February kicked off promptly on the 1st with a school visit for Randy and Autumn to the Sacred Heart school in Hampton NH. Speaking of school visits--one of the Dynamic Duo’s favorite and most important activities--a similar visit to Hampton’s Marston School a few weeks ago resulted in a good story and photo January 21st in seacoastonline.com by Max Sullivan.
Maine Mountain Man
Then, it’s a northbound trek to Carrabassett Valley, Maine for Randy, Tracy and Autumn beginning Saturday the 6th, with plans summarized as follows:
- They’ll attend an Open House and Art Exhibit of the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center on Saturday afternoon. All of the art on display has been created by people with disabilities.
- That evening, at the same location, they’ll attend another in the excellent series of “Dinner in the Dark” events—a unique dining experience where all guests get a small taste of what it’s like to be blind/visually impaired.
- Sunday night through Thursday morning the Pierce crew is at an annual favorite, the New England Blind and Visually Impaired Ski Festival, or NEVI Fest—at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley (photo above – credit: liftopia.com). This 4-day camp is designed to teach people with visual impairments to ski, or ski better, and to teach anyone interested in becoming a guide on the slopes the skills to do so. Randy will hit the slopes--figuratively and perhaps literally?--with many friends including longtime friend and ski teacher Brent Bell. Randy will also deliver a presentation at the Wednesday night closing banquet for this year’s event.
- While at NEVI Fest, on Monday the 8th, Randy will present to a group of about 60 high school students of the Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) during a lunch meeting. The CVA is a private middle/high school at Sugarloaf offering a unique balance of college-preparatory academics and competitive ski and snowboard training.
First Draft Sections of Randy's Book Now Released
An email went out on Sunday January 31 giving participating followers access to initial draft sections of Randy's upcoming book. We've created a private and secure website where each month throughout this year Randy will upload a portion of his writings intended for the book. This will allow for all those participating to have an advance reading of all the sections under consideration for the final product well in advance of that book release. You’ll also gain insight into sections which, while very pertinent to Randy, may not make the final entry into the book. If you're interested in joining the others now beginning to receive monthly drafts, visit the new "Ashes of Kilimanjaro" blog post where you'll find instructions on how to become further involved.