Go Somewhere

Around 5am on an August morning in 2013, I took a drive that changed my life. I had been up all night teaching myself the basics of javascript and composing ideas for what would eventually become TimeTravlr on my new MacBook Pro at the Happy Donut on El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

I had attempted to get a few hours of sleep while parked in the driver’s seat of my car, but that was impossible. Looking back, I was definitely in the throws of mania. I had set out West from Texas a week earlier with only the vaguest idea of what I wanted to build, “a travel company.” 2,500 miles later, the ideas weren’t coming a mile a minute, the function had gone asymptotic.

If asked today what was going through my head, I would probably not be able to recall a specific thought. I do remember it was the first moment I felt completely capable of making this dream a reality.

With an hour or so until sunrise I decided to go for a drive. From Palo Alto I headed west to Woodside and rolled down the windows as I exited 280 on to California Highway 84 / Woodside Rd. Highway 84 is a remarkable stretch of pavement that runs 25 meandering miles past Roberts Market through La Honda, up and over the Santa Cruz mountains in a breathtaking series of switchback overlooking redwood trees cascading hundreds of feet below the road and descending into the PCH at San Gregorio State Beach. 84 doesn’t turn, it banks rotating your car along its longitudinal access and giving the driver a sensation akin to flying.

As a kid, San Gregorio was my family’s favorite beach. My mother used to drive my siblings and me along Highway 84 to get here. I remember loving the drive more than the beach itself. I remember feeling that there was a special significance to this approach, a premonition perhaps.

Twenty-some-odd years later while climbing in elevation along the same drive, I discovered what it means to feel at home on the road. I also began to understand how I could introduce others to the joy of spontaneous travel. Like running into an old friend, spontaneity is antithetical to the fear of missing out. A happy coincidence of stimulus can reassure an explorer that he or she is exactly where he or she is supposed to be.

TimeTralvr is your app for spontaneous journeys. TimeTravlr features a new hidden destination everyday, press a button and get carried away.

“Have the courage not to know what happens next. The journey is the reward and this road will lead you home.”

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