Colorado has been calling me for years
People close to me know that living in Colorado is a big part of the plan for my family. My wife was raised in Wyoming and her sister lives on a ranch outside Laramie. Our boys are growing like weeds and we want them to grow up close to their aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.
So a move to Colorado, Ft Collins to be precise, is the plan. It would give us a base camp that is within a reasonable drive of my wife’s entire family.
But what started as an 18 month plan has floundered in limbo for more than 5 years now. Is there still hope?
I posted a random tweet last week of this sign from a restaurant on The Strip. Then I got a call from one of my best friends last night. He was asking about living in Colorado and what our thoughts were. That’s more than a coincidence.
Fitting. Thankfully, I’m self motivated. twitter.com/TrailSherpa/st…
— Tim Miner (@TrailSherpa) April 13, 2013
I thought we’d be living in Colorado already. Of course, it’s not that simple. But there is hope, a light at the end of the tunnel as they say.
We’re packing boxes for a move locally and have just a few remaining obligations here in Las Vegas. It looks like we could be living in Colorado by the end of the school year next spring.
Tater will be starting 1st grade then, Trail Sherpa will have deeper roots, and all of our commitments in Las Vegas will have been satisfied.
Tick tock. That damn clock just doesn’t move as fast as I’d like.
Colorado will deliver
- Colorado offers everything that we want. Many of the outdoor brands and PR firms are there. There is a winter season, hell, Colorado actually HAS seasons unlike the desert southwest! Ft Collins is a small city but close to Denver, a large metro by any measure.
- We want land. Postage sized lots in a crowded suburban landscape is played out for me. We want a garden, an outdoor kitchen, and root cellar. A foodie has to feed his passion you know. And I want my children to appreciate a lifestyle that is rooted closer to the ground.
- We miss out on birthdays, anniversaries, and spur of the moment get togethers. My wife’s entire family can drive to each other. We’re the outliers.
- And most importantly, we want better access to nature. Not an acre of grass in a city park, but the deep woods, the high peaks, and the remote vistas that make you feel like your the first person to stand in that very spot and take in the incredible view.
We began visiting places that we thought would offer that more than a decade ago. Bend, OR. Asheville, NC. And Boulder, CO. But in the end it was Ft Collins that gave us the ah-ha moment. And now it can’t come soon enough.
Though this rant may seem to be a shotgun description of the things that cross my mind, it’s actually very calculated. I had to rebuild my career after the real estate crash. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to advise some very large brands on digital strategy and Vestor Logic has been flourishing since I started the company 5 years ago.
But Trail Sherpa is the end game. Sure, it’s a clone of Vestor Logic but it is aimed solely at the outdoor industry. Trail Sherpa in it’s most successful form will give me the opportunity to work with brands, products, and people that share my passion for the outdoors, for getting lost on the trail on purpose, and for adventure for adventure’s sake.
Those are my people. And that’s where I want to be. Living in Colorado is the keystone to that life.
What has captivated you like this? Where is your ideal place to live?