We are driving down a long dirt road, rocks pinging against the fender, dust rising from the tires. This road leads to slow-living and gentle ways, and each mile takes us back in time to a simpler era.
Ringed by mountains, the compound is just ahead. This is Big Sky Country, Montana, where nature is an ever-changing canvas. Wind ripples through the hay meadow. Clouds shift and collide. A storm has passed, leaving behind a saturated blue glaze. At the bend in the road, we see the compound. It was built to capitalize on the majestic views, fitting organically and aesthetically into its surroundings. If you want to leave the world behind, you've come to the right place.
Rustic and simple, a true country heart beats within these walls. Consisting of three houses, the compound easily sleeps twelve. The main house has two bedrooms, a living/diving area, baths, and a greenhouse off the kitchen. Two guest cottages sit in the distance.
It's the perfect place for our imaginary retreat.
This place is humble to its roots, with a tin roof and unmowed fields.
Sun moves across the house like spilled honey.
Suddenly I lose track of time. Is it still 2015? I smell wood smoke, sour river water, and wet stones.
We're so far away from civilization. It's a good thing we stopped for groceries, right? Hey, is your cell phone working? Mine isn't, either. Won't it be a novelty to spend the weekend in a place that doesn't have Internet service or HBO?
For all I know, it's 1915 or even 1815.
And I'm loving it.
On the porch, we're greeted by flowers in a galvanized bucket.
Off in the distance, a storm is building over the Crazy Mountains. See those gray streaks in the sky? That's where it's raining.
Rustic Porch by Bozeman Architects & Building Designers Miller Architects LTD
As we walk inside, our boots scuff over stained concrete floors. We're warmed by a roaring fire. And someone even lit the candles. I'm loving this place so much, I don't want to leave. I put down my overnight bag, and it feels as if I'm letting go of a heaviness that has been in my chest of late. But now, I feel so light, I just want to dance.
You just know this kitchen has an iron skillet or two. While I put away the groceries, you explore the greenhouse.
The guest room sleeps four.
The Master bedroom has plenty of sunlight and storage--and those amazing views.
Dusk is gathering. This is the best tie to observe nature. Here in Montana, you'll see deer, pheasants, wild ducks, antelope. Tomorrow we'll go fly-fishing.
Now, this evening, we'll just let the world turn blue.
And we'll just breathe.
And we'll just breathe.