A view from the Golden Visitor's Center from my quick visit in July.

A view from the Golden Visitor's Center from my quick visit with the inlaws in July.

The closer it gets to our departure date, the stranger it feels that this is all happening. I know it’s nothing like when my brother, Nathan, and his wife, Heidi, moved all the way to China for two years and then traveled all across East Asia before coming back this summer – who can compete with that?? Their experiences sounded absolutely amazing and you can read this and check out these to see what I mean for yourself. So while their stories and photos make our adventure seem rather insignificant in comparison (thanks a lot guys), to me, our move still feels…dare I say it…surreal*. But it’s a pretty significant change for us!

I just never expected this for myself. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not one to map out my life but there are certain things I imagined for myself as I went along in life. And marrying a total hottie from another state wasn’t on my radar, and certainly not marrying such a travel fanatic – especially one who would quickly instill an insatiable desire in me for travel as well. But it’s been an incredible ride so far, and I have the best, most patient traveling companion – no one else can put up with my whining like he can, ha. And before Ryan, I hadn’t met one person whose amount of photos could rival mine. I must have spent, at the very least, a couple thousand dollars developing film and getting prints (sometimes duplicates) throughout high school and college. However, once he and I joined creative forces, (with the aid of our second best friend, the digital camera), together we became the unstoppable, most irritating couple at parties and events. We take pride in our excessive compulsive photography disorder. Deal with it.

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View of Golden from Lookout Mountain. Courtesy of: takemytrip.com

Anyway, I have yet to match Ryan’s extensive list of conquered destinations, but I’m certainly not about to give up. However, did you know that I have Ryan beat by at least one city in the U.S.? Would you think it was pretty bold/risky/trusting/awesome that he has allowed me to make all the plans for our move without even seeing the town we’re about to live in? I know…crazy, huh? Ooo, he’s in for a real treat! I can’t wait to show him around, haha.

And so now that I’ve been bitten by the travel bug, I want to experience it all. It’s just deciding where to go next and for how long. This week, it’s Golden, Colorado for a “trial run” in a place we will call home for ten months. No big thing, just uprooting our life to try something totally different and exciting.

Am I nervous? Not really. Am I sad? Of course – it’s bittersweet. But surprisingly, I’m not at all worried. I feel good, I feel confident and I feel at peace. It is meant to be. And I’m so happy for this opportunity, among so many others I’ve had over the last eight months.

To sum up my feelings exactly, in the words of Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.”

I will, thank you very much, with my faithful Father and my best friend. What more could I ask for, really?

Keep traveling with us!

Love,
Laura

*Surreal, an overused word for describing ones’ unbelieveable circumstances or events*