Is Colorado our next home?
How do you interview a city to find out if you want to live there? Short of actually moving there? That’s the question we’ll be trying to answer as we fly out to Denver tomorrow.
Colorado (to be more exact, Denver/Boulder) is a state that both Jack and I agree we should consider moving to. It’s quite rare that we agree on something like this (for example, I like Alaska while Jack is only lukewarm about the idea) so it’s kind of a big deal. It’s a sign that this is something we should explore, even it leads to nothing.
Since we like to ski in winter and climb in the summer, we want to live close to the mountains. Everyone says that after Bay Area, California (with its close proximity to Tahoe and the Sierras), Denver and Boulder, Colorado might be the next best thing in continental US.
Boulder Canyon is home to hundreds of climbing routes and it’s minutes away from Boulder. How awesome is that?
We’ll be visiting Rocky Mountain National Park and microbreweries that are scattered throughout the area. Checking out the local food scene is also a priority. We’ve been so spoiled having access to more restaurants that we can ever handle here in San Francisco, it’s something that’s hard to imagine living without.
But other than that, the itinerary is left vague.
So if you have any ideas on what we should check out in Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins area – let us know.
Other Winter Plans
Indonesia (Jill going solo) – December
I’ll be visiting my folks in Indonesia in November. Since the focus of the visit will be mostly to visit relatives, I’m not sure how much local traveling we’ll do.
But if there is time, my mom and I will be taking a quick trip to the islands of Bangka/Belitung off Sumatra. They are known for their beautiful beaches and delicious seafood. I thought I had enough of these silly island adventures after our death-defying, vomit inducing trip to Krakatoa – but I guess I’m gluttony for punishment.
South Korea (Jill going solo) – November
My flight to Indonesia stops in Korea. It costs only a little bit more to turn that into a multiday layover. I’ve sort of shamelessly invited myself along to my good friend’s family vacation. I figure we’ve known each other still childhood we’re practically family anyway.
I’m still not sure what I’ll do in Korea other than playing auntie to my friend’s kids, but I really should start to figure this out.
Three things I know about Korea:
- Kimchi (which honestly is the second grossest thing I’ve ever tried)
- It’s has quite a large expat population of ESL teachers
- Its neighbor up north is a little dodgy.
It’s obvious there’s a lot I don’t know about Korea.
Big Island, Hawaii – January
Some family members are getting married on Big Island next year and I say they’ve picked the perfect spot. It was my first Hawaiian island to visit and it’s still my favorite. I can’t wait to revisit some of my favorite spots: Mauna Kea observatory, snorkel around James Cook monument, and the green sand beach.
??? (Secret Destination)
Next month is going to be very busy. I have work related projects to finish off in-between planning for trips. Not to mention the usual holiday hustle and bustle.
I guess the next time you hear from us, it’ll be about our trip to Colorado.
Wish us luck on our search for our next home.