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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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Happy anniversary friends, we are one year old and counting!

From Buffalo and Tough Cookie, thanks for an amazing year! Let's make year two even better!

From Buffalo and Tough Cookie, thanks for an amazing year! Let’s make year two even better!

Happy Anniversary friends!

One year ago today, I stood in front of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters at Gibson’s Bookstore to celebrate the release of The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie; one year since the book came out, one year since Janelle and I began the second phase of our incredible journey, that of bringing our story, in person, to our family, friends and fans.

With Janelle (and Aaron and Meena) at my side, I stepped out in front of that very friendly crowd and began to read, and in that moment I set off on another kind of journey – a new career, and one that I had waited a long time to begin in earnest. Now, with one year as an author under my belt, and a second book, The Nepal Chronicles, set to be released 28 days from today, I spent the morning reflecting on what this all means.

Since June 12, 2013, we have crisscrossed New England and attended 41 meet and greets, hikes or presentations to celebrate our book and our friendship. I’ve stood in front of a couple thousand people over that time, my hiking partner at my side. I’ve worked hard to be in the moment, every day, and tried hard to teach Janelle to do the same – that every event is a celebration, that every time a new face whispered in her ear that she was an inspiration to relax into that feeling of pride, but not be prideful. To feel accomplished, but not feel better. To just be. And perhaps be grateful that we have this amazing opportunity to reach people, and every so often to connect deeply.

Before Janelle became Tough Cookie, she tried out a croo pack at the Highland Center.

Before Janelle became Tough Cookie, she tried out a croo pack at the Highland Center.

To the little girl in that audience in Morristown, Vermont who sat on the edge of her seat and peppered me with questions about spiders and moose.

To the kind woman in Conway who said that she had given up hiking after an injury, but after hearing Janelle, she was going to start walking again, first around town and then, maybe, to the glorious hills.

To the dad in Pittsfield who told us that the day after our event, his young daughter was inspired to create trail names for them and decided to do some repairs and trail clean up in their town forest.

To the many fans who have given us hiking boots, or home-made cookies, or hosted pot lucks, or offered advice.

To the 99-year-old member of The Over the Hill Hikers in Sandwich, who with clear eyes and a firm handshake invited us to her 100th Birthday Party this year.

To all of you, wherever you may be, working hard at life, building careers and families and trying to figure it all out, I can offer you only this advice that I have gleaned from the last year: we are in this together, all of us. I see it in your eyes, that hope, that longing for connection. In every handshake and every hug and every kids’ groan when that picture of a leopard slug pops up on the screen at our presentation; in those moments there is no gap of age or gender or affiliation between us.

We are all in this together. And it has been an honor to be part of this thing called life with you all. And the best part about this journey is that we’re just getting started. Buffalo and Tough Cookie have no intention of slowing down.

We’re going to be out there, day after day, looking each of you in the eye and being in the moment. Let’s make our second year together better than the first. Let’s keep striving for connection. Let’s get outside.

From my friend Janelle and from my family to yours, we’ll see you soon. Thank you. And Peace.

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A new, amazing adventure with Willem Lange! news this morning friends, really big!

Janelle and I have the very large honor of being selected to be in an episode of Windows to the Wild with one of my hiking heroes Willem Lange! We are so excited and just a little bit star struck. (Well, I am anyway.)

For those of you with New England connections, you likely don’t need any introduction to Willem. For those from outside the region, Willem is a long time adventurer, hiker, writer and generally amazing outdoor celebrity who has a weekly show on New Hampshire Public Television. He’s sort of like our own Garrison Keillor.

The details aren’t yet fully arranged, but we’ll be filming a hike with him in June. I’ll be sure to share more information when I get it, but Janelle and I can’t believe that the production crew and Willem wants to hike with us. And, I’m so proud of how far Janelle has come, and how strong she’s become. I wonder if Willem will be able to keep up with her! I know that I better get to the gym soon or the two of them are going to leave me dragging behind.

If you have not yet watched an episode, take the time to give it a look: Windows to the Wild

Also, here in our own backyard we’ll be at the Auburn Library on Monday May 12 at 6:30. I was thrilled to have received a wonderful review by the library’s librarian. You can read that here: Auburn Library Review

It’s an exciting time for us friends, and this is going to be a great summer! We very much hope to see you on the road or on the trail!

Dan and Janelle

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Updates, info and neat things!

The crew enjoying spring sun at Lonesome Lake Hut!

The crew enjoying spring sun at Lonesome Lake Hut!

Hey all, just a quick post to day to say hello and drop you a couple links.

First up, if you’re in the area on Saturday, April 26, we hope you’ll join us at the Tuftonboro Free Library for an author luncheon. We love little NH town luncheons! We’ll be eating and chatting and eating and showing slides and of course eating. Check our the link: Tuftonboro Free Library Author Luncheon

Next, a new essay on kids and their passion for nature just dropped over at The Good Men Project. Drop on over, give it a look, and give it a like: The Spark is There, Our Job is to Ignite It

Finally, we had a wonderful weekend up at Lonesome Lake Hut with our friends Ralph and Alayna. If you’d like to see some pictures from our overnight, check it out here: Easter Weekend at Lonesome Lake

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