26 Tue, 2010 § 9 Comments
Quaint boutiques & shops; cozy, local cafes & restaurants; & trendy outdoor gear stops inhabit the narrow streets of downtown Flagstaff.
Our first impression:
It feels like a “young” town
Granted we only experienced a slice of this city & there is still much more to see, but we like it. The sparse traffic & obvious bike lanes make for a friendlier pedal commute & everyone seems to love dogs [it could just be Eisley — she’s pretty lovable — I think I will make a lot of friends with her help ;)].
No city is perfect, but it is nice to see a community that is leaning toward eco-friendly practices rather than moving away from it…
& musicians whose songs warm the chilly October air — I love this.
I am definitely not above stalking out the lovely violinist serenading one of the corners of San Fransisco Street. 😉
The only time during the day we sort of raised our eyebrows & 😦 :
The indoor climbing gym, which looks just ok [the bouldering section is small], is $$$. Day pass = $16 & it will cost Dave & I $200 just to get a membership — that does not include the membership fee each month!
Good thing the outdoor bouldering ROCKS. We only touched the boulders in one area on Saturday at Priest Draw, & even though my tummy & core did not feel that great, I connected with the style. We played on a beautiful, horizontal roof, & I am anxious to go back. I was more concerned with having spotters than photographers, but I cannot wait to show you bouldering photos — soon!
So why did we leave our jobs in Utah & move to Arizona? What made us leap without much of a safety net?
We wanted a fresh start in a new area where we could embrace our passions. We are not interested in “waiting” to live, working 20+ years, banking on retirement to finally have “the time” & a chance to live like we have always envisioned. One of those visions is traveling & experiencing new places, even if it means living simply.
Simple & happy — that is our intention. We are figuring out the basic needs & luxuries we cannot live without & those we can. We are embracing life & the aspects that truly enhance the experience rather than distract from it.
How often do you find yourself looking forward to the weekend? Tired of yearning for the weekend to come & watching the weeks fly by [is it October already?], we changed our perspective & actions to look forward to each day.
Life is Now.
Have you ever made a drastic life change you knew would bring you happiness even if it seemed “risky” in the conventional sense?