Letting go of fear on Mt. Sunapee

Rebel and Tough Cookie tearing up the trail on Mt. Sunapee.

Rebel and Tough Cookie tearing up the trail on Mt. Sunapee.

At our presentations, Janelle and I always look for kids or young adults in the audience.

When Tough Cookie fell in love with the mountains, she was barely more than a baby, but she chose faith over fear. This isn’t religious faith I’m talking about, but faith in her own capacity as a human being to be empowered, to step into a new world and embrace the challenge and not be afraid of the natural world. And now, when we see the looks in kids’ eyes when they hear about that faith, it makes this whole amazing trip worth the sweat and tears and laughter.

One of those kids is Sam (trail name, Rebel) whose family has become friends with our little misfit tribe and has begun to hike with us. He’s new to New Hampshire and new to hiking, so we started with Mt. Sunapee. Though only about 2,700 feet high, we picked a path that was a challenge, and a hard rain the night before made the trail slick and wet.

Janelle threw everything she had at Sam on this wild, muddy, amazing hike (and Tough Cookie has a considerable arsenal) but the boy kept coming. Sam ended the day wet, dirty, banged up and sore, but I’m certain he’ll be back for more. (And Sam’s mom is no hiking slouch either!)

Calm at Solitude Lake

Calm at Solitude Lake

Is there any greater day in the mountains then to be able to hear the gasps of new hikers as they take in a glorious view? Is there any greater personal challenge then to pull yourself up out of the mud, brush the dirt off your face and say, “I’m good, let’s keep going!”

Tough Cookie and I love being on the trail together, the two of us, now old friends, understanding each others’ pace and strengths. But taking someone new – wide-eyed and giving it all they have – well, that’s a real treat.

Some days now, it feels like Buffalo and Tough Cookie have begun a new chapter in our journey. Janelle rarely sweats now when we hike together. I can count on her understanding the woods enough to give her some space, to allow her some unfettered time alone with the hills. There’s little more precious than that. She’s beginning to recognize the mountains, like visiting the comfortable home of a friend. So bringing Sam up was new, and a little chaotic, and wonderful.

A big thanks to Sam and his mom, Elsa, for giving us a little bit of new wonder. We cannot wait to go again!

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My goodness, time does fly!

Tough Cookie, and her new hiking buddy, Rebel, enjoy the views from near the summit of Mt. Sunapee.

Tough Cookie, and her new hiking buddy, Rebel, enjoy the views from near the summit of Mt. Sunapee.

Goodness, has it been that long since a new post has appeared here at Buffalo and Tough Cookie central! This has been a busy summer and there’s so much to write about. Our big, big event, of course, was our amazing hike with Willem Lange and the crew from New Hampshire Public TV’s Windows to the Wild. I promise I’ll have a write-up soon! Meantime, here’s a shot from our most recent hike up Mt. Sunapee.

By the way, our Facebook page remains very active and continues to be the best way to get news about our hikes, new pics and all sorts of fun info. If you’re not a subscriber yet to our Facebook page, click here and join up: Buffalo and Tough Cookie on Facebook.

Thanks for the support and we’ll be back soon!

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And away we go!

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Janelle gives the thumbs up from the tower atop Mt. Megalloway. We’ll be there again this week with Windows to the Wild!

Hey adventurers! The time has come. Janelle and I will be dropping off social media for about a week as we head to the Great North Woods. Yes, it’s Windows the Wild time!

We’re going to be spending a few days waaaaay up in Pittsburg with the one and only Willem Lange as we hike Mt. Megalloway together. To say we’re excited would be a wild understatement. But if that’s not enough, we also have a event scheduled for Stoddard, NH on Thursday, THEN we’ll head to Vermont on Saturday for a double event day, The Adventures in Hardwick and The Nepal Chronicles in Morristown.

We love being on the road together, especially north of the notches. I’m sure there will be swimming, hiking and a visit to our favorite mountain town, Littleton, in store as well. And pasta. Lots and lots of pasta eating!

Anyway, I’ll try to post some updates on my Facebook page, so if you are not yet following me, drop me a like for all the latest on the books or events at DanSzczesny. Either way, we forge on. Time flies and we’re just trying to fly right along with it!

Onward, and we’ll see you when we return from nature!

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Videos and book releases and Windows to the Wild!

Summer fun: Tough Cookie shows how tough she really is over the 4th at picnic swimming hole!

Summer fun: Tough Cookie shows how tough she really is over the 4th at a picnic swimming hole!

Happy July my friends!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday. Buffalo and Tough Cookie (along with Short Step and Captain Chaos) spent the 4th in Buffalo, swimming, exploring Niagara Falls and even making a pit stop at Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe for a well-attended and remarkable book signing. Many thanks, to all the folks who came out to support us, it meant so much!

Book Release
An amazing new chapter in my career is about to begin, as tomorrow is the official public Book Release of my second book, The Nepal Chronicles: Marriage, Mountains and Momos in the Highest Place on Earth. We’ll be celebrating at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord on July 10, starting at 7pm. The event is free and I’d love to see you there. This new career has been a wonderful challenge, and your support has meant everything.

A New Video
Want to know more about the book? Well, my amazing publisher, Hobblebush Books, has filmed an interview trailer that, frankly, I’m speechless over. It is a tribute to their very fine editing that they actually made me sound like I know what I’m talking about. I was so nervous making the film, but I think it came out great! What do you think? Check it out here: Book Trailer for The Nepal Chronicles

Other Exciting Buffalo and Tough Cookie News

Next week is the big event! Remember how I told you a couple months ago about how Windows to the Wild would be filming an episode featuring our story? Well, it happens next week! Janelle and I will travel to the Great North Woods to climb Mt. Megalloway with Willem Lange and his crew, and we could not be more excited! So excited in fact, we’re going shopping for new hiking gear so we look all sparkly and shiny for our fans, LOL! More pics and a write up will follow.

Follow Ups

Got a pic of one of the books out and about, maybe on the beach someplace? Send it and I’ll post it up on my Facebook page! Want to follow along on the adventure, just follow me at Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to have you along for the ride. Love one of the books, or both. (Or even if you didn’t like them!) Take a moment to post a quick review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or GoodReads. The reviews help and I really appreciate it!

It’s going to be an amazing, wonderful summer my friends. Be kind. Get outside. Say yes. Explore. Let’s make this a good one!

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A bit of cross promotion today

NepalChronicles_cover(1)Today, I hope you all don’t mind a bit of cross promotion.

As Janelle and I get ready to head to the Lakes Region for an event tonight at the wonderful Meredith Library, I wanted to offer you all an opportunity to get a deal on my second book. As you likely know by now, The Nepal Chronicles: Marriage, Mountains and Momos in the Highest Place on Earth, is being published by Hobblebush Books. The release date is Thursday, July 10 at what I hope will be a grand book release party at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord!

But until this Friday, June 20, my publisher is offering a super discount to those that pre-order the book. You’ll get 25% off the cover price, and FREE shipping! Plus, I’ll sign a copy for you. Considering I know I’ve met fans from all over the world, this is a great deal.

To take advantage of the deal, click here: Hobblebush Discount Offer

I’m looking forward to a great summer of events with Janelle and promoting the new book as well. Hope to see you all soon!

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