We are almost one month into our three month house sitting stint in Twin Lakes, Colorado; a mighty 9,000 ft above sea level.
We were expecting a very rustic home, but on arrival it was clear that the owners undersold it.
We spent a week with them before they left so they could teach us the lay of the land.
Tyrhone was put to work, chopping wood for the stove heater.
I began working on winning the affection of the Queen of the house.
Soon after we arrived, the owners took us to the actual Twin Lakes. We walked on frozen water as ice fishermen huddled under heated tents.
“They must be desperate to escape the wife,” I mused through chattering teeth.
Then it was time to hit the slopes and make the most of our season passes to the local resort, ‘Ski Cooper’. Having not snowboarded for seven years, I was a bit nervous but picked it up better than I expected.
After a day on the beginner slope to get our confidence up, we hit the ‘big hill’ and were having a blast until Tyrhone took a tumble in powder and twisted his ankle.
Being strapped into a sled and taken down the mountain by the medic was not the start to the season we had hoped for, but thankfully it was a minor injury.
In the meantime I’ve discovered my local yoga studio, ‘Jala Blu’, and my favourite cafe, ‘Brown Dog’. Both are located in the quaint town of Buena Vista, 20 miles away.
The owner of the home is a Green Bay Packers fan and converted Tyrhone before he left. So between his new-found interest in American Football and a sudden rush of web design work, he has kept busy while he recovers (and yes, we watched the Superbowl yesterday).
The weather recently heated up here, so I headed out for a hike on a local trail, grateful for blue skies and crisp mountain air.
It is stunningly beautiful here. We are surrounded by amazing vistas which are constantly changing along with the temperatures.
Last week I seriously thought Colorado had decided to cancel winter. I sat outside in shorts and gave myself a pedicure!
The snow has since started to fall again, which is a good thing as we prepare to hit the slopes in a week or so.
Most days we pinch ourselves that we get to live this life.
‘The hunter’s lodge,’ as we call it, is warm, cozy and comfortable.
Lazy mornings in bed are a winter luxury I am relishing.
With sunrises like this, however, waking early is also a treat (thankfully, since the kitty wakes us up before dawn most mornings!).
Meaningful work, time to explore new places, a comfortable home to stay in and an adorable fur baby to pour our love into have created a great balance between creativity, relaxation and adventure.
The journey keeps getting better and I wouldn’t trade this ‘free range life’ for anything.
If you would like to learn more about photography, my friend Ashlie is starting a six week online photography workshop on February 23!
Want to learn how to travel the world long-term? My friend Kim has just launched Travel School and is offering a 20% discount if you register before Feb 9.