While waiting on a phone call to let our family know that my nephew, Jack, had arrived, I headed out for a hike on the Appalachian Trail near the NC / TN border, initially to relieve some of the anticipation of waiting on the word...

Knowing that Jack wouldn't be able to take this hike on his own for quite a while, I decided I could maybe do the next best thing for him while he's learning to walk, and give him a special "Welcome to the World" present on the day he arrived (which was this morning just before 6:00am - mother, father and son are all doing great!)

I've been wanting to do some more stop-motion animation and came up with a really simple concept...one shot, every seven steps, for right around 9 miles of trail, with the end goal being to condense ~7 hours of hiking into less than 10 minutes.

Starting on Big Yellow Mountain, hiking the ridge line down to the Appalachian Trail to Big Hump Mountain and back, I followed this concept to the point of stepping backwards if I hit 8 or 9 steps by accident. I felt like a madman out there as I counted the steps both out loud and in my head as I passed people, explaining what I was doing between shots.

I wound up with just over 2500 still shots for the section hike, and ran into some really great people along the way, all of whom were willing and excited to participate in this experiment. Here's the result of stitching together all of these shots to create an experience of the area and the hike...Happy Birthday, Jack!

Music: "Kita Kita" by Gasper Lawal

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