Announcing a bittersweet shift from snowy Colorado mountaintops to humid Floridian flatlands

If you haven’t figured it out by now, my life is a constantly evolving adventure. It’s taken me from the shores of the Atlantic to the rocky cliffs of the Pacific, from lazy living in Tallahassee to a spontaneous move out to Denver, and on more whimsical outings that I can remember.

And along my journeys,
there is always an element of constant change.

As with many of my announcements, this may not come as a shock to those who chat with me frequently, but may come as a surprise to many of my readers. It is with a heavy, bittersweet heart that I announce:

I’m leaving Colorado next week.

But I just got here. After a very short six months of living, exploring, and adventuring in and around Denver, Colorado, I am packing up my meager belongings and preparing to return to the southeast.

But I just got here! I roughed out the frigid winter months, braved my first snow season, and here I am, gearing up to ditch the Rockies right before the spring sets in. The gorgeous warm months in Colorado are part of the reason I moved out here, and now I’m leaving before it even begins. Sigh.As my lady friend Gina Bégin discovered during her own unexpected move, part of being a full-time adventurer is rolling with the punches – whether you feel particularly fond towards those punches or not. A combination of losing some freelance markets while LivingSocial ‘rethinks’ their business strategy, and coming upon a project in South Florida that I feel truly passionate about influenced my decision to pack up and head ‘home.’

These next few weeks will be an absolutely whirlwind for me. In two short days, eight of my climbing buddies from Tallahassee will be visiting for their spring break – which means a lot of climbing, and not a lot of time to prepare for moving. If I survive the week, Niko and I will be driving from Denver to Florida on March 9th. I’ll then spend a few weeks in Tallahassee preparing for the annual Save the South competition at Tally Rock Gym before finally trekking down to Miami to unload my carload of junk.

So what comes next?

After my frantic move across the country, I’ll be alternating between bouts of working in Miami and traveling around the southeast for climbing. I’ve already got an April ladies’ trip in the works; a week or so of camping and climbing in Tennessee and Georgia, followed by a ‘writer’s retreat’ in Chattanooga while shacking up at The Crash Pad. Other than that, I plan on spending the rest of the year training for climbing.

And naturally, a few cross-country road trips for conferences, outdoor expos, and generally adventuring are also on the agenda – but you’ll just have to stay tuned for those.

Send good travel vibes, I’m certainly going to need them!

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Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

11 Comments on “Announcing a bittersweet shift from snowy Colorado mountaintops to humid Floridian flatlands”

  1. February 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    You’ve got a great six months ahead of you. Best of luck on the moving process.

    • February 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

      Thanks Kelsey! We’ll have to find another delicious breakfast joint next time we’re in the same city. :)

  2. February 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Woohoo! Changes are exciting. Good luck with the move!

  3. March 1, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Best of luck in Fla! See if you can’t find a place to surf.

    • March 1, 2012 at 7:51 am #

      Thank you! It’s been many years since my surfing glory days, but Sebastian Inlet never did me wrong! I was on TV once years ago surfing during a hurricane, the caption under the footage of me read something like “Crazy surfer braves hurricane force waves,” ha!

      • March 1, 2012 at 8:44 am #

        Nice. Lots of fun to be had on the water, unfortunately, Florida doesn’t have a lot of contour above sea level. But it sounds like you have a plan to hit the souther Appalachians.

  4. March 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    woohoo! It’s good to see all the fun stuff you’ll be up to! Good luck with everything. Will be following along the way!

    • March 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      Thanks, Jill! One of the best parts of all these wild adventures and changes is being able to document and share it all. :)

  5. Lauren
    March 5, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Onward to more adventure!

  6. March 28, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Compared to the NW and CO, FA doesn’t have a ton of terrain, but I have some friends down there that keep themselves pretty busy. Have fun in Florida!


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