Welcome to our Newsletters! Regular newsletters are something we've talked about for a very long time but have always relegated to simple emails when we could get to them. Hence, they seldom, if ever, got done. Our intention now is to produce a newsletter at least quarterly, post it to this blog page on our website and send an email with a link to it. New friends can see old newsletters this way and old friends can look over old memories. We'll see how it works.
So on with the our news!
There have been some rather drastic changes to our Tour Calendar since out last email. Here's a quick rundown of what's going on. For a compete list of tours as we are booked for them and links to more details please check out our Calendar.
We have a Crown of the Continent trip of Glacier and Waterton National Parks coming up July 17, 2016 that has only 5 participants thus far. Five is enough to ensure the trip is running but we mention it in case you're one of those travelers who likes really small groups and relatively active trips. Registration for this trip will close soon so sign up today if this is your kind of outing.
A fall season custom trip was dropped due to scheduling difficulties and that space has been filled with a Zion and Beyond tour (9/17), an Essence of Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks trip (9/11), and a Seasons of Yosemite (9/25) outing.
Our 2016/2017 winter schedule is now set and posted on our Tour Calendar. Many of these trips fill up fast, especially the New Years holiday Winter Wonders trip so now is not too early to make plans. If you want to see Yellowstone in winter and have the best chance for nice weather we suggest the February 17, 2017 departure of Winter Wonders.
Kurt's spring Zion & Beyond tour went exceedingly well considering how unstable the weather was. Kurt's luck held out however, it seemed every time it rained the group was in the van after hiking and didn't actually need their rain gear - though not taking rain gear hiking would have been foolish. Here are a few photographs of Zion & Beyond the week of May 14, 2016.
Kurt will be posting more about this trip in our Travel Blog very soon. Our next Zion & Beyond is a fall season excursion departing September 17, 2016.
Our list of personal outings is off to a fabulous start in 2016. We spent over three weeks in Australia during April visiting several National Parks and hiking extensively. Now we need to wade through around four thousand photographs before we can get a blog post done. Back at home we've experienced several good day hikes visiting places both familiar and unfamiliar. Some have already made it to our 2016 Trails Blog but several are still in the works. When faced with deciding if we should blog or go for a hike I bet you can guess which wins out. In the mean time here are a few photos from our personal trips since March.
Adventures never cease.
Of course we'd really enjoy seeing any and all of you on another trip someday, any day. Yet, what we really hope is you will continue to enjoy an active lifestyle while exploring our world and experiencing new places. Send us photos as we enjoy seeing what you're up to and we follow many of you on Facebook. This way we get ideas spurring our own adventures. Has anyone been hiking in Iceland for instance?
Until next time - TRAVEL SAFE.
Kurt and Eve.
For me, our annual Getting-The-Holiday-Tree outing is a ritual and coming at the end of the calendar as it does, the past twelve months are a natural topic for conversation. Trudging through the snow we talk of the year, what we hoped it would bring and what it actually brought, in-between short debates over tree height, limb density, and the intensity of green as we encounter various candidates to hang our lights from. Inevitably the two, the hunt and the discussion, run together and, abruptly, they end together. Intertwined and interdependent. Capturing our holiday tree brings an end to the past while also bringing it into focus.
Looking back on 2015 I see a lot of National Parks, fourteen in fact, visited between the two of us on our various outings. I remember many faces, old and new, in and out of work and, remarkably, I can't think of any I didn't like. I saw the joy of seeing mountain goats spar, or of watching waterfalls fall, or of spectacular views in the faces of those accompanying me. I listened to birds sing, coyotes howl and new friends speak of their lives. I drank of mountain streams, ate snap peas from my garden vines, laid on the living room floor with my pets and enjoyed as much time as I could find with my best friend, Eve. Not a bad year as years go.
Discussion of the future begins once the tree is on the car heading for it's new purpose in our holiday. Decorating while making plans, this ornament goes here and "what do you think of setting a few days aside in July for...?" The two are a natural fit, holding hands in our life.
Out of that hand holding came plans for a week long backpack in Tasmania and a ten day outing circumnavigating the base of Mt Rainier. We'll spend time in Eureka Montana where we'll retire someday, and Eve's always wanted to see New England's fall colors, perhaps this year. Of course there's our guided trips with old and new friends exploring wonderful places we can't get enough of.
Then there will be another gathering of a tree ...