Your Very Next Step newsletter for October 2008

Your Very Next Step newsletter for October 2008

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.”

– Kent Nerburn

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*** Mountain hardware offers the “Your Best Shot!” photo contest. You could win some cool stuff.

*** Zipper Maintenance:

I have a set of Lands End luggage. There are some zipper tabs that have broken. After a long conversation with customer service, we decided the best way to get them fixed (The luggage as a full lifetime guarantee) is to get them fixed locally and send the receipt for reimbursement.

Let’s see what happens.

Anyone else have guarantee or repair stories to share? Either good or bad?

*** Travel News

*** Travel, Outdoor and Adventure Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!

Here’s the YVNS Travel News for October:

*** Alaska Airlines thinks this is a good time to visit Alaska:

Dreaming of Alaska? Check out the hottest book … from the coolest state. You'll find everything you need to know about planning a visit in the free Official Alaska State Guide. Reserve your copy today.

*** British Airways thinks this is not a good time to visit Pakistan.

British Airways said yesterday that it has cancelled its six-times-weekly London Heathrow-Islamabad service in response to the Sept. 20 Marriott hotel bombing in the Pakistani capital that killed at least 50 people. “In light of the security situation in Pakistan, British Airways has cancelled its flights from Islamabad to Heathrow indefinitely,” it said. “The safety and security of our customers, our staff and our operation is always our absolute priority.”

*** Midwest downsizing:

Midwest changed its name from Midwest Express because they didn’t want to appear to be a commuter airline. But now the Milwaukee-based carrier plans to turn most of its 717 aircraft in and transition to an Embraer 170 fleet.

*** FAA suspends sleeping airline pilots

HONOLULU (AP) — Two pilots for Hawaii's Go airlines who slept through their flight's landing procedure were suspended for the careless and reckless operation of an aircraft.

*** Sun Country Airlines has warned its 850 employees they could face furloughs — or even a complete shutdown — as early as Dec. 1.

*** Sun Country files for bankruptcy

Tuesday October 7, 2008

Sun Country Airlines yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but insisted it will “operate business as usual.”

*** At least 20 airlines worldwide face possible bankruptcy due to high fuel costs and financial turmoil:

*** Southwest to serve Minneapolis/St. Paul:,0,7577296.story

*** Look into my eyes…

The MALINTENT security system under development by the Department of Homeland Security allegedly has the ability to “read” seven emotions through a combination of body temperature, heart rate and breathing patterns, and eventually will include eye scanners, pheromone readers and additional technologies.

*** Air Canada To Erase Second-Bag Fee As Fuel Price Ebbs

Air Canada today said it would eliminate its $25 second baggage charge “in response to decreasing fuel prices.” The carrier implemented the charge in May for travel beginning July 15 amid steadily rising fuel costs, but reversed course last week with plans to stop collecting the fee Sept. 23.

Air Canada To Erase Second-Bag Fee As Fuel Price Ebbs

Air Canada today said it would eliminate its $25 second baggage charge “in response to decreasing fuel prices.” The carrier implemented the charge in May for travel beginning July 15 amid steadily rising fuel costs, but reversed course last week with plans to stop collecting the fee Sept. 23.

*** American orders 42 787s valued at $8 billion

American Airlines placed a firm order for 42 787-9s valued at more than $8 billion with first delivery scheduled for September 2012.

(This is significant as it represents the first big order by one of the big U.S. airlines for this airplane. The 787 is already the best selling new airplane ever.)

*** My adventure:

From Sarah Armstrong ( We know there’s a story that goes with this picture.

*** I love this photo of my friend, Simmie Slay, in his Native American regalia at Talladega, Alabama. The event was the recent 150th anniversary for Alabama School for the Deaf Homecoming Football Game in September. The school mascot is “Silent Warrior.” Simmie and his son George worked with Tom and I at ArrowCorps5 at the Gros Ventre remote site in Wyoming this summer.

*** Our (Ned, Laura, Tom and Barbara) campsite along the North River in October of this year was in a beautiful spot with some colorful foliage, although the River was confined to a few pools and a trickle here and there.

*** Footnotes:

Hi Ned,

This is one of my favorite travel pictures. This is taken at the Grey Glacier refugio in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. I was on my first big hiking trip since college. We hike the modified W route but were hiking with backpacks for about 5 days. At the refugios, everyone had to go sockfooted leaving their boots in the entryway. I had borrowed my friend's boots for this trip since I wasn't sure I would ever do any hiking again afterwards (although I have been hooked now) and took this picture to show her that her boots were in friendly company during the trip.

Karen Utterback

*** Travel/Outdoors and Adventure jobs:

Adventure Center Attendant, Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH

*** OUTDOOR EDUCATION INTERN, Anne Arundel County Public Schools Outdoor Education Program, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, Millersville, Maryland

*** Outdoor Specialist, Outdoor Learning Center / Camp Horizons, Harrisonburg, VA

*** Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Department Of The Interior, National Park Service, Lakewood, CO

*** Snow Reporter, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass, WA

To update and distribute the Summit's Snow Report to various media and broadcast systems. Daily snow report data will be provided by Snow West and Alpental Ski Patrols and this information will be augmented by the Snow Reporter's personal observations. Additionally, this position will search the Internet to make sure The Summit at Snoqualmie information is accurately presented on the various travel, skiing and rides websites.

This newly defined role of the snow reporting system is to update The Summit snowlines regularly, several times during the day and evening, while actually on the mountain using a cell phone. Updating the snowlines while actually skiing or riding will add a new dimension and accuracy to our reports.

The schedule for updating the snow reports is every two hours. This means a significant aspect of the job will involve skiing or riding to accurately determine and report the snow and weather conditions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

To update The Summit's telephone snowlines regularly and consistently.

To call in The Summit's Snow Report to various snow reporting services regularly and consistently.

To take a daily digital photo and post it daily on The Summit website.

To FAX The Summit's Snow Report and Grooming Report to various locations regularly and consistently.

To update The Summit's Snow Report on the Summit's website regularly and consistently.

To update The Summit's website daily, as instructed by supervisor.

To update The Summit's Voice Snow Report on the Summit's website regularly and consistently.

To search the internet to make sure The Summit's information is accurate on the various skiing and riding websites.

To prepare a daily event, grooming and lift report for on-site distribution regularly and consistently.

*** Environmental Programs Coordinator, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

*** Outdoor Program Specialists – Part-time, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Newark, DE

The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council has openings for Part-Time Outdoor Program Specialists. The position will be responsible for delivering girl oriented programming in primarily an outdoor setting. The job will require you to work on weekends and evenings. Experience in teaching and working with youth is required. Certification in Life Guarding, Archery, Canoeing and Kayaking is preferred. Contact Cathy Stafford at (410) 742-5107 ext.23 or via email at

*** Vice President, Conservation Programs, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

*** Regional Campaign Manager, National Wildlife Federation, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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