On the Road: Getting away " and back again
Aspen, CO Colorado
Before this past weekend, I had not ventured outside the valley for nearly a year ” since the beginning of November 2006. I broke my streak to travel to Ann Arbor … via Denver … via Detroit. Three cities in five days ” what a culture shock (albeit the latter two in airports only).
For the past 10 months, Aspen has had its way with me. From mid-November to mid-April, my domain did not extend past Snowmass; missing even one day of skiing (no matter the conditions) did not register as an option. Spring in the valley is one of my favorites ” plenty of biking and hiking and very few tourists. As for the summer, the choice of activities is overwhelming.
But, Ann Arbor called. A group of my college friends and rowing teammates were reuniting for a long weekend. I was not going to miss it. I had not seen them since we graduated two years ago, and on the plane en route to the Motor City, I began to get nervous. But, for the entirety of the five-day trip, I felt like I was getting a big hug. It was a return to our college days: a tailgate party, dancing, food, wandering around, plenty of relaxing and even a crew practice ” the perfect weekend.
Returning to Aspen on Tuesday afternoon, I wasn’t sure how I would feel. Taking a trip after 10 months without venturing outside the valley walls only to return five days later can be a bit of a shock in itself. But, stepping on the tarmac Tuesday, I immediately felt at home and the first thing I wanted to do was go for a run. So, I laced up my shoes and set off up my favorite trail.
The Aspen City Council directed staff to move forward with the Burlingame early childhood education center, but decided it needs more information on the affordable housing units that are part of the schematic design at a work session Monday.