Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Little Getaway

Not sure if anyone noticed ... but I was away for a few days.  I had limited internet access so wasn't able to blog or read blogs and I MISSED it!  I'm trying to catch up on everyone as quick as I can.

I haven't mentioned it on this blog before, but we're possibly (probably? are? maybe?) moving!  Just before Christmas we put in an offer on a property and we got it.  The sale closed a couple weeks ago.  I'm hesitant to say we're actually moving because at best it's a couple years away and there's a ton that has to happen for us to move.  But the possibility is quite real. 

This is a vacant lot.  There is a ton of land prep to be done (luckily we have the equipment to do this ourselves).  And of course the house will have to be built.  Plus ... our current house/property needs some major overhauling. 

We started the land prep this week and we went up to check out the progress.  It's looking incredible. 

The views from this property are amazing!  I don't do yoga, but if I did I think this would be an incredible place to build a studio with HUGE glass windows to do it in.  Totally serene.

These pictures are from December.  The snow is all gone now.  I have some current pictures on my camera from this weekend, but I haven't loaded them onto the computer yet.

From the house site you get a good view of two lakes. 

This is the large one to the north.  It's HUGE - 135 Km long and 4-5 Km wide.

And this is the one to the south.

With a decent set of binoculars I'll be able to see my sister camping there in the summer. ;)

And there are mountains (hills??) all the way around.  I guess mountains actually. 
There is a ski resort less than 20Km away from town.

This is a cool tree on the property.  We're going to try to leave this one. 
Apparently the bottom there was scratched off by a bear!

There are a ton of "critters" up there.  So far we've just seen a bazillion deer and some mountain sheep.  But apparently we will be expecting to see lots of coyotes, some bears, elk, maybe the odd moose or cougar even.  And then there's the critters that scare me .... rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, ticks.  I actually have lost sleep thinking about those ones.

The area this is in is highly active too.  You name it, you can do it here.  Water sports, snow sports, outdoor everything!  Everywhere you go people are doing some type of activity.  The road up to our property is about 10Km straight uphill with an elevation gain of 2000 feet.  If I can even walk from the bottom to the top I will have rockin' buns of steel.  I can't wait to walk, run (well try to) and ride it!

While up there I sadly only got out for one run.  The first day the weather was icky.  And yesterday it was super windy and seriously ... I was almost afraid I would blow away.  Apparently last night the winds were over 100 Km/h.  But the run I did do was wonderful!  I ran along the lake, then the river and return on a wonderful paved trail (with at least 3-4 bathroom stops - wahoo).  It was 8.5 miles return!  Pretty windy on the way out, but warm and sunny on the return.  This could SO be my regular route.

Eating has been .. uh ... not so wonderful. :(  But I spent some time last night writing out a menu plan for the next few days and also prepping some food.  It really is the area I struggle with most.

I'll try to catch up with everybody in the next couple days. 

Hope all is well!



Syl said...

sounds perfect for you and your family - so happy for you Heidi, being active you will definately see the benefit in the move.

Glad you reported I was wondering where you were ;-)

Tamara said...

This is really exciting news. It is so beautiful, it is a bit surreal. And to hear about the running route, well, that's just the icing on an already pretty spectacular cake. I'm really happy for you!

Sarah said...

Wow...looks like a gorgeous place!!!

Suzy said...

Heidi - it looks like an absolutely beautiful place to live!

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

Once the house is up, let me know... I'm coming to visit and bringing Syl with me!

ajh said...

It looks beautiful to say the least. Is it near where you are now or is this a major move to a whole new area?

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Wow Heidi!

It is absolutely beautiful there!

I did notice you weren't around for a few days, but figured you were busy with something...I guess this was it! Wow!

Michelle said...

Those are gorgeous pictures! Congratulations!

Lynsey said...

I wondered what happened to you! That's beautiful. I can't wait to follow you on this journey. How exciting!

Kyle and Darci said...

WOW!!! What an amazing spot to build a house!!

Fran said...

I did miss you!

Holy Heidi, how beautiful it is there and what a privilege that you and your family may live there! Congratulations I'm happy for you.

Is this far away from where you live now?

Ashlee Wetherington said...

That's absolutely gorgeous! I'm so happy for you, how amazing!