It is late April 2014, I am reading the May 2014 issue of Backpacker magazine. The inside front cover has a two-page spread about the Fjällräven Classic–a 110 km hike in Sweden.
I am intrigued. Hiking in Sweden sounds like a great thing. Being a seasoned thru-hiker and having ancestral roots in Sweden, it could be a dream come true. I feel lucky! Of course I am going to win.
And what will I win, you might ask. The prize consists of 2 airline tickets to Sweden, 2 entries in the Fjällräven Classic and (wait there’s more…) select Fjällräven gear- essentially it will be an all-expenses paid trip to hike. How can you beat that?
I go to the web-site listed in the advertisement to sign-up. It is really easy, fill in name, address and email, then hit the send button. I ask Dragonfly, “Would you like to enter the contest too? We could double our chances of winning.” “Yes” she says, “If you fill out the form”. I fill in her name, address and email. I hit the send button.
Then we wait……I feel lucky.