Inspired Stories

A resource for nature lovers, environmental stewards, explorers, sustainable lifestyle advocates & community activists. Enjoy this compilation of stories from our travels across the globe told through blogs, pictures & video.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead



2020 was a very difficult year for small businesses across the country. It was a challenging year for entrepreneurship in general, with so many new changes and regulations, economic uncertainty, as well as the sudden shift in consumer habits brought about by COVID-19.

The travel and hospitality sectors were one of the hardest hit, as a result of the pandemic. Most travel and tourism companies are still dealing with the aftermath and trying to find ways of navigating this reality that has been referred to as the "new normal." Although we were faced with over 5 months of shut-downs at the onset of our 3rd year in operation with the Cleveland National Forest - we were determined to make 2020 a year of record growth for our company. It was a pivotal year of decisive action and business growth for the outdoor recreation industry, in general

We’re thrilled to announce the return of our #SupportLocal initiative and this week we're featuring our favorite local cafe, Regulars Wanted Beanery!

Regulars Wanted Beanery serves the beautiful town of Julian specialty coffee, tea, baked goods, breakfast, lunch, craft beer, and wine. It's owned and operated by the lovely Jenifer & Christian Eggert.

What inspired the creation of Regulars Wanted? What’s your mission?

We’ve got some exciting news to share today. Burnt Rancherica campground will be opening up early this year! We’re scheduled to be opening on the 5th of March and we can’t wait to host you. You can book Lions Den as soon as the weekend of March 5th and we’re working as fast as we can to get Deer Peak and Eagles Nest outfitted. Those should be available starting the weekend of March 12th. We’ll keep you posted.

We couldn’t be more excited to announce our first featured business for our #SupportLocal initiative, Mountain Made!

Mountain Made is a small business dedicated to providing a quality line of locally-made merchandise that allows you to bring home a piece of the mountains and support the local community through your purchase; founded and operated by lifetime Julian local, Eva Hatch.

Over the past 4 years, a lot of things came together at very precise moments for us to be here today. This was all just a dream once upon a time. We wanted to live very intentional and purposeful lives. There came a moment where we finally decided to pursue that ideal, come what may.

This is how our lifestyle business ultimately came to be. One of our greatest passions has always been nature and culture travel. We always saw travel as a vehicle for breaking down cultural barriers, bringing people together and re-connecting with natural environments. We were also very inspired by the culture of eco-tourism, minimalism and responsible business models, which we encountered throughout our travels abroad.

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