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My life living at a Mountain Resort

What an adventure. It has taken me a long time to post this and I apologize. I am going to summarize our stay there and share some of our ups and downs of the whole adventure.

So the whole season of living at the mountain resort in our tiny house started in November and we moved back in April. So we were there living full time for 5 months.

It was quite the adjustment. We went from living in the woods to living in a campground styled mountain resort with neighbors all around us and virtually no private yard or any privacy whatsoever besides the inside of our home.

I didn’t take many pictures of the site, but here you can see some of the campers in the background

I was super nervous about being too loud. I really enjoy singing and laughing loud at all hours, so I was super worried and wondered a lot in the beginning if I was being annoying to our neighbors.

We were also worried about getting kicked out, because we were the only ones with a tiny house. Everyone else had normal campers with slide outs.

We had to leash our dogs for the most part. That was a hard adjustment because we were so use to letting them run free. Luckily it wasn’t much of a problem and we got use to it

The only picture I got of them on leashes… even though we are not holding them 😂

I was a little hesitant on the bathroom situation as well. There was just a heated, shared bathhouse for showers and for going number two.

As time went on I realized that we did not share walls with our neighbors, so unless they were right up against our home, they couldn’t hear us. So my fears slowly diminished, thankfully. Anxiety is never a good time…

Our fear of being kicked out also slowly went away when the maintenance guys were also right there ready to plow for us. With no complaints whatsoever.

The bathroom situation? Easy as pie! We got exercise each time we had to go number two. I had one bad moment of food poisoning, where I needed to SPRINT to the bathroom and I thought I was going to faint. It was only 20 degrees or less outside and I almost forgot to put my jacket AND boots on. What a nightmare that was. But that was only one night in the whole 5 months and it is kind of funny to look back on.

We soon learned that the whole mountain was our yard. How exciting!? We literally had hiking trails surrounding us. We had a big open field just a little walk away. I would leash the dogs until I got to a trail and then we had the whole hiking trail to ourselves. It was pretty great. I already miss the vast trails and endless woods. Even though we have woods in our woods now, (lol of course we have woods in the woods) but our woods are not mountains, so really, I miss the mountains. But we do have the river now!

Anyway, back to the mountain resort. We loved being able to ski and snowboard in the backyard. Adam spent most of his time there. I tried to learn some freestyle, since he likes the park and doing tricks, I thought I should maybe try some park too. Next season I would really like to do more park and build my confidence.

We spent Christmas there at the resort. Adam set up silly little branch as a tree. We set up lights outside. It felt nice. We loved being snowed in there.

One big advantage we had over the other campers was the wood stove. We also had free electricity (it was included in the rent) and rent came to about $250 a month. So wow, what a deal right? Honestly I can’t think of many people paying rent that low. Of course it comes with the downsides which I kind of stated above. But really, I find more joy in this lifestyle and the joy outweighs the flaws.

Adam got me a sled for Christmas. Basically the best gift ever at a mountain resort. Sledding is a huge ecotherapy for me. I literally cant help but smile while sledding. I had some really down, winter blues moments there. I had to come to my own website for inspiration. What did I find here? Sledding is really good ecotherapy in the winter when you have the winter blues!!

We also got a gimble for our GoPro. If you don’t know what a gimble is, It is basically an image stabilizer so the video looks as if it is floating. It makes things smooth, not bumpy. So we played around with that, we had a whole day of playing with the gimble while playing on our sleds. Highly recommend that for couples.

So all in all we had a wonderful, eventful, full of feelings adventure here at the resort. We moved back to our spot in the woods, actually, we are at a different spot, same plot of land just further up the driveway in a more open spot. We had a mold problem when we were deeper in the woods, closer to the river, but that is a whole other story. I’ll write more posts in the future about our new gimble and update you on some other cool projects we have been working on.

Back to our spot

Thank you for reading! Now off to the woods!!

 

 

 

 

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Getting back into art and watercoloring!

I suddenly feel inspired! The last few days have been extremely hot, 94 degree days with humidity making it feel over 100 degrees. The heat leads to me not wanting to do anything, not wanting to do anything leads to boredom and the boredom leads to me pondering about what to do!

I decided I wanted to draw some leaves and flowers, ecotherapy it up, ya know? So I head out to the yard, grab a couple of cool looking leaves, a little flower, I sit down in the shade with my little sketchbook and a pen and just go to town.

Well, for some reason drawing with a pen, or even a pencil just leaves me feeling totally antsy. I’m not sure why, maybe I just don’t like it. But I really wanted to do art. So I pondered some more.

Then I came to the realization! I tried water colors before, and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t need to draw lines with a pen, it wasn’t about lines, it was about blobs. I just blobbed the paper and boom I had an image. I painted a giraffe. I used happy pretty colors and It really brought joy. Not saying drawing doesn’t bring joy, I think I just don’t like line drawing or black and white. I think I really I like painting blobs that end up looking like an image in the end.

I still think we and I should all practice different types of art, just to see what really works for us. I can’t wait to get back into water colors. I’m buying my supplies on Amazon, I really love Amazon, I don’t have to go into a physical store, no waiting in lines. I can literally shop while I’m sitting in the woods… Can it get any better?

So my next little project will be to paint some leaves and flowers instead of drawing with a pen and see how I feel and I will update you guys!

Thanks for reading! Do you prefer drawing with lines or painting with blobs?

Also my Giraffe painting is for sale as a print in my etsy shop, click here or click on the picture if you’d like. Thank you! I wrote a little background story on the Giraffe painting as well.

One more thing, the links to Amazon are affiliate links and if you purchase something, I get a small commission. So if I inspired you to buy some watercolors, Thank you again!!

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I Find Mountains to be Healing

There is something truly magical about the mountains.

Every time I encounter a mountain or even a hill I feel a sense of well-being and uplifting energy. Even when I’m in the worst of moods and I encounter a mountain, all my feelings disperse and vanish before the beauty.

It is a wonderful thing that I’ve found such healing in the simplicity of looking at a mountain.

Something even more healing to me is taking a photo. I just love taking photos. I feel inspired, happy, calm and excited all at the same time. My anxiety turns into excitement, my sorrows turn into smiles, my heart softens and melts to the mountains.

I can’t speak for everyone’s experiences. I have memories of not always feeling this way about the mountains. It came to me over time. It really started after college. I went to school for cinematography. All my short films I made happened to be at my local mountains in my home town. After seeing my projects come together I felt fulfillment.

I also got into painting during this time. I used oil paintings and would look at my photographs of mountains then paint them on canvas with oil paint. The movements of the peaks and the imperfections, yet they seemed perfect to me usually brought me calm feelings.

Then, I got my dog and I really started to climb these mountains. Walking with my dog through the mountains gave me time for reflection. I felt all kinds of feels and noticed I released a lot of pain and emotions to the mountains.

My hope in you reading this is that I hope you can find what moves you. What makes you smile and what you find healing. I feel so empowered that I can release my emotions in a healthy way to the mountains.

Really pay attention to when you feel happy. Notice what kind of situation you are in, what you are doing, your surroundings and really acknowledge them. Once you figure out what makes you tick, you gain a lot of control and power to your life.

Try walking in the woods, hills or mountains and see how you feel. Find a view and photograph them. I can’t be the only one who feels so good about mountains and rolling hills. I suggest trying it out for yourself. If you live in flat lands, walk through a field or forest or even the desert and see how you feel.

Good day to all. Now go to the woods!!!

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We moved the Tiny House!

This was our first official big move, other than purchasing the home and moving it to our original off grid spot. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that at our original off grid spot, we have two different lots on the land. We have a summer spot and a winter spot. Both spots over there have its perks, I will get into that in another post maybe one day.

This winter though, we really had the vision of moving to a mountain resort. We wanted to move here because we are both in love with the mountains and do many mountain activities. This mountain also happens to be only 30 miles from our original off grid spot. If we really enjoy this season we might plan to do this move every year! The reason we planned to move to a mountain resort is mainly because Adam loves to snowboard and I enjoy to ski. I also love to hike, so moving to a mountain resort was the perfect idea in our eyes

Over the summer Adam prepped the home. He added new tires, brakes, lights, insurance, registration and probably more I’m not even aware of. We both worked full-time over the summer so it took time to prep our tiny house. We also didn’t want to rush things so we can continue our more stress free lifestyle.

So in October we paid our rent to the resort and reserved our seasonal “campsite” for the winter. We were told no water but free electricity. So we are technically on the grid, but to reserve power we still have our off grid set up going on here.

In November the big move day came. I basically destroyed the place inside before the road did and Adam worked on the outside making sure everything was in check. I think it took about 3 hours to prep for our move. Hopefully with practice we can get faster at moving it.

We are very fortunate that Adam’s parents live right down the road from our original off grid spot, so Adam’s dad agreed to help us move to our new spot with his big Chevy pick up truck.

I was so scared before this thing went on the road. I was basically on the verge of a panic attack. I had visions of the thing breaking in half or windows exploding. The fear of the unknown was real that day.

Adam’s dad is used to towing a huge 38 foot camper that they own so this was no big deal to him. That was a huge relief in my mind. Our tiny home is 40 foot. The only difference is our home is a little bit taller. We made sure there were no bridges on our route. We were set to hit the road.

Our first stop was at Adam’s parents house, where they have a shop. They made sure the tires had enough air there and checked for more safety. Then we hit the road officially.

It looked a little bit more normal on the road than I expected. I was surprised actually. I drove behind them and had my camera in my lap so I snapped a few pictures. (I don’t recommend taking pictures while driving I mainly did it while I was at a stop.)

It took only 40 minutes to get to the mountain resort. Of course going in couldn’t be that simple. There is a gate at the entrance and the gate didn’t want to let us in! It kept crashing down so Adam lifted it up and forced it to stay open. (Shhhh) they eventually fixed it a few weeks later and we are still here, luckily.

So yea, it took a bit to settle in. I have to get used to the new surroundings. We have some full-time RVers in the park, so we have neighbors, which is very new to us. We are now learning to respect our neighbors and teaching our dog manners. (Because they enjoy barking)

It is much different coming from the woods into a little tiny house neighborhood. So far though, life is great.

We literally got here a day before the first snow storm and it has been snowing every week since the move. There are great things to be said about living in a campground at a mountain resort maybe I’ll write a new post about that.

Thanks for reading. I will keep you updated on some adventures at our new mountain resort spot! Thanks for reading. Now I’m going on a winter wonderland walk. See ya!

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E-bike Adventures: Biking North Conway NH part 4

I handed the GoPro off to Adam, since I knew I would take it slow and he would be much more interesting.

In the beginning of the video he goes over our adventure briefly. You can read my more detailed posts on in the E-Bike Adventures blog.

This mountain is clearly a hiking trail and going down on a bike was just an intense, rocky, rooty descend.

I walked my bike down a lot of the stuff. I know my limits and got off my bike before gravity made me get off.

This mountain was a little strange and confusing too. There were some little inclines on our descend. At one point I felt lost and I saw Adam looking at the GPS on his phone. He tried to reassure me he wasn’t lost. (Later on he told me he was a little nervous as well)

In the video Adam says how well I was doing. He only thought I was doing well because I wasn’t being vocal about my struggles. I really was struggling very badly. My only thoughts were “I want to go back to the camp.”

At the very end of the video you can see me walking my bike and complaining how tired I was.

Stay tuned for the next post to see us finally journey to the bottom of the mountain!