Well, we’re on the plane bound for Mexico right now. It has been months of talking and slowly but surely getting to this point. We have spent the past six weeks staying with friends and family and enjoying summertime in the rockies. We have been at each place for a week at a time.
We had promised friends that we would keep everyone up to date on the blog and when we made that promise we had NO idea how busy we would be after we left San Francisco. We were sure that things would slow down and we were completely wrong. We have been busier than we have ever been but enjoying it so much we don’t mind it at all. Here’s what we have been up to over the past six weeks and sorry it’s been jammed into one post rather than sprinkled in with the rest.
First, we got back to Colorado just in time for a nearly decade long tradition of running the famous Bolder Boulder 10k with grampa. This year mom joined us for the first time and we took it easy, walking it so we could all stay together. I think mom enjoyed her first BB experience and might even want to do it with us again next year. There was even a major first for me during the race and we drank slurpees as we walked – awesome! Why didn’t we start doing that a long time ago! Waaaay better than gatorade! 🙂
We also got to celebrate my baby sister’s 30th birthday with tea at the Brown Palace and a BBQ at her place. She’s getting OLD! But damn…. that means I am too! Even in our old age, we still have so much fun together and I was glad we got to be there for her big day.
After our mad dash to get to Denver for BB, we were able to spend a little time relaxing and settling into our new entrepreneurial life. Well, relaxing is probably the wrong way to put it. But, we were able to spend time with our favorite guy, Grampa. After Bolder Boulder, we went back to his place for a little over a week and it was nice to spend the early days of post-“big kid jobs” with a guy that retired at 52. He is quite impressed that we were able to beat him by so much but then saw how much we are working now and wasn’t jealous after that. We would wake up early and join him for his daily 3 mile walk or, Frank would go for a killer run (oh yeah… forgot about that whole altitude thing – brutal!). Post walk meant coffee on the front porch to hear more of his stories or talk about his upcoming blog posts. He is so proud of his blog and I’m a lucky granddaughter to coordinate it all with him. He’s decided (and I agree) that posts with pictures are much better and he loves working on them right there on the spot with the laptop. After coffee and then breakfast, he “gets some sun” and lays out for about an hour each morning at 11:00. The guy is consistent. My entire life I have been jealous of his tan and we have plenty of pictures comparing my pasty white legs to his leathery, bronzed skin. An hour each day out in the Manila sunshine seems to be the trick. While grampa and I would get our sunshine on, Frank would be working hard to help his athletes and respond to their questions and workouts.
In the afternoon we would switch and I would go in to work while Frank and grampa would find a project around the house to work on. The stories from that could go on and on so I’ll let the pictures do the talking (for the most part). All I will say is these two working together are hilarious. Grampa always seems to get Frank into the most precarious positions, Frank gives grampa a hard time for it and I just smile as I listen to it and take pictures. They did some awesome stuff to that cabin that’s been waiting a long long time to get done (some of it almost 40 years overdue!). He’ll kill me if I don’t mention that in the summer there is a snow cone shack in town. I love snow cones and get totally nostalgic about them and all of our childhood summertimes spent at the cabin. So… I made the guys go get snow cones almost every day and it was great. They both gave me a hard time but guess what? They never turned down the snow cones that I brought back for them so I think they were secretly glad I was the one requesting them. This trip was so fantastic. We couldn’t have been in a better place at a better time. Thank you grampa!
We had a great time with our bff but after a week or so we had to head back to Denver so Frank could run another marathon (of course!). We got into town in time to cheer our friends on at the Boulder 70.3 triathlon and man… I forgot how much fun spectating is! I think I need to get back into it. Spectating is definitely where its at. Anyway, it was almost therapeutic to be back at the Boulder Rez with all of our friends and we had an awesome time. Then, doubling up on races, the following day our dear friend Jay and I went to cheer Frank on at his 20th marathon (-ish… he’s lost track), Revel Rockies. The guy is an animal and did great despite the crazy altitude to adjust to and challenging course.
The rest of that week we spent in Denver and did almost nothing but work. It was great to have time totally devoted to getting some really important stuff done! And get some really important stuff done we did! That’s where I finished up with the first draft of Travel to Tulum, which I am so pumped to share with everyone very shortly.
Wow, we’ve done so much and been on the go I almost forgot where we went next! How could I forget?!? Colorado Springs to spend time with Frank’s parents. He and his dad rebuilt their deck which was, of course a big project which provided me with time to get stuff done and work on the logistics for this whole moving out of the country thing. I guess that was creeping up on us more than we realized and I needed to get serious about the logistics and planning. Mission accomplished. They are very welcoming and helped me LOTS with my Spanish – gracias Armando y Nora!!!
Back on the road again after a week we trekked up to Gunnison for a week with my folks. Okay, if you haven’t been to Gunnison in the summer, stop what you’re doing and head there immediately. And this year after all of the spring rain Colorado had, it is even more spectacular and beautiful than I’ve ever seen it. The wildflowers in Crested Butte are gorgeous and life just slows down in this great little town. We went fly-fishing with my dad and that definitely rekindled our love for it, especially Frank’s. Now we’re pumped to check out the salt water fishing down in the Riviera Maya. Thanks dad, you’re an awesome guide and I know it’s much more fun to do the fishing yourself than help out a bunch of dudes like us but we really enjoyed our time out there. It was especially fun to watch Frank come out of the water with his waders full of water! Those are the memories life is made of and we won’t forget that one.
The next day we got to do a raft trip down the Gunnison River with my folks and we had an absolute blast. I always get a little nervous before starting into one of those trips but our guide, Vito was incredible and we immediately began having a fun time and joking around. Frank & I even rode out on the front of the boat – didn’t think I’d ever do that! It was lots of laughs and fun for all four of us. As we were stopping at a quiet section of the river Vito said to Frank & I – Hey, I’ll do the Polar Plunge if you two do. My response… a very swift Hell No! But, what can I say, I’m a sucker for peer pressure and next thing you know Frank & I are trust-falling into the polar-y water. BRR!!!! But, so much fun! I guess it even looked fun because next thing I know Mom was telling me she wanted to do it and she wanted me to do it with her. So, like a funny dummy as grampa would call it… I did it again with her. There was much less profanity as I prepared for the second fall than the first. 🙂
Okay… on to our last week… back to grampa’s! Moe (my mom) was going out there for a week over the 4th of July and we decided to join her for a little more grampa / Manila time. This time Frank’s projects got a little out of hand and he was super busy with that stuff. Moe & I went down to SLC to see grandma and family on Monday and gave the guys some space to work on a new electrical panel. Oh heavens, those wires were a little messy to put it mildly and they spent the entire day on that project. Then… this time we suggested to grampa that we rip out his current bathtub shower with a walk in. Reluctantly, he went for it and he and Frank began the project right away. The realized right away that the job was going to be WAY more involved than had been expected. We (Frank really) found out the hard way that the existing tub was a 500 lb cast iron s-o-b. Getting that thing out of there proved to be a miserable project and took hours. For days we were up until very late (11pm+) working on that dang thing. Now that it is done though, it is awesome! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to the shower upstairs after using that one. It was a tough project for our poor Frank but he did an awesome job and we’re all very thankful!
After a 7 hour drive back to Gunnison followed by a 4 hour drive back to Colorado Springs and then the hour back to Denver, a night at my sister’s house and here we are… the three of us on a plane finally headed to Tulum! Holy Sh**!
One thing we noticed was that time flew by each week and we never had any down time. If we weren’t working we were out with our sweet hosts for the week having a great time. It has been a great way to kick off the summer and we are crazy lucky to have been able to do it before starting this new, totally unconventional, exciting chapter.
We are oddly calm about the whole thing and just excited to be in a space of our own (and in paradise at that!) very soon. I keep waiting for one of us to totally freak out but… so far so good. I’ll keep ya posted though. It’s bound to happen sooner or later. 🙂