The truth of the matter is, when I'm home - not much has changed. Zoom, Skype, and Facetime have been my meeting rooms since 2003. I try to have a dog or two at my feet (or on my lap... or on my laptop...) and I never wear shoes. The only thing that is different is the time in between. Where is the travel?
With the whole world in a tizz, my travel plans changed. Trip after trip - CANCELED. State parks shut down, airlines were not offering all of the flights in the schedule. Let's say you were able to get to a city, the city required a quarantine. And let's say you quarantined - where do you go when everything is closed?
This is a shift. I have travelled for 2 weeks a month for my whole adult life. I'm just not used to being unpacked for this long!
So something has to change.
I'd like to eradicate COVID-19 and get back at it, but for now, there is an opportunity to be had. I just have to find it.
Maybe it's not an obvious solution. Maybe I'm thinking about this all wrong. I'm going to try a different path here.
I bought land in my beloved New Mexico.
Wait? Grow roots? How does one-single, immovable location help with the travel bug?" you might ask.
The obvious answer is I can hook up the Cabin and take her out there every single weekend. No cell signal. Beautiful views. The dogs have a lake to swim in and we have a place to clear our heads.
But the underlying motive is this. By owning a piece of this beautiful state, I don't have to live here. I can move out of New Mexico and know that I can return any time I like. No restrictions. No closures. No cancellations. Well now, this is an interesting thought.
So I introduce to you my very own dirt.
360º views in the most beautiful slice of New Mexico around.
So what are my plans? Pack up my apartment downtown and head back to my place in New York or Boston?
No. Stay tuned. It may be time to start thinking bigger.