7 weeks getting to know our property on Colorado’s Western Slope

It was mid-April when we made our way back to our property. We hadn’t been since late October when we closed escrow and spent two quick celebratory weeks before migrating south for the winter. We were eager to get back, to get to know the area and the property itself more, and to see if this place would be everything we hoped it would be.

Spoiler alert: It was.

What we were hoping for was a basecamp of sorts. A place lower in elevation than our previous Colorado addresses that would allow us to extend our time spent in our home state every year. We wanted something private, quiet, wild, remote but not too remote with great views and dark skies…basically we wanted a place much like our favorite boondocking spots but one that we could call ours, somewhere we could stay as long as we wanted. And the cherry on top of all of that would be having an address, because existing in this world without one is not easy to do.

I’ll admit, I was a little perturbed when it snowed within the first few days of our return. Did we come back to Colorado too soon? And for how long would winter remain? Luckily that storm turned out to be the last one of the season and with every passing day the weather only got better. Our plan was to stick around until it got uncomfortably hot (for us that means around 85-90) and then we would head up to the high country for the summer. That day came on June 1. Temps had crawled in to the nineties and with it came little biting gnats that sealed the deal on our departure. But we got 7 weeks of beautiful weather and 7 weeks of sitting still in one place.

All in all, it was absolutely delightful.

It was time to get back to the high country, but if all went as we hoped, we would get another 6-8 weeks on our property again in the fall. And maybe by then it would sink in that this place is actually ours.

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By Michele


Hi, I'm Michele, a nomadic wedding photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. This is my personal blog where I share and record my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less stress and more joy. Check out my wedding and portrait photography at http://www.oncwest.com


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