Sunday, May 13, 2012
5/2 Dan met a neighbor, Phil, who was kind enough to use his skid-steer to lay out the whole basic shape of our house and tamp it down real well. He told Dan all about the trees that need to come out and the rotten granite right behind the house site and more. I was not there; don't think I missed anything.
5/9 Dan wanted to show off the wonderful work done by Phil. What a surprise - remembering in my head the 20 degree slope of the land last time I was out there - come up the hill and around the corner and !WOW! There's a big flat place there that does NOT look like a big enough space for us (and Sam) to live in. Nope nope nope. Some little trees and small bushes had to be taken out. We measured it all out again, and of course the measurements are correct. But it does look smaller than the 24' yurt we stayed in up by Eagle!
5/12 Phil recommended his friend, Vernon for further assistance. Dan took him for a tour of the site and soaked up some local history from Vernon. Vernon grew up right here in the Wet Mountain Valley. He and his siblings used to hunt and ride and go snowmobiling in the little valley just down the hill from us - a couple hundred yards.
He said that our property and most of those in our vicinity were originally part of the 20,000 acre Anderson ranch; they ran cattle up there at 8600 feet. Back in the day, property like ours went for $50 an acre (being on a hillside), sites down in the valley where the kids rode around went for $100 an acre. Vernon's dad was the guy who put in all the roads in our "subdivision". He also said that a Mountain Lion was once seen right on our property, and that poaching is "not unheard of" out there.
They are going out this week to finish up the rough edges, then the foundation gets dug and we can start building. Time's awastin'!