It’s no secret that goals of protecting large amounts of land and creating a vibrant economy can be at odds with each other. Man has always used the land and natural resources to drive commerce. Unfortunately balancing environmental protection and economics is often easier said than done.
Over the last few years, I’ve been working with a few of my favorite mountain businesses on search marketing and web development. My most recent project is helping Garnet Hill Lodge with a new responsive website design.
Last weekend, in addition to getting some of our projects done at the cabin, I visited the Lodge to connect with owners Don and Mindy to review our progress.
I put in another work weekend at our camp in North River. It’s not really work to me — stacking firewood and improving our trails — it’s exactly what I want to do with my free time in summer.
I actually daydream about cabin projects from my desk at work. Six million acres of opportunity for adventure all around, and I’m completely content on just a handful of hectares.
But Thirteenth Lake is practically in our backyard. Big and beautiful and right there, the lake is hard for us to ignore. After working on the Red Trail for the better part of the day we drove to the boat launch and put in. Even on a gray day the lake is a special place.
Not everyone wants to rule the world, but people sure do like to travel. I’ve often lamented the lack of places I’ve seen, but perhaps more important to me now is the way I experience them.
To really understand a place, you probably have to live there. A walking tour with celebratory beers after is fine, but I want more.
One way I’ve found to gain a deeper understanding of new places is to bring my climbing shoes. Even if time won’t allow a visit to the local crag, rolling solo into the gym can illuminate the culture. With this is mind, I knew that on my recent visit to Montreal, that I’d end up in their premiere gym, Allez Up, at least once.