The Trail Ahead - Some Life Changes on the Way
As some of you have heard, I was laid off of my job. No worries, I am totally fine. We are pretty excited about some pending changes and new opportunities are on the trail ahead.
I felt a little betrayed by the company that I worked so hard for, but it was just the (uninformed and wrong, IMHO) decision of a few people. I worked with some of the brightest and passionate people, learned so much, made a lot of new friends, and truly had a blast helping give value to our customers through products and features. There are a lot of people I will miss. You know who you are.
Alas, this position was the only reason that we made the move to Santa Barbara from San Diego. Therefore, we'll be moving back southward soon, back into our home there. Our house here is on the market.
Just last month, I went on a hike in San Diego, and it felt like putting on some old comfortable clothes. There was a lot of nostalgia and excitement, but also a little bit of regret of the loss of being so close to Los Padres National Forest, which I feel I hardly scratched the surface of. I will definitely be back here to satisfy some of the goals that I've placed for myself here.
Los Padres National Forest is so vast and various in its zones, I feel like I could spend many years here and still have areas to explore. That being said, there are still large parts of San Diego that I haven't been to; there are plenty of peaks to be hiked and backpacking trips to be made.
That is one thing about Los Padres National Forest, there are so many opportunities to go wilderness backpacking. In San Diego, however, many of the places are in open space and suburban, or in a state park, so the opportunities for backpacking are somewhat limited. What I'd like to do more, is to explore the more remote areas of Cleveland National Forest, that aren't inundated with people and have plenty of places to camp. Also, spending more time in the Anza-Borrego backcountry is going to be my goal, since many of my San Diego Peaks left to do are out there. I may be doing some multiple day car-camping just to minimize my driving time.
One thing I've also learned, is that I'd like to reach out and actually meet many of the people in San Diego that I've been virtual friends with for so long. You know who YOU are.
I have some big plans for San Diego: opening a challenging but fun new business and launching an additional blog to support that business. I will invite you all to come along on the ride, since many of you can take advantage of this business, and I hope you will.
I will have more details later as our business plan gets more fleshed out, we overcome some obstacles, and get it up and running. Please stay tuned. We are so excited about the possibilities.
Wish me luck and thank you all for the words of support.