I have spent YEARS dreaming about hitting the open road with no set plans aside from work.
And once I finally graduated college and was ready to take on the world, it still took me 2 years of grinding to be able to have the van fully converted and to have remote work that I loved.
To my astonishment, after a few months of being away from all of my Tahoe friends and only skiing with a few homies here and there in other states, I missed Tahoe.
It was surprising as hell to me, because I had spent all of this time creating a lifestyle where I could be anywhere I wanted to be.
But here’s the thing, I am VERY extroverted.
To the point where I will literally call up friends and family in my free time just to chit-chat. I love how much technology can pull us all closer together.
I skied by myself a few days while out in Washington. I was fortunate enough to have some tremendous powder days. The only problem is that I had no one to enjoy the day with.
This makes me think about how true the phrase, “you are a combination of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
If I am with positive people in a less than ideal location or situation, then it can still be a tremendous experience! And vice versa.
After some transmission issues, I was forced to come back to Tahoe to fix my van.
But honestly, I came to peace with my situation pretty quickly, and I was excited to come back to Tahoe.
I missed all of my friends and therefore did not mind having to cancel the rest of my plans to travel around the country.
As luck would have it, I was able to get a free ticket to one of my favorite resorts and met up with more than a dozen of my friends.
I never would have expected to have such a great day!
We were lapping the park, taking turns filming, and sending harder on the jumps than I had been all season!
Man it was wild -- the boys were going hard!
I even learned 2 new tricks that day.
Best of all, every lap I got up the chair lift with a different friend and was able to catch up. I heard so many great stories of people’s travels and how skiing in Tahoe had been.
So as cool as sitting on a beach in Thailand drinking mai-tais sounds, it would be boring as hell without a group of friends.