For Purple Mountain Majesties
Above the fruited plane
– America The Beautiful
It’s been about a month since I left Colorado and I wanted to reflect on the things that I miss the most about Colorado and Boulder in particular. It is one of the most beautiful and amazing places that I’ve ever been, it was home for longer than nearly every place besides the city in which I grew up. So without further ado, let’s get into a top ten 15 list:
1 – People – After traveling for years, being in one place showed me the power of really deep relationships. I’ve formed friendships that will last the rest of my life with people who I can be myself with and who inspire happiness. You know who you are.
2 – Access to the backcountry – It’s no secret that the outdoors is my main jam, it’s my haven away from the intensity with which I live. The stress just melts away, and no where else has quite the same backcountry access (while still maintaining an awesome city life) as Boulder. Having a bad day, it’s about as easy to get away as it is to get to Brooklyn from Manhattan. Maybe easier.
3 – Cool mornings & evenings – Mmmmm, so nice to wake up to cool mountain air.
4 – Sunny days – All 300+ of them per year.
5 – The 2 main emotions of mountain biking (terrified and exhausted) – Actually, you can say that about a lot of the sports that I like, and Colorado boasts.
6 – Small mountain towns – There is something intoxicating about the atmosphere of a Colorado mountain town that is hard to explain. It’s not just the pot.
7 – Learning to love Blue Grass music
8 – Good food – I’m not just talking about how it tastes
9 – Commuting by bike without true existential fear of dying in a horrible motor vehicle accident
10 – Competitive nature of people – Only in Boulder can you be pushing yourself to run up a mountain at your top speed only to be passed by a 13yr old girl or a 75yr old guy.
11 – I usually hate homogenous communities, but Boulder’s self selects for my human personality Kryptonite (adventurous, smart, successful)
12 – Hike meetings –
13 – Hike dates
14 – Nearly every moment is photogenic – Thanks to Instagram I relive the beauty, and foster jealousy, everyday.
15 – Being able to work outside in the middle of town (not even close to possible in NYC) – Ah conference room park 🙂
There are more reasons, but my nostalgia has been satisfied, for now.