I already talked about my experience attempting the 12 startups in 12 months thing, which went horribly wrong, but I also wanted to talk about my overall year which went horribly right. I did quite a few crazy things since last December and I haven’t really thought about them in totality until now. To sum it up before you dive in, Alisha and I sold our house last December, we went on an extended road trip through the American southwest with our then almost 2 year old pup Luna, came back in March, left again in April and went in a different direction, up the west coast and into Canada and then came back in September, after all of this, we didn't just want to go back to where we started, so we bought a house in Boise, ID and are currently planning our next major life event.
The American Southwest in December
It gets cold. We left from Southern California (the bad part in the east, not the good part with the beaches in the west) and we went through Nevada past Las Vegas, stopped in the Valley of Fire state park, got some great pictures and some good hiking in then left for Utah. We went to Kanab UT and won the lottery to get into The Wave in Page, AZ (about an hour away) and took a few pictures there. We then stayed the rest of the week in Kanab just tooling around and seeing some other sights, like horseshoe bend and the other rock formation that looks like horseshoe bend but is more jagged. After our time there was up, we went to Monument Valley, UT and I did a very touristy thing and stood on a horse at the edge of a cliff for $5. Only in UT. From there we went to CO, the coldest, snowiest place on the road trip by far. We went to quite a few places in CO, Great Sand Dunes NP, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison NP, Mesa Verde NP. We also drove by the four corners, it's horrible, don't go there. Our last stop before heading home well, home away from home, Alisha's parents, was her close to her dad's hometown Pueblo, CO, a crazy cold place in the southern part of CO (i.e. not the famous northern part of CO (Boulder, Denver)). I honestly think it's good to see the parts that no one really sees unless you're from there, it gives you much more perspective than just hopping from famous city to famous city and taking photos of your latte art in coffee shops that all look the same.
The American West Coast in Spring and Summer
After recovering from the almost day's drive from CO back to the border of southern CA and AZ, we set out to Vancouver, Canada and hit a lot of really photogenic stuff along the way. We arrived in silicon valley and went around eating great food and generally benefitted from billions of dollars in infrastructure in Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Cupertino. I managed to see Apple's new HQ, which... is kind of overwhelming, but it is cool, I guess I'm happy that making good products with great marketing still works. We then pressed on to San Francisco and some cool hikes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. We stopped in Point Reyes National Seashore where the air is wet and the cellphone service is subpar. We camped a few nights and a raccoon almost stole Luna's dog food, luckily I let Luna loose and she scared it off. She also scared our fellow campers, but that's ok. Honestly, we saw so much of California we basically saw the whole state. Redwoods, Pinnacles NP (I don't recommend, the condors aren't that cool), Eureka, Crescent City, Shasta, Humboldt, (again a hard no recommend). After everything the California coast could offer us, we made it to Oregon, Washington, Canada and back down again.
This post is getting a little long, so I may just sum it up here, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver Canada all had a crazy amount of stuff to see and do and I think we did a good job of seeing most of it in the time we had. Keep in mind I was working full time during the week so we really only had the weeknights and the weekends to get out and do stuff, which we did! Alisha also hung out with some internet friends once we got to WA. The ride back down to southern California was long and full of mishaps, my favorite kind of trip. The whole year was pretty crazy, we sold our house, went on a road trip all over the southwest and up the west coast, saw a bunch of beautiful things, tried to document it all and keep Luna busy and out of the car as much as possible. I think 2018 was the most eventful year of my life and it felt great to get in a bunch of life before I'm too old to want to do anything. I want to end this by saying I don't really believe in retirement or anything the future may bring, I know it sounds short sighted and exactly what a "millenial" might say, but it's true. No one knows what 2019 is going to be like, it could be great again or it could be worse, I think it's worth it to do as much as you can as soon as you can without going into crazy credit card debt or anything instead of working your whole young life away waiting for that day you can retire which may never come because some greedy a-hole on Wall St. decided to play with your 401k money to fund his G5. I turned 32 this year, but really, you're only as young as you feel, if you want to sell everything and travel the world at 32 or 62, that time is now. What do they say? The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time? Now.