Your Very Next Step newsletter for June 2009
“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”
– John Steinbeck
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!
As tho' to breathe were life. Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: But every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bounds of human thought.
– Alfred Lord Tennyson
“This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them.”
– Paul Hawken
University of Portland class of 2009 commencement address
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*** In this issue:
*** Travel News
*** “Where I'd rather be…”
*** YVNS “Sport You Must Try” for June: Kho- Kho
*** Irish Road Bowling North American Region Finals
*** Travel, Outdoor and Adventure Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities
…and much more…and it’s all FREE!!!
*** Do you have that special place you like to get away to for a respite from summer?
Send me your pics and I’ll post at the “Your Very Next Step” website (http://www.yourverynextstep.com/) under the category of “Where I'd rather be…”.
Anna Willey sent me a photo looking out over the lake from her cottage in Saskatchewan. What would you rather be looking at?
Here’s a favorite-place photo from David Carrithers:
“Bodega Bay northern Californian. Taking the family to the shoulder of the bay where one side is the bay during low tide, the other is the Pacific Ocean. I love all of northern CA – Armstrong Woods, Santa Rosa, Highway One, Healdsburg, Sonoma. but if I could be anywhere it would be sitting by the side of Bodega Bay and watching the kids and the dog run like mad looking for crabs, clams and any sea creatures. Afterwards grabbing a big bowl of the best clam chowder at the Sandpiper.”
Here’s where Mark Sofman would rather be:
Loon Lake, in the Rideau Lakes region of Ontario, near Westport –
mapped here: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Newboro+Lake,+Ontario,+Canada&sll=37.370157,-95.712891&sspn=30.491429,56.25&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FR7IqAIdmXJy-w&split=0&ll=44.622243,-76.385708&spn=0.053637,0.109863&t=h&z=13&iwloc=A
Here’s where Michele Hill would rather be…at work:
Please add this image to Where Id rather be
At a meeting in Moab Utah.
Facility and Event Promoter
Moab Area Travel Council
*** Here’s the YVNS Travel News for June:
*** Off year:
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today reported that passenger revenue1 fell 26 percent in May 2009 versus the same month in 2008 – the seventh consecutive month in which passenger revenue has fallen from the prior year.
*** Fast lane:
Speeding Through Airport Security: a Guide
*** Qatar Airways threatens to launch LCC if carriers 'intrude' on market
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker blasted the new breed of Middle East low-cost airlines with a blunt assessment of their offering and warned that QR will launch its own LCC quickly if any “intrude” on its market.
“Do not intrude on our market with your crap airline, crap product and crap yields,” Al Baker said yesterday during a Paris Air Show press conference. “We are not planning any low-cost airline. We are a full-service airline. However, if Qatar Airways' market share is eroded by these low-cost airlines, we are ready to move within 90 days. We have a model ready with an A320. If [LCCs become] the fashion, we will join the fashion show.”
*** Man Robbed Via Twitter?
Twitter is America's hottest form of social media these days. But recently, an Arizona man found a possible downside: his house may have been robbed because he “tweeted” on vacation.
*** SOUTH KOREA OFFERS TO PAY TOURISTS WHO CONTRACT SWINE FLU
*** VOLUNTEER: Invasive Plant Removal sponsored by Audubon Society. Rock Creek Park, East-West Highway at Beach Drive (first Saturday of month) and Underground Railroad Park, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring (second Saturday of month). 10 AM-Noon (regardless of weather). RSVP: 240-398-3635 or Jeremy Arling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** The June YVNS sport Ned has never heard of:
Kho- Kho is a Indian game played on a rectangular pitch 27 meters in length and 15 meters wide; in 2 innings by 12 nominated players out of 15, on each side. Initially 9 players start the game and 3 are kept reserve. One team becomes the chasers and the other the defenders or runners. In the game, the chaser pursues the runners; tags and touches them and makes them out. Each team has to chase and defend for 9 minutes twice in a match.
*** Photos to share, from Hwee Suan Ong in Abu Dhabi:
*** From David Powell:
Friends of Irish Road Bowling
On August 7, 8 & 9, 2009, the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association, a federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is hosting the North American Region Finals, a national championship event for this new sport which is growing across the USA.
We need your advertising support in our event program to make this the largest national event ever for Irish Road Bowling. Please review the attached Sponsor Form and send your organization's ad copy and payment to our program editor: Jessica Hunter, 222 Appalachian Way, Asheville, NC 28806.
For West Virginia businesses and organizations – This is an opportunity to support a new event good for West Virginia, good publicity for the state, a showcase for exciting sports competition and fun set in the green hills of Ireland, WV. A sponsor ad will let everyone know about your business or organization.
For West Virginia and national media – Irish Road Bowling is attention-grabbing: the manic sprints and 200 – 300 yards throws amazing to see, the competitions closely fought – many matches decided only on the final shot after a mile of one-on-one bowling. Its new, set in the beautiful Appalachians mountains in the Wild, Wild East, with fiercely competitive and fun-loving New York and Boston Irish and West Virginia Mountaineers mixing it up in the road. Road bowls flying everywhere! Civil War cannons! Send an ad for our program and send a crew to cover this exciting sport. See www.wvirishroadbowling.com.
For new clubs just starting – in New York state; Savannah, Georgia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Elkhart and Madison, Indiana; Laguna Beach, California, Austin and San Antonio, Texas, Aberdeen, South Dakota, Springfield and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland, Melbourne, Florida, Enid, Oklahoma, Portland, Oregon and many more – come to Ireland, WV, to get this national sport organized. This is the first national convention for this sport in the USA. Send your team, or just send your best player. Learn from the best USA bowlers, pick-up scores on the lower course, everyone bowls. No charge to bowl, so place an ad in the program to let everyone know about your club, with contact information. Headquarters: Bicentennial Inn 304 472 5000.
For health and fitness organizations – a sport very easy for anyone to learn, healthy recreation outdoors on a city park or country road in the open air, a leisurely walk that can go for miles without noticing it, exciting fast shots rolling 200-300 yards – great for fitness ages 8 to 88.
This will be an exciting, unusual event: one of the world's oldest sports set in the world's oldest mountains, with shots going up to 300 yards, the sport's best United States competitors, on an Ireland, West Virginia country road. Please call or e mail for info: David Powell 202 387 1680, email@example.com; Mark Wilt firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** Appalachian Trail Festival and Biennial Meeting
The Appalachian Trail Festival and Biennial Conference in Castleton, VT starts July 17, 2009. Register today at www.vermont2009.org and guarantee your reservation at the “Best Deal” in Vermont this summer.
A full schedule of meetings, workshops and hikes can also be found here.
*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors employment opportunities:
*** From Mark Sofman:
Agassiz Beach Ridges Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy, Glyndon, MN
Fly Fishing Guides, Grand Teton Lodge Company, Grand Teton National Park, WY
Lead Kayak / Adventure Guide, Rippleffect, Portland, ME
Sea Kayak Tour Guide and Instructor, Uncle Ducky Outdoors, LLC, Marquette, MI
Jail Alternatives Manager, Billings, MT
Temporary Project Assistant, National Wildlife Federation, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Supervisor, Tram Car Pizza, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, UT
Director of Media and Campaigns, SeaWeb, Washington, D.C.
Campaign Program Coordinator, SeaWeb, Washington, D.C.
Western Wolf Coalition Montana Outreach Contractor, Defenders of Wildlife, Bozeman, Montana
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