Vagabond Blue

It's not a jetBlue Pass.
It's a jetBlue Challenge.

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Update/Snow Squad!

Well hey folks! I know, I know…it’s been months since the adventure ended and still some of the best bits of the trip remain unedited! So what happened? I got myself an actual job and threw myself into experiencing all the awesomeness that is Carrabassett Valley in the rural western mountains of Maine. The videos on this site led directly to me getting said job, so that’s pretty sweet.

As the Snow Reporter at Sugarloaf Mountain I got to ski everyday, write up the snow report, record the snow phone, make guest appearances on the local tv station, twitter, blog, facebook, take tons of photos on mountain and make lots and lots of videos. Sound like the best job ever? It totally was. Which is why I want to continue the trend by joining the Snow Squad at Vail! I had myself a fantastic time in Maine but when Miss Lizzy Reinholt sent me the link to this awesome opportunity I figured I couldn’t pass up the chance to rip the much lauded Colorado powder.

Sooo check out my facebook page, watch the video on the snowsquad site and maybe even vote for me if you feel so inclined.

Thanks again for all your support and nagging to finish the Vagabondblue videos. I’m especially looking forward to cutting together New Orleans, which was a really sobering but amazing experience.  First, though, I’m off to travel around for a few weeks and visit my buddies who I’ve neglected all winter plus attend all your dang weddings. I’m also plotting a hike in Morocco in May with my dad so will let you know if I get a blog going for that.

More later!

Kari

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Still alive.

Well hey folks!  So technically the jetBlue adventure ended Thursday, but that doesn’t mean that the videos have also stopped – in fact, I still have about half my trip to edit together.  And there’s some excellent adventures in there, I tell you what.  Keep checking in for more videos over the next few weeks!

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Portland!!

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permalink Oh technology, you are spite.
Currently in Atlantic Beach 3 hours outside of Raleigh, NC.  I’d love to busting some more videos your way, but alas, another hitch in the giddy-up.
The firewire 800 that connects my external hard drive to my laptop was being fussy this last week and finally gave out on Friday when I got into the Raleigh airport.  This sucker’s really important because all the footage is on that hard drive.  But I thought, eh, no big deal, I’ll just pick up a new one on the drive to Atlantic Beach.  2 Best Buys, 1 Radio Shack, a Wal-Mart Superstore, an Office Depot AND a Staples later, no cigar.   The poor guy I’d hitched a ride with, Joel, was very sweet about it all but I could tell the grand exploration of every technology-type store off the 70 was getting old.  But no matter where I went when I asked for what I needed I was met with blank stares.  Guess not a lot of video editing goes on around here.
Soooo, now to figure out how to get one of these suckers so I can get back to editing this stuff!  I get to Austin Monday night and I figure they’re likely media savvy enough to carry these things.  Off on the search for the Holy Grail 800!

Oh technology, you are spite.

Currently in Atlantic Beach 3 hours outside of Raleigh, NC. I’d love to busting some more videos your way, but alas, another hitch in the giddy-up.

The firewire 800 that connects my external hard drive to my laptop was being fussy this last week and finally gave out on Friday when I got into the Raleigh airport. This sucker’s really important because all the footage is on that hard drive. But I thought, eh, no big deal, I’ll just pick up a new one on the drive to Atlantic Beach.  2 Best Buys, 1 Radio Shack, a Wal-Mart Superstore, an Office Depot AND a Staples later, no cigar.  The poor guy I’d hitched a ride with, Joel, was very sweet about it all but I could tell the grand exploration of every technology-type store off the 70 was getting old.  But no matter where I went when I asked for what I needed I was met with blank stares.  Guess not a lot of video editing goes on around here.

Soooo, now to figure out how to get one of these suckers so I can get back to editing this stuff! I get to Austin Monday night and I figure they’re likely media savvy enough to carry these things. Off on the search for the Holy Grail 800!

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Houston!  I have a feeling this particular video is going to come back to haunt us.  Oh well, we had fun.

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permalink Oh man, I just realized that in ONE WEEK I’ll be done with this crazy adventure.  Weird, right?  Up above is finally the final calendar which I just finalized myself.  Dang I’m gonna miss calling the jetBlue pass hotline to book my next series of adventures.
For the more observant in the audience, you may notice the repeat visit to Portland ME. Why would I go back?  To recoup my pride, people.  As you may remember Portland was the one town where I half-assed my mission and I have not heard the end of it from all y’all.  And so I return to order the Titanic at Becky’s.  Oh, and to do a job interview.  But mostly to recoup my pride.  Right.

Oh man, I just realized that in ONE WEEK I’ll be done with this crazy adventure.  Weird, right?  Up above is finally the final calendar which I just finalized myself.  Dang I’m gonna miss calling the jetBlue pass hotline to book my next series of adventures.

For the more observant in the audience, you may notice the repeat visit to Portland ME. Why would I go back?  To recoup my pride, people.  As you may remember Portland was the one town where I half-assed my mission and I have not heard the end of it from all y’all.  And so I return to order the Titanic at Becky’s.  Oh, and to do a job interview.  But mostly to recoup my pride.  Right.

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FInally the Chicago/DC episode! See an explanation for the delay in the post below.  Enjoy!

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From the trenches

Day four with no reliable source of wireless internet. In the wilds of the Southern portions of the US I was forced into nearly complete radio silence.  First came the red-eye that dropped me into the humid stank Ft. Lauderdale (beautiful city by the way).  Struggling through the heat and sweat of the early morning haze I somehow navigated my way to the pool at the hostel. 

Soon thereafter I was led on a forced march by a gung-ho Aussie freshly arrived from her homeland.  She obviously was undeterred by the extreme heat due to all those Walkabouts in the Australian Outback.  After taking sustenance in a sweet local nectar they call a “Carmel Macchiato” we navigated through the rugged shops of Las Olas street to the beach.  There we encountered herds of natives in their traditional attire of neon thongs.  Though this may have come as a disturbing sight to a less road-weary traveler, my countless days of travel (20) have steeled me for such displays of strange local attire.

Upon returning to my primitive lodgings, I found that the wireless was incompatible with my laptop and so was forced to delay the next video’s upload.  Slightly dismayed, I reasoned that surely I would get a fast internet connection while staying with my CouchSurfing contact in Richmond the next day.  Again, an expectation rooted in my West Coast elitist ignorance. 

And so it is that a week has passed with no video.  Forced into this Amish-like disconnect from the modern comforts of technology, I have been unable to deliver the goods to the VagabondBlue website.  The din of expectant viewers (okay, my mother) has grown deafening but not to worry.  I’ve finally entered back into civilization aka Denver and can use my friend Melissa’s internet connection to make the next upload. So look out for Chicago/DC followed shortly thereafter by Houston!! Yeehaw!

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Above is a picture of the type of camera I’ve been using to record all the video for this trip.  It’s called a Flip Mino HD.  Yesterday we had a bit of a traumatic incident at the Seattle ferry depot involving my sole travel companion.  Below is a dedication in poetic form.

Dear lovely Mino, how I loved thee;
Travel companion and friend.
Who could’ve foreseen in one short month
Our love affair’d come to an end.

Distracted and hurried, I forsook your value
and left you atop my lunch tray
To off and peruse the tourist brochures
not but a few steps away.

When I returned, you had alighted,
as valuables are wont to do.
I searched everywhere, but all for naught.
Sad lonely Vagabond Blue.

And so I go to Office Depot
To purchase another MinoHD
I hope your new owner loves you as much
As your careless first owner, me.

It’s a good thing these things are pretty cheap.  A bit hard to do a travel vlog sans camera, eh?  Fortunately I’d already uploaded the Portland video, and that’s really the invaluable stuff.  Seattle will just have to live on in the still images I took on my little digital camera.  Better than nothing!
Off to Ft. Lauderdale!!!!

RIP

Above is a picture of the type of camera I’ve been using to record all the video for this trip.  It’s called a Flip Mino HD.  Yesterday we had a bit of a traumatic incident at the Seattle ferry depot involving my sole travel companion.  Below is a dedication in poetic form.

Dear lovely Mino, how I loved thee;

Travel companion and friend.

Who could’ve foreseen in one short month

Our love affair’d come to an end.

Distracted and hurried, I forsook your value

and left you atop my lunch tray

To off and peruse the tourist brochures

not but a few steps away.

When I returned, you had alighted,

as valuables are wont to do.

I searched everywhere, but all for naught.

Sad lonely Vagabond Blue.

And so I go to Office Depot

To purchase another MinoHD

I hope your new owner loves you as much

As your careless first owner, me.

It’s a good thing these things are pretty cheap.  A bit hard to do a travel vlog sans camera, eh?  Fortunately I’d already uploaded the Portland video, and that’s really the invaluable stuff.  Seattle will just have to live on in the still images I took on my little digital camera.  Better than nothing!

Off to Ft. Lauderdale!!!!

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Yahoooo a new video!  I’m currently in Portland, OR and this one is partly in Portland, ME.  I find that amusing.

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