We recently put a call out for Guest Bloggers and Gilliam Herrle rose her hand! She submitted an excellent post about her families cross country move from the midwest to the old west with their two young boys. Check out her post and some amazing photos!
Last summer, our family finally made the long awaited decision to move from Ohio to Colorado. My grandparents live in Evergreen, Colorado and have been pushing for us to move out here for years. My husband and I have definitely always craved a little move adventure in our lives and last July, the timing was right. So we sold almost all of our belongings, packed what we could fit into our car and drove out to settle in Fort Collins, Colorado with our two young sons.
After living in the Midwest all my life, the main thing that has impacted me the most in Colorado has been this: the mountains. Our ideals as a family have always been to spend a lot of time outdoors. We live a simple life and love to be outside where conversation can flow and children’s imaginations can run wild. Being near the mountains have just exploded our feelings about this. Summer was the perfect time to move out west and to be able to explore our new surroundings. There are so many amazing places to venture to and discover.
One aspect of Colorado that I adore is that the landscape and scenery differ so vastly throughout the state. Prior to moving here, mountains were mountains to me but since traveling around and seeing only SOME of the West, I realize that each place here holds its own unique beauty.
Living somewhere so beautiful has certainly changed our habits as a family. For me, the mountains are a constant reminder that there is MORE to life than just me, or my house or the suburbs. They are a constant reminder of the bigness and realness of nature. I was insistent that we live as close to the foothills as possible when we were looking for a place to live here. Now, I love that when I am headed back from anywhere in the city, I always drive towards the mountains to find home. When I look out my window, I can always see the Front Range and it is almost always calling to me and reminding me to get out and enjoy the world.
As often as we can, we pack the kids in the car and head out to go hiking. We aren’t seasoned hikers or campers or backpackers, yet. We don’t have a lot of fancy gear. But we all get ready and we get ourselves outside. My oldest son likes to pack a little bag full of things that he’ll need and I sometimes bring my camera. As we drive west, we can all feel the weight of the everyday melting aside and as our feet hit a familiar path we all start to feel just a little more free.
For me, the mountains have been healing in a strange way and sometimes, I don’t see how I have lived without them all my life. But I know that mountains aren’t the end all and that adventure can be found wherever you go. Even when we aren’t heading out for a bigger hike or trip, we have started spending so much more time outdoors. There is favorite nature preserve down the road where we love to go to when things are getting rough inside between our two rowdy boys. It’s amazing how nature soothes them. Our littlest son struggles with a lot of “high needs” but when he is outside and his mind can focus instead on rocks and mud, he feels peace.
Spending time outside has always been a part of our lives but now it has become a necessity. I’m so glad that we took the risk to move across the country. I’m so glad that we are spending more time in nature and that we are doing new things. Going west has impacted our family in so many ways and reminded us that it is always good to say “yes” to adventure, whether big or small!
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