I fly home to California tomorrow morning at 8am, I'm not sure how I feel yet, part excited to see my mama, and part sad to leave (at least for a while) this place that has been so good to me.
part also hate the idea of waking up at 5am
For those of you that don't know I started Hydrogen, my outdoor/hammock company about a year ago.
I have been working/struggling with getting something running down here in Panama, and today we picked up 6 hammocks from the amazing local woman I am working with, they are ready to sell for Kalu Yala. I have to tell you they are so beautiful!
also they are luxuriously enormous
A true 3 person hammock, you have never felt comfort until now.
They're not made of a sustainable material, (yet) like the recycled PET textile I've been striving for, or a sustainable natural material suitable for travel, but we bought it locally, and we have ethical local production from an amazingly talented seamstress named Auromelia who lives right next to valley.
There is more than hope for the future of this project, and it means I'm going to have to come down to Panama more.
This is a shuttle driver who said to watch his back and immediately fell asleep in Grant's hammock upon laying in it.
I understand you pal.
My point is, we're getting there, little by little, and I couldn't ask for more. And I couldn't be more grateful to everyone at Kalu Yala who has been here for me, supporting my products, rigorously testing my products, seriously rigorously.
This is an update from Alex Mofo who, along with Julia Dwyer and Hannah Strohmbom, is biking thousands of miles, from Panama all the way back to California....
Warriors of sustainability.
And guess what he is sleeping in?
Alex bought this hammock from me in the beginning of our semester.
He slept in this hammock literally every single night for over three months, and is now continuing with it on a trek that Frodo (and Sam) would be proud of.
Huge thanks to Dixie Hendley for all the help getting me in touch with the amazing local people of San Miguel, to Max Cooper and Meg Pelham for helping me finally find my materials, and Raissa Teles for motivating me when I was frustrated, lazy, deathly ill, and wanted nothing but to give up and play in the rio.
To Pamé Aragon for helping me to translate my subpar español, for constantly teaching me new things about this country, and for all around being a beautiful adventurous soul.
I would be lost without so many of you.
I can't believe the way things are going, and I couldn't be happier with the progress we have made, but honestly I am just happy for the opportunities I have had here, and to be breathing.
I have more to say, and less ways to say it, but thank you. Every and all.
I love you.
To my family of the world, for the things you do to help me, and for being beautiful inspirations to me every day.
I can't wait to share more adventures with you en la futuro.