Living Like A Nymph

☆ July 2, 2011


I’ve alluded to big summer plans and it’s time to share details!
I’m spending the summer on the mountain, camping at 7500 feet.
And the entire Farmily is coming with me!

Last week, I shared photos of the spring pasture Mike and I lease for the cows.  We lease another 1000 acres of private mountain land for the cows’ summer pasture.  This land happens to rest smack in the middle of 10,000 private acres, grazing land for a handful of ranchers.  Being there is like living in a dream, living like a nymph.  I’m moving up this week, and will be there through September.

I actually thought I’d be up there by now ~ usually the snow has melted by the end of May and we trail the cows up the third week of June.  But since it was still snowing in June, it wasn’t until last week that we could even drive in!  There are still scattered snowdrifts, but that didn’t keep me from diving into a mountain pond after spending the day working in the sun :)

I’ve rigged up a hillbilly solar setup to keep my laptop and camera batteries charged and, while I will be offline 99% of the time for the next three months, I will continue to post here multiple times a week, and the daily photos for the Daily Coyote and the email subscription list will continue uninterrupted.


77 Responses to “Living Like A Nymph”

  1. Tanja
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Only one word springs to mind…WOW!

  2. Lesley
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    Looking forward to hearing all about your summer, mountain woman. Enjoy!

  3. Patr
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    Oh how magical. Can’t wait to see the posts.

  4. Ursula
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    Better you than me! I like my creature comforts. Like A/C and running water..

    Have fun and I look forward to reading about your new adventure!

    July 2nd, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    You live a life most people ony dream of! I know you will enjoy every moment of it! Thanks for caring enough to share it with the rest of us dreamers! Take care

  6. Carmen
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    Sounds fantastic! I look forward to learning about your adventure. Be safe and have fun.

  7. Yvonne
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    What a grand adventure!

  8. Courtney
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Oh my goodness, Shreve! This is awesome – I’m nearly speechless. Enjoy your adventure. I certainly look forward to reading of it.

  9. Marlene
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    wow… Amazing!!!! So many questions come to mind!All the farmily??? how will Charlie be there without the fenced area you have? Is Mike moving there too?..It seems like a dream to be there like that..with a pond…and solitude..I just can’t wait to hear all of it.will be checking in daily…that is one of my fantasies I have always had to go off somewhere remote like that for a while..just amazing!!! Marlene in Cambria

  10. Alice
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about your summer, especially the hillbilly solar. Insanely jealous of you right now!

  11. Steph in Oregon
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    What a perfect summer.
    Material for a book–u think?
    I’m not going to ask any more questions. I’ll just let the adventure appear as it does. More fun that way!

    I don’t think there is any danger of you having regrets for adventures unlived when you come to the end of your time on this earth!

    Have a great time and remember the Apinol :)

  12. Amber
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    Wow! What an adventure – I’m jealous. Have you ever read SOLITUDE

  13. Amber
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    (whoops) …SOLITUDE by Bob Kull?

  14. Janet H.
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    If that photo above is the area where you’ll be, looks like paradise SHOULD look!

  15. carmel
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    Heavon on Earth!

  16. Maggie
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    Amazing. Enjoy it! Can’t wait to read your updates!

  17. Colleen G
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    OMG you continue to blow me away!! What a wonderful adventure! Someone above said “magical” and I couldn’t agree more. I am sooooo awaiting your posts about living wild in the mountains. Peace and xo to you and the farmily.

  18. carmel
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    Heaven on Earth!

  19. MJo
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    Paradise!!! Enjoy!!!

  20. Scott Turchin
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 9:25 pm


  21. Kimberly
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    WOW!! That sounds absolutely amazing. I don’t think I would be able to do that for so long, but it would definitely be worth every minute. I’m definitely more of a city girl…

  22. Claudia
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 10:04 pm


  23. pam
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    now THAT’S an adventure!
    I’m jealous!
    good luck, stay safe.

  24. Beverly J.
    July 2nd, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    awesome, i wish you all the best. I know you will have a wonderful time and share with us the antics and beautiful pics you always do. Many Blessings….. :)

  25. Alexandra
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 2:53 am

    Shreve, it sounds like your new adventure will be magical.
    I really need to thank you for sharing with us. Following your life means a lot to me; a reminder that there is a different life waiting when I am ready to leave mine. I found your blog when I lived outside L.A. – since last fall my man and I have vagabonded back to Europe (visa issues, we’re German/Austrian) and moved to London 10 days ago. Here I am, in our rented apartment dubbed the “spacepod”, loaded with stupid gadgetry, skyline views, never-ending Heathrow flight noise and all. And I would swap this buzzing city in a second for the rugged quiet wilderness, and the connection to nature and your animals – if it weren’t for this man I love. Thank you for your pictures and your words, because they keep me questioning my choices, again and again.

  26. Holly
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 3:42 am

    Curious about the kittens? Will they go or can the fend for themselves?

  27. Marina
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 3:53 am

    Have a great summer! Be safe…

  28. Robin
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    YE HAW is right! enjoy!!!!!

  29. Penny in Co
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    Sweet….be safe. Can’t wait to see the pics!

  30. Claire
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    Good for you, Shreve. I am curious. You said your family is going with you. Canines, felines, cows ???? Richardo? And will Mike be with you? The whole set up sounds wonderful, fun, adventurous and a bit primitive. I’ve never camped out for that long. Actually never had the time (real life and all). Anxious to read your happenings and the hillbilly solar.

  31. catherine
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Yes, what about Monsieur Ricardo ?
    And Daisy and the new born ? what about the cats ?

  32. Michelle
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    It is so comforting to know that places like this still exist. Here I live on the edge of a once small town that is slowly creeping outwards, and all the pretty nooks and crannies of wilderness are being replaced by gas stations and Walmarts. Your blog is a salve for my cynical soul who fears that her children will never know what true wilderness and beauty of nature is. Thank you Shreve.

  33. LisaAR
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Can’t wait to hear about it. Have a wonderful experience. Thanks for helping me live vicariously things I’d never be able to do! Best wishes, my cyber-friend.

  34. Sandy
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    sure hope you’re not on call during that time (emt)…your response time may be a little long =o)

  35. mlaiuppa
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    Have you got your cast iron dutch oven for campfire cooking? I understand corn muffins are awesome that way.

    I’m sure Eli and the cats will be fine. They’ll probably stick around the house.

    You’re taking Daisy, Ricardo, Fiona and Frisco, Chloe and…Charlie? You’re taking Charlie? Will it be safe out there in the wide open?

    Solar hooked up to batteries or charger?

    I imagine refrigeration will be the nearest mountain stream. If I recall from my camping days the streams consist of ice melt and snow runoff and are always cold. But you go ahead and skinny dip all you want. In fact, I’m sure up in the mountains with no one around, you can go commando and turn it into a little nudist camp. Hope there are no nettles nearby.

  36. Barbara
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    Ricardo will be coming, too, I hope.

  37. Kerry Estey Keith
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    Yay Shreve, I am bursting with excitement and joy for you! What an amazing adventure.

    I been off the grid for the last 6 years, but in a cabin. We have running water (gravity fed) but (this summer) no hot water. Doesn’t bother me.

    This is my last month here, but next summer I will be back living in a Canvas Cabin with no running water, composting toilet, and solar shower (right in the pasture with my horses!) The wilder the better for some of us.

    So, I will be curious to hear about your refrigeration set-up and which solar panel you chose for your laptop.

    Look forward to many updates.

    p.s. we’re waiting for that next book…??

  38. Leisel
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Shreve, I will wait to READ about your adventures! Be well. love, Leisel & Susie

  39. Scotty
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    hugs.. have a good summer camp. be sure to lay low when you get a lightning storm.

  40. Terry
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    This is the most beautiful picture. I wish i was lying on the bank.

  41. Chelsea D
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    SHREVE!!!! Bring on the off-the-grid hillbilly livin’!!! What a dream come true. Here I thought you’re life couldn’t get any better. But it just has. I’m sure you’ll have a blast and many an adventure. Can’t wait to see and read what you bring us:) Happy summer!

  42. angie
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    awe-some. and envy!

  43. JoDi
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    What an amazing opportunity! Enjoy, and thanks for sharing it with us!

  44. joods
    July 3rd, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    Wishing you and your farmily a great adventure. I will wait patiently for your words of wonder…they are so worth the wait.

  45. Jenny C
    July 4th, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    Happy 4 yrs. on the 4th, Shreve and Charlie!

    Have the most wonderful adventure ever, and enjoy those unobstructed stars. Hmmm… do they make inflatable bathtubs?

    Barbara (#36) – HA!

  46. Anita Lowery
    July 4th, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    This is the most amazing adventure ever. I can’t wait to hear about your life on the mountain. I am so very grateful that you are willing to share it with the rest of us.

  47. Anita Lowery
    July 4th, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    I will be visiting family in Rock Springs Wyoming the summer of 2012. I am planning on driving around Wyoming to see your beautiful state.

  48. Jo Davis
    July 4th, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    I know you’ll have an Awesome time, be well and enjoy!!! :)

  49. Bernice
    July 4th, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    As the Peanuts people once said (this is taped to my travel journal: Linus,”I wonder what it would be like to go on a long trip.” Charlie Brown,”Like maybe to the mountains.” Patty,”How could you be sure you’d have a good time?” Snoopy,”Take your dog along.” (And your cats, cows, chickens, coyotes, geese, etc., etc., what the heck! More animals, MORE fun!!)

  50. Keith
    July 4th, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Boy, this is gonna be neat!! Please blabber a lot… (Gorgeous pic!!) Keith

  51. Deborah
    July 4th, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Can’t wait to live vicariously through you this Summer. You are amazing and inspirational!

  52. Alyssa
    July 4th, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    Oh, how exciting! My only question is about your EMT status. I assume you won’t be available during that time?

  53. Deborah
    July 4th, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    uh… are there any bears or other wildlife you might meet up with out there? Just wondering…

  54. leah
    July 4th, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

    How Fabulous!

  55. Sim
    July 5th, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Amazing, Shreve! Talk about an experience of a lifetime! Can’t wait to hear about it :)

  56. hello haha narf
    July 5th, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    thrilled for you! may your adventure be safe and rewarding.
    thanks for sharing this tremendous experience with us. can’t wait to hear about how you rig electricity.

  57. Jenn
    July 5th, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    What a fabulous way to spend the summer!
    Enjoy & thank you so much for sharing.
    Wishing you all the best. :)

  58. Theresa Szpila
    July 5th, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    Oh, WOW, Shreve!!!!!!! What an awesome undertaking. And what an awesome landscape. Thanks so much for sharing all this with us, your cyber family. I can’t wait to hear how it all works out over the next three months. A million questions pop to mind, but I’m sure they’ll all be answered as your posts reach us.

    Congratulations on the past four years (hard to believe four years have gone by already!), and best wishes for a fabulous summer and all the years to come!

    Sending hugs and blessings to you and all the farmily!

  59. Pat D.
    July 5th, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Have a great time, Shreve! I’m sure you will.

    Eveybody– trust me, there’s nothing “magical” about camping with a waterless latrine where instead of flushing you dump quicklime in on top. Adventurous, maybe, but *not* magical! LOL…

  60. Leisa
    July 5th, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    I’m almost speechless at the thought of living in such PEACE. I can’t wait to hear about it, and I too am thinking, another book? Looking forward to pictures!! Take care of you and the farmily.

  61. Jenny C
    July 5th, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    Like you need one more thing to pack, but imagine filling this w/stream water, letting it heat all day in the sun, then slipping in at night:

    I’m just sayin’…

  62. montanarose
    July 5th, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    Have a great summer up there, Shreve. Keep yourself and the farmily safe and sound, and thanks, in advance, for sharing your experience with us. Do I smell a book down the road?

  63. Nathalie
    July 5th, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    I’m soooo envious but I can’t wait to read your updates and live vicariously through them :-)

  64. Beverly Murphy
    July 5th, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    aaaahhh sounds and looks like Paradise!! i can only imagine the preparations on taking the ‘farmily’ and can’t wait to hear the details on that!! i am in agreement with the posts suggesting a book on this experience!
    Be Safe

  65. bonnie
    July 5th, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    ahhh, the peace and solitude.
    well,not quite solitude i guess, once you add a herd of cattle, the farmily, and all of us.
    have a wonderful time!!

  66. Ava
    July 5th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Sleeping under all those stars at night must be like falling upward into the cosmos. What a beautiful adventure, Shreve.

  67. Laurie G
    July 5th, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

    I got goose-bumps reading that post! I’m almost as excited as you are :) Wishing you a wonderful and safe summer.

  68. annbb
    July 5th, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    Ricardo too??

  69. Lucky
    July 5th, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Off The Grid–Sweet! can’t wait for the posts & pics… you rock!

  70. Deamma
    July 5th, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    A Spiritual journey. Oh, the possibilities. I wish them ALL for you.

  71. Deanna
    July 5th, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    So carried away, I misspelled my own name.

  72. Robert (Gideon-x) Mowers
    July 6th, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    Enjoy….commune with nature and the ways of the world, from your own kingdom…. Myself I spent 2 1/2 years ditch-banking in the desert south west (30 miles north of Yuma, AZ) on the Colorado river. Solar Panels, filtering river water, even solar cooking (homemade solar oven)….after 30+ years working in the Areospace field…the peace / solitude of the area was a true blessing. Will be looking forward to your reports (mussings)

  73. Liz
    July 6th, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Good for you girl! Go get ’em!

  74. Betsy in RI
    July 6th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    Sounds like heaven – and an adventure, all rolled into one! Can’t wait to hear all about it :-).

  75. JC
    July 7th, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Just lovely! Enjoy!

  76. TM
    July 9th, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    @Jenny C (#61) Checked out your tub link. Made me smile. An (smallish?) man in a plastic tub covered with teddy bears? Not to mention the cell phone. Who doesn’t bathe without their phone? ha! (well, Shreve bathes with her laptop, but she is in another category – in a good way, of course).

  77. rick
    August 1st, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    from the one picture i have seen, i am very jealous. anyway have a happy summer.

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