In case anyone has been wondering what happened to us since we got back to the states, here’s an update! After spending some of the summer at my parents’ home in Illinois, Chris and I packed up our truck to the brim, loaded in with our beloved dog, Marciano, with whom we’ve been joyfully reunited, and headed west. We dined in some quaint towns in Iowa and got through Nebraska as quickly as we could on our way to Colorado. Chris stayed behind the wheel most of the time and knocked out the ride until we arrived in Golden, just at the edge of the rocky mountains, where we stopped to climb at a cliff band above the town. We continued from there to Glenwood Springs, where we stopped for a hot soak in the local natural springs. The next day we drove south on the 550, known as the million dollar highway. It’s a twisty turny route winding through steep canyons and turning your stomach in knots as you look down past the pavement to the river below and hope your driver is watching the road, but it is also breathtakingly beautiful, especially around Ouray and then all the way into Durango. The sun was setting during the final hour of our drive, illuminating the sky and the mountains, and turning up our excitement for our new home.
For almost 2 weeks we slept in the camper of our truck, enjoying the hospitality of our friends Nick and Candiss, who let us use their home for our kitchen and bathroom needs while we looked for a place. Then we found a white adobe three bedroom house in downtown Durango, about half a mile from Main Ave, where we moved in with a couple of roommates.
Soon after that we both found jobs. After almost a year of traveling and enjoying complete freedom, we are both ready to get back to work. I am working as a tile setter in a new 18,000 sq ft mansion being built, and Chris is working at the Natural Grocer and at a bar called the Summit. I bought a 2002 Subaru, Colorado’s most popular car, so now we fit right in. This photo shows some of the tile work I am doing. In this floor I am actually laying a herringbone pattern of century old reclaimed brick from Chicago.
In his free time, Chris goes climbing locally or out to Utah for desert cracks and towers (where is it at this very moment). I am enjoying doing yoga, hiking, and started taking an aerial dance class where we climb up fabric and hanging hoops. Here’s a photo of a couple of my new friends Melinda and Brian playing with the fabric: