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My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« on: May 22, 2019, 10:53:05 AM »
This will be a slow thread about transforming a 40+ acre heavily wooded property into my wife's and mine summer retreat.

The older we get the hotter it feels in southern Arizona.  My wife basically wanted a pool, or somewhere cool. I only liked one of those options.

Arizona, our state, does have some beautiful, northern,  high elevation areas,  but the nicest areas are still fairly warm in the summer,  and pretty expensive for acreage, and also dry.

My dream, like many others, was to head to Alaska,  but I knew that would probably never happen. The wife has been retreating to her sister's place in northern Idaho for the last couple years and kept telling me how nice it was,  and "there's water everywhere ". ..kinda like Alaska,  but half as far.

Fast forward to last fall and we ended up with some land close to the SIL, near the Canadian border.
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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2019, 03:02:37 PM »
Ken, how are the bugs come July?
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2019, 04:43:03 PM »
And I thought east Texas was green.....

 Wow.  Beautiful.


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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2019, 05:12:46 PM »
What is your elevation Ken?

How far do you expect to need to drill for the well?
How many miles is your easement?


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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2019, 01:07:47 AM »
Shawn,  when we walked it last July,  the mosquitoes were bad. Her sister said is was worse than normal.  The grass and other ground cover was like a foot tall everywhere,  that's why I took the brush hog. Waste of time because it's only a couple inches tall right now,  and very few bugs. Did find a tick yesterday tho. Yuck

Dave,  property is about 2500'. Well next door is 240' @25 gallons/min.
SIL hit an artesian a 1/3 mile away tho. They had to build a pond to relieve the excess pressure.
Easement to the uphill driveway is about 1/4 mile..maybe a little more .
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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2019, 01:19:34 AM »
Finished the gate today,  at the southern property line.

So, we put down 2" shale on the length of the easement,  and 2-6" (actually a bunch of large stuff mixed in..like up to 16" in size) on the semi steep driveway after scraping off most of the mud.
Then started hauling 3/4 minus today...5 more loads and still hauling after we left. Sidenote...not used to daylight from 4am to 9 PM. Difficult to sleep in after having a drink or 2.

Felled a dead fir leaning over the road.  First "real" tree I've ever cut. Still only about a 20" base.

Might get rid of the yellow sign. It was a last minute purchase but doesn't fit the situation.
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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2019, 08:03:30 AM »
I think a no trespassing would be more appropriate....
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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2019, 08:06:33 AM »
One of my buddies who was a Ranger had a place at the end of a road.  On his fence he had a professionally done sign that read: “If you arrive here uninvited your chances for survival are slim”


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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2019, 09:01:41 PM »
Looking good Ken.
I agree with TRN’s version.

Only 4am to 9 pm. I’ll take it. That’s like seven hours of dark.

We’re at about four and a bit hours now and will get to mere moments in a couple weeks.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2019, 09:27:52 PM »
Sam, buddy,  you Canadians do math different...like a metric 7 is actually 5 in the states? ;p
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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2019, 09:39:07 PM »
Beautiful area Ken, some nice trout in the lake, not the lake trout they taste not so good, the rainbow are very good. Nice job on the road, only problem I saw was the lower right photo in the last post. That easement road, how many properties does it serve and is there a road maintenance agreement in place where the cost of maintenance is shared by all?

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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2019, 03:14:07 AM »
That mud in the last photo? There's 12" of large rock next to it...just didn't smooth the side out.
4 properties can potentially use that easement, but only one past my property and doesn't plan on building.

We hooked a few smallies,  this one the largest,  about 2 lbs.
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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2019, 07:32:57 AM »
Mmm. Elk is deee lish shush!!!
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2019, 05:25:41 PM »
Thought I posted this,  but bought a small shed from the place I got the skid steer..6×8. Just big enough to leave some tools,  chainsaw and excavator attachments.  Stuck it on an old skidder trail and raised it to let water run under it.

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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2019, 05:30:02 PM »
I stuck a cell camera next to the shed and pointed it at the driveway and clearing, then mounted one on the mini x brush guard. ..hope it keeps people honest, and there was also a deer kill in the clearing, so hope to catch some action out there.
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Re: My Wife's Hide/Part 1
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2019, 06:07:57 PM »
I just thought of the name of the thread.  You sure this isn’t a place to hide the wife?

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