It has been quite some time since I have posted anything here – and with good reason. Having returned to my hometown of Denver shortly after Christmas with the family, we were fast at work trying to capture as much of the ski season as possible. Colorado is such a fast-growing and fantastic place to be right now, Denver in particular, with the advent of legal marijuana sales; a rapid population growth and a huge push in independent entrepreneurialism.
We weren’t particularly interested in much of what was happening, though it is appealing to see so much change, it is also a bit off-putting (traffic gets worse, things become tragically hip, and there is a lot of financial stress over cost-of-living) at times. We were basically here to ski, buckle down and work to save some dough, and make the most of the “time in-between.”
It strangely feels now as though it is a vacation within a vacation. There is some kind of Inception-ski-trip thing happening. We fly out again a week from tomorrow, and I say we because one of my absolute favorite humans, my friend Jessica will be joining me for a repeat tour of Central America, then leading into Columbia. Tentatively flying home from Cartagena, we have 8 weeks to explore and do as much damage as possible. Loosely, our trip is southbound from San Jose to Columbia via planes, busses and automobile. We will see what actually happens.
My writing on the first two legs of my travel last year mainly covered the various aspects of traveling on a more emotional level. This time around, I am going to try and focus on more of the details for you all. Many of the topics that I covered were sort of the broad aspects inside your head as a solo-traveler. I did not, however, offer up a lot of recommendations on where to stay, what to do, tips on travel, problem solving or adventures not to be missed. I will make sure in the future to do more of this; the reason I hadn’t done much of it in the first place is because I never wanted this to become vanity-driven or a play by play of what I have been doing. This isn’t about what I am doing, not in specifics anyhow. I always wanted this to be relatable to anyone that may be traveling; in whatever capacity, and deal with the real human elements rather than the Trip Advisor bullet points agenda approach.
That being said, in the future we will talk a bit more about specifics. With two of us heading out for this bit, I am excited for a new dynamic. Inevitably, we will meet some amazing people, our group will grow and shrink, but it should be fun to at least have a partner in crime. I truly can’t wait. Jessica is one of my absolute favorite humans, young, intelligent and way ahead of her years. While it will change the dynamic of the whole show, I am excited. We leave Sunday. Stay tuned for a pack list and a quick assessment of what I did and did not use on my last trip South. I enjoy the packing process as much as planning – I have butterflies in my stomach already.
Over 6 months travel last year, by bicycle, barge, boat, auto, train, plane, legs and everything in between brought me twenty six thousand miles, across The States, up to Alaska, through Canada, back home to Denver, up to Quebec, and eventually into Central America. We have soaked some serious shred in Summit and Eagle country, and it’s time to go defrost down South.
Photo taken on my iPhone looking over the Windows, Vail, Colorado.