Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My first few days in the mountains

I arrived at my summer retreat safely. I didn't notice my two trailer tires that are about to blow until about 7 miles from my lot. I slowly limped along the last few miles with no incident. And now I have to figure out how to deal with the situation before I have to hitch up and head into town in a few weeks.

I stopped at a storage facility on HWY 60 and rented a storage unit where I will be leaving my motorcycle while I'm in the area. Riding my bike on the 5 1/2 miles of dirt, gravel and washboard roads back to my lot isn't appealing to me. So, I will just hop in my truck and zip over to my 10'X10' "garage" when I want to go for a ride.

The weather is beautiful - not too hot during the day, a little chilly during the night and early mornings with a little rain and wind most afternoons. My dogs are doing well. Annie is adjusting to life living in the trailer, exploring the new terrain, and meeting lots of new people and dogs.

Since I've been here I've been pretty busy.

Here's the container and patio, complete with the patio furniture I found on Craig's List. The ladder is to access the viewing deck (container roof). The plan is to go up on top in the evenings to watch the sunset. So far everyday I've been here the sunset has been obscured by clouds. Well, maybe tonight.

Here's a view from the roof, looking north toward the driveway and Marlene's half.

Looking west toward Carol's lot and Pete's lot.

Looking Southeast toward Ted and Mary Ellen's new mansion.

Looking East toward Taylor's cabin.

Looking south toward Greens Peak ( 10,133') and Baldy Peak (11,403').

I got my Cowgirl Cabin set up. I left the cowhide rug I was originally going to use in the Cowgirl Cabin back at my house in Sun City in my Cowgirl Living Room. So, I'm using this rug. Maybe someday I'll find another cowhide for the cabin. I still have lots to do to finish up, like a curtain across the middle of the container to separate the front cabin part from the back storage area. And maybe insulation and more curtains on the walls.

I borrowed this sharp little hammer from my neighbor/friend Ted to punch holes near the bottom of the barrel.

Then I spent two hours loping, then burning branches from some of the Junipers on my lot. My efforts filled the barrel half full with ashes. And I'm exhausted!!
(the picture is a little crooked)


At 12:23 PM, Blogger Ted and Mary Ellen said...

I love "keeping up with the neighbors!" Glad you're here!

At 2:23 PM, Blogger sally said...

ME, when are you going to update your BLOG?

At 4:31 PM, Blogger mcmillan said...

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At 7:28 PM, Blogger Barbara and Ron said...

What a great post! I feel like I'm right there. And I love what you've done with your 'cabin.' Great idea for the viewing deck, too.

At 6:25 AM, Blogger Diana said...

Thanks for the aerial shots -- since I've never been there, it's nice to have that perspective. Love your Cowgirl Cabin and the viewing deck.

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Sarah Shew said...

Am glad you arrived safely - and are out of the heat. Still good Miata weather in morning and evening - but not from 1 to 4 when I was out today. I am a cooked realtor.

Enjoy your time in the cool. sarah


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