We left Brooklyn during a snow storm, right when it was really starting come down. Its hard to leave New York for lots of reasons, but the snow and ice added to the pain.
Heading directly west from the city would put us in the middle of the storm and its aftermath, so we swung a path just south of where the weather was stressful. What could be the best route out of the snow? South! The icy roads ended somewhere in New Jersey and by the time we got to DC, 7 hours later, the roads were nice and dry and we were exhausted.
The second day of the journey was much prettier, with clear skies and dry roads. The road from DC to Lexington was beautiful. The landscape and trees change drastically when entering and leaving the mountains. Turn a corner and its apparent that one has entered a distinctly different part of the country. Dropping into the Midwest was a drastic change from the mountains. Flat as far as we could see with a huge blue sky stretching above.
In New York, its hard to pay attention to the sky. Not just because of the buildings and lights, although they do get in the way, but I felt as though I was constantly trying to set one foot in front of the other… always on the move, ever vigilant of the next task. On the road, life moved more slowly, not just because we were navigating a moving truck with a trailer attached to it, but because all we had to do was drive.
The truck and trailer were a fun challenge. To brag a little, I must say, I parallel parked the 14′ truck into a snowy Brooklyn street spot. I also drove it over the Verrazano Bridge on a snowstormy windy afternoon, and then over the white knuckle inducingly narrow Goethals Bridge. My driving partner was able to precisely align the truck and trailer as close as possible to a fuel pump in a busy gas station.
Except for the first day, when it took us 7 hours to get from NYC to DC, we spent 12+ hours a day on the road. We drove in 6-8 hour shifts, ate at Cracker Barrel twice, visited family and friends, stayed in two hotels, and listened to the entire season of the Serial Podcast. As expected, at times I would be nodding off in the passenger seat only to wake immediately due to discomfort.
Honestly, I’m already homesick for New York. I miss my old apartment, my friends, knowing how to get places, and walking. Now that I’m in Denver (really Westminister, a suburb), I need to figure out what to do with myself. I moved here because I felt more of a Westerner than a New Yorker, but I definitely feel like a New Yorker here now more than ever. Restaurants close early (9pm!) the climbing gym appears to close early (8pm on a Saturday!) and I already loath having to drive everywhere. I was very busy in New York, even when I wasn’t working. I always knew the transition would be hard, but in what ways I still have to discover.
The title says it all, people, I’m moving away from this crazy city that has become my ‘frenemy’. I love it and hate it at the same time, almost like its family.
The next chapter of my life will be in Denver, where I will crash with friends until I figure out what to do with myself. Currently, in addition to packing all of my belongings and wondering if its worth the cost to move any of it, I’m working on a couple ‘passion project’ apps to hone my professional skills and scratch the itch to code.
If you had ever read this blog before, you know that I should be wary of driving across the country in the winter. Instead of heading through Kansas this time, though, I plan to head into the South away from the snow line. Just my luck though, snow will be streaming from the skies as we leave on Monday, although sunshine is in the forecast for the next few days allowed by my truck rental agreement.
Honestly, I’m already missing NYC. Not working for the past couple months has been so much fun. Its sad to pack up my apartment and send my cat to a different home, but I’m excited about all the adventures I’ll have in the part of the country I’ve been missing so much.
Wildfire smoke in the sky.
I’m such a geology nerd, I like to think, since the smoke was coming from the caldera of a nearby volcano, that it was steam, and that I was witnessing the awakening of the silent beast.
To be clear, though, its just smoke. The fire was contained quickly, leaving the sky clear for star trail photography.
This is my 15th year of visiting Bandelier National Monument. Its not the most amazing park in the country, by far, but its the one I visit each year to gain perspective on my life and relax.
This year, for the first time, we stopped at a trail a little outside of that park and hiked the 1.5 mile loop up on to a mesa. I can’t believe I had never done this before! It was stunning! Below is a video of the view from the top.
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After over a year, I’m back in Denver visiting my business partner and friends. This city is more beautiful than I remember… I was probably so overwhelmed by my car situation last year that I didn’t take Denver in for what a great town it is.
Instead of Rock’n and Jam’n, I’ve been going to Movement in Boulder to keep up my training while out of town. So far, I really like it. The ratings are on par with what I’m used to at Brooklyn Boulders, although I am missing the horizonal to the ground options that the Beast at BKB provides.
Thursday, I’ll pick up a rental car from the airport and head out to Santa Fe where I booked a hotel by the square for my first real vacation (no coding! no coding at all!) in a very very long time. Bandelier National Monument is on the agenda. I intend to hike the Frey Trail either at sundown or sunrise. I’ll spend two nights there and then head over to ABQ to hang out with old friends and chosen family.
Monday, I’ll be flying back to NYC by way of Chicago… right now, I hate to think of leaving. I want to stay here long enough to be sick of it…