Two years ago, after returning from Rome, I signed on the bottom line and became the caretaker of this land. I found her online while in Rome. The realtor replied to my initial inquiry on the Spring Equinox of 2011-and that was a good indicator of how things would fall into place for me to move here. I visited every week in Sept that year, to walk the property, and on November 8th, I took the plunge. I got to know her first in the winter, and will always have a fondness for that season here. The woods are so lonesome-perfect company for an introverted recluse. I am a kid again, playing in the woods in Ohio, where I lived from age 7-13. It is as if everything I ever did on this 50 year journey leading here counts: music, carpentry, counseling, teaching, mountain climbing, amateur botany, hard work, hard play, and the list goes on. I have felt at home here since the first time I walked the land, and I am grateful she has accepted me.
My friend Tracy captured my feelings about being here really well…and that smile keeps growing!