Well, the time has finally come – I’m leaving the Bay Area and heading back to Colorado.
8 years ago, I packed up my house and my sons and my then husband and I took a road trip from Colorado to California. Our family was moving – and it was a wild and crazy adventure. We had gotten married in a whirlwind after dating for a few months. I had fallen in love with him while he was building a driveable pirate ship – at the time, it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.
We started hanging out while I volunteered to help work on that pirate ship – it was a big project! The marriage didn’t last, but the love of working on big, cool art did.
After the ship was built, we drove it around Denver and had some fun with it. Turns out though, it costs a lot in insurance and storage to house a big ass pirate ship art car. And he was broke AF. He ended up selling that ship to some wealthy Burners in the Bay Area – and that was the start of a magical journey. They invited us to Burning Man, and then the invited us to come and live in California. It seemed like a dream come true – so we packed up and headed west.
So many things happened over the past 8 years. I’ve gone to Burning Man 6 times, and worked on two amazing art projects. My marriage fell apart, and I found a better one instead. My sons grew up. I gained so many amazing friends. I dyed my hair so many colors. I learned a vast array of new skills. It’s been unexpected, vibrant, wonderful, difficult, exhausting, and magical.
Now I’ve come to a place where it’s time to move on once again. I’ve been feeling the pull for a few years now – it’s time for something different. Jeff and I considered places to move to for a while – Reno? Palm Springs? It had to be some place that was quieter, but had a vibrant art community. A yoga and fitness culture. An up and coming tech scene. Close to nature, but not too far from a metro area. Less traffic, more hiking trails. Eventually, Colorado seemed like the perfect choice.
Since I’ve already lived there, I have many friends and family in Colorado – which makes the transition a lot easier. Boulder has a nice hippie yoga scene for Jeff. Denver has a great up and coming fashion industry and a cool art district. And in the middle – there’s Louisville. A small town surrounded by fields and walking trails, with a beautiful view of the mountains and easy access to both cities.
So we rented a house there. And tomorrow we leave for our new life.
We’re not completely out of the Bay yet, though. Jeff is staying here for work for now, so he will be commuting back and forth to visit the family every month for a while. Luckily, we both have side projects we really want to work on for a while, so we can keep busy and make the best use of our time apart.
I can’t wait to show Jeff around Colorado. He’s never been! There’s so much to do – Red Rocks, Aspen, the Denver Chalk Art Festival, First Friday art walk on Santa Fe.
We’re going to have an amazing new adventure. And although leaving the Bay Area is bittersweet, we won’t miss the traffic and the rent. Jeff and I want to buy a house in the next few years, and it’s well known that Bay Area housing prices are beyond absurd. Luckily, Denver is only a short flight away – so I’ll be here visiting frequently. After all, we have so many amazing friends in the Bay.
I can’t wait to start sharing Colorado boutiques and designers on the blog! As I mentioned, Denver has a great up and coming fashion scene, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. So stay tuned for some really awesome content coming up!
And if you want to follow along with our cross country drive this weekend, check out my Instagram – I’ll be posting on my stories as we go!
See you all in Colorado – Rachel