Our Everyday Adventures

We are not adventurers by choice but by fate – Van Gogh

EPIC Bike Rides you CAN’T Miss this year!

Post by: Jake
4/19/12

Last year Veronica and I really got into road biking, and “accidentally” discovered one of (if not “THE”) the best bike ride in the world.  We drove up to Glacier National Park for our annual July 4th weekend in Hungry Horse, Montana.  Typically, we do a few day hikes in the park, and then watch some amazing fireworks in downtown Hungry Horse.  Last year, however, was a mega snow year and they were still plowing the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.  We happen to have  our bikes so thought it might be fun to do a little road biking during a low traffic time of year.  We didn’t know they allowed bikes past the road closure!   After hearing this, of course we jumped at the opportunity.  With plowing at 95% complete, we were able to bike most of the way towards the summit of Logan Pass.  It’s a memory we’ll NEVER forget, and something I highly encourage everyone to try at least once in their life.

Going-To-The-Sun-Road Glacier National Park, Montana
I’ve been keeping an eye on the plowing at Glacier Here. and it looks like the “ideal” time to try and bike a good stretch of the Going-to-the-Sun Road will be near the End of April through around the 2nd or 3rd week of May.  Check out all the plowing pictures Here.  If you’re planning a trip, plan to bike on a weekend as this is what you’re looking for: “West side road crews will not be plowing on Saturday or Sunday, so there will be no hiker/biker restrictions in place this weekend on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.”

Independence Pass, Colorado
As most people in Colorado know, Independence Pass is one of the most scenic passes in the U.S. and it connects Leadville to Aspen.  Every winter it’s closed due to snow, however for a couple weeks before they open the road to cars, the road is completely plowed and open to bikes!  This year the road is scheduled to open to cars on May 24th, so plan accordingly and get up there for one of the most incredible experiences you’ll have on a bike!

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A Change in Venue

Post by:  Jake & Veronica
11/6/11

When thinking about what to write about next, Veronica suggested, “Write about making a huge life changing decision that takes you to a new state where you don’t know anyone.”  As most everyone knows, we’ve relocated to the High Rockies of Colorado.  Leadville to be exact.  Home to roughly 2,800 people, Leadville sits at 10,200 foot elevation, higher than any other incorporated city in the US.  Adjusting to the elevation just takes a matter of time.  Adjusting to “small town life” where we know almost no one, certainly takes more than just time.

Jake’s Perspective:

Adjusting to “small town life” has been fairly easy for me.  I work with several people around my age.  For the most part, I get to work in the office as much as I want, or go out and work in the field as much as I want.  My new job is a ton of fun, and I really like the people I’m working with.  The weekends are exciting and are filled with exploring our new surroundings.  I’m hosting a poker night with a few guys from work; and for the most part, I’ve found the adjustment to “small town life” to be fairly easy.  The hardest part about the move for me has been losing “residency” and not being able to afford to hunt or fish as an “out of state” person.  Apart from hunting and fishing, I’ve really been enjoying our new surroundings; collecting firewood, biking and running the extensive trail network, and taking the occasional road trip into “the city” (Denver).  Mud season has been a little boring at times, but the snow keeps flying and it’s only a matter of time till the backcountry is skiable.

Veronica’s Perspective:

Moving has certainly been an out-of-my-comfort-zone experience.  Not to say that I’ve lived a sheltered life, it’s just worked out that up until now, all of my worldly exploration has come from short vacations, not long-term moves.  A part of me has always wanted to move to a place where I don’t know anyone – not sure why I cast that spell upon myself but I certainly got my wish!

In the month we’ve been in Leadville, the few people I’ve interacted with are very nice.  The only problem is that I have to force myself out of the house to meet anyone.  My job is a work-from-home deal.  I’ve been working remotely for a boutique PR firm for two and a half years.  The flexibility of my work was a huge blessing in regards to pursuing this new opportunity for Jake.  I wouldn’t have to try to find a job in such a limited market.  Unfortunately, it also means that I don’t have a built-in network to meet new friends.

Luckily for me, Jake’s built-in network has also welcomed me in many ways.  One of his co-workers and I have gone for a few runs, which has been great since it gives me some girl-time but also helps show me the extensive trail system around town.  I was also invited to play on the college’s community-league volleyball team.

But one of the things I learned quickly is that I can’t sit at home and wait for my new community to open their arms and welcome me into their lives.  If I want to be embraced by the community, I have to reach out and embrace the community myself.  So the first week we officially settled back into our routine, I took a leap of faith, made a phone call and signed up to get involved.  Now, Wednesday nights I volunteer at the middle school after-school program, helping with homework and a free community meal.

A few weeks ago, we treated ourselves to lunch at the Chinese restaurant. And although I am normally underwhelmed by the words of wisdom on my fortune cookie – this time I was pleasantly surprised.  “Sometimes travel to new places leads to great transformations.”

How poignant.  How true.  Here we are in a new place – meeting new people, exploring new places.  And although it will still take a while for Leadville to feel like “home” and for us to make a handful of great friends, this is an adventure that will no doubt grow us, change us, and transform us.  By the way… That’s our Halloween costumes.  Can you guess what we are?

 

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We’re Back!

Post by:  Jake
10/9/11

The move is over and we’re finally getting settled into our new place in Leadville, Colorado.  While we arrived about two weeks ago, we’ve been furiously cleaning, unpacking, and I’ve even started my new job.   The transition was eerily much easier than I could have ever imaged.  Our house in Montana sold in 1.5 days and similar doors and hurtles have all been crossed exactly as needed.  We don’t know why, but we’re pretty sure this is exactly where we are supposed to be right now.

 

Apart from my new job (which is very cool) I’m most looking forward to the nearby proximity to everything outdoors.  We’ve got season passes to Breckinridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin.  Dozens of miles of groomed cross country ski trails surround our home.  I can look out of just about any window in any building and see several of the highest peaks in the nation.  The two highest in Colorado (Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive) are literally across the valley.  Ice climbing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, mountaineering… This is a winter sports fanatic’s Holy Land.

 

We’d like to thank you for sticking with us through September and the big transition.  As the blog comes back to life I’ll be working on setting up several more give-away’s.   We’ve got several amazing adventures to share from the past couple months, and are thrilled at all the new adventures that await us in Colorado.   We’ll be hitting the slopes hard, but also desperately trying to find creative new ways to stay in shape for our summer adventures.  Treadmills?  Spin Classes (not sure those exist here.)?  We do have a great swimming pool, but as far as we can see, that’s about it.

 

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We’re Moving to Colorado!

That’s right,  Veronica and I are starting a new chapter in our lives.  We’re packing up and heading south.  ”Moving south” usually means going to warmer weather,  not the case here.  We’re moving to the top of the world,  Leadville, Colorado at 10,200 feet!  

We’re a little anxious as anyone could imagine, leaving all our friends and family behind and moving to a very small town in the mountains; but we’re also very excited about all the new adventures ahead of us.  New places to explore, new friends to meet, and new memories to make. 

Over the next month and 1/2 we’ll be transitioning south, so new content on the blog may be a little light for a while, but stick with us as this transition will surely breed MANY new and exciting adventures!  If you know someone in Leadville, or have any good stories or memories about a visit,  let us know!

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