Coming home to a place I’d never been before

Wow, Colorado has already been more than I could have ever anticipated or hoped for. We have been living here for two months now and it already feels so much like home. I have had so many wonderful opportunities to soak up all the natural beauty and wonder that this state has to offer. The mountains are a home like I have never know. I did not realize how much I missed the mountains while living in Pennsylvania. There is a special kind of magic about looking out your window every morning and seeing them loom on the horizon. Even flying in and out of Denver is a visual delight. The mountains seem much more vast when looking down on them from above.

I had been dying to actually go up into the mountains since I first saw them. I finally got the opportunity to explore them over Labor Day weekend (plus a few days). Over the course of the trip, I went to Vail, Telluride, and Crested Butte and drove through a good portion of the state along the way. I will be writing a more in-depth account of that trip in an upcoming post. I can’t wait to enjoy more Colorado trips in the future. My goal is to do a lot of camping next summer. In the meantime, I am enjoying many local day hikes.

There is something so exciting about exploring a new area and finding all your new favorites. I have fallen in love with so many things, besides the views, about Colorado. I absolutely love the people and I have already met some new friends who have similar interests. The lifestyle in Colorado reminds me, in many ways, of the Pacific Northwest way of living. The great outdoors is valued here, as is an intentional lifestyle and an adventurous spirit. There are an incredible number of things to do and experiences to have. Craft beer, Patagonia, and Subaru Outbacks are everywhere. I also am enjoying the proximity to Seattle. The flights home are SO much cheaper and shorter than when we lived on the East Coast! I’m getting home a lot more, and it’s even close enough to go home over a weekend.

I could never have anticipated that we would end up here or that I would love it so much. I feel so much joy and gratitude that life has brought us here. My feelings about our new home are best summed up with these lyrics

He was born in the summer of his 27th year
Coming home to a place he’d never been before
He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again
You might say he found a key for every door

-Rocky Mountain High by John Denver

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