It's official, folks: Beth is back. We've loved having so many of you come in and check to see when she'd be returning, anticipating to hear about the travels. Well now when you come in, she'll be greeting you with her big smile, and lots of tales of adventure. To give you a snippet of her experience, Beth has given us some postcard entries of highlights of her 3 month trip to South East Asia and Australia.
Date: April 14th, 2016
Location: Sydney, Australia
My husband Joel is from Australia so we took the chance to visit his family for a month while on our adventure. For his birthday his wonderful mom took us on a sunset helicopter ride over Sydney Harbour. The views were unreal.
Date: May 3rd, 2016
Location: Almost at the summit of Mount Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia, the 20th highest peak in the world at 4095m
I don't know how my eyes are still open in this picture. The day before we hiked 8hours to base camp on the mountain and then started started hiking at 2AM the next day to reach the summit in time for sunrise. This picture was taken on the way down, but we're still so far above the cloud line. It was the most difficult physical challenge of my life, and I loved every minute of it. Neither of us could walk properly for a good five days afterwards.
We did this climb with a fantastic tour company called G Adventures. Not only do they offer great trips but their social values completely align with mine. One of my favourite things they do is use local guides, accommodation and restaurants which helps us ensure the money we spend goes directly back to the small communities in developing countries.
Date: March 3rd, 2016
Location: Champassak, Laos
Joel and I were walking through this small town and we saw these kids playing soccer in a field. Theses kids spoke no English and through some sign language Joel asked if he could join in. I took pictures of them while they played and then showed the kids (top photo), I think it was the first time most of them had seen themselves in a picture.
The kids were also really interested in our hats and loved trying them on, despite them being way to big for them.
A Word of Thanks
In the lead up to me leaving for my trip one of the comments I often received was how was I going to leave Grey Rock for three months. Without me who would steer the ship that has become the passion of my life? My incredible staff worked relentlessly from the months leading up to my departure, straight through to my return, and I am incredibly grateful for that. Through the months their passion for the store, our values, and our community thrived. I've heard from many of you that you noticed this, and it fills my heart with joy that you saw the drive and zest in my staff that I do.
So to my staff, thank you so much for allowing me to live life on the wild side for a few months and live a lifestyle that completely embodies the values of Grey Rock. Thank you for taking the wheel and keeping the ship on course. This trip would not have been possible if it weren't for you, your dedication, and your willingness to see it through.