Idaho is a gorgeous state! I live in the backyard of the Teton Mountain Range and Yellowstone National Park, and I love going to the hills. Hiking through groves of pines and quaking aspens in the mountains near my home is one of my biggest pleasures. This summer, I was preparing for one such hike with my kids and some of their friends, and I found myself in need of llamas. That may seem strange to some, but llamas are great pack animals, and I happen to live just down the road from a llama outfitter. So, I borrowed a horse trailer from my father-in-law, rented a couple llamas for the day, and we were off.
The place we were hiking that day is a place that I’m familiar with, but it never ceases to amaze me with its beauty. We were walking through a stand of trees that opens out to a meadow right in the saddle of a mountain. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, a saddle is a low place where two peaks come together, forming a shape similar to a saddle that you would put on a horse. Walking out of those trees into the saddle, I was struck by how gorgeous this place was. At the same time, the thought occurred to me that I was being paid to be there. Imagine that!
Now, was I really being paid to be there? No. But even though I was doing no appraisal work at that time, there was plenty of work being done in my office. I was off in the woods with my family, yet I was still making money. My business has been set up in such a way that it can run just fine without me for a little while. The other great thing was that I didn’t think twice about renting a couple llamas. They weren’t cheap, nor were they overly expensive, but I didn’t have to wonder if I could really afford them. I just went out and rented them. This is the kind of liberty that is possible if we set up our companies the right way, and I’m here to help you do just that!
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