The year was 2010.
  • While listening to #1 song Kesha’s “Tik Tok.”
  • Poking” people on Facebook.
  • Playing Angry Birds in our free time.
  • Admiring newly engaged Kate and William.
  • And wondering whether Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress was real…

Garrett and I unceremoniously bought our 20 acre property off of his parents at an amazingly discounted price (but still having to save up for a couple of years to do so).

The only reason that this land was  available was clear from the beginning:


Little did these two new land owners know that there will be a lot of work involved in making it live-able but MOST IMPORTANTLY WE ARE OBLIGATED TO KEEP THIS GORGEOUS FOREST HEALTHY AND THRIVING.

Over the years, a city girl like me had to learn a lot about wild fires, forestry, living off the land and best practices of dealing with forest creatures like mice, squirrels and the occasional brown bears that apparently like to help themselves if you leave trash out OR brew a very potent beer outdoors.

Nearly 85 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by humans.
Lightning is one of the two natural causes of fires.

In case you thought that 13 years would be plenty of time to maintain and landscape our property.


Since Garrett and I were only part-timing in Montana during our summer vacations, we had a very limited time to do any forest maintenance.

Coming back a year later and there seemed to be more trees, somehow, made the task of maintaining 20 acres seem impossible.

Luckily, ma and pa would help us burn a lot of our tree piles, but still cutting down trees, piling them up and burning (during spring time ONLY) still remains a regular chore/activity here at The Hohnstead.


And ma and pa have 100 acres to maintain…


To tell you the truth, this city girl used to really dislike any vacation activity that didn’t involve hanging in a hammock and reading a book.

But over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate the solitude of the forest, the physical labor of dealing with trees (which I’ve grown to really enjoy) AND of course, the gratitude of being able to live in SUCH A MAGICAL PLACE!

Lastly, creating videos about our projects at The Hohnstead has really helped to turn a regular activity into a creative exercise of running around, setting up my single camera at various angles while recording. Then spending hours to edit all together, paying attention to the story, audio levels, continuity issues, lighting and more.


We hope that you enjoy this short film, done in no talking (ASMR) style because talking is overrated when you’re in the presence of her majesty — Nature.

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