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A Quest for Land


Tulip, at Sustainable Settings Farm and Education site

So our “Quest for Land” has somehow landed us in Northern Idaho in a town called Sandpoint , just 60 miles South of the Canadian border.   Collin Duke and I started our journey on August 31st  from Sustainable Settings in  Carbondale, ColoradoSustainable Settings , run by Brook and Rose Le Van, is the farm/education site where Collin and I first met and fell in love (awww).  I was working there as a volunteer liaison between Sustainable Settings and a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) Course run by the Permaculture Institute.  Collin was a student in the PDC, a course I had completed last year  in Costa Rica.  Our instructor, Scott Pittman  is the founder of the Permaculture Institute.  He lives with his wife Arina and son Sasha on a Farm and Education site in  Santa Fe, New Mexico called “Lots of life in one Place”.  It is here, where we made our next stop for an educational, open house before heading back to Collin’s home town of Fort Worth, Texas.  After a few weeks stay in Ft. Worth to visit with family and to put Collin’s condo on the market, we were on our way to Montana to find our dream parcel of Land.

Biodynamic Winery – The Permaculture Design group

Our travels first brought us to Colorado Springs where we visited my dear friend from back East, Kristen and her lovely family, husband Marc and two super cool daughters, Peyton and Justine.  Xoxo.  Then a short visit for a breakfast of buckwheat pancakes with the very blue, Heather Hava.  Literally, everything she owns is blue (see above).  Heather is from our Permaculture course.  She and her husband live in Golden, Colorado where they have built a geodesic dome in their back yard.  Very Impressive.  Sorry I have no pictures.  ;(  I know!!!  

Justine, ME and Peyton

Justine, ME and Peyton

We spent several exhausting, 10 hour days viewing parcels of  land in the St Regis area of Montana.  St. Regis is just north of Missoula with a population of just a few hundred people.  The last parcel of  land we viewed in Montana happened to be in a very small town called Heron.  Here we could find no Inn, so we had to move on to the closest populated town, which was, none other than, Sandpoint, Idaho.  As soon as we arrived in Sandpoint we parked right in front of the bi-weekly Farmer’s Market.  It was love at first sight.  We talked to a vendor selling raw, goat’s cheese and after chatting for a while we decided that we had come to the right town.  He gave us the name of a realtor who walked a few properties with us the following day.  We then took root in Sandpoint, finding a temporary condo on the lake, we continued our search.   The next day as we were walking by Sotheby’s International Realty we noticed a foreclosed property at a great price. We decided to venture out  on our own, now that we had become accustomed to viewing plat maps and finding corner property markers.  The next day we called the realtor for the official plat map and info on the property…we went back and found an even better parcel and put an offer in the very next day……after several back and forth offers and counter offers….we are now under contract!!!  Whoo hoo!!!  More to come on our reasons for choosing this parcel and how we intend to use the land………..Thank you to all who encouraged us to move forth on this great adventure…You are a BIG part of the reason we are HERE!!!!   Love, Diana & Collin

Collin with Lady Liberty in Sandpoint, Idaho


View from one of our building sites

7 thoughts on “A Quest for Land

  1. It’s a beautiful view!! Good luck to you both!!!

  2. It’s a beautiful view, good luck to you both!!

  3. Diana – you are ageless!! What a great piece of property and what a fun story! Thanks for sharing. Perhaps one day we city slickers will get up for a visit….xoxo

  4. Very exciting stuff. I see the coeur d’alene marathon is on May 26th. Will you all be situated and around in May 2013?

    • Nice! We will be in Priest River for sure, but will not start building until after May. Hopefully, we will have a temporary structure up by then. You, of course are welcome to tent camp on our land. Most likely conditions will be quite primitive.

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