The next adventure has begun!

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Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly 10301213186

Nearly two weeks ago, I left my home in Monroe, NY, heading for the wonderful state of Montana, where my new home will eventually be located. This is a journey that was years in the making and is the culmination of many dreams. And what an adventure it has already been.

 

There are many ways to move long distance. You could fly to your new home after having all your belongs head out with a moving company. Or you could sell everything, fly out, and start from scratch. You could pack your belongings in a U-Haul and drive to your new location and then unload your own belongings. Or you could do what we are doing. My husband drove all our belongings and my car out a month or so ago, put it all in storage, flew home and then we left again. This time in a travel trailer loaded with our food and other items. We don't know exactly where we'll be living for now, so we are sort of nomads on our way to somewhere.

 

We decided to make an adventure of the move. In the last eleven days, we traveled through fifteen states. We traveled south to Virginia first to see one son, then west to Kansas to see another, then up through Nebraska, Wyoming, arriving in Montana yesterday. What an amazing experience, and only the beginning of this great adventure.

 

So what makes a journey interesting?

 

It might be:

 

Living in a travel trailer, being awakened at 1:30am by a strange wind. It sounded like all the air was sucked out of the universe, and then blown back in with a vengeance. Lightening was striking in an endless array of light. Thunder didn't boom, but rolled for minutes on end. The rain pounded on the roof of our trailer, with gusts of wind of nearly 70 mph. We learned afterwards that there was a tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warning that night. The awning of our little trailer was being blown around. The trailer was shaking. I had real concerns that it might be thrown in the air, perhaps into the nearby river. What would my next steps be if that were indeed to happen? At 2am, with the wind buffeting the trailer, that's exactly what I was thinking of. Backup plans. Luckily, emergency measures were not necessary and all ended well. But phew.

 

And then there was the camper battery that died, resulting in a refrigerator that would not stop beeping a warning message until it ran out of steam and was just giving a pathetic click-pause-click in warning. We had to be so careful to pack only those items we really needed since the refrigerator is so tiny, so we didn't want to lose anything! Luckily Walmart wasn't too far and we got a new battery. Nothing major, but a wrinkle in the days plans.

 

There was the gorgeous park-like state campground in Indiana where there were only about 20 campers taking up 200 spots. We were all by ourselves at the end of a street, and it was just so peaceful. We decided to have a campfire, sat down in our seats near the fire and little black bugs started falling on us from the trees above. Lots of bugs. We don't know what they were, but were still picking them off of us the next day. Maybe that's why the park was empty?

 

Or the state park in West Virginia where we had to drive down a 10 or 15 mile road with the trailer. The road was partially washed out and very skinny and windy. We kept saying "Are we going the right way?"  There was no place to turn around so we just kept going. We finally found the campground entrance, and then traveled all the way down into this little valley where the sites were. Once we got out of the camper and tried to hook up to the electric we found there wasn't any because there was a huge storm that knocked the power out. There was also no wi-fi and no cell service. Luckily the power came on, and we just dealt without the cell service. But it was weird getting thrown back to the 70s where you couldn't call anyone unless you had a land line!

 

Also, I never traveled in a camping trailer before. Do you know how when you're thinking of buying a new car and you all of a sudden see them everywhere? Or you are pregnant and you see pregnant people all over? Well, now that we were traveling in a trailer, I notice them everywhere. I don't really consider trailers to be "camping." I have camped. With tents and no electric. So trailers are not camping. They allow you to bring a small home with you wherever you want to go. OR. Bring a huge home along. Most of the RVs we saw were HUGE, as in 40' long! On a few occasions, we wound up at a campground that was just like a big RV parking lot, and we were the smallest "drag" on the lot. Interesting experience.

 

And just another thought...  America is truly beautiful. From the plains to mountains, wild flowers, butterflies, lakes, rivers, hundreds of miles of corn, soy, horses, cows, elk, deer, and the list goes on. We live in an amazing country, and the fact that we can get from one side to the other so easily makes it easier to give in to wanderlust.

 

The first part of this journey is over as we arrived in Montana. Now we get to experience the rest of the adventure. Getting a home built. Finding a place to live in the interim. Getting my broker license so I can continue my real estate career. Meeting people. Exploring our new town.

 

Oh, and here's a small glimpse into what made us want to come here. When our home is built, we will have views of the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park. But that's not the only view we will have. The following photo is what I will see every morning when leaving my home. This is my driveway heading down the hill. Who wouldn't want to be here?

 

More will be coming soon about this gorgeous place I now call home.

 

And now I'm off to whip up dinner in my teeny-tiny-itsy-bitsy-camper kitchen.The next adventure is underway!

 

 

Originally posted at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

428 Main Street

Armonk, NY 10504 *

* still supporting Monroe NY, Orange & Rockland counties.

 

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Lise Howe
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so excited for your adventures to come! Keep sharing with  us - I love reading your posts

Aug 23, 2019 08:11 PM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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HI Kat - How exciting and what an adventure!  New trails to be disovered and new paths to walk/hike.  

Aug 23, 2019 08:12 PM #3
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Lottie Kendall
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Oh Kat! I'm excited for you and have been wondering when your long-awaited journey would begin. Thanks for writing so well I could imagine sharing the adventures with you. 

Aug 23, 2019 08:30 PM #4
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Kat Palmiotti at the point where you passed the storms and entered Montana, the journey going forward will be fun with much less stress.....

Aug 24, 2019 05:04 AM #5
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Kat. Congrats on your sense of adventure and reaching your final destination. Now we can look forward to your future updates. Enjoy your day.

Aug 24, 2019 05:17 AM #6
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you Kathy Streib - we didn't know there was a tornado warning at the time. Had we known, we would have closed our awning and put away our lawn chairs before hand, and maybe made other preps!

Thank you Lise Howe - You're so kind!

Michael Jacobs - Funny you mentioned hiking! We already decided tomorrow will be our first hike as residents.

 

 

Aug 24, 2019 05:27 AM #7
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Good  morning Lottie Kendall and thank you so much for your comments!

I think you're right Barbara Todaro - now we are in the implementing stage!

Thank you Wayne Martin - I hope you have a great day also.

Aug 24, 2019 05:29 AM #8
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Kat... what a marvelous journey to undertake. You will never forget these experiences and sights. Wishing you safe travels and will look forward to your updates on your new life.

Aug 24, 2019 06:44 AM #9
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kat and Welcome to the west.  Montana is a great state and looks like you will have lots of hiking trails to creative

Aug 24, 2019 08:01 AM #10
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Kat. I so enjoyed reading this. I am engaged and enthralled. Can't wait for the next chapter.

Aug 24, 2019 08:03 AM #11
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Kat Palmiotti -  it is great reading this because I know you are living your dream.  I would enjoy crossing the country this way as well.  I can't wait to hear more.

Aug 24, 2019 08:04 AM #12
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Sharon Lee
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Kat-I am smiling because I understand about the nomad adventure. I have been full time r.v.ing. in a 14' travel trailer since April of last year. I also know about strong winds but thankfully not 70 m.p.h. winds. About 40 at most. It rocks the whole trailer. Montana is a gorgeous state. Best of luck in your new state, new home and Montana real estate

Aug 24, 2019 03:20 PM #13
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Dear Kat Palmiotti - Right before your very eyes new life is unfolding! Those scenes are gorgeous!!! America is beautiful! I think you have been rejuvenated and new life has poured into you!

Happiness, good fortune, best wishes always!!!

Happy! Happy! Happy Trails!!!

Sep 05, 2019 03:23 PM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you Nina Hollander and I apologize for the late response. I didn't realize there were unread comments here.  Oops!

Thanks Will Hamm - The West is Wonderful!

Thank you also Sheila Anderson - it is definitely all an adventure!

Sep 05, 2019 03:29 PM #15
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

It was an interesting journey across the country, Grant Schneider and it's just as interesting to be here!

Sharon Lee 

- Full time RV'ing! Are you traveling or staying in one place? How interesting!

Sep 05, 2019 03:31 PM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I feel rejuvenated, that's true. I feel like I've been waiting forever to be here... Whoo hoo!

Sep 05, 2019 03:32 PM #17
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Kat Palmiotti - you are there. You are really, really there! You are grounded in glory!!!

If you want to succeed in life, you have to have a vision. You have to be patient. You have to have a plan and be prepared for upsets for the light at the end of the tunnel is just the beginning of major opportunities, good fortune and rejuvenation!

Sep 05, 2019 03:36 PM #18
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Sheila Anderson
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Good evening Kat. Adventures are amazing and good as well. Enjoy the evening.

Sep 05, 2019 03:51 PM #19
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Sharon Lee
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I have traveled from place to place since I started last April. I originally started in South Carolina and then No. Carolina, all the way to Washington and Oregon then down to Arizona last winter. I want to go all the way up to Maine either next summer or the summer after that. I lived most of my life in upstate N.Y about 1/2 hr. from the Canadian border.

Sep 05, 2019 04:13 PM #20
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - Grounded in glory! I love that.... 

Sheila Anderson - You are the master of adventures! They really are important, arent' they?

Sharon Lee - That sounds so neat; that you are going where you want to go, and staying where you want to stay. Another adventurer!

Sep 05, 2019 07:01 PM #21
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