After three months in Kody (our Kodiak camping trailer/condo) we were really feeling like it was home. In addition that home was parked within walking distance to the beach, or along the premier road biking routes of Southern California, or near world class mountain biking.
But on Saturday it was time to return to our other home in Ridgway, Colorado. As we moved out of 200 sq. feet and into 2000 sq. feet we felt overwhelmed with space and stuff. We all wanted to turn around and head back out. Even Lars looked at his crib like it was a prison and wanted nothing to do with it for the first day. By Sunday we were hatching plans to rent out our home full time and return only to camp on a friend’s property.
As the week progressed we have settled a bit. I guess that’s the good thing about our family, we adapt. It’s also nice to have access to more than 2 minutes of hot water in the shower, counter tops, and rooms with doors. And even though it’s April 17th and dumping snow outside it’s also nice to return to this little mountain town. We struggle with our ‘place’ here. Being semi-nomdic we aren’t around to commit to all the community events and causes we use to and friends are doing their own things and can’t drop it all for our sporadic returns. Still… we’re always welcome with open arms. Almost everyday I think about all the places to live that suit our lifestyle better. Whether it be back to Boulder for the cycling and friends or SoCal for the cycling, warm weather, and a million other distractions.
And I guess that’s the great thing about having our home base in Ridgway … it has no distractions. It’s a place to think and realize that life is both dark and beautiful. Our sky is rated as one of the darkest in the country, the San Juan mountains aren’t like any other in Colorado as they are jagged and sharp, there’s one stop light in the surrounding 30 miles and the only traffic jam involves moving herds of cow.
Our schedules are filled for the next few months here with Axel Project events in Colorado, Randy helping a new bike shop opening in town, Kalden starting some guitar lessons, and me working away – in an office with a door! But we can only sit still for so long. We crave more roads to ride out the front door, water to surf, and learning experiences for the boys.
So we’ll continue to wander again but for now I’ll try to enjoy my dark, beautiful, and non-distracted surroundings.