Two years ago, the Chef and I sold our home in Michigan and packed as much as we could into two U-Haul trailers. We loaded ourselves, two dogs, and one teenager into two SUVs, and we headed west to Colorado. We are far from the first to make such a sojourn and we won’t be the last, but it has been an adventure. We tossed or donated much of what owned (to our great relief). We quit jobs. We said goodbye to longtime friends. In the words of the Chef, a tried and true Trekkie, we blew up the Enterprise.
While it seems like a drastic move, it was a change that was a longtime in the making. The Chef and I had planned to go west at some point in our lives, but kids had school to finish and other unforeseen life events seemed to put the actual move on the back burner. Finally, after the last of our two children graduated high school, we made the leap.
In her book Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott says “Leap and the net will appear.” I feel like we have leapt a few times, sometimes by choice and sometimes not by choice at all, and the net has always appeared or we have woven our own net, fast and furious, as we have gone. We are definitely people who listen to our hearts. It’s not always been easy, but we have made it work.
Now, we are making it work here in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We have found our little oasis near a river in a small town. It has inspired us to live well in the best way we know how, to learn what we can about the area around us and to explore what our new place has to offer.
At the same time, we are fully exploring the things that always made us happy. For the Chef, that is fishing and food. He has a river flowing through his back yard and he couldn’t be more happy. The also setting inspires his creative play with food. For me, it’s always about writing, making, and discovering. The community we have come to call home for the time being welcomes artists with open arms, especially poets. It welcomes and feeds creativity. There are so many wonderful people creating all kinds of things from organic soaps to found art.