1100 Miles is a poetic journey about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and using this grand voyage to unpack personal issues, including sexual assault and deaths in the family, along the way. Taogoi gets right to the point using micro-poems with the date they were written as their titles. This serves as a way of guiding the reader through her journey and giving them an idea of when these events took place. Don't be fooled by their concision, each piece packs a punch and forces the reader to mull over its meaning and its depth. Each poem represents the feelings and processing that took place that day. Follow her six month journey as she walks, searches, and questions everything in an attempt to understand herself, her world and her past. After rummaging through painful memories and constant rejection, is she ready to welcome a new healthier chapter?
Meet The Team
Allie Donaldson, aka Taogoi, is our author and hiker. After her grandmother died, she decided she would go long distance hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. Having never backpacked before, she decided to document the extraordinary experience through poetry and found The Art Of Getting Over It; Taogoi. Her experiences in life had no chance to compare to learning the lessons of the trail; pushing through pain and having to grow up fast in the Snowpocalypse of 2019.
Abby Folsom does the illustrating for Taogoi. She loves to play in all sorts of mediums and subjects, and has found focus with the upcoming book, doing black and white linework. Becoming a part of this project has helped her grieve and be more at peace with losing her sister in 2018. On her website, you can order custom hydro flasks, prints, postcards and more!