I love you, Dallas

Goodnight, Dallas

Having never lived in any place that was considered a top-ten in anything desirable (unless you have a thing for traffic james, obesity, or pollution), I’ve not been one to dwell on the negatives of the place I call home. Far better to find–or create–the good and bring people along for the ride. Every city has good aspects…some cities just hide it a bit harder than others.

Kings of Adventure on the TRE

Kings of Adventure on the TRE

I moved to the Dallas area after graduating LeTourneau in 2004. I’ve lived in Plano, Richardson, Arlington, and, now, East Dallas. I love my area greatly, and I love the people here even more.  I love biking all over Dallas. Exploring the city by bike is sheer joy–especially late summer nights. I love the slowly growing coffee scene. I deeply love the church and community I’ve been involved in. I love seeing the quality of life getting better and better. I love how we’re not pretentious about where we live and just enjoy it as it is. I love summer sunsets at White Rock Lake. I love how there are people all over the city working hard to making their neighborhoods better. I love how Deep Ellum is coming back to life with great food and music. I love all the dog friendly patios.  I love how the craft beer scene has exploded over the past few years. I love bulk pick up! I love getting to know a city and bumping into people I know all over town.

Richardson Scavenger Hunt

Richardson Scavenger Hunt

But, our time together is ending.

I have a rare opportunity with the job I currently have to move anywhere in the Continental US, as long as there is decent Internet and a good airport. I’ve long dreamed of moving to Lake Tahoe, and now’s my chance. Tahoe is a gorgeous, magical place with mountains, sky, and a giant lake all coming together in one dramatic spot. In the summer, there’s mountain bike riding (real mountains!), hiking, camping, road cycling (anyone up for a 73 mile ride around the lake?) and water sports. In the winter, there’s too many ski resorts to count…with majestic views of the lake from the top of every ski lift.

Hiking in Lake Tahoe (2004)

Hiking in Lake Tahoe (2004)

I’m currently in the process of getting my house ready to sell. My goal is to get it on the market in mid-summer. The housing market in Dallas has been great lately, so hopefully it will sell quickly and I’ll make my way west. I’m using this as an opportunity to downsize my belongings and go as minimal as possible. I’m excited about this changing in seasons and what new opportunities are ahead. I’m seizing this moment to do something that few people have the chance to do–pick up and start fresh wherever I want.

 

Camping in Desolation Wilderness in 2004

Camping in Desolation Wilderness (2004)

By the way, feel free to come visit me in Tahoe! The guest futon is open anytime. Southwest & American fly to Reno, which is just a short drive up to Tahoe. I already have my season ski passes!

Skiing at Squaw Valley (2004)

Skiing at Squaw Valley (2004)

 

9 Comments

  1. I got to do the same thing this past year too. But I went to the opposite side of the US. Regardless, we are living our dreams and I’m so happy for you. I miss Dallas terribly, having been there for over 20 years. Jump on this opportunity. You are much younger than I, so go for it! Keep up your cycling classes because they are really helpful. I know you will contribute to the community of outdoor enthusiasts in Lake Tahoe. Been skiing there. Incredible! Have fun fun fun!

    • eliot

      April 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement, Kim. Moving is going to be hard, I know! Don’t worry, cycling is in my blood. I’m still going to be involved in CyclingSavvy!

  2. Elliot! Congratulations! If you ever want the local scoop on beaches and trails give is a call. Good luck!

    • eliot

      April 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! You know I want to know about it all! I was bummed to find out that I just missed y’all. Would have loved knowing folks there already.

  3. Exciting new chapter for you, Eliot! Embrace it fully.

  4. What a cool opportunity, Eliot! I would love to visit Tahoe one day, though all four of us might be a bit much for your guest futon. 🙂 I hope your move goes smoothly!

    • eliot

      April 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Your family is always welcome. I’ll put out the air mattress too! I still have visiting y’all in Italy on my list, so please don’t move yet.

  5. Good for you, Eliot! I’m so happy for you. Thank you for all you’ve done in Dallas.

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