My first blog post in almost three months. Why? Because we moved. And moving is not as easy as it used to be.
After nearly 20 years living in Santa Fe, we put the cat in the 4Runner, everything else in a moving van, put a “For Sale” sign in front of the house, said goodbye to the Sangre de Cristo mountains and drove 400 miles north to Boulder Colorado. Still living in the Rocky Mountains, still in that place where the mountains meet the plains.
The middle part of our lives were spent in that old adobe house in Santa Fe. I lived there longer than I lived in any other house. I lived in Santa Fe longer than I lived in any other town. The ashes of our old cat Butch are buried under an Apricot tree that we grew from a seed. The bones of our old cat Spike are probably on top of the hill where Tom Ford built his house (we think the Coyotes got Spike). We planted every tree, bush, plant and piece of grass in that huge yard. After 20 years the Lilac bushes are finally as high as the windows (things grow slowly in Santa Fe).
The years in Santa Fe were very good years for us, but we wanted a change. Boulder is a great town and we love it here. A bit more snow, still 300 days of sunshine a year, hot summers, blue skies (but not as blue as Santa Fe), a small town. We got a bigger house (that old adobe was small) but a smaller yard. The hiking in the Santa Fe area is good, but the hiking here in Boulder is better. Our house is on the edge of the open space and a good walking trail goes right by us.
My main regret in life is that I cannot live in several places at once. I would live in Boulder, Santa Fe, Northern California, New York City, the Cotswolds (England), and southern France. This is why I am so in love with staying in vacation rentals and spending a few weeks in a place when on vacation – I get to settle in and live in these places.
Another thing about Boulder – less than an hour to the Denver airport where we can fly direct to England or France!
We are mostly unpacked and the office is set up. We are finding favorite coffee shops and restaurants. People are very friendly here and we have met a lot of our neighbors. You would not believe the number of great natural foods shops here!
The city plows the walking trails the morning after a snowfall. No matter the weather there is a constant stream of walkers on the trail behind our house, and we are among them. We got about a foot of snow just before Christmas and today when out walking we saw people on snowshoes, cross country skis, sleds, feet and even bikes!
So, goodbye Santa Fe! I think of you often and part of me does not believe that I do not live there any more.
“Train wheels runnin’ down an open track,
In my mem’ry time to take me back
Are you goin, are you goin’,
To Santa Fe”
– Santa Fe/Beautiful Obsession, Van Morrison, Wavelength