One of the biggest joys of running a business like Trek Light Gear is hearing about our products traveling around the world. As it is with a lot of entrepreneurs, most of the long-distance traveling I've been lucky to do in my life came before I started the business. I know that those days will come again (want to help? buy hammocks now!), but the truth is that taking a few months off to wander and explore just isn't too easy when you're the Chief Everything Officer of a young retail business.
So, jealousy aside, nothing makes me happier than hearing that what I'm doing is in turn helping others to explore the world in a more comfortable and exciting way. A few weeks back I received the email below from Joe and Andy, AKA Team Freebase, about their adventures in Central America with their trusty Trek Light Hammocks along for the ride.
I instantly wrote back and asked if they'd be interested in keeping in touch and sending in pictures and stories along the way (or whenever they got an internet connection) and the great news is they were psyched about the idea. So, without further delay, here's the first email I received. I've already got a few more lined up and I'll share them along with more to come (including videos!) in the days ahead.
Hey Trek Light, Joe and Andy here, AKA Team Freebase. Both of us have recently completed our BA while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. We picked up our Trek Light hammocks up on Pearl St. in Boulder, set them up on the two story deck that night and have been using them ever since. We finished school in August and left for Belize mid September. We are enjoying ourselves thoroughly and the comfort and relaxation that our hammocks provide adds to our pleasure. So far we have remained in Belize traveling all over the country, starting in Caye Caulker, into San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District, and then down south to Dangriga, Tobacco Caye, and Hopkins Village. The first, second, and last pictures come from Hopkins Village which is a beautiful small fishing town just south of Dangriga on the Caribbean coast. We got into Hopkins and were welcomed generously, just as everywhere else in Belize, and found ourselves on a sandy beach plot paying $7.50 for the both of us to set up shop for the night. The first picture displays a sunrise over the Caribbean, mosquito net deployed, as Joe sleeps the night into day.
The second pic can be summed up in four words, "Have it your way," as a cracked coconut provides refreshment as we relax the day away.
The third picture is taking on Tobacco Caye which is an hour boat ride off the mainland east of Dangriga. Here, just a ten minute swim takes you out past the Barrier Reef into the coral forests that jut out into the open sea. We each have single hammocks so we are always looking for places to set them both up close together, on Tobacco Caye three palm trees in a row, ten feet from the ocean, revealed that perfect spot.
Your hammocks are great, for both relaxing through the day or sleeping through the night (as we often do), we would like to say thank you. We will be traveling for awhile so we imagine the best pics are yet to come. Next stop, Trek Light in Guatemala. Peace love and to all a freebase. Sincerely, Joe and Andy
You're very welcome guys.
Joe and Andy will be checking in on the Trek Life blog wherever the internet can be found, so please show your support by leaving comments below. Whether it's recommendations for them to check out along the way or just saying hello, let's show them what the Trek Light community is all about!
Seth Haber - Founder, CEO
Over 15 years ago I started a small business with the goal of making the world a better place, one happiness inspiring product at a time. Thanks for reading and being part of this incredible community - never stop paying it forward.