News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Take one semi-retired truck driver grandfather, add one skateboarding grandchild, and what do you have? An 8,500 mile cross-country trip that forged a bond between generations. Don Perry of Hubbardton and his only grandchid, Kyle Minard, decided to drive to California for a three-week trip, said the Rutland Herald. They stopped along the way at the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Yellowstone National park where they saw their first geyser erupt and, Kyle’s favorite, a 26,000-square-foot skateboarding park. They brought back postcards from 23 states, three different kinds of cacti, nine brown and green lizards, memories of days spent fishing, sightseeing and driving, and the experience of a lifetime. "We were running on no time schedule, just enjoying ourselves and doing what we wanted, going where we wanted, " said Perry. How often can you say that about a trip with a relative?

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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