home: landfall

So–we made landfall in Kalispell on the afternoon of Friday, May 23 as planned. Internet access was set up today, so this final post in the series was delayed for a bit. That, and we were busy unloading, unpacking, and uncluttering. It’s amazing how little stuff you actually need when you live without it for a while.

The house is coming together.  The air is clean and sweetened with a faint scent of cow manure from our neighboring pasture. I say that in all sincerity. It’s a warm, earthy scent that is very calming and satisfying somehow. Our water is cold and tastes like spring water should. We have owls, hummingbirds, and foxes. And cows. We feed them dandelions, which we have in abundance. They come to the fence and wait for us.

Takeaways from the trip:

  1. The drive from Jasper, AL to Kalispell via the Icefields Parkway and AL/US 93 should be on everyone’s bucket list. Pictures cannot do it justice. Bring your hiking boots.
  2. When you do, stop at our house, just three miles off US 93.
  3. It’s good to reboot your life every once in a while.

A few pictures are included, with a gallery of the interior to come as soon as we get things put away, or at least hidden.

P1070074 Instant beautification in progress. Nice garden stores around here.

IMG_1317Will on deck after a round of mowing.

IMG_2774 Emily feeding the neighbors.

kids Emily, Zach and Will, without whom we would still be unloading the UHaul. They got us moved in, mowed, and unpacked in record time.

P1070050 A double rainbow against the Flathead Mountains.

IMG_1324Part of the living room. Instruments are first priority.

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