Mike and I have traveled to the Kootenay region of British Columbia many times before. I have many relatives out there and it is one of our favorite places to camp in BC. But on our recent trip there for the first time we started to consider living there. I am not sure if it is because we are in a bit of a still place in our lives right now, waiting for our house to sell so we can travel in Asia with our children (that plan hasn’t changed!) or if we are just in a place where we are craving change, or even if it is because we have been questioning so many of our own imposed paradigms that possibilities are opening up for us that we might not have considered in the past. What ever the reason or combination thereof on our recent vacation in the Kootenays we kept saying to ourselves “I could live here.”
Coming from a dry area, the Kootenays are so lush. And it is so underpopulated it seems like one big forest with a sprinkling of homes and people. We camped on my Uncle’s property and I awoke each morning to a view of the tree tops. Almost every morning and evening we spotted dear in the meadow. It was magical. I would just sit out in the yard and breath peace and happiness.
The kids played outside virtually all day. We went for walks in the forest and built rock dams in a little creek. By the end of each day they were so exhausted they would practically fall into bed and sleep 13 hours straight through.
And the people that live there have a healthy streak of granola in them. Many people are the down to earth, back to earth kind and we could really see ourselves finding our own little community there.
Our immediate goals of course are selling the house and traveling Asia but now we have our wheels turning on converting a bus into a motor home and spending a few seasons in the Kootenays to see how we like it……..So many dreams, so little time!
Have you ever vacationed in a place and then dreamed of living there? Did you do it?