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My son Jackson Hamilton, who has put in more time as a progressive activist at age 19 than most liberals do in a lifetime, decided his journey to liberal Evergreen State College on the left coast from South Carolina should be "Epic."

On Sunday night, a deliberately chosen September 11th., he boarded the Amtrak Silver Meteor in Charleston, SC to begin a 3000 mile, four day railroad Odyssey from our home, where our family has lived since 1694 to a new and more liberal life elsewhere.

Here is the video of his departure:

He visited Washington, DC Monday where guards with machine guns woke him up from a nap in a park near the Capital.  This morning he is in Chicago, atop the Sears Tower, taking a look at America from the middle.  He's seen a lot of rusted factories with broken windows along the railroad line but he assures us that much of the country is still beautiful.  He's made some friends along the way.

He's young, opinionated and sometimes crass which is what 19 year olds making a break of this magnitude are often like when they're short on sleep.  He is the fruit of his mother and I's love and the flower of our dreams.

You can follow his journey on Facebook, from Sea to shining sea if you like.  I can't promise what he'll do next.Jackson Hamilton on Facebook

The house has been really quiet and a cry a lot, more than his mother, who has a more expansive confidence in a better world ahead than I.  The line of people standing up for peace and justice in SC gets thinner every day and we'll miss him, but we are proud of him.

If you're out there and you see him, please help him along the way.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

    by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 10:00:23 AM PDT

  •  Jackson is gonna love it here ;) (0+ / 0-)

    a great liberal college, our capital, and the beauty and splendor of the Olympic peninsula, all in one place!  My husband is a Greener ('93).  

    I should send Jackson a friend request on Facebook.  My family lives in Mason county (in Union, about 30 minutes from Olympia) and my sister has a great restaurant out there.  Maybe my family and I could treat Jackson to a Welcome to Washington dinner after he gets settled in ;)  

    •  Sounds Great (1+ / 0-)
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      So does their restaurant serve "Geoducks?"  Are they in season now?  We're headed out this weekend for the Parents orientation.  My wife Julia has never seen Evergreen.

      I've also never seen a clam with a 5000 word Wikipedia entry either.  I'll bet the Kids at Evergreen made that happen.

      Jackson should board the Empire Builder in Chicago shortly.  He went to the top of the Sear's Tower in Chicago, which is supposed to have a different name now.

      William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

      by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 11:32:56 AM PDT

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      •  no geoducks (but they are delicious ;) (0+ / 0-)

        lots of fresh Hama Hama oysters and mussels, though!  Also, about 85% of their produce is grown at a small, local salmon-safe farm that's about 5 miles from the restaurant.  

        Seriously, if your family is up for some local exploring, the drive out to Union (on the Hood Canal) offers some scenic splendor.  If you time it right, you can see a sunset like this!
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        If your schedule might allow time for the drive (again, about 30 min from Olympia), we can exchange contact info and make this dinner thing happen!

        •  better photo link (0+ / 0-)

          http://media.photobucket.com/...
          even better Real Life sized :)  

        •  Car Free in Olympia (1+ / 0-)
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          We're car free on this trip, arriving ourselves in Seattle by plane and in Olympia by train and then using the excellent bus system there.  I'm a local transit activist in Charleston, but we'll try to work it out if transit can get it done.  Jackson had his bike shipped out there and plans to burn up the region on his Trek.

          In SC, he basically went to the limits of what was safe on a bike, which was only about 17 miles South and six miles north along the coast.  They're simply aren't any safe routes inland available.  That's relative or course, but cycling is very dangerous here.

          William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

          by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 12:10:13 PM PDT

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          •  I don't think transit is an option (0+ / 0-)

            but you could catch the Kitchen Table Express! ;)  
            we can work out the details offline - my email address is on my profile.  I really hope we can make this happen - it would be tres cool to welcome Jackson to the Evergreen State and meet a fellow Kossack and family IRL!  

            Speaking of bikes - the restaurant's local farmer usually delivers freshly harvested greens on his bike - loads 'em up in a canvas rucksack and pedals down the road.  Local, salmon-safe, and carbon free - Win-Win-Winning!  I'll give you a link to the restaurant's website so you can look at the menu - lots of great food and vegetarian/vegan-friendly entrees.  

            •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

              We have about a day's activities at Evergreen and some extra time while we're there.  I'm absolutely certain Jackson won't want us hanging around the dorm.  We'll see what we can work out.

              William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

              by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 01:15:25 PM PDT

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  •  Beyond Chicago (0+ / 0-)

    Jackson left Chicago about an hour ago.  He's holding up well.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

    by wjhamilton29464 on Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 01:50:45 PM PDT

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