As the headline suggests, I’m currently a bit hungover. Not as a result of heavy imbibing, not this time –although there was plenty of revelry involved to cause the pain I’m experiencing.
The diagnosis: Reverse Island Fever.
Typical island fever is described as “the realization that you are stuck on which ever island you are living and not going anywhere.” I’m experiencing quite the opposite, actually, which involves being stuck away from the island.
Earlier this week, I returned to Vermont’s slow-to-blossom winter after a four-day visit to the hot-and-humid blue water cays of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This was no ordinary visit, and the details of the trip will be unveiled over the coming weeks on “the Traverse” and other sites such as VentureThere.com, Travel.USATODAY.com, GearPatrol.com, OutsideOnline.com, GearJunkie.com, and TrailsEdge.com.
For teasing sake, the trip was titled “Microsoft Adventure Excursion,” and there was an incredible mix of freelancers and staff writers from publications ranging from mainstream men’s and women’s print titles to endemic outdoor and adventure blogs.
And as you might imagine, there was an array of adventure-prone technology, gear and gadgets to keep us highly entertained. Rum and local brew too, lots.
There was never a dull moment, and never a restful night… but there was a stoned goat named Suzy.
Also, you’ll be happy to know I’ve found a treatment for my island vibe ailment. The cure: powder turns.
Let. It. Snow. [Por favor, señorita La Niña]