But it has been a while since I gave you an update, so I figured I'd give you a rundown on what I've been up to, what I'll be getting into next, and what sort of new adventures the Rascal will be charging into.
She led me to a simpler life, with less clutter and less waste. “Things” and “stuff” don’t matter to me anymore unless they enable me to have beautiful experiences. While the Rascal felt like a part of the family, she’s still just a “thing” in the end and it felt like time to let her go. She gave me the freedom to live my dream and she was ready to help someone else fulfill theirs.
When Mauricio's daughter died in a climbing accident in the Andes ten years ago, he wanted to do something to honor her memory. Carolina had been a marine biologist and before her death, the father-daughter duo spent a lot of time sailing together in Patagonia. Thus, Mauricio started Patagonia Watch Foundation. His goal is to increase understanding of and eventually help to stop the environmental atrocities that're occurring in the fjords of Patagonia. The Rascal will be used as a tool for scientific research and (I would imagine) some major adventures in southern Chile.
I couldn't be more stoked to hand her on to a capable captain and a righteous cause!
Thus my job search centered around alternative energy / energy storage / alternative transportation. I spent a couple months interviewing with different companies all around the country and, rather than look down on my time on the Rascal, most employers were quite impressed and positive about it.
I eventually found the right fit with a company in Vermont called Renewable NRG that mostly focuses on wind. I'll be working as a product manager and I'll be traveling about 25% of the time to Europe, South America, and Asia to meet with customers and suppliers. I'm eager to dive in, learn more about the industry, and make my mark.
While I've reaccustomed myself to life in the USA, I'll always take with me the lessons, skills, and mindset that I acquired on the Rascal.