Planning Our Escape

It’s been a long time since my last post. In the time since, we have traveled less (and less far) from the new home base in our downtown Denver highrise than we had hoped. Yes, it has been easier to hop on a plane or jump in the car and visit family. Yes, we have been able to get up to the mountains and get in some great hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. Yes, it will also be easy to drive home to spend Thanksgiving with family. These are all good things. That doesn’t change the fact that we can’t wait to put our condo on the market after the Holidays. We long to be free to roam again.

At the time of my last post we were at the beginning of a break we had been looking forward to. We were pulling off the road from twenty three consecutive months in which we traveled with all our belongings. We and the cats had gone from one rental to another in our trusty Chevy Blazer. Much of that was spent in Mexico, centered around returning (and then returning again) to our beloved San Miguel de Allende. A wonderful winter of 2013 – 2014 was spent on the Baja Coast south of Rosarito. Last summer revolved around a slow winding trip north from Rosarito to the tip of the Pacific Northwest. We loved every minute of it.

Sitting in a condo in downtown Denver has felt stagnating and……..uninspiring. It’s been a hindrance to exploring, and put us squarely in the dangerous path of collecting more “stuff”. Thankfully we have been pretty successful in dodging that bullet. We have come to the realization that, at least at this point in time, we are happier when we are always asking ourselves “where do we want to be next month”?

So what inspired me to post again? We now have a plan. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and are spending a few weeks out of the urban density of Denver. We are now renting a little cottage outside of Breckenridge. The weather is cool, crisp, and sunny at this elevation. The air smells of pine and aspen.The forest is beautiful and the color hasn’t peaked yet. The elk will be bugling soon, and when we sell the condo we may well be just as excited as they are.

In the meantime we will take in the beauty around us. The picture at the top of the post is from a hike yesterday, looking into the valley that holds the little town of Alma, CO. It sat below us at the highest elevation (with of course the highest cannabis store….or so their sign says) of any incorporated city in North America at 10,578 feet.

Safe Travels to You All,

Randy.

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