People don't believe this was a five year plan

It has finally happened. We are in the last stages of selling our house in Napa and have had our offer accepted on Hooker Road in the sleepy village of Honor, MI. We will have 27 acres perfectly situated between the majestic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the impressive Pere Marquette State Forest which spans 13 counties in both the upper and lower peninsulas. We even have the privilege of sharing a sliver of our property with the North Branch of the Platte River. The home used to be the Platte Township train depot which functioned from 1896 until 1924. 

People didn't believe us when we said this was our five year plan. To be honest, it has been in the making for quite some time. But five years ago we said Spring of 2018, and sometimes it felt like we would never get here, but we actually did it. It will be incredibly emotional when we do leave our friends and family (my sister lives in Napa), the beautiful state of California, and Napa which has been my home for 10 years and Levi's for seven. We have so much work to do, but we're so elated to finally be getting started.

Just a couple of kids living in California with a dream of dropping out in Michigan

Well, not exactly. But our Midwest roots seem to be calling us back to the land. To quote Timothy Leary:

"Turn on" meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. "Tune in" meant interact harmoniously with the world around you - externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives. "Drop out" suggested an active, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments. "Drop Out" meant self-reliance, a discovery of one's singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean "Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity".

We won't have electric Kool-Aid, but we will have a peaceful river, organic vegetables, woods for walking, and minds for connecting. While drugs may be one way to accomplish being sensitive to various levels of consciousness, we will focus on good old fashioned communing with nature and the fostering of creativity. 

Right now we live in Napa, California. While very beautiful, it's a far cry from where we would like to be. The cost of living on the west coast is slightly insane and we could never afford to live in the kind of space we want here. There is also just something magical and almost primitive that calls us back to Michigan. If you've never been, you should visit us. 

We hope to fill this blog with our adventures (and mis-adventures) as we continue the journey of fulfilling our dream. Stay tuned...