Country Living

Westcliffe, CO

If you know anything about Ryan and I its…   (1) that we enjoy watching the thrilling nineties show, Northern Exposure (yeah, go ahead. watch it. you won’t be able to stop. and you won’t have a clue why), (2) that our Tiny House has taken much longer than we thought…. (3) and that we’re slightly obsessed with a lil town called Westcliffe.   How to describe Westcliffe… – elevation is just under 8,000 in town – population is around 800 – there’s a movie theater in town that plays movies on Friday and Saturday nights. – on Halloween, the kids Trick-or-Treat in the downtown businesses. – there are about 10 churches in town. – when you get finger-printed at the sheriff’s office, there is a jail cell in the next room. – there is a strong Mennonite and Amish presence (there is also a bakery). – there are no building codes in Custer County (:cough: more.tiny.houses.coming. also more details from Ryan, because I’m sure that statement is more complicated than I just made it sound). – the elementary, middle, and high school are all in one building. – the only chains are: Subway, Family Dollar and The Post Office.     Anyways. More posts to come about this magical place because long story made short/even longer by other blog posts later on….     We’re moving there :)

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  • Reply scott shepherd November 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    What an awesome adventure to embark on! I too will be attempting this. I would like to hear some of the challenges you both have experienced along the way. How is family and friends with your decision to live this way? I look forward to reading more of your adventures!

  • Reply RyanHannah December 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm


    We’ll definitely be sharing more in the coming weeks! As far as family and friends go, we feel pretty supported by most folks. Of course there are some that don’t quite understand and probably think we’re a lil loony :) But in the end, we just feel compelled (and excited) to live this way and in this place, and because we both feel this way, its all good :)

    Have you started building yet? What drew you to simpler living alternatives?
    Thanks for your interest!

    Hannah & Ryan

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