December 2016

Winter came quick this year. Only one month ago I was making my way back west for Thanksgiving and it was 50’s and pleasant. Today, we are huddled by the stove to keep sensation in our fingers and toes at -10F. We skied the half-mile to the mailbox yesterday. Even that was enough to cause our digits to go completely numb. We now have 18” of snow on the ground. The sun only appears for two-hours a day.

After renting a room in town for nearly a year and a half, we are wholly moved out the property. By cutting our expenses in half, we no longer have the need to work full-time. By cutting our need to work full-time, we are able to spend the extra hours building the cabin and adventuring. Our relationship was founded on adventure. It is time to get back to basics.

Until the cabin is finished, we continue to live in the 19’ Mallard camper. We are approaching the three-year mark we call this plywood box home. It is a bit cramped, to say the least. I will do a more detailed explanation of how we perform different tasks.

We have spent more time below zero than above it for nearly two weeks. Highs sometimes reach the teens, but that is short-lived.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.