Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away,
once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
~ John Muir
Watching the Norwegian Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994 on TV there was a clip from Whitefish, Montana. Tommy Moe, a local competing in the downhill skiing.
I yelled at chef to come and watch- never had I seen a more beautiful place as the Flathead Valley.
Later we moved to Rhinebeck N.Y- Pierre a student at the Culinary inst in Hyde Park. At the time we were living in a charming red saltbox built in 1829. Our 2 babies Julian and Sophia were growing and healthy, Pierre and I made many friends and it was a nice common ground between Norway and Canada. Hudson Valley was beautiful. That year I watched "The Horse Whisperer". I saw it 9 times- I probably know most of the lines. I was struck again...Montana.
Montana was calling.
9/11 hit...Scared, I wanted to take my children and run, run away from it all.
I gave Pierre 2 choices Norway, to family and familiar or Montana to wilderness and unknown.
Our forever home.
I am a mountain girl and this is my Montana story.