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10-12-2019 11:14 PM
John_Auberry
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Originally Posted by PSYOP Soldier View Post
^^that's a nice rig....
Thanks, I miss it already. But like most my vehicles there comes a time when a new project takes the stage. I got great ideas for a flat fender willis build. Plus right now that money is better spent on a paying the land off and getting a cabin up. The wife sees this farm as more of a hobby and has zero interests in living off grid full time. She enjoys going up for the day and she will work like a mule but she definitely looks forward to the hot shower when we get home. I had been going up and ground sleeping but after a spider bite I really see the need for a cabin even more. With a cabin she will come stay the night with me and we can get more done.
10-12-2019 11:00 PM
John_Auberry I walked down to the neighbors farm to see about buying some of its land and ended up talking to the neighbors for an hour. He told me about the original home sight from the 1700s on my property. I cut a trail to the previous unexplored part of my land and sure enough there is a foundations. I am told this was the original home in this valley. A few recognizable logs but pretty much gone. Looks to have been knocked log structure about 18 by 22 as paced out. Hard to imagine a family with probably 5 kids living in it.
10-12-2019 10:51 PM
John_Auberry I think this is the official cabin sight. The back porch will back right to the cliff face. With steel targets down the gully and up the other side.
10-12-2019 10:48 PM
John_Auberry It hasn’t rained in over three months but it’s still flowing and the pond is still full. [IMG][/IMG]
10-12-2019 10:47 PM
John_Auberry
10-12-2019 10:45 PM
John_Auberry I took a load of lumber up to the land today and decided to mess around. Cut a trail up to the spring house. I started digging 50 years of leaves out of the cistern( the lid has been off) and the clear water turned awful smelling. I dug about 2-3ft of rotting vegetation out but my clam digging rake was not long enough to get to the bottom. I need something with a longer handle. But at least the trail is cut and all the brush is clear around it.
10-12-2019 07:57 AM
PSYOP Soldier ^^that's a nice rig....
10-11-2019 09:31 PM
John_Auberry Made some hard decisions but I needed to free up some cash to pay the land off. The rover is for sale. I have been debt free for so long that this mortgage on the farm is killing me. Between the LandRover sale and some stock trading I should own the land free and clear in 6-12 months. Plus the jeep while not as reliable it is much easier to find parts for. I sold the Rover to a local dealership and the clearcoates it and cleaned it up. https://charlotte.craigslist.org/ctd...995771817.html
10-07-2019 08:59 AM
PSYOP Soldier
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Originally Posted by John_Auberry View Post
I was looking up there but it was little farther then. I wanted. This property is not to far west at the base of south mountain state park.
That's nice area up there, i camp and fish there, lots of fishy water up in AO...

If you like wine and micro brews, several nice wineries up in that region too..

To say i am jealous is an understatement...

Now, you are surrounded by 2m/gmrs repeaters too, so getting your comm up and running is easy...

Let me know if i can assist with that...

RF
10-07-2019 07:42 AM
drobs I'd look into getting a load or 3 of gravel for your new road. Looks like it will be real muddy after a good rain.

I just had 2 loads dumped on my road. Paid $175 per load. The truck spread it out for me.
10-06-2019 06:49 PM
John_Auberry
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Originally Posted by Fizbin View Post
That's good it's hard to see. Does it have a mailbox? If so, in the event of an Event, you can get rid of the mail box and put brush and downed trees across the road.

I think you said there are no power poles yet.
No there is not a mail box, no power has ever been on the property.
10-06-2019 07:59 AM
Fizbin That's good it's hard to see. Does it have a mailbox? If so, in the event of an Event, you can get rid of the mail box and put brush and downed trees across the road.

I think you said there are no power poles yet.
10-03-2019 09:04 PM
John_Auberry
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Originally Posted by Fizbin View Post
I can dig this, as long as you never post the road entrance. Internal photos with no land marks is cool.
Actually I dang near drive past it every time I go. Itís a real narrow opening in the trees but it comes off at a angle and 45degrees so itís hard to see.
10-03-2019 08:45 PM
Fizbin I can dig this, as long as you never post the road entrance. Internal photos with no land marks is cool.
09-27-2019 12:53 AM
Alaskajohn Youíve been blessed with some nice property! Thanks for posting about it. Iím too OPSEC paranoid to post any pictures of my property and projects. But I love looking at everyone else who does these posts.
09-26-2019 10:00 PM
John_Auberry
More road cut. That’s pretty much my last few weekends. Clear brush, cut trees, dig around stump and cut below ground lever, cover fill holes.
09-26-2019 09:05 PM
John_Auberry
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Originally Posted by Fizbin View Post
Any updates?
Nothing interesting. More tree cutting. I have been taking loads of rock from the creek and filling the holes in the road. I got about 500 more yards to go.
09-26-2019 08:39 AM
Fizbin Any updates?
09-21-2019 01:36 PM
Fizbin Wow! An old homestead/cabin. There is history there! I always try to imagine what people did with it, how they lived, their story... Very Cool! Buzz around there with a metal detector!

Poop,,, dude, you got to get some way to make the wife/ladies happy. If you can't do it now ($$$$) at least have a plan. Freshwater, a 500 gallon tall tank from Tractor Supply is like $300. You just need a storage tank to hold water, you can fill it with a portable leg tank in the back of your truck and a dc pump. Septic (waste water) it can't be as expensive as putting in a full system here in Central Texas. Lots of hammering through dolomite and sandstone, but still I understand, coming right off the expense of buying the property...

An alternative to all of this, get a travel trailer. We lived in one for 18 months while our home was being built. We started with filling the water tank in it by running back and forth to work once a day, with 5 gallon jerry cans. Heat/HW were propane. AC was a small portable generator. Regular power was 3 solar panels. Grey water was just emptied out for the grass and trees. Black water, I had a dude with one of those poop trucks come a couple times a month and they sucked and cleaned out the black water tank, easy. (Remember we were in it full time, if you are part time or only occasionally your mileage will very on all of the frequencies here.)

As some time went by, we got pole power. This meant bye bye to the generator. Then a well, then later septic.

It was fun and we (I) learned so much on basic living.

The AC, hot showers, and the potty were very important.

We still have the travel trailer next to the house. We had to use it once since the house was done. It's a long story but the propane dude came out to fill the tank and busted something so we all had to use the travel trailer to take showers that night. Brought back fun memories.

Think about it,,, you really will enjoy yourself with a travel trailer.

Next, selling land to the log dudes. Whether it's them or someone else it doesn't matter. I'd try and do everything I could not to sell any of it. The wife wants us to sell a chunk of our land, basically to buy toys and I am really against it.

Once sold, you CAN'T buy it back.

Keep the reports and photos coming. It's very therapeutic for me to watch and read your progress.
09-17-2019 01:37 AM
John_Auberry
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