My first post in three weeks. My life has taken some fun and unexpected turns. I got a job at Ft. Stevens State Park as a Host. My duties include keeping the new cabins clean in change for a free spot for my RV in one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Ft. Stevens is situated at the mouth of the Columbia River where it empties into the Pacific. Ft. Stevens Military Reservation guarded the mouth of the Columbia River from the Civil War through World War II.  5 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of bike path through forests and dune grass opening to the Pacific on one side and the Columbia River on the other. The name of this blog “offthegridwithcathyherman” will still be appropriate as the Host position only lasts 3 months at a time, my next assignment is at Nehalem Bay State Park near Manzanita (I know, tough duty).

The most important lesson I took away from my road trip was my ability to adapt to life as it unfurled in front of me, all while enjoying the ride.

The other decision I made was to start my own business. American Woman Promotions. Travel with me as I start a small business in America, selling promotional products made in America to promote American companies and events.

The transition from travel and adventure to entrepreneurship is full of comparisons.  Facing new situations daily, making decisions on which direction to travel, navigating road blocks and government red tape, tracking expenditures and planning for the unexpected. The joy of launching a new business is terrifying, taking the leap of faith in yourself and your abilities. The same terrifying joy I felt when I hit the road last March and started this blog.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Linda on November 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    As I said when you began your journey, You Go Girl!!!!!


  2. Posted by Jim Grammer on November 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Excellent! Fun is exactly right, especially at this time of year. What an outstanding opportunity to experience the parks as you move into AWP! Congratulations 8^)



  3. What a great opportunity. Both for a business (which I know you will dive into and succeed) and being a Host at different parks. Good for you!!


  4. Can’t wait to start working with you to promote my business — I know that you’ll be an INCREDIBLE SUCCESS!!! 🙂


  5. Posted by Jamie Wilcox on November 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

    WhooHoo, You go girl!!


  6. Posted by Ruth Coyne on November 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Cathy–GOOD FOR YOU!!! What a great opportunity to stay in some beautiful places, and start your own business as well. Stop by WUH sometime–it would be so good to see you again!



  7. You go girl! Best of luck to you!


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