"Marry someone who can stand you." – Estelle Reiner (Carl's wife)
The big move from Fort Collins to southern Colorado, from suburbia to rural in 2014
In June 2014 we packed up or got rid of most of our worldly goods, sold our house in Fort Collins, and took off for an ancient rental in Walsenburg, Colorado. It was then we named ourselves the “NEW Old Farts.” I have been sharing our retirement adventure, photos, etc. here since October 2014…
At age 60, Mike and I left suburbia to build a passive solar home with spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in southern Colorado. We moved here for a number of reasons: To live close to nature, to try passive solar living, to build the kind of home we chose to live in for the rest of our lives, and to find a far more peaceful, healthy and less expensive lifestyle than cities could offer us.
We received so much more…
Mike and I first met online in early 2005. On our very first road trip together we actually drove past where we would eventually build our solar home north of Highway 160 and just west of Walsenburg! As Mike and I got to know each other, we learned that we shared a common dream. We both wanted to move to some peaceful rural place and build a passive solar home. Life got in the way for a decade or so.
Then in 2014 our time came. We sold our nice home in suburbia and headed south to build on a scenic three acre lot at the top of the foothills. It felt like a gigantic leap-of-faith. We did it anyway!
Mike is about to turn cartwheels because we FINALLY have a slab!!!
We applied for a building permit in mid-2014, and moved in August 1st, 2015. Then we discovered another great benefit from passive solar construction. It keeps us cool in the summer as well as warm in the winter!
We have fallen in love with living in tune with the sun and seasons, waking up each day amazed to find ourselves in such a beautiful, quiet, natural place…