No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

On November 4, 2010, in Lifestyle, by Meghan

Thank you, Sierra Nevada foothills.

In the last light of last Friday, Bryon and I bid adieu to our home, sweet Sierra Nevada foothills home, thanking those hills as we went. When I moved to Cal-ee-forn-i-yay a few years ago, my Mom made me promise not to move any further west. I vowed, and we honored my crossed heart by pointing the moving truck east, driving hard and fast towards our new home in Park City, Utah.

Each of our earthly possessions is in that moving truck, passing through a Nevada sunset.

A week later, the frenzy has calmed and I’m writing you from Utah. I hung decorations today, so I guess that means we’re almost unpacked. There’s more: this town has welcomed us without hesitation. Good running people opened their home to us, making certain we had a warm roof over our heads the minute we arrived. And since then, we’ve met lots of folks, and every darn one of them has smiled a greeting. I can tell that this is a good place.

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” (Confucious)

Plop me down in a new and beautiful-mostly-natural new place and you can bet that I’m going to be exploratory, observational me. In fact, I’m going to be me with the benefit of new-place wide eyes. The closest singletrack is less than a half-mile from our house. From that trailhead, you climb a little hill, then go left or right. In either direction: world = oyster and more trail miles than I can cover before the winter’s snow begins to shortly fall.

The closest singletrack to our house, about a half-mile away.

Fall has fallen on Park City's trails, no doubt.

While time on trail is familiar to me, there is much about this place that is different. Namely, it’s this civilization that’s strange. For the post-college, grown-up portion of my life, I have not lived in civilization. Big Bend National Park purveyed a 107 mile drive to the grocery store. Working at Yellowstone National Park required a 60 minute drive to see a “real” town. And, in Yosemite, it was an hour’s drive to arrive at my place of employment. What I mean to say is that I have become unaccustomed to civilization.

Small Park City and its 8,000 or so residents, spread up and down a meandering valley about 5 miles long, are a gentle reintroduction to civilization, I think. There is both culture and nature here, still occurring in close proximity to each other. I think I could get used to wandering into town for a good bite to eat after an even better day on the trails of the Wasatch Mountains. Whether it’s good, bad, or real ugly (This I doubt!), you’ll be sure to hear about it here on my blog. Until then, I bid both you and me the crookedest of trails.

Park City, Utah, my new home, sweet home.

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10 Responses to “No Matter Where You Go, There You Are”

  1. Olga says:

    OK, it’s decided: Park CIty is my next move. We were thinking Salt Lake anyway, but on outskirts, so I guess this will be perfect:) Have fun exploring, because I so want to be doing it with you right about now!

  2. Ewa says:

    Looks like a totally amazing place. Happy exploring to you.

  3. Paige T. says:

    My heart absolutely sings reading this post! Exciting! I’m so glad you both made it safe and sound and are already enjoying your new surroundings. PC is such a neat place, and I LOVE it in winter, and I love the weekly street festival/farmer’s market thingy they have downtown during the summer and fall, and…I could go on and on 🙂 Congratulations on your leap!

  4. Welcome! We are glad you’re here. For more information of the area visit We hope you enjoy it here.

  5. Meghan says:

    Olga, alright, I’ll save a spot for you and Larry out on the trails! 😉

    Ewa, on first blush, this seems like a special place.

    Paige, thanks, lady! It sounds as if you’ve spent some good time here, too!

    Visitparkcity, hey, you must be the welcome wagon of the electronic media age. Thanks for the welcome!

  6. Keith says:

    Another mountain home for all of us to share…!

    Can’t wait to see you, Here ot There!


  7. Danni says:

    I can’t wait to visit you!

  8. Nick says:

    See you on the trails!!!

  9. Meghan says:

    Keith, yep!

    Danni, PLEASE visit! You would lovelovelove it here.

    Nick, for sure!

  10. Leslie says:

    Oh, Yes Please for new places, trails, adventures and explorations! Welcome to your new home! Banff is also a town of 8,000 residents and I really do believe it’s the perfect size. It’s the perfect size for gettin’ all the goodies you need (with the bonus of good coffee and restaurants!), enjoy living close to nature and even closer to the 4 seasons, the ability to walk or bike around town instead of using a car and the ability to hunker down and hibernate like a grizzly bear when you’ve had enough of people. So, Happy, Happy, Joy-Joy for You!!

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