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Bringing Back the Bulletin

FEBRUARY 2, 2017
Hello!

It's been a year since I wrote one of these, so if you've been around that long, it's "Hello again!" If you're one of the couple hundred folks who have signed up since, it's "Welcome!" Either way, thanks for being a part of it, and it's nice to be back to ... bulletinizing?

So what is up in Paul World? Soccer researching, taxi driving, trip planning, and (soon) a bunch of hiking. Here's a quick wrap-up.
 

An American's Guide to Soccer in England


Over at EnglishSoccerGuide.com, I am cranking along on my guide to all things English, um, soccer. (And if you've ever wondered why Americans call it "soccer," here you go.) It's a nuts-and-bolts travel guide, for stuff like how to get tickets, the best time to go, and all the different clubs; but it's also about the culture -- the songs, the food and drink, the rivalries, and the towns you'd never go to except to catch a game.

I've been to 51 games now, at 39 different clubs, and I leave again in three weeks. The plan is to publish the book this summer, and in the meanwhile I have already launched a travel consulting service, helping people plan the soccer portions of their English trips.

To learn more about the book, you can read a sample chapter on my adopted team, Fulham, and check out the book's working Table of Contents.

If you want to get on my "Groundhopper" all-soccer newsletter, sign up here.
 

October: Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp


I don't have anything planned for Italian hiking adventures, but that doesn't mean I won't be on the trail; I am leading a trip for Portland-based Embark to Mount Everest Base Camp and an area called the Gokyo Lakes.

This is really one of the great walks in the world, and something I have dreamed of doing forever. It's a 17-day trip, from October 14-31, and includes two days of touring in Kathmandu and 14 days on the trail in the biggest mountains in the world.

The highlights: Visiting sacred lakes 15,000 feet above sea level, standing at the base of the world's tallest mountain, and experience legendary Sherpa culture first-hand.

The cost is $2,995, and if you want more information, check out this page or just respond to this email.
 

A New 60 Hikes is Coming


Throughout 2017 I will be doing lots and lots of hikes to update my best-selling guidebook, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland. This will be the sixth edition of the book, which is amazing to me, and it's coming out in Spring 2018.

This means that there will be hike reports over at PaulGerald.com, in the Bulletin, and on the book's Facebook page; it also means I'll be looking for hiking partners. Interested? Get in touch!

Meanwhile, since the weather is crap, we can stay connected with rainy-day hikes and dreams of wildflower hikes.

One hike, by the way, which won't be in the new edition, and which I won't be recommending for now, is the Salmonberry River. That's the abandoned railroad in the Coast Range that's becoming so popular. And here's why it's off my list.
 

ME AND YOU

Need a Taxi? Email me!

I am still driving for Portland's Radio Cab -- who has a new smartphone app, by the way. Get it from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

I would love to give you a ride! I always enjoy meeting folks or catching up with friends; the friends and family discount applies, and I generally work Friday to Sunday (daytime) when I am in town.

Email me if you want a ride, and meanwhile, I will try to write up some more of the nonstop Taxi Adventures for my blog.

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