Originally Posted by easysurfer
Chuckles, I had changed to title of my post from "The One Thing That Changed Your Life" to "A Phone Call..." to avoid getting asked. But since you asked, I'll say...
Sounds like a topic for a great thread. I'll jump in with my own:
I was born to older parents (in their 40's and 50's) who did all their outdoor stuff (fishing, camping, etc) when they were younger, but we never did any of that when I was growing up.
But even as I kid, I always longed for the outdoors and the mountains. I remember flipping through an old State Farm road atlas we had and marveling at the western states, with all the forests and mountains.
When I got my first job out of college, in Indiana, I finally had the occasion to take the first of my own vacations in the summer of 1992. I was trying to decide between Olympic National Park in Washington, or Yellowstone. Air fare was cheaper to Montana, so I picked Yellowstone.
As I was driving from Billings and approaching the mountains, I was in awe. I'd never seen anything like "real" mountains in my life, and it was just magical. After spending one week in Yellowstone, I decided I had to move to the Rockies.
When I got back, I told my management of my desire to go to our office in Denver, but they told me there was a waiting list for people to go to the Denver office because it was in such demand. I told them to add me, and my background, to the list and I'll wait it out.
A few days later, I got a call from a hiring manager in Denver who said they needed somebody with my skillset, and everybody else ahead of me had families, houses to sell, moves to plan, children to pull out of school, etc, and they couldn't wait because a new project was starting. If I could pull up stakes and be out there in a couple of weeks, the job was mine.
I canceled my apartment lease, packed up what little stuff I had, and hit the road, moving to Denver sight unseen.
Going to Yellowstone and pulling up stakes to move to Colorado was the best decision I'd ever made. Even though I live in California now, my heart really lies in the Rockies, and I will move back there one day.