A wide shot of the Andes Mountains with a snow covered Mt. Ausangate in the center. The 2020 team of eleven are hiking in the foreground on a beautiful day.

Tag: Inspiration

Group photo of four hikers (including Randy) and Swirl on a rocky stone summit with an expanse of green trees in the background.
25 Sep
2021
Welcome to a beloved set of summits

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing” – Benjamin Franklin There is so much trust in friendships

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Randy running in the Boston Marathon 2015, led by Christine Houde.
19 Sep
2021
Ramping up for the Boston Marathon 2021

"You're tougher than you think you are and you can do more than you think you can!" -Brian Powell On Monday, October 11, I will wear

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Our new 2020 Vision Quest Logo, with black and teal text and stylized gray mountains in the background
12 Sep
2021
New look lifts the 2020 Vision Quest a little higher

“Little by little becomes a lot” --Anonymous Welcome to a few new aspects of the same quality charity, 2020 Vision Quest! I

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Randy, dressed in a blue shirt and colorful tie, sits in a bookstore surrounded by bookshelves in front of a table with copies of his book "See You At The Summit"
06 Sep
2021
Come visit us at Author’s Alley, Auburn’s Town Day, September 11

Would you like to meet Swirl Perhaps you want to have your copy of our book, See You At the Summit signed or to pick up a new copy for

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Randy in an orange shirt and Brandyn in a blue with a yellow sign that says "GUIDE" run down a paved running trail lined with trees.
22 Aug
2021
Same old Boston Marathon – Or maybe not

Undertaking "the same" experience is rarely the same even in the most normal of times I'm typically trying to improve something It might be

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Randy's rappelling brings him to a window which shows the high up reflection of Randy and the city behind him.
15 Aug
2021
The real heroes are not Daredevils, just people trying to make a difference

Daredevil: noun a reckless person who enjoys doing dangerous things Contrary to what many believe, I do not enjoy dangerous things and I

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A black and white photo of two hands clasped in friendship.
08 Aug
2021
Guest Blog: What I’ve learned in the past 3 months as an intern at 2020 Vision Quest

As my time at 2020 Vision Quest wraps up, I want to use my last blog post to recap three major lessons I’ve learned I am so grateful

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Randy and team go through the electrical shock portion of the Tough Mudder race in 2015
01 Aug
2021
Trust is the backbone for securing relationships

"Trust is the glue of life It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication It’s the foundational principle that

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Conference room with people surrounding a conference table, looking at laptops, watching a colleague give a presentation.
11 Jul
2021
Guest Blog: The process and importance of drafting a mission statement collaboratively

One of the most significant projects I am working on as an intern at 2020 Vision Quest is reworking the mission statement Throughout this

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Randy sitting on a gray rock summit, talking to a black dog (Swirl) who is standing next to him.
03 Jul
2021
Back to roots without a stumble, Swirl summits!

“Every moment is a fresh beginning” —TS Eliot More than a decade ago, I put my hand on Quinn’s Guide Dog harness and invited

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Rocky path along a mountainside under a partly cloudy blue sky.
27 Jun
2021
Navigating the path with an eye on habits

The path from dreams to success does exist May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to

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Randy and guide dog speak to a gymnasium of children sitting on the floor in rapt attention.
19 Jun
2021
Guest Blog: The Power of Communication

To start this blog post, I would like to introduce myself to those of you who may not know me yet My name is Caroline Brown and I am a

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Randy and his friend Tom on the top of Mt Washington, with a blue sky with wispy clouds
12 Jun
2021
Setting expectations — In general and on the Rockpile!

Whatever happens in the world is real, what one thinks should have happened is projection We suffer more from our fictitious

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Black dog with red cape against a blue sky background
08 Jun
2021
Our video tribute to the GDB Canine Heroes Event from June 6

“Heroes don’t always wear capes” – Andrea Randall Guide Dogs for the Blind just held their June 6 gala celebrating the canine

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Black lab lies on a white blanket on the floor and gnaws on a bone.
31 May
2021
The “swirl” of our first week home

"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity Life is eternal We have

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Randy in a black commencement robe and gown, wearing a Patriots mask, with Swirl the black lab in a harness at his side, next to the Dean also in a black robe and black mask. 
23 May
2021
Commencing with a tremendous honor at the University of New Hampshire

My own graduation with Swirl was barely complete when I processed beside Dean Mike Decelle to the platform from where I would provide the

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Randy, smiling man in a light purple shirt, sitting and smiling on a bench with a black lab in a harness sitting beside him looking at the camera.
16 May
2021
Working and welcoming the new “employee”

"Coming together is the beginning Keeping together is progress Working together is success" --Henry Ford Those following the daily video

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The 2020 team in Peru poses in front of the beautiful Rainbow Mountain.
02 May
2021
Exploring the value of emotional intelligence

"Emotions can get in the way or get you on the way" -Mavis Mazhura I’ve heard it suggested recently that emotional intelligence

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A stone cairn on a green hillside with cloudy sky in the background.
25 Apr
2021
Some of my waypoints during a difficult journey

“Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very

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Randy plays with a Guide Dog on the beach, with words "Celebrating Canine Heroes - Big News" superimposed
17 Apr
2021
Celebrating Canine Heroes–And Our Big News!

We intended to release this video for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Canine Heroes Event in June, but post-production we were inspired to add

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