After completing the greenhouse with Mom, I took an afternoon to hike up to Gem Lake with Rita–my newest globetrotting friend.
Rita’s from Russia, but has lived in Estes Park, CO for the past seven years. We mastered the 3.3 mile (roundtrip) hike in record time, snapping pictures of the town (and each other) for a grand total of an hour and a half .
After a short break at the top I gave Rita a couple tips about social marketing. Not the most common trail conversation, albeit one of the most important for those looking to work abroad. Its been a wonderful discovery process for me, as well. After being on the road for the past 7 years I’m always eager (sometimes overly eager) to share my secrets about how I manage to continually travel for work and keep the heart of my social life beating. Its definitely hard work, I’ll admit, but worth the efforts to maintain friendships and keep in contact with everyone I meet from all over the world. Heck, even a postcard–or two–to drop a little personal note to those close to you…..or a SnapChat; cell service is nil in these parts, so WiFi is key.
After finishing up the greenhouse, back in Glen Haven, I repacked my suitcase and got that familiar sad feeling in my heart. The one I get when I know its time to leave my Mom’s place, once again. I scheduled my transportation with the Estes Park Shuttle and set my alarm for “crack-of-dawn”.
I’m at that shampoo-rinse-repeat moment again as I go thru the motions to set myself back into work mode. I’m never excited to leave, but am extremely excited for what the future holds in the next few weeks. Tulsa, El Paso, Roswell, New Orleans…Hasta luego!