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Summer is really heating up this year, with record temperatures in some areas of the country. Clark County is no exception and when temperatures rise, many people cool off along the Washougal River. Among the many bodies of water in this region, the Washougal River is an especially prized waterway for recreation, boating, fishing, and peaceful living. If you are lucky enough to own a home along the river, you can enjoy these activities year around.  Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area, where properties sell quickly.  

Some of out favorite listings have been along the Washougal – they are always a pleasure to visit and show!  Dougan Falls, for example, is a popular destination spot featuring waterfalls that plunge 19 feet into a narrow trough that widens into a massive, deep pool. This location is ideal for swimming on a hot summer day, Get there early as parking is limited. Note: a Washington State Discover Pass is required, unless it’s a free day.

Here is a snapshot market report for homes over $400,000 on the Washougal River:

9 Active listings from $427,000 to $1,800,000
Average SQFT: 3,086
Average $/SQFT: $263

1 Pending at $850,000 with 3,571 SQFT for $238/SQFT 

6 Sold in last 3 months: $405,000 and $660,000
Average SQFT: 2,776
Average $/SqFt: $174

Average Days on Market: 32 days.  Properties sell fast along the Washougal River!

If you own a home along the Washougal River and want to receive a free market analysis of its value, contact us at Nature As Neighbors, If you are looking for a home in Washougal, you can start your search here.

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Summer is a great time to get outdoors and explore the Pacific Northwest – and some of the scenic bodies of water in the area.  Whether it’s the ocean, a river, bay, or just a creek, there is something special about being on the water. As you can imagine, waterfront properties have a built-in natural asset many buyers want – the sight and sound of moving water create a relaxed, meditative environment. Some want easy access to boating and active water sports while others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection.  

Regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of designated shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds, so this can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway.

Regulation, market demand, and a limited inventory all add up to create a specialized market. Whether you are looking for, or want to sell, waterfront property, you should work with a broker who has experience in this specialized market and knows how to achieve that perfect outcome for you.

Here is a snapshot of Clark County waterfront homes starting at $400,000: 

57 Active from $409,900 to $2,650,000
Average SQFT 3,557
Average $/SQFT $235

37 Pending from $415,000 to $1,900,000
Average SQFT 3,092
Average $/SQFT $218

40 Sold in past 3 months from $410,000 to $2,850,000
Average SQFT 3,538
Average $/SQFT $206

Median Days on Market : only 40 days. Homes on the water don’t last long!

View properties on water tend to move quickly, so now is a great time to sell waterfront property. Give us a call, we specialize in ViewHomes™ of Clark County.

If you are looking for a view home with privacy, and a little acreage, you should consider the Washougal, WA area. 

The Washougal River, whose name is Chinook for “rushing water”, starts its 33-mile run from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the Cascade Mountains and flows into the Columbia River through the towns of Camas and Washougal. About 63% of its watershed is forested, which accounts for its pristine water quality and excellent recreation and fishing activities. Homes in the area are typically rural, and open – providing “elbow room for the soul.”

Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal view homes are in the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts. 

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes™ above $400,000 in Washougal, WA   

34 Active from $409,900 to $2,000,000
Average SQFT – 3,504

Average $/SQFT – $215

13 Pending from $425,900 to $925,000
AverageSQFT – 3,013
Average $/SQFT – $202

21 Sold in last 3 Months from $425,000 to $849,900
Average SQFT – 2,947
Average $/SQFT – $180

Average Days on Market was 47 – a little over 6 weeks- properties in Washougal are moving quickly!

Looking for a view home in Washougal, WA? Begin your search here.

Have a home in Washougal you want to sell?  We sell homes with “Nature As Neighbors.”

Looking for a fantastic waterfront property on the pristine Washougal River? Here is a wonderful cedar home retreat with potential mother-in-law quarters right on the river.

Waterfront properties have a built-in natural asset many buyers want – the sight and sound of moving water create a relaxed, meditative environment. Some want easy access to boating and active water sports while others want a peaceful place for quiet reflection.  With Spring’s arrival, more buyers are starting to think about living on the water.

The Pacific Northwest has many amazing bodies of water – rivers, bays, lakes and creeks all enhance our connection to nature. But regulations designed to protection our watersheds restrict the development of designated shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds, so this can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway.

Regulation, market demand, and a limited inventory all add up to create a specialized market. Whether you are looking for, or want to sell, waterfront property, you should work with a broker who has experience in this specialized market and knows how to achieve that perfect outcome for you.

Here is a snapshot of Clark County waterfront homes starting at $400,000: 

57 Active from $409,900 to $2,795,000
Average SQFT 3,689
Average $/SQFT $233

26 Pending from $425,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 3,340
Average $/SQFT $235

32 Sold in past 3 months from $410,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT 3,543
Average $/SQFT $194

Median Days on Market 59 – Homes on the water don’t last long!

View properties on water tend to move quickly, so now is a great time to sell waterfront property. Give us a call, we specialize in ViewHomes™ of Clark County.

With Spring’s arrival, more people are getting outside to enjoy the nice weather. In this environment, buyers start thinking about living on or near water.  Some want easy access to boating and active water sports. Others just want a peaceful place for quiet reflection -water has a natural, meditative effect on us, especially being around moving water. 

The Pacific Northwest has many amazing bodies of water – rivers, bays, lakes and creeks all enhance our connection to nature. But regulations designed to protect our watersheds restrict the development of shoreline properties with tight footprints, setbacks, and mitigation requirements. Even creeks are regulated in certain protected watersheds. This can cause frustration for anyone trying to build or expand a house along a natural waterway (previous structures are grandfathered in, but there are still limitations on what you can do to the property.)

Regulation, market demand, and a limited inventory all add up to create a specialized market. Whether you are looking for, or want to sell, waterfront property, you should work with a broker who has experience in this specialized market and knows how to achieve that perfect outcome for you.

Here is a snapshot of the current market for waterfront ViewHomes™ of Clark County:

57 Active from $409,900 to $2,795,000
Average SQFT 3,632
Average $/SQFT $230

1 Bumpable 4157 SQFT for $659,000 at $159/SQFT

20 Pending from $415,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT 3,338
Average $/SQFT $226

24 Sold in past 3 months from $420,000 to $2,500,000
Average SQFT 3,683
Average $/SQFT $195

Median Days on Market – 69

View properties on water tend to move quickly, so now is a great time to buy or sell waterfront property. Give us a call – we specialize in ViewHomes™ of Clark County.

The demand for multigenerational homes continues to grow each year. Ten years ago, we bought a townhouse right next to my elderly parents so we could help them out, but still have our own personal space.  When they started having trouble navigating the stairs, we found a daylight basement home with single level living on the first floor and separate living quarters below.  We never thought we would be part of a major trend, but this lifestyle has become mainstream and is growing.

In addition to the economic benefits of shared expenses, there are social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of taking care of their aging parents by not putting them into a facility. Grandchildren have the bonus of quality time with their grandparents on a regular basis.

We think it’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multigen homes, too.  We know how to evaluate homes on larger lots with the potential for additional living quarters. Whether separate living quarters, or shared space, we understand and live the lifestyle, so we know how to find the right multigen home.

It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multigen home.  Here is a snapshot of ViewHomes™ of Clark County with dual-living features, starting at $400,000:

48 Active Listings – $419,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 4,810

Average $/SQFT – $195

2 Bumpable Buyers – $798,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT- 5,168

Average $/SQFT – $295

20 Pending – $435,000 to $3,290,000
Average SQFT– 4,324
Average $/SQFT – $212

22 Sold in last 3 Mos – $403,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 3,925
Average $/SQFT – $178

Median Days on Market was 2 Months – multigen homes do not last long in this market!

If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, you can start your search here. Or if you have a home that has Multigen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

We continue to receive inquiries about multigenerational homes now that the lifestyle has become more popular. Besides the economics of sharing expenses, there are the real social and familial benefits of deepened relationships and enriched lives. Adult children have the peace of mind of taking care of their aging parents, grandchildren have the bonus of quality time with their grandparents on a regular basis.

We think it’s no coincidence that our specialty – view homes with “elbow room for the soul” works well for multi-gen homes, too.  We are familiar with how to convert homes on larger lots into the potential for additional living quarters. Because we understand and live the lifestyle, we know how to find the right multi-gen home.

It also helps to know what the market looks like when you start shopping for a multi-gen home.  Here is a snapshot of ViewHomes™ of Clark County with dual-living features priced starting at $400,000:

49 Active Listings – $419,900 to $4,500,000
Average SQFT – 5,072

Average $/SQFT – $212

3 Bumpable Buyers – $690,000 to $2,250,000
Average SQFT- 6,020

Average $/SQFT – $257

11 Pending – $425,000 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT– 3,588
Average $/SQFT – $180

32 Sold in last 3 Mos – $400,980 to $1,250,000
Average SQFT – 3,738
Average $/SQFT – $176

Average Days on Market: 87 – Multi-gen homes do not last long in this market!

If you are looking for a home for Multi-Gen living, you can start your search here. Or if you have a home that has Multi-Gen features and you want to sell, call us – we are specialists in this field, and we have buyers ready to move!

We know where to find Multi-gen homes, family estates, and homes with plenty of space for frequent visitors. In fact, we too live the lifestyle in our own ViewHome located in the hills above Camas/Washougal. Privacy and nature abound, yet recently, it was only a 20 minute trip to take our daughter and granddaughter to Portland International Airport for their return flight to Denver.

This is the time of the year when buyers seem to long for a home along a river. An idyllic lifestyle comes to mind for us too. Lemonade on the deck after a dip in the swimming hole on a hot summer day. Blanket wrapped fall mornings with a mug of hot coffee. There’s so much to celebrate about life along a river. It can feel like a resort vacation – everyday.

We think the Washougal River is one of the most beautiful in our region, and the above photo showcases all the reasons. Pristine water tumbles over rocks and logs, waterfalls cascade from the cliffs above, and towering evergreens line the banks. In fact, the photo was taken near the Fish Hatchery – just a few minutes from a very special property.

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If you’re longing for a retreat, one that has the potential for serenity, creativity, and fun, we’ve got the perfect spot for you. This one-level custom home sits on the Washougal River with a gorgeous private waterfall to delight, mesmerize, and entertain. You can’t help but feel as if you’re at a destination resort on these grounds.

To say it’s special is an understatement. It’s a one-of-a-kind location and property. If you’re sick of cookie-cutter homes and long for a unique floor plan, and something different from all the same colors and finishes we see, ad nauseam, this home might be the one. Two master suites, located on each end of the home, open up interesting possibilities.

The magical location alone is worth the price of admission, add the house, the gardens, and your own vision for a personal masterpiece.  A scenic 25 minute drive from the Safeway store in Washougal takes you the gated driveway of this private retreat. If you’d like to see if for yourself, contact us today, before it’s too late.

Sunday’s are Family day at our Multigenerational Household in Camas, Washington. It’s normally when all three families get together to enjoy life and share a meal.

Waterfront Retreat in Washougal – Skamania County

Welcome to the RiverHouse Retreat. You’ll feel as if you’re a million miles away from everything, but in reality, you’re only about 25 minutes to Washougal. This vibrant home is a conduit to creativity, nature, and serenity.  A thoughtful layout ensures most rooms take in the dramatic views of Lalolu (Law’ low loo) Falls and the Washougal River. It has two very private Master Suites for dual living options, or couples who prefer their occasionally prefer their own space.

Dougan Falls is about 1.3 miles away, but the owners say the popularity of the summertime destination has little impact on their lifestyle. The acre plus property is gated and fenced for privacy and security. Since the river runs lower during the summer months, it makes it difficult for rafters to work their way downstream. A deep swimming hole does provide for nearly year round fun and cooling.

Call us today for a tour of this exceptional property. Take a short tour now of the magical setting located on the banks above the Washougal River.

 

 

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We specialize in ViewHomes™ of Clark County – our clients share our appreciation for Nature As Neighbors. A private retreat on acreage provides a serene and calm environment, and there’s room to garden, play with kids or  grand kids, and enjoy frequent visits from wildlife. If you are looking for a view home with privacy, you should consider the Washougal River area. 

The river, whose name is Chinook for “rushing water”, starts its 33-mile run from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the Cascade Mountains and flows into the Columbia River through the towns of Camas and Washougal. About 63% of its watershed is forested, which accounts for its pristine water quality and excellent recreation and fishing activities. It provides “elbow room for the soul.”

Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal River homes are in the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts. 

For a private retreat on the Washougal, check out this amazing home with it’s own stunning waterfall view.

Here is a quick market summary of ViewHomes on the Washougal River with room for privacy: (Note there is a total of 10 Active Homes in the Washougal River neighborhood, but these are the 4 listed with river frontage. 

4 Active listings from $569,900 to $835,000
Average Square Footage: 3,632
Average $/SqFt: $187
1 Pending Sale listed for $760,000
2937 SqFt, $259/SqFt
5 Sold in last 6 months: $640,000 to  $1,075,000
Average Square Footage: 3,875
Average $/SqFt: $206

Destination Point: Dougan Falls is a major waterfall along the Washougal River. It rushes down 19 feet into a narrow trough, then widens out into a massive deep pool. Picnic tables and toilets are provided in the day use area. Great place to bring kids for a picnic or day outing.  Note: Washington State Discover Pass is required, unless it’s a free day.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes™ on the Washougal River and Nature As Neighbors, contact us at Harcourts USA -The Carl Group.  You can begin your search here.

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Washougal is about 15-20 minutes from the Portland International Airport and there is a small local airport, which serves private pilots. Be sure to take a few minutes to enjoy the short video about the many wonderful reasons people choose to call “Washougal,” home. The video was created by the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association to help promote the City for business development.

We feel fortunate to live surrounded by nature, yet in close proximity to the amenities of a big city, especially great restaurants. Now that East County is growing, there are more choices for excellent dining experiences nearby. Our recent venture to Hearth Wood Oven Bistro in Washougal was no exception.  Our multi-generational family has a wide range of tastes from traditional to the eclectic – and all were satisfied.

Located in the newly-revitalized downtown Washougal on Main street, the interior exudes a mix of modern flash with homey warmth.  The red brick oven centerpiece sets the tone and provides an appetizing aroma as you walk in the door. We were seated quickly and offered an array of drink and appetizer specials on the Happy Hour menu, as well as the full dinner menu.

We opted for the roasted brussel sprouts and mixed green salad for starters. The seasonal menu featured fresh seafood from the region, including Spring salmon and Willapa Bay oysters, so we had to try their fried oysters. Most of their dishes are baked or roasted in the wood oven, so even vegetables emerge with a rich smoky flavor. The brussel sprouts were among the best we’ve ever had, and could even make a non-vegetable eater a convert.  The fried oysters were prepared just as we like them – lightly sauted with a thin coating rather than crusted corn meal.

Their signature artisan pizzas range from the traditional cheese, pepperoni, or sausage toppings to the creative, eclectic Thai chicken or bacon pesto. All are hand made and wood fired for that smokey glaze that accentuates the fresh ingredients. Drinks included local microbrews on tap, a reasonable selection of red, white and sparkling wines, and specialty cocktails.

The service was very friendly and efficient, and the staff made us feel right at home.  This is another great spot we will add to our options when looking for a satisfying dining experience.

Imagine a Washougal Riverfront retreat with an additional view of your own private waterfall. Talk about Nature As Neighbors and “elbow room for the soul.”™ This is the spot! Coming soon…

ViewHomes of Clark County™ grew out of our love for nature, beautiful surroundings, and a peaceful environment. We recently moved our multi-generational household to an area located in the rolling hills north of Camas-Washougal. Our property sits on an acre-plus with towering trees, stunning sunrises and sunsets, and we get seasonal views of the Little Washougal River. Our family loves having Nature As Neighbors.

If you’re looking for a family estate with enough room for visiting, or live-in family, and friends, and land to garden or enjoy privacy, you’re similar to the majority of our clients.. Since we also specialize in Multi-generational living,  we have helped many families find a home suitable for multiple generations. In short, we recognize the need many of us share to spend time with those we love, connect with nature, and live a lifestyle that helps rejuvenate our souls.

One of the key elements that our family recognizes is the need for each of the three couples to have their own space and privacy. If we choose, we can go for days without seeing one another. However, that’s not the case. We have over an acre of land too and often share in the upkeep and maintenance of the buildings and grounds. We’d be happy to share our tips and experiences if you’re considering this lifestyle.

If you have a multi-generational home to sell, we’d be happy to explain how our unique focus can help market your home to rise above the rest. If you’re interesting in purchasing a Multi-generational ViewHome, we know the inventory and carefully sift through the listings on an on-going basis. We’ve found many homes with the potential for dual living situations not emphasized.

There are 49 Dual Living homes listed on the MLS with a Median List price of $729,900. Currently, there are 19 Pending, and 51 Sales in the last 6 months. The Median DOM ( days on market) ranges from a low of 58-92. The Median Sales Price to LIst Price is 97.24%. It’s a great time to sell. Call us today for your complimentary market analysis.

Some days we all find ourselves scurrying here and there. We don’t always take time to notice what nature is trying to offer.  Recently, we were a bit early for a listing appointment near Dougan Falls.  We decided to take the time to look and listen to the winter sounds.

Environmentally Sound Practices Can Extend The Life of Your Access Road

Most homes in the country or on acreage are accessed over a gravel road. Usually it’s a private road or driveway that leads back from the main road, and gravel is an affordable alternative to paving, which can be three times as expensive. The county typically does not maintain these roads, so it’s the responsibility of the homeowners.

Obviously, getting in and out is an important issue – especially during winter months when weather can be hard on a road. Keeping a minimum amount of gravel on the surface can help, but it won’t do any good unless you observe the common adage about proper road maintenance: “drainage, drainage, drainage.” Water and gravity are natural forces that must be addressed in road design and maintenance. Even paved roads need to follow basic design rules – unless water is drained off properly, it will erode the surface. Plus, it’s a serious environmental issue –  road erosion can create sediment and pollution issues for local streams and rivers.

The Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies (yes, there really is such a thing at Pennsylvania State University!) states that most roads should have a “crown” – a center that is higher than the sides.  This ensures the water will drain to either side – then properly dispersed either into a ditch or broad shoulder.  Crowns should be at least 1/2 inch high for every foot of width. E.g., a 20-foot wide road, (10 feet on either side) should have a 5 inch crown from side to center.  The exception might be roads on a slope – they often drain better if allowed to flow to one side. The key is to observe the natural draining patterns of the landscape and work with nature to accommodate water flow.

Environmentally Sound Practices Can Extend The Life of Your Access Road

(Continued from Part 1)

Here is a visual comparison – first an improperly maintained road. It’s easy to see where the water will sit and eventually erode through the surface:

Improper Slope

Compared to a properly crowned road:

Proper Crown

If you’re want more on this, check out the EPA’s “Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance For Dirt and Gravel Roads” for comprehensive guidelines.

So, when you are evaluating that beautiful view home in the country, here are some (literally) down to earth tips on the access road:

  1. Pay attention to the current condition of the road – is it relatively smooth and without potholes and standing water?
  2. Does it appear to be regularly maintained? Are side ditches and culverts cleared and not overgrown or clogged?
  3. Who is responsible for maintenance? Is road access shared with others, and is there a road maintenance agreement? Is so, make sure you get a copy and read through it to understand your shared responsibilities.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes in Clark County and Nature Not Neighbors, contact us at Harcourts USA -The Carl Group.  You can begin your search here.

Washougal Motocross Park in Washougal is pretty well-known in the pro-racing circuits. On July 23, 2016, the park will host the Washougal National. The legendary race marks Round 9 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro-Racing.

The track itself is located in the scenic foothills above the Washougal River. It sits amid a forest of towering fir trees. Some say it’s one of the most beautiful Motocross parks in the world. It is also within hearing distance of many homes. Some of those owners have had an on-going battle with the track over the noise created during the events.

However, I’m not taking a political viewpoint on this one. Be forewarned, if you buy property along the Washougal River Road, prepare to have slow traffic when the track hosts races. In addition, some neighborhoods, such Bear Prairie, are impacted with noise from the park.

To me, knowledge is power, if noise bugs you, buy elsewhere. Some folks choose to live in the area as they have children who participate in the sport, and in the races. Remember, one man’s paradise may be another man’s hell.

We can all agree the Washougal Motocross Park has certainly put Washougal and Camas on the map for a lot of families who love the sport of Motocross Racing.

The Pleasure of Living With Nature As Neighbors On The Washougal River

If you are looking for a home with some acreage, and a view, you should consider homes on the Washougal River, Clark County, WA.

Washougal River Rescaled

The topography of this region is defined by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the East and the Columbia River Gorge to the South. Rolling hillsides – offering territorial views – rise up to dramatic vantage points of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. The Washougal River is an especially prized waterway for recreation, boating, fishing, and peaceful living. Combine the luxury of privacy with the diversity of views, and you have a very popular area for homesites. Washougal River includes the highly desirable Camas and Washougal School Districts.

ViewHomes of Washougal River               

We specialize in ViewHomes of Clark County and our clients share our appreciation for Nature As Neighbors. A private retreat on acreage provides a serene and calm environment, and there’s room to garden, play with kids or  grand kids, and enjoy frequent visits from wildlife. Its “elbow room for the soul.™”

Here is a quick market summary of view homes on the Washougal River with acreage:

8 Active listings from $335,000 to $1,399,000
Average Square Footage: $2,954
Average $/SqFt: 228
2 Sold in last 6 months: $495,000 and $667,000
Average Square Footage: 3,825
Average $/SqFt: 152

Point of Interest!

Dougan Falls is a major waterfall along the Washougal River. It rushes down 19 feet into a narrow trough, then widens out into a massive deep pool. This location is ideal for swimming on a hot summer day, if you get there early – parking is tight. Picnic tables and toilets are provided in the day use area. Great place to bring kids for a picnic or day outing. Often, when the water is high enough, you will see kayakers enjoying the thrill of running the falls. Note: Washington State Discover Pass is required, unless it’s a free day.

If you want to learn more about ViewHomes on the Washougal River and Nature As Neighbors, contact us a Harcourts USA -The Carl Group.  You can begin your search here.

The Little Washougal River is one of our favorite neighborhood treats. It’s located a few steps from our ViewHome™ in Camas. On clear, winter days we can see a part of the river sparkle through the tall pine trees on our front property line. It makes us nearly giddy, as both of us treasure the energy of moving water.

We have an energy-efficient wood stove in our home, but we don’t have enough seasoned wood on site for firewood. So we ordered our first load of alder and oak this week. In our area, you can buy firewood several ways: as logs to cut and split yourself (typically not seasoned), cut rounds to split, or pre-split pieces. Split wood is often delivered by dump truck, emptied into a pile in the yard. Stacking is an extra service, but we like the exercise, so we usually do it ourselves. It’s repetitive physical work, and over time amounts to a decent workout. But the bonus, once you settle into the rhythm of stacking, is the subliminal brain exercise and reflective meditation you experience. Making order of that huge mess can elevate the drudgery to an almost Zen moment of clarity.

When you stack firewood, you are basically solving a geometry problem. Trees start out round, are cut into lengths, then split into halves or quarters. So the challenge is: how do you fit those random-sized pieces back together again to form a nice, cohesive formation? Since a cord is a stack 4’ X 4’ X 8’, it helps to visualize building that polyhedron from the ground up. If you don’t have a wood shed, you can build the stack between metal fence posts.

Start with pieces that are semi-circular, placing the flat side down to form a base. Then, adding the next level, look for the best combination of angles that will result in as much of a flat surface as possible. It’s never really flat – but you can approximate as you add layers. Here’s where the mental acuity comes in – you will start to see patterns and combinations that work best and your brain quickly assesses each irregular piece to assign the right spot for it. Once you settle into that rhythm, your brain switches to auto drive, and you start to slip into the meditation of the moment – moving, measuring, solving, moving again. Over time, you can zone out all thoughts except to focus on the activity. I wasn’t even aware this was happening until I heard “Last piece of wood” and I emerged from my neurological nap!

It is a great way to spend a cool, crisp autumn day – exercising your body on the outside while exercising your brain and mind on the inside. Once you are done you have the satisfaction of a nice stack of wood and the refreshing comfort of a mindful meditation.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more about ViewHomes of Clark County – Nature Not Neighbors. Harcourts The Carl Group