A Little Ketchup

One of the many beautiful sunsets this fall from our apartment looking back on Boston.

One of the many beautiful sunsets this fall from our apartment looking back on Boston.

Another travel assignment has flown by and I again have written far less frequently than I intended. I have a short list of meaningful topics I’ve been wanting to get to, but today you’ll have to settle for just an update on the travel life.

It’s been a great autumn in the Boston area. Kate and I got a killer apartment on the coast just north of the city and have made up for a lot of lost time with old friends. Lots of fun, a few shenanigans, nice cold evening sunsets, and being here for another World Series championship have made it a great fall! It’s raining right now, but its probably one of less than 7 days it has rained during our 3 months here. It’s been a fantastic fall… but, man, am I ready to get out of here and head to Colorful Colorado!

Highland Bowl

Highland Bowl, one more reason to get out and get acclimated… that bowl ain’t gonna hike itself!

This will be our 6th year working seasonal positions out in Colorado. I have worked for the same hospital out there for 5 years now – I am so excited to get to the mountains, see good friends and co-workers, start up the low-stress life of a professionally employed ski bum, and most importantly,get to laying down some powder turns. After a delay in finding a job for the fall, this contract is running a little later in the year than I’d like it to, and some weeks of the ski season are slipping by. I’m also losing out on some precious time for altitude acclimation that makes a huge difference for some mountain races later this winter – and just trying to keep up with the other locals around town – and not being out of breath sitting at my desk at work.

 

Accord

The ol’ Accord road tripping in all its glory.

I think part of my extreme anxiousness to get out there lies in a newly fine-tuned proficiency for getting ready to move. I have no bags packed, but I feel like I have been preparing to move for 3 weeks now. Just a few drawers of clothes to shove in bags and we’ll be packed up. To add to the ease of moving this time around, we have upgraded to an SUV. I sold my old Honda Accord that I had put 120,000 great miles on (plus 70,000 miles from its original owner). It drove some of the great roads in North America – made the trip up the Alcan Highway to Alaska, drove East through Canada to Prince Edward Island, and touched the Southern and Northern tips of Rt 1. But, for two people routinely moving cross-country multiple times each year, I can’t believe it took us this long to get a bigger car. I sold the Accord this weekend on Craigslist and I am driving a rental for my last week working in home care – 4 more days on this contract – head down, nose to the grindstone. Short-Timer Syndrome be damned!

I, of course, will be updating on the Facebook and Twitter (@hobohealth) pages all along the road trip, but this trip will be less of a meander out west than some of our previous trips. We will get to catch up with some friends in Chicago along the way, but otherwise this trip is going to be a straight-shot westward in just a couple long days of driving. Expect updates soon and travel safe! -James

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