Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sorry for our absence. We've run afoul of county regulations and hoping we can realign without tearing down the "cabin."  We tried to comply in 2010, paid the fee, got the inspection but the county guy said, "no go" so we abandoned our plans and for five years we thought all was OK to use the property recreationally a few times a year.  Unfortunately the new county guys say what we're doing ain't OK and it'll cost us another grand to find out what our options are.

The upside is, if we pass this time and get county approval, we can build another real cabin, not just a place to get out of the weather. The new place will have real heat and a bathroom, goodbye Thetford, no more packing that down the hill - works well, just less convenient - it would be nice to just a flush and forget it.

Interestingly we can park the trailer there and use it exactly like we are using the "cabin" now and all is good...

They are "just doing their job." I get it.  I want to and have tried to comply with rules. Sometimes my four years in the 3rd grade isn't enough education to grasp all the regulations.  Hopefully I'll get it right this time. I'm doing my best not to get droned for upsetting big brother.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Part 2 Wildfire 2015

A few video clips I took during the quieter moments during the fire.

It was a very interesting few weeks. Months later I still don't think I've processed it all. VERY hard to see neighbors' places burned. Met some great folks during the fire. The mettle in folks is in plain view during such times. People do what they are able/willing to do. Some do better than others.

Our valley even got some media attention.

Cabins and Wildfire

2015 - the year we'll remember the fire.

Smoke and fire up the hill from the cabin.

The forest above the cabin

Just up the hill

LOTS of destruction nearby

NOT having fun.

Always lots to do, evacuating a neighbor.

Hauling  fuel for the generators

It came close, there were three nights I was sure we'd lose it. We were blessed.