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The Sams are Coming Home

Yes, the rumors are true. Over 10 weeks and 16,000 miles later, the SS Road Trip is coming to a quick close. We’ve been on a fast track through the East Coast and Southeast, spending time in all the major cities. Special thanks to our hosts in Camden, Maine (Elaine & Chance), NYC (Jae-Ling & Ed), Philly (Sandra, aka Pure Evil), DC (Austin), and Miami/Keys (Ngan)!! We also had the unexpected pleasure of running into our old college friends, Seurien & Kathy, who just moved to Providence. While I don’t plan on moving to the East Coast, we had a blast along the way as you may be able to tell from some of the Flickr photos…

For those of you who are in or planning to be in the Dallas area on Friday, May 4th, our InterWeb Master, Justin, is organizing a little “welcome home” get-together (see previous post). Keep checking this site over the next week for details.

We’re in Tampa/Clearwater, Florida right now and will be heading up to check out the world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium in HOTlanta tomorrow. Can’t wait! After that comes a visit to post-Katrina N’awlins, then back to Big D! Sorry we haven’t been able to update as much as we originally hoped but try doing one of these and hopefully you’ll understand why. But we’ll be working on more video edits including a huge post-trip edit. No telling how long that will take with all the footage we have… Speaking of video editing, check out our producer friend, Tammy’s, inspiring work-in-progress, Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam, at http://www.thebabylift.com/

I want to get at least one more post in before we get back to Dallas. This is related to some of the stuff I may be doing for a career down the road and is part of the bigger picture that spawned the SS Road Trip.

While we were in Seattle hanging with Shanghai’s old high school friend, Erik, our old college buddy, Winston (aka Winyo) and post-college friend, Adam, I made a day trip up to Bellingham, Washington to visit the American Alpine Institute (AAI). AAI is widely regarded as the top mountaineering school in the nation and I’m signed up to do their new 30-day mountaineering course that develops & certifies outdoor instructors in both technical & non-technical skills across the diverse terrain of the Northern Cascades (Glacier Peak to Mount Baker). One of the new careers I’m considering is full-time mountain guiding or seasonal mountain guiding paired with something like ski patrolling or working as a SCUBA Divemaster. So I’m obviously pumped about doing this course. The problem is only three people have officially signed up for the course so far and a minimum of six is needed by April 30th for the course to happen. So if you know anyone (friends, coworkers, etc.) who might be interested in this kind of thing please let them know aboot it! More info at: http://www.aai.cc/ProgramDetail.asp?program=93

AAI
SammyB & Big John, one of the guys at AAI

Well, I’ve spent way too much time at Panera trying to get caught up and not enough time enjoying Clearwater/Tampa so see you cats later!

-SammyB

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