When we set out to find our acre of aspens, we never intended it to be any more than a place to run away to and camp. This plot of land we found had everything. Aspen trees, hoodoos and boulders, sagebrush, tundra type ground cover with dainty flowers of lavender and yellow. Eight Ponderosa pines, a couple of fir trees, high elevation, fresh air, and close proximity to our home in Wyoming. The best part about coming here are the visiting wildlife. Moose for one. Although I haven't laid eyes on her yet, I know she's been poking around my yard. They like aspen leaves and bark. There's evidence of broken branches. But, I don't mind, for I adore moose. Because of all the rocks surrounding the cove, there are marmots. They make funny whistling sounds. Another name for them are Whistle pigs. I've seen cottontails and plenty of curious chipmunks. Well, friendly might be a better word, as I've taken up feeding them raw almonds. Someone said they saw a bobcat around there in the spring. I hope that's true. Ravens are plenty, announcing their presence as they play above us in the sky. And just yesterday morning we heard the call of an owl.
So, yes. We wanted to pitch a tent and camp on our own private spot. Our spot came with a vintage Royal Spartanette trailer. I was hesitant. I didn't WANT to live in a trailer. I LIKE my canvas teepee and sleeping on the ground, and wondering what that noise was, what snapped that branch nearby. I like lying on my back with my head poking out of the tent, staring up at the sky and counting the stars late at night. I know, i know. I can still pitch the tent, regardless . And, if we have company, then that's just what I'll do.
Okay, having the trailer is convenient. A shiny silver shelter from the storm. It's in very good shape, and inside it's all blonde wood. It's so darn cozy. I have to admit, it's been nice to duck into when the afternoon rain showers pass by.
We're still roughing it. There is no electricity or running water. It's a sweet shelter, our home away from home. I'm becoming more attached to the "Silver Bullet" every time I go there.
In the near future, we plan to replace the trailer with a yurt, but for now, I'm so thankful for what unexpectedly came with the animals and aspens.