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Monday, 9 July 2018

Our Fire Tower House In The Sky: HOMES ON THE EDGE

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha July 11, 2018 :
LEAVING the busy city life behind and returning to nature has been a “magical” experience according to a couple who gave it all up to live in a custom house 40ft off the ground in rural Oregon. Dabney Tompkins, 61, and Alan Colley, 70, swapped high-paying jobs, expensive cars, and lively social lives in Dallas, Texas to live on 160 acres in a custom-built fire lookout tower. The couple initially moved from their large house in Dallas to a condo in Portland, and built the fire lookout property as a weekend getaway location in 2010. But in May 2014 the pair decided to try living in the house full-time and now say they couldn’t imagine going back.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.