The last thing I did in my real job (other than pawn work off on my colleagues : “you need me to do what while you’re gone?”) was to handle a conservation easement closing for the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust on land adjacent to the trail corridor on Long Falls Dam Road just north of the Bigelow Preserve. Walking by that property as we get close to the end of our journey was a fitting bookend and a stark reminder that real life is nigh once more.
I get lots of questions about how it’s possible to arrange work leave for a trip like this. It comes down to three things: 1) Be good at what you do; 2) Constantly strive to become even better at it; and 3) Be kind to the people around you. If you can consistently manage those three things (not always as easy as it sounds), then your employer will forgive many of your other eccentricities. Including the need to walk a couple thousand miles with your family.
It also helps to work at a place that is willing to look passed typical conventions and evaluate situations on an individualized basis, coming to solutions that are beneficial to all involved. In short, the things that make the peoples at Drummond Woodsum great attorneys also make them great colleagues and employers.
Now I have a few more weeks to savor the Maine outdoors before it’s back to regular life once more.