Staying Put (For Now) – An Update!
When I arrived to Colorado at the beginning of August I decided it was time to consider parking the RV and staying put for a while. There are many reasons why I found the idea appealing, but my primary motivation was being able to better develop in-person relationships. I decided to choose Colorado specifically because of the beautiful outdoor opportunities and because the culture seems like a great fit for me. A few of my favorite things in the world are hiking, beer, and dogs. People here tend to agree on the greatness of these things.
Soooo, I ended up finding an apartment in Nederland, Colorado, and I MOVED IN! That’s right – it all happened so fast! The RV has been put in storage and I am now officially living in Nederland.
Don’t worry! I am NOT selling the RV. I am NOT saying I won’t RV anymore, or that I won’t travel anymore. I am just taking a break and hanging out here for a while. My lease runs through March 31, 2017. At that point I can decide if I want to stay or move on. It is EXTREMELY important to me that I keep the RV and have the option to return to that life at any time. I truly love traveling and I loved living full time in the RV. I know in my heart that I am NOT through with adventuring, whatever form that may take. Living in the RV taught me how important it is to me to keep exploring and I have every intention of doing that.
When Kelly and I came up with the name Small House Big World (OK, so it was Kelly), part of the reason we liked it was that it wasn’t tied specifically to RVing. RVing is one iteration of the idea that really excites me – living with less and exploring more. I think that living in a 400 square foot apartment in a tiny mountain town for 6 months is another iteration of this same idea. I cannot wait to go hiking in the snow with Max (and get snowshoes??), to work from the handful of adorable local coffee shops, and to eat all the delicious food in Nederland, all while being close enough to a populated downtown area that I can continue to develop relationships.
Now, please sit back and let me tell you all about Nederland, because it is an amazing and magical place.
Nederland is a 30 minute drive up into the Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. The drive is spectacular, with Boulder Creek rushing its way down through Boulder Canyon next to you. There are often rock climbers along the side of the highway making their way up the dramatic cliffs.
Nederland was established in 1874, as a trading post and a hub frequented by nearby miners in the surrounding area. The total population of Nederland hovers around 1500 people. That’s fewer people than went to my high school… It is TINY. There are about 2 blocks of “downtown” where businesses are located. There is one of everything in Nederland – one laundromat, one book store, one hardware store, one grocery store. But then there are multiples of the IMPORTANT things – namely restaurants, coffee shops, and dispensaries. The culture in Nederland very much has a hippie and outdoorsy vibe, in the best way. If you want a good feel for what the culture is like, all you need to do is read about Frozen Dead Guy Days.
There is also super-importantly an all-you-can-eat Indian food buffet approximately 500 feet from my front door.
And an adorable pizzeria and taphouse directly across the street from me. God help me I am going to get so fat here.
My apartment is right downtown, so every business is at most a 10 minute walk away, if I’m walking really slowly.
But wait! There’s more. One of the most appealing things about Nederland is that it is nestled in the mountains and surrounded by amazing wilderness. (So I have every intention of hiking off all the delicious food). Indian Peaks Wilderness, Rocky Mountain National Park, Roosevelt National Forest, and James Peak Wilderness are all close by. There is also Eldora Mountain in my backyard for a good local ski option. I have taken a couple of hikes nearby, here are the highlights:
And finally, I’m typing this post from the Train Cars Coffee Shop that is across the street from my new apartment. If you’re wondering, no, it could not possibly be any cuter here.
I am reminded once again of the MIRACLE and BEAUTY of remote work, which allows me to follow my whims and decide to change my location whenever I desire. I am so thankful that I am able to make this choice to hang out here for a while, because I can!
I will continue to post photos frequently and write blog posts occasionally on my Small House Big World Instagram, Facebook page, and blog, so keep following along! Colorado is beautiful, and the area I’m staying in has a thousand amazing photo opportunities. I fully intend to explore the crap out of Colorado. I also have a Utah backpacking trip in the works. And I know you want to see all about Frozen Dead Guy Days come March! 🙂
Change is always hard, and a part of me feels SAD that I’m going to be leaving the RV for a while. We had a GREAT run. But I’m also really excited about staying here for a while and seeing the same people all the time and settling in to life in the mountains. So, let’s do this Colorado!