There are people in this world that see a need and act.
Instead of sitting by and talking about it, they take action.
Have you ever met one of these people? I had a surprise meeting in January.
At the Outdoor Retailer show in January, I met Erika.
Erkia is on the left, I’m in the middle and Amelia Mayer (Tales of a Mountain Mama) is on the right.
She and her business partner run the online site Seattle Backpacker Magazine. The magazine is dedicated to providing Backpackers with the best information.
I was particiularly interested in learning more about what they were doing because we were heading to Seattle for my brother Mike’s wedding in May (lots to come on the wedding shortly).
Our appointment time was scheduled and we met outside of the media room.
The OR show was almost over and we were both pretty exhausted. We sat out in the hall, sitting side by side, with our backs agains the wall. Our feet were tired and our ears were ringing a little.
But what happened in the interview was a conversation that changed course.
You see, it was suppose to be about how they started their magazine, which I’ll share below, but what happened instead was two mothers talking about their loves for the outdoor and how an interview of her own, changed her life course.
“We are a small group and don’t pretend that we will be erecting a building or re-arranging a village with our few hands. But our hopes are in some ways larger. Our focus is on education and medical assistance. Our basic premise is to empower the people and the children that we work with so that they can walk their own path with fewer roadblocks. We’ll spend some time getting into the communities, rallying the locals and engaging them in the work so that they will be invested in it once we’re gone. There are so many roadblocks in a country with so little infrastructure, such varied landscape and an unsettled government. But that offers us an opportunity to make change much more readily than elsewhere. Or one hopes, because there is so much to do. Broad strokes. With few hands. To develop empowerment and responsibility.”