Good Saturday morning friends, family, and fellow adventurers. Time for more scribbles from yours truly. (Won’t you be glad when this is all behind us and I stop invading your Saturday mornings?)
Where to start? Well, first and foremost let’s once again acknowledge and thank all the ESP’s that continue to put it on the line every day (especially the health care workers!) While we are busy trying to plan our next vacation (or first haircut in 3 months) they are busy trying to stay healthy and serve our communities. Kind of puts it all in perspective, doesn’t it? Let’s also take a minute and give our thoughts, prayers, and support to those affected on a more direct basis with the loss of a loved one. The numbers are staggering.
That’s a heck of a way to start a message that should be upbeat and positive and focus on the good around us (and there is plenty), but it is the reality of today and I would be remiss if I wasn’t honest and didn’t share my sincere thoughts and feelings.
But, there is GOOD all around us, especially out in nature! This week we saw the national parks start to open up with a more clear direction of what is to come. When you love to explore our parks, this is a pretty big deal. It is also our livelihood, and that’s an even bigger deal. The National Park Service has done an amazing job preparing to host guests from all over the country this year. They have worked closely with all of us tour operators to communicate and share their plans and best practices. The gates are opening, travelers are arriving, and the show must go on. That is so true for us as well, and as I mentioned last time, our first trips roll out in June (June 13th to be exact), with Yellowstone the first to run. Our guide teams are prepping and double-checking plans and backup plans (always good to have a Plan B and never more than this year). Also, as previously stated, our guests have been nothing shy of amazing, and their adventurous spirits are shining through. Trips to Alaska, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, and Montana, are all queued up!
And last but not least, I want to share and brag up Kasey a bit (not for the first time). Many of you enjoyed her Virtual Adventures for Kids and shared your thoughts. A few of you have been lucky enough to have her as your guide. I am the lucky one and get her as my daughter, my best friend, and our President. This really hit home (actually made me a bit teary-eyed) when the editors of Travel Age West shared this podcast recorded with Kasey a few months back (before things got crazy). It’s a fun listen, will give you insight into why we do what we do, and more importantly, why this young lady is so damn special.
I have plenty more to share, but I suppose I’ll save that for next week. Please take care of yourself and those you hold close. Start thinking about getting back out and enjoying the great big wonderful world (at least start with your backyard) and let’s not ever take for granted the power of travel and adventure again.
CEO & Founder
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