Moving into the far reaches of the state has certainly changed my perspective on things.
Geographically I am only about multiple hundred miles away from the neighborhood where I was born and raised, however it feels appreciate worlds apart.
I never thought I would be a sucker for the grandeur of nature, despite the fact that I have to admit I am hooked. This lodge is right on the edge of a huge lake, perfect for fishing if I ever learn how to fish. There are things I thought I would miss, things that I believed would be unbearable, that I don’t miss at all. The lodge doesn’t have a/c, and the only oil furnace is a wood burning stove, and I thought that would be brutal. It turns out whoever first built this lodge was some kind of genius, and angled the new home in such a way to capitalize on the winds for natural ventilation. The winds in this valley come in off the ocean and tend to run in a certain direction, so the ventilation method intake vents are geared to maximize this. I won’t lie, there are a lot of nights that I wish I could adjust a thermostat and make it a few degrees cooler, however overall this is a slight inconvenience, not a major issue. The inconvenience is offset by the fact my monthly energy bills are next to nothing because I am not paying for an energy-guzzling central Heating and A/C system. I truly save 1200 to 1500 a year just by not having an a/c, and that’s a lot of money!