Hello fellow adventurers at heart! Jason, Freya and I are back in Colorado and have finished our year on the road. I’ve been neglecting the blog and instead had to put most of my time into working for the past few months so we can start to save up for our next big adventure. What do we have in store? Keep reading and I will tell you what you can expect from us over the next year. If you’re new here, you may want to check out The First 48 Hours to hear how this all began.
We have already delved into a couple of new adventures. Jason went on a five day backpacking trip into the Flat Top Wilderness with a group of teenage boys through an amazing organization called Big City Mountaineers (more on them at another time). I rekindled my love for rock climbing by taking Sport Climbing and Rock Rescue courses through the Colorado Mountain Club. Jason and I went white water rafting on the Arkansas River with a great group of veteran river guides and learned how to hunt for porcini mushrooms in the Rockies with a wonderfully nerdy veterinarian. And we began working with Trusted Housesitters, taking care of other people’s houses and pets in the mountains – free lodging with gorgeous scenery and cuddly cats and dogs to keep us company.
We have been keeping busy and taking advantage of opportunities as they come up, trying to “go with the flow”. But goals give us purpose and direction so we do have some plans for the future.
In the next month, I am going to go on my first solo backpacking trip. I’m super nervous about it but also looking forward to the solitude and the challenge. Jason and I have a goal to complete three 14ers this year (hikes up mountains over 14,000 feet high) and are horribly out of shape so that will be interesting. We are getting a Colorado State Parks pass and plan to check out a lot of the parks around the front range so we can share what we find with you. And my favorite summer goal is that I am planning a road trip along the West coast with my mom for her 75th birthday. She has given me so much over my lifetime and I want to be able to walk through the redwoods with her so we can share that experience.
So why do you care what we will be doing? Well hopefully Jason and I can share some entertaining stories and give you some useful advice that will inspire you to get out and have your own adventures. I am committing fully to this blog and will be writing one post per week starting today. You can expect posts reviewing various destinations, tips and tricks for road tripping, entertaining stories from the road (just wait until we tell you about the night we had dinner with a cult), and we will let you know what we are up to and share things that we find as we go forward.
Over the next several months, we will also be working hard to save money for a new camper that we can actually stand up in, so if you have any recommendations for inexpensive camper vans or small RVs, please let us know. We are planning to take our new home-on-wheels on a trip to Baja in February and an extended road trip next summer to sell our drawings and photographs at art shows and festivals throughout the West. It’s going to be a busy year but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Thanks for tagging along with us!