As an artist, I need a place to connect with the elements.
The distractions of city life, sounds, lights, and people tend to get in the way of my creativity.
I had an opportunity to get away from those distractions once and for all and I took it without hesitation. My uncle left me his cabin in the mountains and I couldn’t think of any reason not to pack my things and move up there. It took a few weeks to tie things up and sublet my apartment but within no time I was off to my mountain retreat. I had never seen the place before but I knew that my uncle lived there year round so I couldn’t imagine that it was that bad. Reality hit when I realized that there was no built in HVAC system. Apparently he had used two wood stoves to heat the place during the colder months and just left the windows open in the summer. That was something I couldn’t imagine myself doing. I may have wanted an escape from the craziness of the city but I wanted some of the comforts of living there too. One of the first things I did was to contact an HVAC dealer in town to see about having an HVAC system installed. I couldn’t believe how complicated that process was. First off, just getting the unit and equipment up the mountain was an undertaking. Then I learned that I needed a specialized unit because it had to operate at the higher elevation with less oxygen than one closer to sea level. I began to realize why my uncle had foregone the expense of having a system installed. I also had to have a propane tank installed to fuel the system. I am sure that I will be happy once it is all done.