It was a huge adjustment for Bryan and me after we moved here. We felt lost and misplaced for a long time. Now after 18 months, I have a list.
1. Tax-free living. For the first 9 months, especially when we’d make a big purchase I’d bellow, “and it’s tax FREE!” Don’t hate me for it.
2. Nightmare traffic is a 6-car line at the 4-way stop. No traffic lights, no roundabouts–nothing.
3. It’s quiet and peaceful, especially at night. At first I couldn’t get to sleep because it was too quiet here, now I can’t get to sleep in the metropolitan areas.
4. Genuinely nice people live here. There’s a lot of OLD people here, but they’re nice.
5. It’s brilliant to drive to Missoula and on the way spot bald eagles, hawks or falcons overhead on the way there. Watch out for the freakin deer a-go-go though.6. The local school district is in the Top 5 in America.
7. My husband’s total commute is just 12 miles both ways, compared to 1.5 hours before we moved here.
8. The opportunities for mountain climbing, biking and camping are endless. The mountain views are also breath-taking.
9. It’s virtually stress-free, living here.
10. We’re just a 4 hours’ drive from five of the best fishing places in America. Neither of us fish though.
11. I’m only 4 hours south of Canada. It’s calling my name. I want to go buy some British food so bad.
12. It’s safe. If I’ve accidentally left the front door unlocked overnight I don’t go throw up when I realise it. I still worry a little, but it’s not a huge issue now.
13. There are plenty of places locally to go float the river.