Your Very Next Step newsletter for August 2009

Your Very Next Step newsletter for August 2009

“It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.”

– Rodan of Alexandria

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*** In this issue:

*** Travel News

*** “Where I'd rather be…”

*** YVNS “Sport You Must Try” for August

*** 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 ( under the category of “Where I'd rather be…”.

Larry Bearfield and Pat Valdata show us where they'd rather be.

How about you?

*** From Pat Valdata:

Ned, I had a dream vacation this year to Slovenia, Hungary, Italy and France. I’m attaching a couple of photos from my favorite places on that trip: Lesce and Lake Bled, in Slovenia, and Lago Maggiore, in Italy. The Alps in summer are perfect for a winter-phobic person like me.



Photos are:

718: The town of Lesce with a glider in the foreground and Mt. Triglav, the highest point in the country, in the background

720: The island in the middle of Lake Bled, as seen from a glider, and the water really was that color

728: An Italian village near the Italian-Swiss border, with the Swiss Alps in the background

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*** Check out “Your Very Next Step,” the travel/adventure/outdoors newsletter for July, now posted at www.yourverynextstep. Plus, Ned is offering free 95×600 pixel .jpg banner ads at the YVNS website for conservation organizations (Ned will decline this offer to organizations that conduct or promote illegal activities). Contact Ned at for details. Well, actually, those are the details. 95×600 pixel .jpg. And free.

*** Sometimes, the nest vacations are when you stay around home. Tell us about your best “Stay-cation.” Send to Ned at

*** Transatlatic service to London City Airport:

JFK-LCY service? Is this for real? London City is about the most itty-bitty commercial airport I've ever been through, and I think the runway's around 4,900' long. A refuel at Gander would be more fun! My oh my, how Gatwick has fallen!


Paul Hart, APR

San Antonio

(I think Toronto City Airport is smaller. And there was Meigs Field in Chicago.)

*** Here’s the YVNS Travel News for August:

*** Delta, US Airways To Swap LaGuardia, D.C. National Slots:

*** JAL wine to come in plastic bottles

Kyodo News (Aug. 5)

Japan Airlines Corp. said Tuesday it will serve wine in plastic rather than glass bottles in economy class on some of its international flights starting Thursday to reduce flight loads.

The move is aimed at saving fuel costs as well as decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by cutting down on total weight, JAL said.

The airline will continue to serve wine from glass bottles in first and business class on international flights.

The measure will initially be implemented on a limited number of routes, including between Narita International Airport and London, and will be expanded to all international flights by around September.

JAL said that if plastic bottles weighing around 22 grams, around one-seventh the weight of a glass bottle, are used on all of its international flights, the airline will be able to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 1,515 tons and fuel costs by more than ¥30 million a year.

*** Air Transport Association Reports Decline in July Passenger Demand, June Cargo Traffic

Despite Double-Digit Declines in Fares, Number of Air Travelers Continues to Fall

*** Carlson Wagonlit Travel North America Forecasts 2010 Airfare Increases; Hotel, Car Rate Declines

*** We booked our vacation to Sydney. Guess where we ended up???

*** Wi-Fi on Planes is Growing, if You Can Find the Right Flights (From TCN Newsletter):

Link to story in Computerworld:

*** Instead of “I can help somebody over here…” we hear “I can help you with that.”

*** 7 Ways to Avoid Checked Luggage Fees

*** What do you think about “waiting on the tarmac?”

*** Ned’s latest adventure:

Camden, Arkansas may not be a familiar place to you, but they sure have a lot of big plants where they make explosive stuff, missiles, chaff flares, etc. The young lady at the Hertz counter is, in fact, from Camden. So we get some advice about where to go for dinner. The ride from Little Rock Airport is easy and pleasant, even at rush hour. Passing through Fordyce we see that it is indeed the birthplace of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, the legendary coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Comfort Inn in Camden is barely noticeable from the highway, but it’s comfortable enough. We dine at the White House Café, the oldest restaurant in the state. Our waitress, Lisa Gail (she tells us everybody here has two names) used to work at the Amjet Flare factory in materials handling, but those darn hot flashes caused her fire retardant safety suit to steam up and fog her goggles.

On the way back we cruise into Fordyce to find the hallowed home of the Bear. We’re given directions at a gas pump. Don the road, under the underpass, over the creek, up on a hill to the right. About five miles. It was more like about eight, and we doubted ourselves a few times, but there it was. Not much to look at.

*** The August YVNS sport Ned has never heard of:

Man has always been competitive, racing to prove who is the fastest is one of the oldest sports. So is throwing something the farthest. So, combine cow racing and dung flinging and you've got an udderly fantastic sporting experience.

Cow racing is a team event. Seems you need one jockey and three “urgers” to get your cow going. I think the dung flinging part is more of a solo sport.

The information here describes the 2009 Compass Cup at Compass near Goolwa, South Australia. Apparently it is a family affair since they check your eskies to make sure you and the sheila aren't binging in some choobies.

*** Travel/Adventure/Outdoors employment opportunities:

Drift Boat Fishing Guide for the Upper Kenai River, Alaska River Adventures, Cooper Landing, AK

Position filled – you may want to apply for 2010 however

Significant Alaska experience is required!

Must have passed the Kenai River Guide Academy!

You should be comfortable in a large drift boat with several guests and capable of rowing in Class III waters. Trout & Salmon fishing (all species) with both fly & spin gear. References required. Completion of the Kenai River Guide Academy is mandatory and a Coast Guard license is a plus.

For those who are not yet fully qualified, the raft guide position can lead into a fishing guide spot in future years – especially to someone with a lot of guiding skills, but no Alaska experience.

Excellent pay plus end of season bonus and tips.

Alaska River Adventures

PO Box 725

Cooper Landing, AK 99572

Phone 907-595-2000

Fax 907-595-3454

Outreach Coordinator, Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, San Francisco, California

Established in 1995, the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA) is the nonprofit partner that supports and assists the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in education, outreach and stewardship. The Association also works to be a funding partner, increasing resources available to the Sanctuary via a public-private partnership approach to programs, initiatives and facilities. The Association's work is undertaken with generous contributions from individual, corporate and foundation donors, as well as income earned from educational camps and programs, merchandise sales and other fee-for-service initiatives to advance the Sanctuary's mission.

Reports To: Executive Director

Location: On-site, FMSA Headquarters, Crissy Field, Presidio of San Francisco Start Date: August 25, 2009

Part-Time: Approximately 20 hours per week

Compensation: $14-$17/hour dependent on experience

Job Objective: To maintain and grow community-based support in FMSA priorities via a variety of established and to-be-developed means of outreach. To explore and evolve FMSA's external communications to supporters and eventually, to the general public.

Key Attributes Include:

Prior experience in a nonprofit membership-based organization

Outstanding attention to detail

Strong computer skills with experience with or an affinity for relational databases

Problem solver within a complex team environment

Strong writing/editing skills in written and Web-based communications

Ability to manage office volunteers and potential interns

Motivated, self-starter who can work independently

Excellent verbal communication skills

Ability to multitask and to work in a shared office space environment

Friendly, flexible, with a sense of humor

Passion for and commitment to environmental protection and marine issues

Key Responsibilities Include:

70% — Individual Supporter Outreach (major portion of the position):

Maintain supporter database using eTapestry

Accurately and efficiently process all donor and supporter acknowledgment letters

Input all new and ongoing individual donor information into the eTapestry database

Communicate (over phone, e-mail, etc.) with the general public, including supporters, donors, partners and others interested in the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

Produce and manage all outreach mailings and scheduled appeals

Write direct mail documents and collaborate with other staff for edits

Thoroughly analyze and report responses to all outreach efforts, with an eye towards developing more effective and targeted initiatives

Explore methods to expand the supporter base while retaining and developing deeper relationships with existing supporters

25% — Outreach Publications:

Collect, edit and solicit copy and photos for electronic newsletter

Research and develop new outreach methods via Web, e-blast, and social networking

5% — Special Events:

Assist with fundraising and outreach event logistics as needed


Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience

Two years' related administrative, development, or communications experience

Experience with eTapestry, SalesForce or other donor database

Mastery of: MS Office Suite, e-mail (Web and server-based), internet research

Basic computer skills in both Mac and PC environments

Additional Desired Qualifications:

Familiarity with effective use of social media to raise organizational profile HTML, Dreamweaver, CSS, or similar Web-based publishing skills

Experience with electronic outreach tools such as Etapestry e-mail, Vertical Response, and/or HTML Newsletter/Action Alerts

Familiarity with social networking tools

Marketing/communications experience


Generous vacation, sick and comp time program

Flexible work environment, onsite kitchen, free parking, bike commuting encouraged

Located on Crissy Field Beach in the Presidio, the FMSA office offers a tranquil working environment with stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge

FMSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

To Apply: Please place Outreach Coordinator in the subject line. Review begins immediately. Closing date is August 13, 2009. Interviews will be held during the week of August 17th. References will be checked. Send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association


Fly Fishing Guide, North Of Rutland-South Central, Vermont

Looking to Hire a Fly fishing guide Willing to Pay 22.00 cash You can also fish Basically i am looking learn more about fly fishing from some one who is WILLING & ABLE to teach a newbie. IF you dont have a vehicle thats fine i can drive. You do need fishing license and some real knowledge about fly fishing and know where for fish (Trout and Bass) Above is my email please leave your phone number Thanks in advance

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

– John Muir

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