain dollar level, to get myself an album and a t-shirt. It's really a brilliant way of gaining financial support for a project, because it's a win-win. The creators get to see their project to fruition, while allowing the audience to supplement the necessary funds while being able to take part in the outcome.
What am I going to take part in with FIMBY's hike? I chose a fairly basic option, which currently I am 1 of 67 backers for: getting a full subscription to their online subscription of their reality-like show, Beyond Our Boundaries, which they will record throughout their thru-hike. Their project isn't just the hike, although that is a huge part of it. They are filming a video series about their family going headfirst into the adventure. As far as I know, nothing like this has been done before with a family.
You can watch their intro video and learn more about the kickstart campaign here.