I don’t typically partake in reflection of the past year as the new year approaches but this year has been like no other. It has been the year of the K.
Packing up 34 years of suburbia and moving to a rural area was a truly life changing event for Holly and I. This journey started in September of 2015 when “just for fun” I began looking on the internet at homes for sale in the foothills. One of the first I saw was a five acre property in Tuolumne CA. It seemed to call to me and Holly agreed that it looked wonderful but she was not keen on moving; at least not for several years.
A few weeks later we drove up to see the property “just for fun”. Over the following weeks and countless discussions about the possibility and rationale for moving the “just for fun” became serious and we decided to look at more properties. We saw several that we liked but none met the beauty, charm, and rustic elegance of what was to become The Golden K. We made an offer in November and closed escrow in December, just over a year ago.
Wow! What in September were only musings about one day moving to a simpler life in the mountains became reality just four months later in. It’s one example of many over the past 34 years of Holly and I aligning on a goal and making it a reality.
The sellers rented back from us through April which gave us time to sell our home in Livermore and for Holly to finish her school year as a teacher. In early May while still living in Livermore we brought a nine week old Golden Retriever home that we named Kloe, with a K or course like her big step sister Kali with a K.
That was all the inspiration I needed. I then knew we were moving “home” to The Golden K. We moved in full time over Memorial weekend and we never looked back.
So here we the four of us: a guy and a gal still desperately in love after 34 years of marriage, two beautiful and loving Golden Retrievers, and one shared romantic perspective of life at 3100 feet.