Update On Travel for Good Contest

Thank you so much to everyone who has voted and has encouraged others to vote for us in the Travelocity Travel for Good contest.

If you have not yet voted in the last 24 hours, PLEASE VOTE NOW: http://www.volunteerjournals.com/volunteer-travel-grants/entries/send-sharon-and-jay-full-time-volunteers-alaska

Sharon and Jay in tentAs of this writing, we are in 21st place (out of 77 entries) and have 482 votes.  There are 4 winners, so our goal is to move into the top four by the end of May when voting ends.



THE PROBLEM:  Some people are being told that they have already voted when they have not.  This happens when you are voting from a computer that is networked with other computers and shares the same IP address.  For instance, at a workplace like Arlington County or even on your home network if you multiple computers that are connected.

THE SOLUTION: if you get a message saying you’ve already voted, please vote from a different computer, such as your iphone or your home computer.  You can also connect to a free wifi network to vote (that will show up as a new IP address).

More about the trip we are trying to win:

Kodiak Island

We are competing for a trip to Kodiak Island, a 5,000 square foot archipelago with only 100 miles of roads on it.  The trip is organized through the American Hiking Society, which puts together trail building volunteer vacations all over the United States.  We would be working with a local organization, the Island Trails Network to build trail.  From the trip description:

Volunteers will assist with the design and building of wilderness hiking trails on Near Island under the leadership and guidance of trails professionals. During the 10-day experience, volunteers will also learn about sustainable trails, and become familiar with the wildlife, geography and culture of this beautiful island.

The trip runs from August 20th to August 30th.  We plan to be visiting my Uncle Tony in Canmore, Alberta in July, so hopefully, if we win the travel grant, we could drive from Canmore to Homer, Alaska and then take a ferry over to the island.  Before or after our American Hiking Society project, we hope to explore Alaska and volunteer along the way.  Ideally we could take a ferry with our car all the way back down the coastline to Vancouver after the trip to see Alaska from a unique viewpoint.


Puffin (image credit: Kodiak.org, click on photo to see original)

I am most excited about all of the possibilities for wildlife viewing and photography.  Kodiak Island is most famous for the Kodiak Bear.  I’m more of a bird enthusiast, so I prefer to see the puffins and find out more about the other 240 species  of bird that frequent the archipelago.

The more I read about the trip and about Alaska, the more excited I get.  I really really hope that we win this trip.  Thank you so much for helping us get there!


3 responses to “Update On Travel for Good Contest

  1. I am having the problem you mentioned with regard to the IP addresses. I can vote from my computer at work, but that means nobody else at my office can vote from their computer at my office. Is there any way to fix THAT??

  2. Unfortunately not — the contest organizers chose this method so that they wouldn’t have to require voters to register / log in. I appreciate that all it requires is one click, but the trade off is definitely a big factor in limiting votes.

  3. Yes, it’s HUGE! But it’s very nice not to have to register/log in…

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