Since last fall’s announcement that we’ve decided to stay-put in Colorado for a while, we’ve been pretty busy. First and foremost, I (Justine) have returned to a full-time office job while Ryan has also increased his remote work hours back up to a full-time level. Outside of work we’ve made time to explore the Front Range as well as enjoy having library cards again. (Yes, we’re nerds.)
We’ve also made a few friends since moving here, and it’s been nice to be in one place for long enough to get to know new people. Board game nights are definitely more fun when there’s more folks sitting around the table.
One of the obvious benefits of being in Colorado is the access to great hiking trails. So far, we’ve made it a point to go for a long day hike almost every weekend and have checked out nearby state parks and open space areas. Even the shorter, more moderate hikes around here offer pretty incredible views. On our list for the remainder of the summer and fall are to explore some of the trails in the national forests near us and do a few hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Some images from our hikes:
Ryan introduced me to fishing when we lived in Austin and for years we both stuck mostly to spinner rods to lure bass and perch in rivers and lakes. However, since moving to Colorado where we have access to an incredible number of premium trout fishing opportunities, we’ve decided to pursue fly fishing. So far we’re still newbies, but we’re already hooked (pun definitely intended). We’ve discovered some great fishing spots in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and have been fortunate enough to make several day trips there. Even when we don’t catch anything, it’s worth just getting out to enjoy the scenery.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to live in our bus since moving here due to county-wide restrictions against tiny homes and living in an RV. It’s been disappointing to have to rent another property and even weirder to go back to a larger space, but the good news is that we’ve been able to give the bus some TLC in the meantime. Ryan’s worked through some important mechanical diagnostics, and the issues we had feared in the fall might lead to an engine rebuild may not be as severe as initially thought (whew!). We still need to replace some older parts, but the prognosis is a lot better than anticipated. I’ve also been doing some work to refresh the interior of the bus, which after so much travel was starting to look a little road-weary.
We’re still working towards our larger goals – including eventually buying land – and, all in all, things aren’t too shabby. We’re fortunate to have the opportunities that we do and are looking forward to the future.