Note: this is a long intro, feel free to skip ahead to the links.
The backpacking trip I wrote about a few weeks ago was cancelled at the last minute.
After I had already sent the newsletter it became clear the weather was going to be truly miserable, and my hiking partner called it off. ⛈❄️🙅♂️
We rescheduled for this past weekend, and everything seemed like it was falling into place. This time two friends were going to join us. The weather was supposed to be cold, but clear. Perfect for a strenuous hike and a roaring fire. 🏕
We piled our friends in the car Saturday morning and took off. I was a little apprehensive because the group had never met, but there was no reason to be - we clicked right away.
Three hours into our drive, less than 5 miles from the trail we hit a roadblock. Literally. The road to the trailhead was closed, there was no way in.
With no other options, we turned around and started weighing our options. I was crushed - March was a stressful month and I desperately wanted to disappear in the mountains. 🏔
Before committing to another hour in the car, we swung into a visitors’ center to see if they might know of another trail nearby. They did! We could park less than 15 minutes away and hike in to our original campsite. 🗺
The trip was incredible. We got to hike a new trail and camp in the campsite we had already booked. We had a roaring fire right alongside a beautiful creek, and talked late into the night. It turned out to be a great adventure.
Stay flexible. You will run into unexpected obstacles as you build your company. Be open to new opportunities and be ready to change your plans.
Ask for help. You can do a lot on your own, but there are often people around who know the lay of the land better than you.
Surround yourself with good people who are up for adventure.
Cheers from Charleston ✌️