Looking for Home in Colorado (and Our Winter Travel Plan)

A View Towards Boulder, Colorado
A View Towards Boulder, Colorado – Rockin Robin

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

Belitung, Indonesia
Belitung Island, Indonesia – by j3ffm4n

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

Namhansanseong Fortress - Seoul, South Korea
Namhansanseong Fortress – Seoul, South Korea, by Morning Calm News

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

Big Island Green Sand Beach
Green Sand Beach – Big Island, Hawaii

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)

More on this later.

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.

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25 Replies to “Looking for Home in Colorado (and Our Winter Travel Plan)”

  1. Lived in Boulder for almost 10 years. That's where I really fell in love with the mountains. Also love the cycling, the backcountry skiing to the 10th mountain division huts and the proximity to Utah and all the great stuff there is to do there. I did a post on 48 hours in Boulde rif interested. http://hikebiketravel.com/6946/48-hours-boulder-c…. Sounds like an exciting few months for you.

  2. If you like to be outdoors, Colorado is pretty hard to beat. Alaska is beautiful and wide open, but the climate is just too harsh for my taste.

  3. OMG but i loveee kimchi (and i dont normally like pickled foods)! Many Asians do anyway. But since kimchi mostly contains fish paste or anchovies (either one, am not so sure), and being a vegetarian, am still looking for someone to make me a veg-friendly kimchi meal! haha!

    i need holiday plans like yours! ah… gonna start working soon. 🙁

  4. Too funny that you're considering moving to Colorado and you also like Alaska. I currently live in Denver and am actually moving up to AK soon.

    I know I'm biased, but Denver/Boulder is great and I think you'll find lots of fun things to do in the area. The city's getting better and better and the weather is pretty hard to beat (300+ days of sun, mild climate and seasons).

    If you have any questions about Denver, feel free to give me a shout and I'll be happy to help you get acquainted with my hometown. 🙂

  5. Ha, we never made it to Fort Collins. There's so much to do in Boulder. We just got back and loooooooved it there. (And yes, Pearl Street Mall was great. We need more pedestrianized areas here in SF).

  6. You'll have a great time in Korea! I take it you've only got a few days layover? I lived in Korea for 2 years (you guessed it, teaching English) and I loved it. If you're tight for time, check out Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namdaemun Market, Hongdae (a youthful, quite colourful area), and eat lots of tasty Korean food (BBQ, bibimbap, kimchi jjiggae, mandy-guk). You'll have a blast! Especially if you're meeting up with friends who already live there.

    1. Actually it'll be about 10 days of layover 🙂 So hopefully there'll be plenty of time to explore not only Seoul but other cities as well. Thanks for the suggestions. Can't wait to get there. Hopefully it won't be too cold.

  7. What a fabulous winter itinerary! Korea is heavy into Tae Kwon Do (which I know from the year of my life I decided to try to become a black belt..epic fail.) Also the Korean BBQ I hear is pretty tasty if you're into meat! Happy travels!:-)

  8. Hope you find what you're looking for in Colorado. As for the rest of the itinerary, it looks great! You'll love Korea. It's an easy country to travel.

  9. I went to U of Colorado in Boulder and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it there. I'm sure you'll love it there too especially if you're into climbing or the outdoors.

  10. I grew up in northern Colorado, but went to college in Northern California (Sonoma State) and have lived in various other places throughout my life. The Bay Area and Colorado have always been my favorites though, so I'd say go for the move!

  11. I've lived in Northern Colorado pretty much my entire life and I think it would be a great decision! I've traveled to plenty of places, but in the end I still see myself calling this place home.

    In Boulder check out Pearl Street and when in Fort Collins walk down College Ave. Incredible trails and hikes, stunning views, great food and an incredible selection of beer!

  12. I'm with E. I didn't love kimchi until we arrived in Seoul. Now I'm hooked on pickled veggies on the side of everything. Love the sound of living in Colorado! Good luck with that.

  13. I didn't like kimchi at first either but it eventually grew on me, and now I LOVE the stuff! Give it a chance while you're there 🙂

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