Nature of Love (2020) Script

♪ ♪

Katie! Yup?

Can you help?

I need a blurb on this new perfume.

You know the drill, 20 words or less?

Okay, um, hmm...

How about, "This combination of vanilla and rose will whisk you away to days spent reading Jane Austen in an English country garden?"

That'll work. Send that to me Sure. Thanks.

Sabrina, hey, um, do you think there's a chance that I could maybe work on something with more than 20 words?

You know, like, I don't know, a paragraph, or a couple of paragraphs?

I'm sorry, Katie, I need the blurbs.

[cell phone chimes] Sure.

Queen of the Blurbs, at your service.

Oh, no.

What? Is everything okay?

Brooke Palmer broke her leg, and she's supposed to go on assignment this weekend.

Oh, no... but does that mean that you need to send somebody else on the assignment?

[groans] We'll have to.

We need this article for the summer issue.

I'll do it.

I'm sorry?

I'll do it. I'm up for it.

Katie, you don't even know what it is, and Brooke's our most accomplished travel writer.

I know.

I'm ready.

The assignment is glamping.

I'm sorry?

Glamping. It's like camping plus glamor.


In the woods?

With the bears, and... all things I'm totally not afraid of?

Well, it's not roughing it.

It's fancy.


Well, I can do fancy.

It's a week at Sunrise Peaks Resort.

Sounds intimidating...

...but awesome! Awesome.

Maybe... this gig isn't for you.

No, no, no, Sabrina, I can do this, okay?

I can do this. I-I-I want to do this.

Okay, do you even own a pair of hiking boots?

That is my point.

You are a city girl, Katie.

And that, Sabrina, is my pitch.

I will bring a fresh and honest perspective.

All right, city girl.

I like it.


Mm-hmm. Pack your bags.

You're leaving tomorrow.

Oh, thank you, Sabrina, thank you so much.

I promise you, I will not disappoint.


Oh, and just so you know, we don't tell the resorts that you're press.

Usually, we would register with a fake name, but...

Nobody knows who I am.

I'm a rookie, but I'll still, of course, be totally undercover.

All right. Well, good luck.

Thank you.

Oh, one more thing, how many words?



♪ ♪

Thank you.

You'll be in Camp Two, in the Oak Tent.


Oh, I guess there are no keys for this check-in.


No need for keys with a tent, but in the meantime, please feel free to help yourself to our pastry and coffee bar, and when you're ready, I'll be happy to take you and your bag down to your base camp.

Thank you. You're very welcome.

[concierge] Laurence... will you take this bag down to Base Camp Two?

Try one of the crullers.

Chase, who just checked you in, he went to culinary school, and it's just one of the many reasons why we're lucky to have him here.

I'm Olivia Barry, my family owns the resort.

Oh, it's so nice to meet you.

Um, this place is just... wow.

And you are? Katie.

Yeah. Just... just Katie Ryan.

Well, Ms. Ryan, you are in the best hands, because Chase is going to be your camp butler during your stay, and he's available 24/7.

Camp butler?

Am I staying at a castle or a campground?

[laughs] Well, we aim for a little bit of both.

Please enjoy your stay, and if there's anything you need, just ask.

Thank you.

[clears throat]

I'll be taking you to your accommodations.

Over that way is the spa and outdoor yoga facility, and just down the hill, we have our organic garden.

All the vegetables that we serve on site are grown on site.


[Chase] Your stay should be fun and exciting and good for your overall well-being.


And then there's the zip-lining, and the ropes course, which is actually quite thrilling.

I highly recommend it.



[Chase] Here at the resort, we have kayaking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, or if you so choose, you can just relax by the lake and enjoy the view.

Now you're talking.

Um... well, there's a horse.

There's a horse, right there.

We'll just...

Let's just wait here a second.

Okay, but should we be worried, though?

Because it looks like it's coming right at us.


That's it, Lucy. Easy girl.

Hey, Chase.

Didn't mean to interrupt.

No problem, Will.

Have a good day.

Was that Will Martin?

The guide that climbs mountains and hikes across Alaska?

The one and only.

He's our head Wilderness Guide.

He's actually part of the reason I wanted to work here.

Aside from being a seasoned outdoorsman, he's also an environmental biologist.

And apparently, cowboy.


He is quite the draw for outdoor enthusiasts.

Shall we get going?


Your base camp is just down here.


♪ ♪

[Katie chuckles in delight]

[Chase] Welcome to Oak.

[Katie] This is a tent?

[Chase] Well, it's not your typical tent.

For instance, there's electricity, Wi-Fi, and as you can see, there's an en-suite bath.


This bathtub, are you kidding me?

It tends to get a little chilly at night, so when we come for the turndown, we'll also light the wood-burning stove, and on clear nights, please feel free to use our luxury telescope for stargazing.

I just want to hug you right now.


You didn't happen to pack trail runners, did you, or is that something we can help you with?

Do you mean like hiking boots?

Out of curiosity, what size might you be?

Uh... seven?


Well, please feel free to get settled, and we'll handle the rest.


[Katie] Wow...

Now, this I can do.

Ridiculously beautiful, isn't it?

It's like something out of a storybook.


I'm Penny.

Nice to meet you.

I'm your neighbor. That's my tent.

Oh, cool. I'm Katie.

Did you just get here, too?

Yesterday, and let me tell you, this place is amazing.

I got some great pictures of eagles today.

Are you a photographer?

I dabble, and I have 134 Instagram followers, so watch out.


Are you here by yourself?


Me too!

So what brings you here?


A working vacation?

Well, not work, work...

Just, um...

I'm a writer.

A creative writer?

Oh, I see, nature as inspiration.

Best cure for writer's block.

Yeah, that.

Oh, did you see the super handsome wilderness guy, Will Martin?

I signed up for his birdwatching tour tomorrow.

You should come.

Oh, birdwatching, huh?

Um, is camouflage required?

Oh, yes, full camo.

We gotta sneak up on those fearsome swallows.



[laughs] Okay.

Can you tell I'm from the city?

Well, I am, too, so I won't hold it against you.

Well, it's really great meeting you, but I'm off to a massage.

It's really hard going around here.

It's so nice to meet you.

You too.

I'll see you around, I'm sure!

Okay. Bye.

♪ ♪

How do those feel?

Um... good, I think.

Yeah? Yeah.

I should probably just wear a t-shirt that says "rookie."

Speaking of which, what do you think I should do for my first day here?

Keeping in mind that this is the first time I've ever heard the term "trail runner"?


Uh, well, there's a great easy trail down by the lake.

Ah... yeah, I can walk.

I'm good at walking.

Excellent. Yeah.

Go to the end of the pathway, and look for the sign that says "Rainbow Trail," then follow the trail markers, and you're on your way.

Trail markers.

Okay, got it.

Excellent, and remember, you can call me for tent service at any time.

Tent service?

Is this place for real?

Sure is.



Aw, so cute!

[chuckles in delight]




Bear, bear, bear!



Whoa, whoa. You okay?

There's a bear back there.

I gotcha. You're fine.

He's right back there.

He won't hurt you.

He's really big.

Don't worry.

Are you sure?

That's Chester.


He's practically our welcoming committee.


Yeah, he's lived here his whole life.

He's pretty old.

Totally harmless.



You know you should never run when you see a bear.

I know, I know, you're supposed to lie down and play dead, but my instincts told me to run, and I wasn't exactly expecting to run into a bear on my very first hike.

Hey, I'd call that lucky.



I'm Will, by the way.

You were on the horse trail earlier?

Yeah, that was me. Also terrified.

I'm Katie.

Well, nice to meet you, Katie.

I was actually out here looking for you.


Yeah, Chase gave me a heads-up.

Thought you might like a guide.

Hmm. Right, huh...

"This is Chase, "we got a rookie on the Rainbow Trail.

Please send reinforcements."

Happy to help.

Now, if you're willing, why don't you follow me?

I know all the good spots.

Without bears.

Oh, yes, please.

♪ ♪ So I heard you went a 1,000-mile trek across Alaska.

I did. How'd you know about that?

I read about you.

Trail magazine?

Yeah. Really?

You subscribe to it, or?

Uh, no, I read it at the dentist.


Well, I didn't really like that article.

Why not?

When I agreed to it, the journalist assured me that it would be about my conservation work, which is why I was doing the hike in the first place, but in the end, he was more interested in plugging the gear I was using, and let's just say it's taught me to be wary of journalists, and to make sure that in future, I keep myself out of the story.


So, what brings you here?

Oh, uh, I'm here to widen my horizons.

I'm not exactly an outdoorsy type person, unless you count sitting on sidewalk patios.

Well, they do call the city a jungle.

That is true.

Okay, so be honest, how worried do I need to be about strange animals wandering into my tent?

[Olivia] Will, I was looking for you!

Hi, Katie!

Hey, Olivia...

Nice to see you again.

So, how are you getting settled in?

Is Will taking good care of you?

Yes, I just went on my very first hike, and I give it five stars.

Well, you are lucky to get him all to yourself.

Usually, he's leading group hikes.

Well, I had a little run-in with Chester.

Ah, and Will saved the day.

Sounds like him.

Did you take her to our favorite hike?

We just did the Rainbow Trail.

Oh, yeah, we love that one, too.

Mm-hmm. Actually, there isn't a trail here that will disappoint.


Will, when you get Katie to her tent, I could use your help creating an itinerary for one of our VIP guests...

Guys, I can totally handle it from here.

Yeah, totally, and I think I have an appointment with a clawfoot bath tub.

So nice to see you, and that was so fun, thank you.

Good work, rookie.

Thank you.

Bye! Bye.

[Chase] Tonight we have local trout, wheat-berry salad, as well as cherry crumble picked from our very own trees.

Did you make this?

I didn't, but I did help plan the menu.

Okay, 'cause Olivia told me about your culinary genius.

Well, she's the one who lets me to flex my creativity in the kitchen.

She is wonderfully supportive that way.

Well, this looks incredible, and I, for some reason, am starving.

That's the fresh mountain air.


Thank you.

[owl hooting nearby]

You be my lookout, okay?

Good evening!


How was your dinner?

Ah, I couldn't resist, I called for tent service.

Who knew that was even a thing?

I did that, too, my first night.

How about you, did you get some good photos today?

Um, not too bad, actually.

I think I got some decent ones of the sunset over the lake.

Can I see?

Oh, I wouldn't want to bore you with it.

No, I want to see them.

I'd love to.

All right, well... this one's not too shabby.

[gasps in delight]


That's incredible.


I could really use these.

Use them? For what?

No.... Uh, no, no, I meant muse.

Muse, like, uh...

Like a muse. Like a creative...

Spit it out.

What are you trying not to say?

Okay, um...

I'm actually here on a writing assignment for a magazine.

[gasps] Oh, fancy!

I know, right?

And it's my first job, and I don't want to blow it, and it has to be kept a secret.

I am a very good secret-keeper.

Okay, good, but I actually really think that your photos would help make my article shine.


Yeah, I'd love to send them to my editor?

I mean, you'd get credit, of course, and paid, obviously.

Yes, please, I would like that very much, thank you.

Wow, I'm terrible at being undercover.

I've been here for one day, and I've spilled the beans.

Well, thank you for the opportunity.

Thank you.

Oh, and...

Thank you.


Good night! Good night.

[sighs deeply]

[snaps laptop shut]







♪ ♪

Thank you.


♪ ♪

[sighs deeply]

Oh, hi.

Good morning.

I see you've found my sunrise spot.

Yeah, I'm so sorry.

I didn't mean to interrupt. I'll...

Join me.

It's the best way to start the day.


Thank you.


It is stunning out here.

Try to just take it all in... up here.


I bet you don't even own a cell phone.

Oh, no, I do.


I can't really see you taking selfies on mountain tops, though.

Well, I definitely skip the social media stuff, but I do have the constellations app.

Nerdy, huh?

Kinda. [laughs]

So, what do you recommend I do for my second day?

I was thinking I should ease into it.

Like, I could maybe go for a kayak, or I could really get into reading a book by the lake...

First... let's just watch this sunrise.

Take a breath.

Then we'll plan.

I can do that.

How long do we...


Yeah. Right.




It's okay.

It does take your breath away.

Every time.

Now, for a plan, how about a horseback ride?

Oh, no.

Uh, definitely not.

I like to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?


Last week, I tried the spicy tuna roll instead of the regular tuna roll, so...


...but I did go riding once.

I begged my parents to send me to horseback-riding camp, and then I...

After getting thrown off the horse, the experience really wasn't worth the debate, so.

What's that saying?

Oh, yeah, "get right back into the saddle?"

Maybe not today.

Fair enough.

I heard that there was a birdwatching tour?

That sounds like really good second-day material.

Unless, of course, you have to scale, like, a rock face to get a rare peek at the species?

No, not a rock face, just a 100-foot tree.

You're kidding.

I am.

[chuckles] It'll be fun and tame.


I'm sorry you're stuck with a rookie like me.

I like rookies.


"There's nothing more beautiful in the world than a heart that's changing."

That's beautiful.

Is that yours?

I wish.


I'm not that eloquent with words.

That was what my first camp counselor used to tell us.

He was Navajo, and taught me things I couldn't learn just from books.


So what about a rookie like me, it doesn't get old?

Not at all.

Guests who are jaded, who've done it all, they're way less fun.

I love helping people try new things.

Even people with two left feet?

How amazing did you feel after you finished that hike yesterday?



Best job ever.


♪ ♪

[Will] Now, I'm guessing you folks enjoy going for a hike, sitting by a lake... or a patio.

Now try to imagine any of those activities without birdsong.

It's pretty hard, isn't it?

Because bird songs are like nature's radio station, and hopefully by the end of this tour, you'll be able to name some of its top-ten hits.


It's usually easier to hear birds before you see them...

...and I recommend looking with your bare eyes first, rather than your binoculars.

Hear that?

[birds twittering] Yeah.

Keep listening.

Where's the song coming from?

[birds singing]


[bird twittering]

[Penny] It's beautiful.

Yeah, what is it?

What does it look like?


Uh, like a sparrow with a... like, a yellow top?

Check your books.

Oh, here it is.

Um, it's a Golden-crowned Sparrow, right?

You got it.

Now make a note in your book, and please, be as descriptive as you like.

All right, follow me.

♪ ♪

You see that one up there?

Is it this one?

No, it's that one.

Oh, gosh.



Oh... kay.

♪ ♪

[Katie gasps] Wow.

Sunrise Peaks is known for its eagle population, so it's no coincidence we stopped here for lunch, because this is the best place in the resort to spot them.

So enjoy your lunch, and keep your eyes up.

[Penny] Amazing.

Wow, that looks so good.

[Katie] Yup.

Can I see what you got?


I love that one.

You got so close, my goodness.

Hey, I think he looks lonely, don't you?

I'm gonna guess he likes to be alone.

I mean, he did all those hikes and climbs by himself, and a thousand miles is a long time to be on your own, so...

I think he's just taking a well deserved break from us.

Really? Yeah.

If you say so.

Hmm, you know what, I think I'm just gonna go down there and see if I can spot some eagles.

See you later.


♪ ♪

Looking for eagles?

I usually see them over those trees, a male and a female.

Their nest is just past that tree line.

That's where they raise their eaglets.


Is that really the name for baby eagles?

You've never heard that before?

No. That's too adorable.

There they are.

[Katie] They're amazing.

They truly are.

They use the same nest every year, and since they mate for life, it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

It's like a testament to their commitment for each other It's like the eagle equivalent of those yearly anniversary gifts?

My mom's really into those.

Like, um, paper for year one, cotton...

Except with eagles, it's... wood, every year. e brings her a very romantic anniversary twig each year.

But together, they build something incredible.

They do.

We should get back to the group.

Yeah, sure,

Thank you for your keen eyes today.

All of these log books will definitely help us with our conservation.

And don't worry, I didn't write anything about what we saw out there, just soaked it all up in here.


Excuse me, Katie.

Will, can I talk to you for a second?

It's important.


Uh, excuse me, Katie, Yeah. Sure.

So I've just spoken to a potential investor.

They love my expansion proposal, and they want to come survey the land.

Isn't that great?

[Will] Did you tell them about the areas we discussed as off limits?

Of course, and I forwarded them your conservation notes.

Will, this could be it, after three years of planning, and looking for money to expand this place, it could actually be happening.

I should go.

There's a tour starting shortly, but I'll see you later?


[Katie] "A handsome and regal-looking bird, the Golden-crowned Sparrow is remarkably shy, but if you listen for its song, you may catch a glimpse of the shining crown that makes it the king of the sparrows."

How about this one?

I think that sun flare really adds some drama.

[Katie] I love it!

Good job.

Yup, I'm gonna send that one to Sabrina.

Well, don't send her this one, or she'll know exactly what's going on.

Why? What?

[Penny] Oh, you know.

I know what?

What's going on.

With you and Will?

Nothing's going on.

Really? 'Cause I saw Mr. Loner head off after you today.

Well, yeah...

Yeah, he was doing his job.

You know, he's making sure I'm getting the most out of the tour, and I, my friend, am here doing my job.


You know, and also, I think there's something between him and Olivia.



It's all "we" this and "we" that, and it makes sense.

They have so much in common.

Sure, but I find opposites usually attract.

Penny, he's making sure I get the most out of it, and that I don't fall off a cliff.


And... yeah, so he's amazing, but...

He's doing his job?

Yeah, that's the one. He's doing his job, so...

Show me some more pictures, will you?


♪ ♪ Sabrina, thank you again, so much, I still can't believe I'm here.

I mean, the deer, the eagles, the stargazing...

Love the updates, Katie, and all the photos, too, but I want to hear more about this wilderness guide.


His face alone will sell copies.

[hesitantly] Sure...

Sure, um, what about the whole

"fish out of water" angle, though?

You know, city girl in the wilderness?

Alone with her hunky mountain man?

You know what, he's actually so much more than that.

He's a conservationist, biologist, um...

[Sabrina] That's good.

In fact, I want you to find out all you can about him.


You got it.

♪ ♪

♪ ♪ You're a leftie? Yeah.


Swing your arm back.

And... flick your wrist.

Gently back, and... yeah!


[Katie] So, what brought you here?

I mean, from what I read about you, you seem like more of a journeyman.

You know, like somebody that doesn't stay in one place very long?

Journeyman, wow, that one's new.

Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean...

That's okay.

It's actually a pretty fitting description.

I guess, this place offered me the best of both worlds.

Here, I get to meet people, like yourself, and educate guests on the importance of conservation, or more importantly, help you love nature so that you want to conserve it, and then, in the off season, I still get to go and... be a journeyman.

What about you?

What do you do when you're not expanding your horizons?

I spend a lot of time in front of a computer.


Uh, no, writing.

Like, short, little 20-word blurbs, we call them.

It's nothing special.

It's a form of advertising.

I'm not surprised you're a writer.

I read the descriptions you wrote of the birds.

I could really see them.

Well, I love it, and I'd really love the opportunity to write more than just 20 words.

Did you grow up in all this?

Doing all this outdoorsy stuff?

Believe it or not, I was a city kid.

Really? Mm-hmm.

[in Southern U.S. accent] I figured you were born on the frontier, with your mama making grits on a cast-iron pan.

Wow, you really are a storyteller...


...but, no.

The only thing my parents knew about camping was that it rhymed with bears.

That doesn't rhyme.

Exactly. They didn't have a clue.

Got it.

But one year, I went to summer camp, and everything changed.

How old were you? 11.

So it was a few years before I was able to say goodbye to the big city.

Eventually I became a camp counselor, spent some time studying birds in different regions, plus a few years on a ranch, my cowboy phase.

Of course, of course.

I had more of a "watch every episode of Friends"phase.


My dad was a professor, and my mom was a corporate lawyer, so our weekends were books and fundraisers, and other than my short stint as a cowgirl on that horseback-riding camp, I must admit that this is my second time in the wilderness.

How do you like it so far?

I think... it's pretty awesome.


[email whooshes]

[Penny] So, you caught this fish?

I did.

Everything turn out okay?

Wait, you cooked this?

Didn't I tell you I was also the chef?


I'm kidding.

That's a hat Chase wears very well.


Oh, Will, um... join us, please.

I would love to get some more pointers on how to catch one of these.


Or pointers on any of the other hundred things you seem to do so well.

[Olivia] A hundred?

That may be an exaggeration.

99 maybe.


Put me in front of a computer, and tell me how clever I seem then, huh?

You did almost wipe out the guest database.

[Will] See?

It's okay, though, we'll let it slide.

There is one thing I would like him to do.

I can't imagine he would disappoint.

What is it?

Ice skating.


Well, I could help in that department.

Figure skating and ballet were prerequisites in my world.

[Olivia] Well, believe me, I am still trying to change his mind.

I'm on the rink all winter long.

I'm more of a skiing kind of guy.

One of these days, we're gonna get you on the ice.

Good luck with that.

Now, if you'll excuse me, ladies, I have a group scheduled.

[Penny] So are all the guides as good as he is?

[Olivia] Well, he's by far the best, but the good news is we're going to have him full-time now, instead of just for the summers.


Yeah, we just had plans and funding approved to expand and build a hotel on the grounds, and he's going to come in and help with the project.

You know, advising on the environmental impact.

Like, an actual hotel?

Mm-hmm. Wow.

It is a big deal, we're very excited.

Will is, too?

He has strong opinions, but he's going to make sure that we do it the right way.

Well, no doubt.

Must be hard being apart during the off-season.

[Olivia] Winters are long.

Well, if you would excuse me, ladies.

There's some fresh blueberry pie.

Would you like a slice?

I am full, thank you.

Me, too.

Okay, enjoy.


It was. She had no clue.

Well... now we have a clue.

That they're together?

No, my friend, that was vague at best.

Doesn't matter if Will's into it or not.

Clearly, Olivia is, and I'm not gonna step in on that.


It doesn't matter if it's official or not.

[Sabrina] Katie...

I love the photos.

Do you think this Will would do a cover?


I highly doubt it.

Hmm, well, work on him.

Oh, in the meantime, I want you to get personal.

Find out if our mountain man has a love interest.

Yeah... yeah, that's... that's one idea.

And a good one!

So go with it.

Our readers will love it, and I can't wait to read it.

We'll talk soon.



♪ ♪ Good morning, Miss Ryan.

Good morning, Chase.

A little sore from yesterday's casting?

Oh... yeah, I guess that's it.


If it interests you, there's a stretch yoga class that begins in 30 minutes.

It'll do wonders.

Yoga, huh?

Um... is it for beginners?

'Cause I've only done it a few times, and it was only because my boss went on this whole mindfulness kick.

I assure you, anybody can take part.

Huh, okay, well, thank you.

[instructor] All right, everyone, make sure your toes are spread on the ground.

Let's start some sun salutations here.

And raising your arms right up to the sky.

Reaching over for Crescent Moon.


Make sure you're reaching out and up.

There you go.

And down...

Pedal it out of you need to.

And up again, reaching up to the sky.

And back down to heart center.

[Will] You picked the perfect day to connect with nature, especially this time of year.

Our hike just might show you some of the best scenery in this part of the country.

[instructor] Make sure your toes are spread on the mat so that you keep your balance.

And up we go, one more, raising to the sky.

Back down into heart center.

And that's it, everyone.


Yeah! Namaste!

♪ ♪

I brought you a treat.

Thank you.

My boss wants the article to be about Will now.

You know, the hunky mountain man, whatever name conjures up an image of a heartthrob, and Will has made it very clear that he distrusts journalists for that very reason.

You know, he doesn't want an article to be about what he's wearing, or who he's dating.

He wants it to matter, but my boss just wants eye and word candy, and I just don't want Will to find out, 'cause...

I don't want him to think I'm shallow.

You're not.

You're trying to get ahead in your career.

There's no shame in that.

Yeah, tell Will that.

Tell me what?

Just how excited Katie is to find out what you have planned today.

On that note, I'm off to the sauna. Bye.



No sunrise coffee today?

Um, no... no, I...

I wanted to try the yoga.


Which, you saw, I nailed.

You did all right.

[Katie laughs]

So I heard some happy news.

Olivia mentioned that you're gonna stay on full-time?

Well, she's being optimistic.

I haven't actually accepted the job.

Oh. Why not?

I mean, it's a great opportunity, a stable, long-term gig, and I do love Sunrise Peaks.


That's just it.

I love Sunrise Peaks as it is.

You know, wild. undeveloped, with tents tucked away in the forest...


...and a part of me feels that if I get involved, I can make sure that it's developed properly, that the land's respected, but then there's another part of me that thinks I can't possibly support this change.

Well, are they gonna remove the tents?


It'll just be a small hotel, but... different.


Well, Olivia seemed really happy about it all, and having you here, and...

Yeah, it would mean a lot to her.

And... to you?

To be honest, I have a hike lined up for later in the year.

A hike?

The Appalachian Trail.



And I guess Olivia can't come with you because of the hotel, or?

That was never a possibility.

She has a business to run.

Right, so you would have to give up the hike to take the job?

Yeah, and I've already got sponsors lined up, so it would be a lot to walk away from.

Whew, that is a hard decision.

It is.

You know, you might not believe this, but my favorite book growing up was about this brother and sister who lived in a magical cabin in the Appalachians...

And their dad took them hiking.

And taught them to never get lost by looking at the stars?

Yeah, and they had a dog.

Yeah, I loved that book!

Me too.

It was one of my favorite adventure stories.


What was the dog's name?

Oh, um...

[together] Daisy? Yeah!



Well, speaking of adventures, how do you feel about taking it up a notch?

What are you thinking?

I was thinking... maybe canoeing?

Into it?


Am I gonna fall in the lake?


I got you.

I... don't know about that.

We'll probably see some otters.

Maybe even some pups.

Baby otters?


You knew I'd go for the otters.

I had a feeling.

Yeah, well, you were right.

Okay. Okay.

♪ Sometimes, I think this world's too much ♪

♪ All the hurt, all the hate all it takes is a human touch ♪ Got it!

♪ It's so easy to get lost in a lie ♪ Push the paddle away from you.

♪ Make a change, make a choice all the noise ♪

♪ We can drown it out ♪

♪ Lead me out where the stars turn blue ♪

♪ Come on, search the sky and enjoy the view ♪

♪ So come here, make it all disappear like lovers do ♪

♪ Good for you ♪

♪ I wish that I could build a world with you ♪

♪ I wish that I could build a world with you... ♪ So, tell me about this hike.

How long is it going to take?

About five months.

What an adventure.

It's a far cry from glamping.

[laughs] I know.

Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.

If only I could be that brave.

[Will] So tell me about your writing.

[Katie] There's really isn't much more to tell.

Where do you get your inspirations from?

What are you passionate about writing?

Well, I guess when I was younger, I wanted to be a storybook writer, and then I got my degree in English, and got this job writing blurbs, and... honestly, since then, all I've ever thought about was getting to write more than 20 words, so...

I guess I should give that some more thought, huh?

Can you describe this to me?

This moment?

Out here?

And it can be more than 20 words.

Let's see.

Mountains made up of... all the shades of the seasons, surround a lake so pristine that it acts as a mirror reflecting the mountain's beautiful face.

That was beautiful.

You try.

All right.

I'll give it a try.

On a day like this, normally, I would be itching to hit the trails, cut a solitary wake through the lake... that one rhymes...

[chuckles] Nice.

But in this moment, I'm grateful.

Grateful to be able to share all this beauty with someone special.

Look, otters.

Five months, huh?

I am not be that brave.

Maybe one day.

[Katie] Okay, so this is the best kind of tired, huh?

[Will] Yup, "a full, fun day" kind of tired.

You should take a break, and I'll see you tonight.

There's a great event planned for the meteor shower.

Meteor shower?

It happens every summer.

The whole camp cooks together, we eat, we dance, and then we settle in for some serious stargazing.

Back up. You dance?

What? Why so surprised?

Oh, nothing, I just...

I figured a guy who spends so much time on his own hiking and climbing...

And what do you think I do when I reach the end of one of those hikes or the top of the mountain?

I dance, of course.



No, you don't...

Oh, god, why do I keep falling for you?



Falling for it, I meant.

I know. Okay.


I'll see you at 7:00. Okay, yeah.

♪ ♪

[Chase] That's right, we don't ever want to cut into the meat until it's been cooked and well rested, and at this point, we want to gently pat in all of the seasonings, kind of like you're giving it a massage.

Really go for it with the salt and the pepper.

Excellent, he's a pro... and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the extent of our secret spices, because salt and pepper is all a good steak really needs.


[Chase] Thank you.

Thomas, have you up here.


Now, this time, I want to demonstrate how we get it all the way to the edges...


He's incredible, isn't he?

I told you, we are very lucky to have him on our team.

Yeah, no, he's absolutely incredible.

[Chase] Now let's flip 'em, we'll get the other side, and once that's done, we'll throw 'em on the grill, and that'll be tonight's dinner.

You know that was about a 12-ounce steak.

Yeah, and I have zero guilt, because I canoed an entire lake and back today.

Wish I could say the same, but I only sweat off my pounds in the sauna today.


Oh, my gosh, look.

Pure perfection.



I don't believe it. You said you don't dance.

I never said that.

What about you?

Got any moves, city girl?

Do I have moves?


I got moves.

♪ Yeah, it's true ♪

♪ Oh, it's true ♪

♪ Yeah, I do ♪

♪ Girl, it's no use ♪

♪ What really hurts is I'd say the words ♪

♪ You always wanted me to ♪

♪ I do ♪

♪ Yeah, I do... ♪ [Chase] Olivia?

Yes, Chase?


I noticed you didn't have any dinner, so here.

Thank you, that was so thoughtful.

You take such good care of everybody else here, it's only fair that somebody looks after you.

Perhaps after you're done, we could have a dance?

You know what, I think I'm going to skip dancing tonight.

Another time, though, Chase.

Thank you.

Of course.


♪ Yeah, I do ♪

♪ I do think about you... ♪ Wow.

Remind me never to take you up on a dance competition.

Oh, come on, like you would ever give up on a challenge?

You're right, I wouldn't, but maybe I could cheat, and you could be my partner.

♪ ...Is I'd say the words you always wanted me to... ♪ You know what, I think I, um, I'm just going to go get a drink.

♪ ♪

[Penny] I can't believe I'm gonna say this, but I think I've run out of wishes.


There's so many shooting stars, I can't think of enough things to wish for.

You can't ever run out of wishes.

Here comes yours.


[Will] Pretty amazing, isn't it?


I've never seen anything like it.

Hot chocolate?

Yes, please.


Actually, I'm going to go talk to Chase, and see what cuts of steak he recommends, but thank you.


See ya.

You want to sit?

It's so easy to forget about stars when you live in the city.

I think I can see, like, three from my apartment.


Oh, is this one of those moments, that's best spent in silence?

It can be...

[chuckling] but when I was at camp, my counselor, Atsa, whose name meant "eagle," he would tell us star stories.

Tell me.

Well, I'm not as great at telling stories as you or Atsa.

I mean, he had a way to make his stories really resonate and stick with you.

Don't worry.

I think, um...

I think I'll remember this.

Well, my favorite story was the one about Nanook.

It's an Inuit legend.

He was a bear.

A great big white polar bear, and one day, he was out on the ice, searching for food, when a bunch of dogs started chasing him, and he ran as fast as he could, but they kept chasing him, and he ran, and ran, and ran, and he ran so far, he didn't realize he had reached the edge of the world, and he slid right off into the night sky...

and there he is.

[Katie] He became a star.

That's right.


There's his tail, and his legs.

[Katie] Oh, yeah.

I think I can see him.

They understood that we just share all of this, this whole universe.

When you're out on your long hikes, um... does it ever feel like you're at the edge of the world?

Like, does it not get lonely?

It does.

So does that mean that you have or want somebody to share it with?

Like a Jane to your Tarzan?




I always figured you were fine being a lone wolf.

Let me put it this way.

I'd rather be a lone wolf than share it with the wrong person.

Because you're right, sometimes, it does feel like you're at the end of the Earth, and when you're in a place like that, you want to make sure you're there with someone you'd be happy to step off the edge with.


Those are pretty powerful words.

I had a good teacher.

So this Appalachian hike, are you gonna alone on that?

That was the plan, but things change.

Oh? Like this hotel deal or?

That, and other things.

'Cause the universe is funny like that.

You never know what it's going to bring you.

[Olivia] Who's bringing what?


Oh, we're just, uh... we're just talking about Will's long hikes, and whether he likes to go solo or with someone.

Oh, he goes alone.

Well, that's not necessarily true.

Well, it doesn't matter anyway, since you canceled that Appalachian Trail one.

Well, that's... not actually true.


You didn't cancel it?

[Will] No, I told you I was still deciding.

You know what, guys, I think I'm just gonna go, um...

I'm gonna... see if they have more hot chocolate.

Still deciding?

What's there to decide on?

It's a great opportunity.

It's more than that, and you know it.

Look, I know you have reservations about the idea of the hotel, but we can make it work, all of it.

The water, the wildlife... everything.

Because certainly you wouldn't choose the hike, would you?

Go out into the woods again, alone?

Over the... job?

I'm sorry, Olivia, I honestly don't know.

[Katie] "Will is a man looking for someone to step off the edge of the world with."

Oh, boy.

Sounds like an online dating profile.

"All right, Sabrina, you wanted a story about me really going for it, and that's what you're gonna get."

[email whooshes]

♪ ♪

You're here early.


[both laughing]

Okay, um, I can't believe I'm going to say this, but... if you're not busy, would you spot me on the ropes course?

Yes. Yes, I would.


I think.

♪ ♪

[Will] All right, how you feeling?

Um... jelly legs, is that a feeling?

I got you.

I'll be with you every step of the way.

Plus, you're safe.

The belay system will catch you if you fall.


That's a word I've never heard or said before.

What does it mean?

It means... that carabiner can hold 40,000 pounds.

So you'll be fine.

40,000 pounds?

In that case, I think I'd better head back to the pastry bar.

I'm kidding, I'm kidding.

Let's do this.

All right. Okay.

Let's do it.



You're all right.

Ay-yi-yi, this is really high.

This is high, right?

Not that high.

So, uh... so, what do I do?

What does it look like you should do?

I should proceed with caution...

Mm-hmm. Yeah.

...and step to that one...

You got it, Katie.

Okay, I'm ready. You are.

Okay. Okay.

Okay, ooh... oh, okay.


Nice work.

Good job.

Nice and easy...

Next one.

[Katie groans nervously]

How am I doing?

Really good.


Oh! How did I do?

[Will] Perfect!

I made it.

Hold on.

How did that feel?

Um... I think I did it.

Yes, you did.


Ready for the next one?


Yes. Okay.

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

I'm right behind you.


I think I'm getting the hang of this.

Yes, you are.

So is this the end of the course?

There's just one more bit, but if you ask me, it's the best part.


I can't do this. This is too much.

I'm not ready for this.

It's just, it's scary. I don't wanna do this.

You're cabled in.

Just hold on with two hands.

Lean back, and enjoy the ride.

You've got this, Katie.






That was amazing!

How do you feel?



Like you could do anything?


Well, there you go.

I can't believe I just did that.

Thank you.

You don't need to thank me.

You did this all on your own.

So, I guess we'll have to stop calling you Rookie now, huh?

Well, I mean, not if I want to keep trying new things.

Well, do you have any other requests for this afternoon?


Horseback riding maybe?

Okay, I don't want to try everything today, okay?

I feel pretty buzzed on adrenaline already, so...

Well, there is one thing you have to try later.


But it's more of a sugar rush, and it does require some skill.

But the payoff's worth it.

You in?

I mean, how could I say no?

Perfect. See you then.



Hi, you've reached Sabrina Cowan, leave me a message, and I'll return your call as soon as possible.

Sabrina, hey, it's Katie.

Um, look, I really think we should shift the article back to my original pitch because I'm really going for it, just like you wanted, so I just think we should drop the whole Will angle, and I'm going to keep pushing myself, and it's gonna be great, so just give it a read when I'm done, and let me know, okay?

Um... gotta go.


[gasps in wonder]

Amazing, aren't they?

I've never seen this many fireflies.

They're like our own little patio lanterns out here.


So, are you ready for your next challenge?

So you seemed like you were on quite the mission today.


Yeah, you could say that.

I mean, I had to bolster all my courage to do it, but I was motivated.

It's amazing what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it.

Like your Appalachian hike? Exactly.

Because when the going gets tough, it has to come from in here.


I guess you could say that about a lot of things.

Like my writing, for example.

I was so focused on the word count, I never thought about why I was writing.

I just wanted the job.

It's led me down a path that I never wanted it to go.

I'm working on it.

That's great.

Yeah, I just hope I can fix it.


Are you ready for this?

[Will] Mm-hmm.



What do you think?

It's really good.

Here, you should try it.

All right.


It's really good.

You know, this week's been amazing.

I mean, every week here is pretty great, but this week...

I'm going to remember it...

Me too.

...and seeing as tomorrow is your last day, I think we should do something special.

I agree.

Um, I actually want to try something.

I want to get back in the saddle.


Don't worry, I'll make sure you're safe.

Thank you.

Hey! Penny, hi.

Don't mind me, just walking back to my tent.

No, no, no, come sit down.

You've got to try some of these s'mores.

You actually do, and you can have my spot because I have a ride to plan for tomorrow.

Good night, Katie.

Good night, Will.

Good night, Penny.

Sweet dreams.

Sorry for interrupting.

Oh, no, no, no, you didn't interrupt anything.

I mean, he did say he was gonna remember this week.

Which means he's gonna miss you when you're gone.

[chuckles nervously]

So he'll miss me, he'll get over it.

You know, he's got all this, he's got his hike, and Olivia's here...

Which means nothing because he wants you.

Penny, he lives in the woods.

I live in a one-bedroom in a concrete jungle.

I've seen worse odds.

Have you?

Because feelings aside, there is still the issue of my article, which I am trying to redirect back to what it was supposed to be, but if my boss doesn't go for it, and publishes it, and it's all about Will, then that's it.

It won't matter if I live in a treehouse above his tent.

He's not gonna want to have anything to do with me.

So then tell him.

Tell him the truth about why you're here, and how things have changed.

Oh, I don't know.

I don't know that he'd understand.

Well, he's going to learn the truth at some point, regardless of which article your boss publishes.

So don't you want to be the one to tell him?


The thought of telling him... it's way scarier than anything I've had to do.

That, my friend, is love.

Katie, I'm sorry, I picked up your message late last night.

That's fine, don't worry about it.

I'm actually on my way out to go horseback riding.

I'm conquering my biggest fear.

Doesn't that make for a great story?

Ooh... are you going with our hunky guide?


I am, yeah, yeah, but that's not really the point.

The point is that this city girl is crushing it.

Well, actually, Will is the point of the story now, and I need you to get a picture of him on that horse, and try to find out more about what makes him tick.

Okay, um...

Look, here's the deal, Will likes to keep a low profile.

Well, you're a journalist, or you want to be, right?

Yup. Yeah, I do.


Get some answers.

Oh, I gotta run.

Make your last day count.

[Katie] So the article in the Trail Magazine, I know that it wasn't ideal, but wasn't it at least good exposure?

[Will] It would have been if it wasn't about me, and more about all the work that needs to be done to protect this place.

There they are.

Hi, um... Okay, you know what, I don't think I really need to do this...

Come on, I promise, they don't bite.

Put your trust in them, and they'll trust you.

Plus, if you give 'em a carrot, they'll be your bestie forever.


[horse crunching]

Okay? Okay...

Ooh, so soft.

Like... kind of like velvet.

[Will] Yeah, they're beauties.

Calmest horses there are.

You ready to get back in the saddle?

Yeah, I guess so.

You'll be fine.

Remember, put your trust in them.

I trust you.


♪ ♪

[Will] How do you feel?

[Katie] Good?

No, you know what, actually great.

Look at me, I'm doing this!

Yes, you are, Katie.

We'll go on foot from here.

[Katie] Okay, where are you taking me?

[Will] You'll see.

Here we are.

Where are we? Are we still on Peaks land?

We are, just on the very outskirts.

Not too many people know about this part of the property because, thankfully, it's undeveloped.

Virtually untouched.

As it should be.

It's so beautiful.

[Will] Welcome to Lavender Grove.

And none of the other guests know it's here?

No, Olivia's been very diligent about keeping it a secret, because she and I both know that the most beautiful land is also the most vulnerable land.



[whispers] Ah, that scent... gives me a vision of a warm blossom, nestled within the deep, earthy forest, where a breeze blows its wild floral notes on the leaves, and then it's gone.



Your turn.

[stammers awkwardly] [chuckles] Yeah.

Old cowboy legend has it that when a cowboy would head out for a long cattle drive, he'd leave lavender behind for his girl.

It meant, "You have my heart," and the lavender was the only flower that could last until he came back.

Will, um...

Will, I have to tell you something.




What are you looking at?

It can't be.

What is that?

It's a marker.

Usually left when the land's been surveyed.

But I thought nobody really knew this place existed.

That's what I thought.

We should get back.


Yes, I-I know it's perfect and it has the flat ground cover that we need, but...

Sorry, I'm going to have to call you back.

Thank you.

Hey, Will, how's your day going?

Are you making sure Ms. Ryan's last day is memorable?

I just took her out to Lavender Grove.

Oh, you did?

That's certainly a special treat.

Is something going on, Olivia?

Because I saw a surveyor's marker out there.


I did everything I could, Will, to even hide that it was there, but the aerials of the property gave it away.

To the investors?

I tried everything, every other option of where to build the hotel, but they hold the purse, and this is what they want.

Why didn't you tell me?

I just found out yesterday, and I wanted to fix it before you knew and find a new investor, but you and I both know we may not get another opportunity, and I want this place to grow.

Not in this way, but I don't know any other way... and the worst part, I don't want you to think that I don't care, because I do.

I know you do, Olivia.

I understand.

This place is your dream.

So... you do what you have to.

Are you saying this may not be your dream?

I'm sorry, Olivia.

As much as I love it here...

I don't think it is.

[Will] Hey.

[Katie] Hi.

Can I join you?

Of course.

How are you?

Did you find out what that marker meant?

I did.

It seems the investors have decided that's where they'd like the expansion of this place built.

Can't Olivia talk to them, or...

She's tried, but her hands are tied, and unless I stay here, and help her realize her dream, together, I really don't have a place to say.


So are going to stay, and cancel your hike?


Because my heart isn't here.

[cell phone rings]

It's reception.

Oh, sure.

How's it going?

I think he just told me his heart isn't with Olivia.


So then did you tell him about the article?

Hi. Article?

What article?

[Penny] Uh...

I should leave you two.

Sorry. Bye.

If you need to go and deal with something, that's fine.

It was just a question about Rainbow Trail.

What article was Penny talking about?

Um... it's complicated.

Okay, um... when I told you I was here to widen my horizons, that was true, but it was because I got the opportunity from my boss to write an article.

It was 2,000 words.

It was about this city girl who gets to go and conquer all of this, but I had to be undercover.

I get it.

You couldn't tell anyone in case it altered your experience.


Well, I can understand that.

That's good.

Um, but there's more.

When my boss found out about you, she wanted to change the focus of the article.

She got all caught up in this vision of a mountain man, and adventure, and romance...


You did all this without me knowing.

I didn't know what to do, and I... I feel terrible, and I'm so sorry.

This day is like deja vu.

First, Lavender Grove, and now this.

But I think that I can fix it.

You know, like, if you tell me what it is that you want in this article, then I can... I can go back to my boss, and I can ask her to change it.

You know what, it's okay.

Unless there's something else you'd like to know about me.

Maybe your boss would like something more on my love life, because there really isn't anything to say about that.

Good night, Katie, and I hope you've enjoyed your stay with us.

♪ ♪ Yeah.


♪ ♪

♪ ♪

Hi. Hey.

Is everything okay?

Please tell me it is, or I'll feel terrible.

Penny, it's not your fault, okay?

I am the one who should have told him by now.

I just saw a wolf.

A wolf?


I wasn't even scared.

And it made me think that falling in love is the scariest thing that I'll ever encounter, so, everything else just seems kind of tame in comparison.

♪ ♪

Good morning, Ms. Ryan.

Morning, Chase.

All ready to go?


I guess so.

Hey, have you seen Will today?

I haven't.

I believe he's out leading a hiking tour.

Was there something I can help you with?

No, no, no, no.

All right.

Actually, uh... when you see him, could you just say goodbye?

Of course.

Thank you.

Oh, there's Olivia. I just want to say goodbye.

Um... Olivia?

I just wanted to say bye.

Katie, we're so sorry to see you go.

Thank you.

I had an amazing time, and I want to make sure that I give Chase here a five-star review.

Well, thank you.

Yeah, he's pretty great, isn't he?

And full of surprises.

Apparently, he is a champion skater and spends all winter on the ice.

Who knew?


What about you, do you have plans to visit us?

I'm sure Will would really like that.

Oh, um...

I doubt that.

I haven't been completely truthful about why I'm here, um, which you might as well know as well, was to write a story on your resort, and I promise, it would have been a glowing testament to all this, but my boss made it all about Will, so, you know Will...

Yes, I do.

I'm in a bit of hot water with him myself.

I know. I heard about Lavender Grove.

I just wish that there was some way I could save it, but, apparently, it doesn't matter what I say, my words don't make a difference.


That's it.


I think I may know a way I can help you.

How would you do that?

With 2,000 words.


I need you to send me all your photos from this week.

The eagles, the lake, anything that showcases the natural beauty of this place.

Of course. Do you have a plan brewing?

I think so, but I just hope it works.


[Katie] It was so nice getting to know you.

You too, Katie, and thank you for getting my photos out there.

Of course.

I'm gonna keep you posted on the article.

Good luck. I'll write.

♪ ♪

What's this?

This is the article you want.

This is what we should be publishing.

Katie, I already have the copy you sent about Will.

I know that, forget about that.

That's fluff.

This has everything.

How much the resort has to offer, how I was challenged, and inspired to overcome my fears, how Will is a guide like no other, and how the natural beauty of the landscape needs to be respected, and the importance of conservation, because without it, Sunrise Peaks wouldn't be what it is today.

You got all that in under 2,000 words?

1,998, to be exact.

This is not what I asked for...

I know.

...but you're right, it is better.

I'll run it.


Thank you, Sabrina.

I promise you, it will not disappoint.

Now go type this up.


[sighs deeply]

♪ ♪

[Olivia] Will? You need to see this.

I'm gonna let you read it on your own.

[Katie] "Local wildlife experts agree that building further from the water and leaving places like Lavender Grove untouched would be less disruptive to the eco-system, leaving Sunrise Peaks to continue to be a magical place where this city girl learned about the stars, the water, the birds, and the joys of a quiet dawn.

As the resort's most knowledgeable guide taught me, 'There is nothing more beautiful in the world as a heart that is changing, ' and there is no doubt that this place changed my heart, as it will yours."

Thank you.

♪ ♪


There's a group that wants a picnic down at Lavender Grove.

Think you could take this to them?

Yeah, for sure.


♪ ♪ Katie?

♪ ♪

[Katie] Hi.

[Will] Hi.

You got my delivery?

I did. Thank you.

Thank you.

Your article generated so much interest that Olivia was able to save Lavender Grove.

Well, I just... after everything that happened, I realized how I want my words to affect people, and I want them to motivate people to make change.

Or in this case, not.

Either way, I just want them to make a difference.

And they did.

Katie, I'm sorry.

I wanted to come to you to apologize.

I never gave you the chance to make things right, and I was having such a hard time finding the words...

It's okay.

You just did.

Not all of them.

Katie, you have my heart, you have my...

♪ 'Cause I do ♪

♪ Yeah, I do ♪

♪ Oh, I do... ♪ I'm so sorry.

Um, I just...

I had one more fear I had to get over.

Um, you were saying?

Just this.

♪ ...What really hurts ♪

♪ Is I'd say the words ♪

♪ You always wanted me to... ♪ Um, hey... how do you feel about this...

"City girl goes on Appalachian Trail"?

I love it.

Really? Yeah.

Because I pitched it to my boss, and... she went for it.


You know it's a long trail...

I-I know.

...and it'd just be you and me.

I know.

Do you think you can handle it?

Oh, I can more than handle it.

It just might take us a little longer.

Oh, why, you think I'm going to slow you down?



♪ Yeah, it's true ♪

♪ Oh, it's true ♪

♪ Yeah, I do ♪

♪ Girl, it's no use ♪

♪ What really hurts ♪

♪ Is I'd say the words ♪

♪ You always wanted me to ♪

♪ I do ♪

♪ Yeah, I do... ♪

♪ ♪