City Sampler 2022

City Sampler 2022

On December 23, 2021, on our way up Big Cottonwood Canyon, we got stuck in holiday ski traffic. Our intended target was Brighton Resort, but we set out too late and we became enclosed in the stop-and-go convoy of fellow late-rising goobers. Fiona and I were caffeinated and began musing about the longer-term trajectory of our lives. We lived in San Francisco and yet we were on our second month in Utah, working remotely and staying with my family. The longer we stayed and skied, the more our apartment in Noe Valley looked like an outrageously expensive storage unit.

"What if we just did this, but, like, other cities for all of next year?" Fiona wondered out loud. Everything about that idea suddenly clicked.

We'd batted this concept around before, like in 2020 when lots of other people were heading out on the road, but we weren't ready at that point. For most of the pandemic, we felt constantly under threat that our jobs would issue a "return to office" mandate and we'd once again find ourselves on the ol' Bay Area commute. But it didn't happen. And then it still hadn't happened nearly two years later. We learned to love working from home. Fiona transitioned to remote status to obviate any decree that she be in some office building by some time, and my company has always been friendly to distributed workers. Now was the time.

Two days after our conversation, I gave our landlord notice. We bought a car in early January, and we were on the road by the 20th.

The plan is roughly this: Do a giant loop around America for maybe 1-2 years and come back to the Bay Area for more stationary living. Allow for the possibility that we will fall madly in love with some other part of the country, or that we want to live nomadically for even longer.

So, there's no set end to our travel schedule, but this is what we've worked out so far:

Destinations and timeframes

January 8-19

📍San Francisco, CA

January 19-21

📍Sacramento, CA

January 21-30

📍Tahoe City, CA

January 30-February 11

📍Salt Lake City, UT

February 11-21

📍Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

February 21-26

📍Salt Lake City, UT

February 26-March 26

📍Bozeman, MT

March 26-April 1

📍Salt Lake City, UT

April 1-May 1

📍La Verkin, UT

May 1-7

📍Backpack Coyote Gulch + Reflection Canyon

May 7-8

📍Sedona, AZ

May 15-21

📍Bisbee, AZ

May 22-June 5

📍San Diego, CA

June 5-24

📍Bay Area, CA

June 24-26

📍Salt Lake City, Utah

June 26-July 30

📍Driggs, ID

July 30-31

📍Camping somewhere in Idaho or Oregon

August 1-31

📍Costa Rica

September 3-4

📍Petaluma, CA

October 16-November 19

📍New Orleans, LA