Fall Arrives on the Scene, and Autumn is Arriving on Summits
We all know that times may change, and with that companions may change too, but we still believe in taking on new challenges and climbing higher. Carefully planned, incrementally more challenging "trial trips" for Randy and Autumn into nearby hills and then mountains this summer indicated that the lovely Miss Autumn has not only aptitude and ability for hiking as Randy’s dog guide, but also--not a big surprise--the all-important enthusiasm! Above, she’s pictured with Randy nearing the summit of picturesque Mount Chocorua in late September.
Back to School - With fall’s arrival leaves are turning, days are cooling down, and you probably know of at least one or two favorite schools that could benefit from a 2020 Vision Quest school presentation. Randy and Autumn are raring to go in her namesake season, and now is a great time to schedule their trip to your school! When the last school year drew to a close in New England, a grand total of some 33,000 local students had had the chance to see and hear presentations on a variety of topics and themes, including seeking and reaching their peak potential. And as this new school year arrives, we look forward to an exciting new slate of these presentations. Have you seen 2020’s updated School Presentations page yet?
Speaking of welcome returns, NFL football is also back on the scene. Have you had a chance to check out our new Documentary page? It provides links to several videos including the Sports Emmy-nominated “HBO Fan Life” perspective on Randy’s Patriot fandom, plus a “Four More Feet” trailer, documentaries on 2020 Vision Quest’s Independence Day 2010 Mt. Washington climb, and a moving winter 2014 tribute to The Mighty Quinn.
11,000 Miles4Quinn now in the Rear-View Mirror - Will Miles4Quinn someday catch and eclipse the number of students 2020 Vision Quest has reached--currently over 33,000 and climbing? Are you logging your miles?
While Quinn succumbed to cancer this past January, his legacy lives on in many ways. As one, he “wrote” us a powerful short story of his life that you can purchase through author Eileen Doyon’s page for the book—Pet Tales: Unconditional Love, or at amazon.com (printed book and Kindle e-reader version).
Accolades continue to come in as the University of New Hampshire’s Alumni Association has notified Randy of its plan to award him its 2014 Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement—given annually to honor a University of New Hampshire graduate for significant accomplishments in business or professional life or for public service to their community, state or nation.
Randy has also been selected for the honor of developing and delivering a “TedX Talk” on November 15th in Manchester, NH. “Ted Talks,” as many of you are already aware, are “thought-leader” presentations by public figures on a wide variety of topics, delivered to a live audience, which are recorded and then YouTube-posted for availability to a global audience.
Peak Potential Event November 22nd - As noted above, Autumn has been busy and accomplished this summer as well! She’s climbed her first 4,000-foot peaks with Randy (Mts. Field and Tom in July); plus Agamenticus, Pack Monadnock and Chocorua; and has even been resourceful enough to secure her ticket to her very first Peak Potential Event on Saturday night November 22nd! Have you made plans to join us yet, and have you secured your tickets? The room has almost sold out again, but auction item donations and sponsorships are two other great ways to support this important annual event. We hope to see you there!