Travel will always be one of my great loves, but I'm not leaving the country as much as I would like and now I'm doing what I never thought I'd do, putting down roots...in Montana.
Don't worry, travel will still be a part of this blog and my adventures will have their place here, but Near and Far will now be a blog following the adventures, and craziness, of a globe-trotting East Coast girl making a home in Montana.
In January 2013, I packed up my half of a townhouse in Alexandria, Va. and loaded everything into an ABF truck. My boyfriend and I stuffed my little Toyota Corolla with everything we'd need for a week and with the pupster, Grover, taking up most of the backseat, we headed west.
Now that I've been here a few months I'm settling in to small town life, adjusting to being back in a newsroom (I love it!) and building my new network of friends.
Just as I was getting the hang of all that, and actually unpacking, the boyfriend, Mark, found a house that we just had to have.
I wasn't so sure at first, but the more we looked at it and thought about all its potential, the more we loved it.
So, here we are with our first house, 26 acres, no neighbors, two dogs and a lotta love. Boyfriend has also decided we should have chickens and I want to grow my own vegetables, maybe some fruits. I've gone from the craziness of D.C. to creating our own little farm. Quite a difference!
Buying the house will have us pinching pennies a bit for awhile, but we've got big plans to make this a fantastic house, with views of the mountains, buttes, and Big Sky all around. We'll bring you along for the stress-inducing process that is buying a house and the fun/frustration of making it our own.
I recently started a Made in Montana series on the blog and that will continue here as I love my new state and its people. Through them, I'll share with you more of how wonderful a place Montana is.
For my longtime readers, loyal family members and friends and those of you just finding this blog, hope you enjoy!