As I am sitting in our new apartment, while Rob is at work, I’m thinking about how much I love our new city and trailed off to “Huh, I haven’t updated too many people on what it is we are actually doing.”
Yes, we’ve finally committed. Not to a mental institution, though that may have seriously been the first thought on some of your minds, but instead to a place to settle down for a little while. While home in Michigan, our response to where we were heading after the Colorado Trail varied from one day to the next:
Each for it’s own reason:
Boise – Not too expensive. Close to mountains. Fun downtown. Tasty potatoes.
San Diego – Ocean AND mountains. Great climate. Vibrant people.
Eugene – Hipster central. Amazing farm market. Abundance of culture.
Bend – Active, adventurous people. Mountains. 19 or so breweries.
Denver – Active, adventurous people. Mountains. I can’t count how many breweries. Cheaper flights home.
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu – I think it is just a hill. And, it would be really challenging writing that on an envelope everytime you need to send mail.
As you’ve probably guessed, we ended up in Denver. We made that decision for a variety of reasons. In addition to the above, Rob is doing some work for his cousin in the Denver area for the time being. We also liked the idea of having a place lined up to come to after hiking. Plus, we wanted to unload the car and getting a storage unit for a month or two seemed like a waste of money.
We struggled with the decision to settle into an apartment for a whole year. There are so many places to see in the world! I realize that may sound a little crazy to some of you. “It’s only a year.” “Most people don’t live out of their backpacks or cars”. “You should really settle down, drifters are creepy”. My favorite one I’ve heard: “When do you plan on growing up?”
Needless to say, Colorado is awesome. Denver is awesome. I love our neighborhood. We’ve settled into the Congress Park neighborhood of Denver and have been here for about a week. We were initially drawn to it because of the big trees lining the street and the amount of people walking around the neighborhood. Then we realized how close we are to restaurants, grocery stores, parks; anything you could need or want, you can walk to it. People are happy and seem to love their city (otherwise known as the “Legalization of Marijuana” effect). And, if you know me at all, you would know how happy I would be to find that there are an exuberant amount of dogs! In fact, when we finished checking out the place which is now our apartment, a bulldog AND a boxer walked by. Heaven on earth.
In true Rob and Candice fashion, our plans are ever-evolving.
Sure, let’s call it that.