Autumn has Arrived . . . and more!

Randy sits on a low chair, smiling broadly. Autumn sits on the floor, between his legs looking at the camera. She looks ready for action and is in the middle of licking her lips!
The long-awaited snow-melt has begun in earnest, and Autumn has officially arrived. Here are some highlights to help you follow along with Randy, Autumn, and 2020 Vision Quest as we speed into spring!

Autumn’s Training Journal - Daily Blog

For Autumn's 10-day home training program, Randy kept a training journal in the site's blog, with daily entries through March 25th on his and Autumn’s progress getting to know each other and preparing for all the adventures ahead! Read his Training Blog.

2020 Vision Quest in the Media

We have a much-improved page—thanks to Sarah Toney—capturing at least 75 different articles and videos about Randy and 2020 Vision Quest in recent media appearances. All are listed, with links, in categories including In the News, On the Web, In the Blogosphere, Tributes to Quinn, and Other Web Resources. Just click on In the Media in the green bar near the top of this page anytime. Two especially noteworthy recent media coverage examples:
  • “Hiking in the Dark” on Windows to the Wild, a half-hour TV episode with Randy and Quinn hiking Mt. Willard with NHPTV host Willem Lange last July.
  • Recent NBC Today Show segment on Guiding Eyes dogs. Includes brief clip of Randy and Quinn doing the NH Winter 48, plus a segment on good friend of 2020 Vision Quest, Amy Dixon, and her dog Elvis.
Also, note that if you’re aware of any other relevant coverage not yet listed here, please email Sarah with the link to have it added!

Save the Date - New Hampshire Association for the Blind (NHAB)’s 3K Walk for Sight – Saturday June 7th

NHAB will again host this popular annual event—a fun, accessible, group walk of 3 kilometers (about 1.9 miles) through the streets of Concord. 2020 Vision Quest has a team again this year, and any funds our team raises will go 50% to NHAB and 50% to 2020 Vision Quest. Save the date, and we’d love for you to join our team and start collecting pledges. It’s always a fun event, excellent food is served at the end of the walk and it’s a good time for socializing, meeting all of the guide dogs, etc. Watch for more information as June 7th draws closer…and email Sarah Toney at any time with questions.

Upcoming Running Events

Randy has been training hard in the second half of this long NH winter, with three significant race targets coming up and the ultimate goal being the April, 2015 BAA Boston Marathon. Randy’s three planned races this spring are:
  • Sunday April 6 – Great Bay Half-Marathon – Newmarket, NH
  • Saturday April 19 – BAA 5K – Boston, MA
  • Saturday May 3 - Cox Providence Marathon – Providence, RI

We Salute and Honor the Marvelous Mighty Quinn 12/11/04 – 1/20/14

Beautiful photo of Quinn lying on the ground at summit of Mount Flume on sunny summer day (it was August 24th, 2013).  His head up and looking partially skyward, he appears to be in a serene, meditative pose.  Spectacular backdrop is Kinsman range and part of Mt. Liberty to the right. Superimposed in white, on left side of photo, is the following quote from Mahatma Gandhi:  I offer you peace.  I offer you love.  I offer you friendship.  I see your beauty.  I hear your need.  I feel your feelings.  My wisdom flows from the highest source.  I salute that source in you.  Let us work together for unity and peace.

Remembering Quinn

Farewell Quinn – We are all so fortunate to have had you touch our lives. Your love, devotion, perseverance and playfulness are held ever so warmly in our hearts. You enriched my life in so many wonderful ways well beyond the incredible Guide work for which you were trained. The heights we climbed, the lives you changed and the vacancy you leave are unimaginably immense. I hurt and grieve your loss intensely. I promise to honor you and the gifts you gave to me, Tracy and our world. I love you my beloved boy and I am in the company of so many who will feel similarly.

Read our Blog entry for more information about Quinn and some great stories about his amazing life.