Originally Posted on The Boys Who Lived.
We made it. My roommate Jon and I set out on an adventure of magnificent proportions. We left the comfort of home, friends, and a full size bed in search of something bigger. We found it. We pulled into Vail, Colorado last night after many hours on the road, and this place is crazy.
I have never seen so many wrecks in my life. The drive from Missoula to Vail was crazy. I saw at least 15 wrecked cars and trucks on the way and I have never driven on worse roads. But we made it, and we are smiling big.
I could have never imagined a place like this. It is a theme park for the fabulously wealthy. Gondola’s are in town taking people up the mountain. It is like a scene from a Disney movie, the snowcapped condo’s and hotels look like a movie set.
The bad part about Vail, the parking. There is not a spot to park, leaving us, the ones who are trying to survive the winter by living out of a van, up a creek of sorts. We slept in the Walmart parking lot last night, but that is temporary at best. They told us we could sleep there a couple more nights before they tow us, at least we have a few nights to try and figure this out.
When all hope seems lost, that is when the light decides to shine through. Jon and I went into Starbucks to plug in our rice maker, and we met the most interesting lady named Susi. She has lived in Vail for the last 52 years and was a wealth of knowledge. $1.50 taco Tuesday at Agave, free dinner at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, canned food at the Salvation Army, a potential place to park at the Mormon Church. This lady had it all. She filled us with a new hope that our crazy dream is actually possible in a world ruled by money.
If Susi taught me anything though, it was to put down your phone and computer and actually talk to people. We would have never met her if we hadn’t walked into Starbucks looking for a place to cook our rice, and we wouldn’t have talked to her if we would have been glued to our phones. There are so many cool people in the world, just take a second to talk to them and learn a little about life. We aren’t as wise or smart as we think we are.
And to you all out there that might potentially read this, take a second and dream. Life is too short not to dream.
From a boy who is following his dreams, I wish you a good night.