Once a year while growing up, Kat’s parents would take out the brown boxes and make sure each girl had their marching orders. “You can only bring what can fit in that box.” So off they’d go to stuff clothes, books and other items in their box. Then the family would pack up the vehicle and head off on their annual two week camping trip.
Memories of nature
Those trips were the source of lifetime memories. Watching a moose swim across a still lake in Algonquin Park in Canada first thing in the morning. Feeding left-over birthday cake to horses wandering in a field. Finding out what happens when you play with the roof of a canvas tent in pouring rain. Listening to the sounds of the forest before anyone else wakes up. Taking turns getting water, cleaning up after dinner, and gathering firewood, but mostly the memories surrounded the forest.
On a regular basis, Kat’s family would head off on a trail into the woods, armed with Audubon field guides. Upon finding a new tree, flower or bird, the books would come out and the family would figure out what they were seeing. They’d spend hours exploring, jumping into nearby lakes, walking through streams and simply marveling at all nature offers.
And even when Kat was at home, with a backyard edged by woods, Kat and her sisters would spend hours climbing trees, exploring, rigging fishing poles out of branches, twine and safety pins, digging up worms, and heading to the pond to catch sunnies. Kat is grateful to her parents for introducing her to a lifelong love of the outdoors.
Her love affair with the outdoors continues
Today, years later, Kat is elated to be living in a home that is nestled in a forest in Northwest Montana. Not a day passes where she doesn’t spend time outdoors, no matter the weather. She might be found gathering firewood to throw in the wood stove, tending her garden in the summer, hiking up a nearby mountain or just sitting on a bench listening to the sounds of nature.
And the season doesn’t matter. In the winter, she finds pleasure in looking for signs of animals and walking through the very quiet and peaceful woods as snow is falling. In the Spring, she’s can be found hunting for morel mushrooms or listening to bird chatter. Summertime is for vegetable gardening, eating outside, and soaking up the sun. And Autumn is the time to watch for wildlife.
Helping Land Sellers and Buyers
So when Kat was considering which part of real estate she would like to primarily focus on, the answer was obvious. Rural land. The kind of land you need to wear hiking boots to fully explore. Land where you might get to the top of a hill and stop, in awe of the view you just found. And land where there might be multiple places to put a home. Where deer and elk still roam. Where homeowners can have privacy and the opportunity for self-sufficiency or walk out their door into the woods to hike, hunt, or just explore.
So Kat can often be found previewing land for out of town buyers, sending photos and videos so they can get a better idea of what type of possibilities abound. Or she might be walking a 20 acre parcel for an out of town seller who is considering putting his land on the market. Or she might just be waiting for your call!
Originally published at thehousekat.com.