Last March, my friend Parms* and I went on a 900 mile road trip to ski and snowboard. I was living in Chicago at the time and was itching to be in the mountains. She was having a not-so-stellar winter in New England and wanted that pow.
We met each other in Salt Lake City, rented a car and skied and snowboarded at 3 mountains in 3 states: Snowbird (UT), Sun Valley (ID) and Jackson Hole (WY). We stayed 3 days in Utah, 5 days in Idaho, and 5 days in Jackson Hole. We both work remotely so we were able to work in between being on the mountain, in the car, exploring the towns, and just hanging out.
*Her real name is Cheryl, but my friends and I call her Parms.
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I left Moab and drove back up to Park City to hang out with 400 of my coworkers for the week.
I co-worked with people I don’t normally get to work with, went on some epic mountain bike rides, used a selfie stick for the first time, jammed in the band room, tried crossfit, and danced to the Jane Doze. It really was the best time. Great end to an amazing road trip.
Biking with coworkers
Mosco mule post ride
First time crossfitting
The Automattic Band
Jane Doze dance party
We also had a too much fun in the photo booth, celebrating Automattic’s 10 year anniversary.
We stayed in Utah for that night and drove to SLC the next morning to drop my dad off at the airport. Although I was less than 20 miles away from where I needed to be on Monday, it was only Saturday. Moab was calling my name so I drove the four hours to my friend’s house for some mountain biking and down time.
My dad and I redid a 1987 VW Vanagon last year. We (well, mostly he) did quite a bit on it and continues to be a work in progress. He was itching to go on another road trip and I had to be in Utah for work. I think you can guess what happened next.
He started driving from CT to my place in Chicago. He stayed the night and we got up on Sunday, said goodbye to Emi and hit the open road.
We knew we wanted to see Jackson Hole and Yellowstone and he had a flight out of SLC on Saturday, but other than that we didn’t have much of a plan. This is my favorite way to travel and well, to live. To have just enough of an idea of where you are going and things you want to accomplish while leaving plenty of room for “things” to happen.
Day 1: Chicago to South Dakota
The flatlands. Illinois > Wisconsin > Minnesota > South Dakota
It’s normal to go on a road trip with your dad when you’re 31, ya?
My dad woke up early and started driving. I laid in bed for a while. Perks of van living.