Friday, August 12, 2011

Live like Frodo, near Missoula

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM

The New York Times wrote 1,800 words this week about an elaborate hobbit house in Trout Creek, about two hours northwest of Missoula. The guesthouse and its owner, Steve Michaels, make quite a story that includes a healer from Brazil named John of God, a truckload of elk crap, a mother-son fairy abode, and this paragraph about Michaels:

But Mr. Michaels has also been many other things: a hypnotist; the author of a self-published self-help book called “How to Die With a Smile on Your Face”; something called a futurist, which seems to involve getting out of the city and arming yourself; and a llama rancher. He keeps four alpacas as pets; pilots what he calls his flying machine, a Buckeye Dream Machine-powered parachute; and gets about his 100-acre property in a Kubota RTV that resembles a hybrid golf cart and dump truck.

Read the story. And if you're interested in staying at Hobbit House, it's $245 a night. You can watch the video below for more:

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