On the Road: Getting away " and back again | AspenTimes.com

On the Road: Getting away " and back again

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.

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