Well, I’m at it again…
Yet again I’m assembling the dream that’s so dear to my heart. One of the parts was relocation and I’ve taken a step in that direction.
Actually, a whole lot of steps and that direction is northwest.
I awoke on Monday to make my drive. The wind was blowing, the temperature was -21F with the windchill, and there was ice/snow everywhere.
Okay, I’m crazy…and determined.
I knew driving anywhere would be a challenge so I left at 3:30AM.
Good thing I did.
The first 65 miles were ice with snow blowing across the road. I could barely see. The heater in my little car was struggling with the frigid temperatures so the upper half of my windshield remained ice. Finally, the road improved.
Of course, near Billings, Montana I had a nosebleed while wearing my new coat. So, there I was trying to stop the flow, working frantically to save my coat, and drive at the same time. I managed to accomplish all three.
Anyway, Monday afternoon, after 10.5 hours driving, I reached beautiful Missoula, Montana! Yup, I drove over 620 miles to see the city I hoped would be my next home.
One hundred miles from Missoula I entered a broad valley that slowly narrowed. Sixty-five miles from Missoula the road began snaking around mountains with the Clark’s Fork River beside it. It was an amazing drive.
I love it here. Absolutely love it.
I’m already breathing better (lower altitude). There’s no wind (I still step outside and brace myself for wind that isn’t there). There are added bonuses, too. I’ve discovered that the city is unbelievably flat despite the mountains surrounding it. That’s great news for someone who loves to walk and bike (and needs to for her lungs). The other bonus is the people. There’s an atmosphere of positivity and energy that’s impossible to miss.
So, the next step…?
Well, I found an apartment! It’s a small, modest place beside a walking/biking path and within a few minutes of the path along the river/downtown. Tomorrow morning I’m delivering the needed paperwork, which will take a few days to process, but I’m 99% sure it’s mine. Too, I found a vet…a “cats only” vet. I’m really excited about that.
Because I was so busy I haven’t taken many pictures (business before pleasure) but did manage a brief walk downtown around sunset. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
Thursday I’ll make the return drive and will continue packing. The actual move will come in early to mid February.
I have no idea how often people come upon that place that they know in their heart is just right for them, but I know this is that place for me. I’m bursting with excitement at the same time there’s the inner peace that comes with gratitude. One half of me wants to jump for joy and the other half wants to sit, smile, and contemplate.
I’ll do a little of both.