Between Now And Then

Today is the first day of February. In exactly 79 days we’ll be on a plane heading to Colombia to start our 1 year -to-indefinite RTW trip.

In all honesty, we don’t know what we’re doing.

Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away‘?

Have you ever heard of the quote? Sometimes I think the phrase describes us very well :).

To stop and think of the consequences what this means: quitting our jobs and leaving our comfort zone is too scary. It’s much easier to not think about it. In a way, life is more exciting when you don’t know what’s ahead.

Even though we don’t know what we’re going to be doing 80 days from now, we do know what’s ahead in the near future. We have some yearly traditions with friends and families that usually involve some sort of travel. With us leaving, there’s even more incentive NOT to skip these.

Our travel plans between now and then

A ski trip to Tahoe
Once a year, a group of our friends from all over the states would fly into a skiing destination for a weekend of skiing, good wines, and inappropriate jokes. This year’s destination: Tahoe.

A cross country ski trip in Tahoe
Once a year, a group of people from all over Bay Area would meet in a cabin in Tahoe for a weekend of cross-country skiing, good wines, and most likely inappropriate jokes.

A trip to Vegas with relatives to watch Ka (eeeek! so excited!)

Ka Las Vegas
Ka Las Vegas -- Old Shoe Woman

Once a year, our relatives would treat us for a weekend of all-expenses paid in San Francisco to watch an opera. This year they’re changing it up a bit and we’re heading to Las Vegas instead to watch a Cirque du Soleil show, Ka.

Ka is only, like, the best show ever… so I’m really excited about this trip.

Would there be wine and inappropriate jokes? Yes, most likely.

A climbing trip to Yosemite

Snake dike Yosemite
Snake Dike Route in Yosemite

Most likely this is going to happen after we leave our jobs so we can go spend a week or longer and have the whole place to ourselves. Both Snake Dike and Royal Arches are something we’ve been wanting to do.

Wine: if make it to the top, yes. If we don’t, we’ll need something stronger.

Inappropriate jokes: Just really bad ones.

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These trips will be bitter-sweet

Tahoe and Yosemite have been our ‘playground’ for a long time… and if we don’t find ourselves back in California after our trip, it will be one of the things we’ll miss the most. Without a doubt.

At the same time, I’d like to think that we’re leaving our life here in California with a ‘bang’

By doing activities that we love doing with the people that we like to be around with makes saying ‘good bye’ even harder. But it’s not really ‘good bye’, is it?

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17 Replies to “Between Now And Then”

  1. Holy cow! You guys are packing more adventure into your pre-trip than most people get in 10 years. I can olny imigane the awesome things you will see and do during your excursion. I wish it was me going, but I'm glad you are pursuing your passions!!!

  2. Hi Jack, hi Jill,

    It seems that you've got huge plans for the next year, I hope you will have the best experience of your lives and have a lot of fun and see a lot of interesting things.

    Keep us up-to-date with your trips, we love them!

    Best regards,


  3. How exciting that you have so many fun trips planned before your big step! We didn't do much of anything in the two months leading up to our departure…

    1. It is exciting. All of trips planned are our winter traditions that we do every year — so it will be a good chance to say goodbye to our friend and fams before taking off.

  4. We are VERY excited to follow your adventures, especially in South America. It sounds like you have a few exciting months ahead before the big plunge!! Enjoy skiing, Ka, and Yosemite!!

    1. I'm sure we will. It will be a good chance to hang out with friends and families before going all Skype and emails with them.

  5. Your Yosemite red line looks incredibly dangerous, that's not real, right? Well, what do I know, I don't climb… I'm more like crawling up the mountain, usually. Ryan will tell you that it can be literally that way. I admire your climbing activities!

    1. Hi Debbie, thanks for coming by 🙂 Yes, we're very excited (and a little nervous too)… hope you'll follow along on our journey!

  6. Yep, all too big to think about and it'll probabloy be a while before your brain lets it all sink in. I remember my last day at work, getting home and sitting on the sofa just staring at the wall and thinking, 'What the ___ are we doing? I've just quit the career I've worked towards for so long and there's a 'Sold' sign stuck to the house that we begged the bank for a mortgage for.' All that was 7 years ago. We're still alive and well and VERY happy…and still trying to decide what to do with our lives! 🙂

    1. Thank you for the words of encouragement, Julia…. I think if we have our own house it would be even harder to just leave everything behind. Kudos to those who did.

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