Meet Carly Johnson - Clintonville resident, Realtor, and the boss babe behind Happy Tails Columbus and Happy Trail Adventures
As I grew up, I realized that my career goals didn't fit a traditional mold and fortunately my family has always been extremely supportive of my endeavors. This allowed me the freedom to create a new path for myself and grow through trial and error.
This self-determination ultimately led me to start long-distance backpacking. With zero experience, I set out to hike 2600 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Against the 20% completion odds and despite my lack of experience, I finished! The journey allowed me to be the most in charge of myself, taught me perseverance, and enlightened how much drive I have to connect with people from all walks of life.
After the hike, I evaluated the people in my life and the goals I wanted to reach. Happy Trails was started within a few years of my return and then I received my real estate license shortly after. As the owner of multiple businesses, it is hard to find several months off at a time but I would love to do another long distance hike as the urge to get outside will always be with me:)
Perfect Saturday in Columbus:
Owning 3 businesses keeps me extremely busy, but I try to take Saturday away from my computer and meetings. If the weather permits, I’ll take a walk through Clintonville and browse all the cool hidden gems and local shops. Saturday night is usually a quiet evening in, but I can easily be persuaded to go out in the Short North or grab dinner with a friend.
I am currently single, but I love to see different parts of Columbus. The Audubon, taking a walk, drinks at new bars... Anything new to me is the best way to win my heart and keep me on my toes.
Place to Shop:
Marigold in Clintonville…BEST prices and I love supporting a local, female owned business! I also love to shop at KOKO
Place to Eat:
Beechwold Diner, or Chef-O-Nette in Upper Arlington for the best chocolate milkshakes and French fries around!
Favorite places to hike/ground myself:
Zaleski is so close and I know the whole route like the back of my hand. I try to escape to the the Appalachian Trail when I can as well!