We started the weekend off with a fire and a couple pumpkins that needed a good carvin'. Inspired by the place where it all began, I could not resist carving the outline of the Tetons in the decorative squash. The following day, we took a trip to Doe River Gorge to see the leaves changing colors and let the dogs frolick in the river. Bonfires. Parties. Bar Costume Contests. We opted out of the skanky costume scene this year to embrace the Saturday night power outage with our 3 pups at home in the shed. Electricity abandoned us for 5 hours, and we thought The Purge had become a reality and neighborhood clowns would be terrorizing the streets at any given time. Dobby tip-toed around under the stars as Monty and Taco hunkered down in their safe blanket-filled crates. Later, we lit a few candles and cuddled up on this chilly night while telling old stories and enjoying each other's company during the absence of our electric amenities. Sunday, Hallow's Eve, we took a road-trip to Great Smoky National Park to see Appalachia's leaves peak in an array of vibrant fall hues. Collin stood atop Clingman's Dome, Tennessee's highest point at 6,643 ft above elevation, for the first time. We ended the day splitting a rack of ribs and returning to basecamp to settle in with the fur gang. Happy Halloween! #SHEDLIFE
Upon Allie returning to Tennessee after an inspirational 3 month road trip crossing 23 states in America and 3 provinces of Canada during the summer of 2015, she embarked on an adventure to transform a standard 10X20 tool shed, with the help of her thrifty father, into a nearly self-sustainable tiny house. The goal of this transformation was to allow the tiny house to act as a base camp and permanent homestead between travels, so that Allie could focus her finances on doing what she loved most- traveling. Allie resided in the tiny home 7 months prior to her meeting up with Collin in Teton Valley, Wydaho in the early summer of 2016. The couple's 3 dogs (Monty, Dobby, and Taco) all resided in the tiny home upon moving back east due to news of their pregnancy! They spent 3 months of pregnancy in the tiny home and have now relocated to an apartment on the banks of a lake in East Tennessee. The shed lacked bathroom, which is still in their plans for future renovation. In attribution to the surprise of expecting a baby in the coming months, the two put tiny house life on hold until they are able to complete construction of the shed making it a safe and inhabitable environment for a child (and dogs). Read their blog to gain an insight on the transition from the trials of early pregnancy, living, cooking, and raising dogs in a 20ft space to the conversion back to apartment life, all while continuing to lead an active and adventurous lifestyle in adaptation with a new family member.
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