The Last Best Place

In case you were wondering….WE ARE ALIVE! We are still loving the tiny house and all of the adventures that come with it. We have been so busy getting the house settled, starting our jobs and exploring this beautiful area that we now call home… that I have not updated the blog in a while! We have received many inquires about when the next blog post was going to be, so no fear the new blog post is here!

We found another tiny house down the road from where we are staying! We have also met multiple people who know people who have built/are building them out here!
We found another tiny house down the road from where we are staying! We have also met multiple people who know people who have built/are building them out here!

For those of you who have not heard, Montana is often referred to as “The Last Best Place”. This slogan was used in an advertising campaign for tourism to bring people out to explore the area. To be honest, so far we have no complaints about this slogan…Montana truly is living up to it!

The dogs are lovin' it
The dogs are lovin’ it

We have met so many wonderful people in the short time that we have been here, it has been so refreshing. Everyone, is so friendly and laid back. There is just such a wonderful atmosphere here that we are so lucky to be a part of. For those of you that know me and my anxiety stricken ways, this has been such a wonderful change of environment for me…and in turn for Jake, since my freak out sessions have drastically diminished since the move.

How could I freak out about anything when their are views like this!?
How could I freak out about anything when their are views like this!?
Or when you get to look at Big Mountain and all of the snowboard/ski trails when you sit at a stop light?
Or when you get to look at Big Mountain and all of the snowboard/ski trails when you sit at a stop light?

GUYS!! The tiny house is now fully insured, AT ALL TIMES!!! We met a wonderful couple who lives in a yurt and they put us in contact with the company that insured their yurt…because surely if a yurt can get insured a tiny house can get insured…and WHAM! We finally got insurance! We are now insured when attached and unattached to the truck, which is such a sigh of relief ESPECIALLY with the wood stove coming.

Settling In

  • Number of days we have been without full electric: 44
    • We got solar panels!!! However, the inverter that we need to make everything “work” is not in yet. It should hopefully be in soon! We got our dish installed last weekend, so we can watch TV if the generator is on. So usually when we get home at night we cook, do the dishes, walk the dog….then turn on the generator to watch tv and use the lights in the house, etc. It honestly has not been horrible….yet
      The panels on the beautiful frame that Jake made :)
      The panels on the beautiful frame that Jake made πŸ™‚
      In these boxes were the batteries for the solar pannels. All of those boxes together weight 750 lbs. Who knew?
      In these boxes were the batteries for the solar pannels. All of those boxes together weight 750 lbs. Who knew?

       

  • Number of days we have been without consistent heat: 44
    • Now, this may not seem like a big deal for everyone back east and not in the in the northwest corner of Montana. But there have been PLENTY of nights since we have been here where it gets into the low, low 30’s. We have a propane space heater, but it is super expensive to run and goes through around 4 propane cans per night. We have plenty of blankets, so it hasn’t been horrible….yet. BUT, we ordered the wood stove 2 weeks ago and just got confirmation today that it is being built and will be shipped out next week. It is the cutest wood stove, specifically built for tiny houses and RVs, we cannot wait!
      Sometimes we resort to cuddling walls to stay warm
      Sometimes we resort to cuddling walls to stay warm

       

  • Number of days we have been without running water: 44
    • HOLY balls. That is a long time. Honestly, I did realize it had been that long until I just counted the days to write this. We are still showering at the gym, which has not been a big deal at all. We wash dishes with no problem using biodegradable soap and all the fixings to make it “grey scale”, so that it is safe to go into the environment. Showering well..we go to the gym, workout, shower, go to work. It is what would normally happen anyways, so not a big deal so far. Except for the one Saturday that we came into the gym 15 minutes before it closed, because we had been hiking all day. I gave Jake explicit directions on the way in to “not say anything about just showering because that was SO embarassing”. SO, what happens…we scan our passes and the guy goes you know we close in 15 minutes…Jake continues to walk down the stairs…I get all uncomfortable and just blurt out “Its okay, we just came to shower” and run down the stairs. Jake was like WTF?!Β  and I inevitably created an awkward situation that resulting in strange looks from the check in guy when we came up 15 minutes later to leave. Epic fail.

      Just a random photo of the camera hog.
      Just a random photo of the camera hog.

 

  • Number of times I have hit my head off the light in the bedroom: WAY too many to count
    • I swear it is at least 1x a day. Jake insists that he is taking the light down and finding one that is a closer fit to the ceiling, but I love that light!! Honestly though to get WAY over to my side of the loft/bed me and my clumsy self is going to hit something. I have tried to perfect a diving roll, this came about because I have a small bladder and in the middle of the night I have to maneuver myself around Jack, Jake and the ceiling to get down the stairs to go to the bathroom. Getting out of bed is much easier than getting back in…so the diving roll came into effect. This worked seamlessly for the first 2 nights…I would dive over Jake’s body and roll into my spot in the bed. On the 3rd night however, I forgot the roll part and slammed my feet off of the light…which in turn woke up Jake and I had to explain what was happening.
      If you remember from the previous blog post...imagine getting to the far side of the bed...with that cat and a human body. Impossible without knocking into something.
      If you remember from the previous blog post…imagine getting to the far side of the bed…with that cat and a human body. Impossible without knocking into something.

      Needless to say, I am still trying to find a good way to get in and out of bed in the middle of the night.

  • Number of cats who have a special litter cave: 1
    • Jack is not the proud owner of a “jump in the top” litter box that fits into a “litter cave” under the steps that Jake specifically made for her! Aw. Picture to come in the next blog because I apparantly didn’t take one. Oops.

 

  • Number of hikes we have gone on: 3
    • Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park
      Grinnell Lake. This whole hike has surreal views the entire time. It's unreal.
      Grinnell Lake. This whole hike has surreal views the entire time. It’s unreal.
      All the way at the top of the mountain is the beautiful Grinnel Glacier and the Upper Grinnell Lake
      All the way at the top of the mountain is the beautiful Grinnel Glacier and the Upper Grinnell Lake
      A picture without us in it
      A picture without us in it
      We were SO close to the mountain goats!!!!! We saw at least 20 of them.
      We were SO close to the mountain goats!!!!! We saw at least 20 of them.
      I now have made it my next goal to see a mountain goat on a hiking trail.
      I now have made it my next goal to see a mountain goat on a hiking trail.

       

    • Jewel Basin in Flathead National Forest
      I mean...come on.
      I mean…come on.
      All of the fall colors are out!
      All of the fall colors are out!
      My loves. The dogs are becoming professional hikers.
      My loves. The dogs are becoming professional hikers.

       

    • Hiking around the land that we are staying on

      Beautiful views of Kalispell and the Swan Mountains
      Beautiful views of Kalispell and the Swan Mountains

We can both truly say that we are HAPPY. “Going small, so we can live big” in such a beautiful place has been one of the best decisions we have made πŸ™‚ Stay tuned….I will be doing more updates, just not every week like before!

Just because I miss these little buggers so much and I never added this photo to another blog. They are so adorable and love the tiny house. They insisted this day, that when they visit they are sleeping in this bed with Aunt Aly and Uncle Jake.....oh well what's 2 more bodies to dive roll over in the middle of the night.
Just because I miss these little buggers so much and I never added this photo to another blog. They are so adorable and love the tiny house. They insisted this day, that when they visit they are sleeping in this bed with Aunt Aly and Uncle Jake…..oh well what’s 2 more bodies to dive roll over in the middle of the night.
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2 thoughts on “The Last Best Place

    1. Britt you know I’m going to be on a mission to find one now, just to get you out here! If I can take pictures with my phone like those imagine how good yours would be!!!

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