Friday, February 20, 2009


I have foregone the winter activities of Vermont for the sun and fun of Los Angeles. It was time to mix it up as I was in one place for nearly two weeks straight. We can’t have that.

It seems that my schedule is coming together for the next several months. Following my stint in LA, I have a friend visiting New York from Bermuda. I also managed to find a round trip plane ticket to Myrtle Beach for $22 (no, that is not a typo and I don’t have to stick my arms out of the windows and flap either), so I am going for a short trip to visit my dad.

I would be remiss if I didn’t catch the end of ski season (at least the end of my ski season) in Vermont , so prior to leaving for Europe, I will again be in the Green Mountain State.

The logistics for Competitours Europe are coming together. As it is the first time the trip is being run, there are some moving parts. Notice I didn’t say planning though, as the only planning I can do is show up at the airport on March 15th. All the rest will be a surprise, unfolding day by day, unbeknownst to me where in Europe it will take me.

Following the Competitours trip I will be sticking around in Europe a bit to visit with some friends and family, both in Germany and Switzerland. I am also planning on heading north to Estonia/Lithuania/Latvia or south to Slovenia/Croatia. Given that it will be warmer down south I would prefer that, but if the competition leaves off further north, I will continue in that direction. It’s going to have to be a game time decision. What else is new?

I have a bit of a gap from mid-April to mid-May, so if anyone has any suggestions, fire away. Mid-May though will find me back on the northern portion of the Appalachian Trail. I can’t wait to get back out in the woods and hike the remaining several hundred miles.

For now, that is about as far ahead as I can plan, but things are finally starting to fall into place. I have to go…surf’s up.

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