With 81 days to go until the start of my adventure, I have to say I’m pretty surprised how things are coming together. I’ve been buying lift tickets like crazy, trying to map out the trip, and been lining up lots of awesome guest interviews. But, there was one major part I felt like I was missing. A wise co-worker once said that it was important to find a balance in the massive break from work, so they recommend splitting it up into 3 parts: family, self, and charity.
So, up to this point I had family and self well covered, but didn’t have a clue how to incorporate any charity effort into my adventure. And then I stumbled across an amazing project called ‘The sNOw Boundaries Project”, and I was hooked.
‘The sNOw Boundaries Project” is the brainchild of Kristi, a snowboarding mom who resides in Vermont. The project is all about getting Vermonters who might have lost their gear (or kids who can’t afford to get right size gear now) due to Hurricane Irene flood damage back on the slopes this year. Because really, what Vermonter wants to miss winter? For people who might have lost a lot, replacing recreational gear isn’t going to rank too high on the list of priorities but this project gives them some of what they lost back.
Now, it sounds like a crazy and somewhat impossible goal, but it’s actually quite feasible. So, how does Kristi plan to get all these Vermonters back on the slopes? Well, with your help (and mine, and a bunch of other awesome people). We’re on the lookout for winter gear that you’re not using that is in decent shape. So snowboards, skis, snow pants, gloves, goggles… you get the idea. If equipment just needs to be cleaned up, or waxed – we’ll find a way to take care of that! Basically, all that stuff just sitting around waiting to be sold on Craigslist, or you’ve been just waiting for someone to use – we’ll take it!
I’ve offered to be the NH side of the project, gather up collections, and get them to Kristi. Therefore, are you a NH or MA snowboarder, skier, or ski area with something you might be willing to donate? Let me know! E-mail me at JBejtlich@gmail.com.
Please visit Kristi’s website at http://snowboundaries.com and read more about the project. It’s an awesome effort and I can’t wait to get started!