All along this trip, Jesse continues to interview via email, phone, skype, and also in person. He has been asked to Longmont, Colorado for another in-person interview for the CEO position at the hospital there, and there’s an invite for me and the boys to join him to check out the city’s schools and houses. Logistic challenges for all of us to be able to just up and leave the trailer and dog all fell right into place. Gunner was staying at a kennel with a view of the Livermore, CA wineries, and the camper needed a few updates so we took it into a shop to get fixed. We had been having a small leak on the toilet (clean water -haha) and so it was in good hands at an RV Shop in San Jose. We had an early morning flight out of San Jose so we’d need a hotel room but the silicon valley is seriously the most expensive real estate in the world. A room at a Courtyard by Marriott was about $800 and even with that there was not a lot of availability! We ended up staying at at a crappy Motel 6 and that even cost $150! The boys will have stories to tell from this stay for a long time, we’ll just keep it at that. Here’s a picture of Andy outside the motel chugging a gallon milk before it went bad. He’s a good sport!
Colorado is beautiful! Longmont is just north of Denver, and it’s along the front range of the Rocky mountains. There is the most beautiful view of Longs Peak, a tall peak among the mountains from just about everywhere in town.
My dad actually met us in Colorado, he was missing the boys a ton and it would be good for him to be with the boys while I looked at houses and joined Jesse with some of his interviews. He was going to help us find some great restaurants too. We had success with that for sure, we hit up a couple of great local establishments, and some of those were on the Food Network’s Diners, Dives and Drive Ins – always winners! Samples, The Post Brewing Co. and Oskar Blues were hits!
Jesse had a couple of interviews over 2-3 days, and I know he did great! I was able to meet the board of directors and I can tell they really liked him as well. House tours opened my eyes to the high cost of real estate in the “silicon mountains”. We are only 10 minutes from Boulder here with a lot going on, but there’s also a LOT going on!
Another bonus of visiting here and the possibility of living here is we would be close to family! My Aunt Marlie lives in Littleton, about 60 minutes south of here and my Aunt Margie and Uncle Denny (and cousins Renee and Tessa) live just north of Longmont in Fort Collins! We were lucky enough to meet up with them at their awesome place in rural FC, with a beautiful view of the front range as well. It was fun chatting with Margie and Denny – we could talk for days! We had supper at a super trendy joint downtown Fort Collins called Union Bar & Soda Fountain. My cousin Renee was gone on a cruise ship called “Semester at Sea” for her counseling job with CSU but my cousin Tessa joined us for some tasty food! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen her and I’m glad the boys got to spend some time with her too. I hope we get to see a lot more of all of them if Jesse gets the job!
No Tischer trip could be complete without a visit to….A NATIONAL PARK! Longmont is super close to the Rocky Mountain National Park and it was a gorgeous! We went for the day and while not all of the park was open due to the snow – we saw the glorious views and learned so much about the park. One of my favorite stops was the visitor center. It was unique, but Andy was the first to say it looked like a Frank Lloyd Wright building. I agreed and guess what – IT WAS! I’m so happy that I took the boys to the FLW Taliesin West in Scottsdale – I love that they love FLW like me! Another fun memory was that after Woody was presented with his Junior Ranger pin for learning so much about the park, the ranger, who was a cute old grandma, made an announcement to the entire room that “The Rocky Mountain National Park has a new Junior Ranger! Please join me in congratulating him” and the whole room clapped for Woody. It was pretty special and the only park to do that on our trip! (MT)