All has been quiet on the bloggy front, but have no fear...we still have a very Serious Case of the Runs here, packing away the miles each day, and I hope to finally get around to writing about that soon :) But, we've also been doing some other packing of late because...
If you haven't already picked up on this little tidbit, Geof and I are not-so-closet desert rats :) We love the desert, and we love the mountains, and we lovelovelove being surrounded by like-minded folks who find nothing unusual about spending most of ones free time in the mountains/running/communing with nature. We hmmm'd and hawww'd for a good long while, weighing all the options, dreaming up all sorts of places we think we'd quite enjoy (talk about a long list!), and we've finally picked our new backdrop:
Salt Lake City, Utah!
C'mon, we're also a little bit city folk at heart, so we wanted to make sure we'd still have some of the access and convenience of a city, but with the ability to hop into the mountains at the drop of a hat. Not to mention being within five hours in any direction of some of the most beautiful places in the entire country. And, can we say world class trail running? Hello Wasatch Mountains, you are my new friends! :) (Heck, I may even learn to really enjoy downhill skiing and not be such a scaredy-cat. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.) And, we've got such a great network of wonderfully amazing friends already in the area, so what's not to love?
May 31st we are leaving the Chicago skyline in our rearview mirror for good. That's gonna be weird...and totally thrilling, exciting, terrifying and motherloving awesome. I'm pretty sure I'll cry. It happens This has been my home for sooooooo long. But, it's time.
That's not all.
June and July will be spent taking in every last bit of some of the magnificient west's greatest treasures. We'll be modern day vagabonds, but not quite as drifty...and with much better hygiene :) We do have some places to be at certain points, including crewing/pacing for Gretchen at Hardrock in July, so we do have a very blurry plan.
But otherwise, we'll be residents of the road; choosing our own adventure along the way. We do have a soft spot for americana, small towns off the beaten path, coffee shops with funky names and mismatched furniture, book stores, folks who still wear overalls, folks who call themselves 'folks', brick streets, towns with names that make you giggle, red rock formations and trails that go for hours. Where will the road take us? We shall see!
And, it gets better...
I'm going back to school! I've just missed those textbooks and A & P flashcards too much ;) Nothing too exciting yet, just catching up on some prerequsites before applying into a program for 2013. This was really the main boot-kick to the pants. We knew school was a big priority...but we also knew relocating west was another big priority. So, why not do both at the same time? That's just how we Dunmores roll.
It was hard giving notice at work...I have three completely awesome attorneys that I've been working for for the last five years (no, they don't read this blog as far as I know so I'm being honest, for the record :)), so it's hard leaving a truly wonderful professional environment...one which I would have easily retired from many many years from now. But, we cannot ignore the call of the mountains. It is loud, persistent, and quite lovely! It could be a flop, but I sincerely doubt it. We just aren't 'flop' people :) We are make it happen people. There have been just a couple naysayers (expected), but otherwise peeps have been enormously supportive and encouraging. And for that, I say thank you!
Think on how often in life you have an opportunity like this. I bet it's not often. So when we saw it approaching we decided to take the leap (a huge long-jump-over-our-universe-landing-in-unknown-territory kind of leap...over burning coals, spikey things, naysayers and steaming piles of lima beans). It's intense. And downright cool.
This is a wildly awesome adventure we are about to embark on, and I'm tickled pink to have the greatest sidekick in the universe to share the ride with! And, of course, the greatest readers ever known to man to share our adventures with right here :)
So that's the skinny.
And now back to our regularly scheduled running excitement.
(Bet you weren't expecting this one, lol!)