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Our version of retirement: Living a childhood dream

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    Our version of retirement: Living a childhood dream

    We moved here the very next day after I retired…



    I plan on this thread to be quite lengthy
    Mainly,my thought is to use this as a secondary place to park my jottings and thoughts in regard to our cabin build and the actual move to the cabin, off grid.
    It’ll be another book one day
    But I’m in no rush
    Comments,questions are encouraged

    Anyway
    We bought our land back in ‘99
    The first few years we’d sneak away (250 mi south) when we could, and gently clear the land in places for our cabins, utility buildings and places for our vehicles
    We tried getting there in winter, but found snowshoeing in four feet of snow a bit more arduous than we cared to experience more than once

    I cannot create a design on paper
    The angles so vivid in my mind do not readily transfer from brain to nib
    So
    I build scale models to prove structural, practical and esthetic thoughts
    We’ve maintained one rigid rule, and what has become our religion, to not use huge equipment or other folk’s help in preparing our place
    Here’ssome pics of the model and actual build;







    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Wow, going to be a nice place! Would it be considered a "tiny home"? Are you going to be totally off the grid? I don't know if I could do that. I see you are from Oregon, is this place in Oregon? I lived in Dallas, OR for a few years and graduated high school there. It will be interesting to see the final project.
    The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain...​Dolly Parton

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    I love the outdoors and can appreciate cabin living. It's great that you're doing this and building your home with your own hands, nice job....kudos to you and yours!

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    Thanks, guys

    Yes, maggiemae, we are a bit off hwy 97 tween Chiloquin and Chemult. On the right (sunny) side of the Cascade range
    Yes,we are fully off grid.
    I didn’t think I’d be OK with that either, but one adjusts, and one amasses generators like a normal person would collect spoons for cooking (we have six, all sizes for varying applications…two of those are for backup)
    I may go solar, but those prices hafta go down and/or those batteries hafta get better….much better.
    Our Honda 2000 is my go to genny
    It supplies all we need for the cabin we live in
    Heh
    I’m getting ahead of myself
    Here’s some pics of our progress (feel free to ask questions);














    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    as a side note, I enjoy capturing nature while its not looking

    we get the sun rises

    Here's one I put words to;

    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    clearing the land included tearing down an old camper a previous owner left
    took a couple days
    used a sawzall and sledge
    quite the workout
    keeps the body loose
    I recommend it
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    we get considerable snow here
    five and a half feet last winter

    here's a pic of our second (living) cabin when the snow was still cute
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    wunna my favorite pics
    of my favorite season
    our back yard
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    the 2nd cabin is more of a study than living area
    but that's OK 'cause most my time is outside
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    I dabble in poetry

    steal pics off the web
    add my verbiage

    sometimes it comes together

    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Love your poetry Gary. Don't see a shower etc. Looks very cozy. How often do you get supplies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry123 View Post
    Love your poetry Gary. Don't see a shower etc. Looks very cozy. How often do you get supplies?
    No shower

    We do use the trough in summer



    The meadow warms the water...sorta
    then let ol' sol dry ya
    I'll talk about this later
    gonna be on the road a couple days

    oh, we go to the city once a week in summer
    once a month in winter
    it's a 100 mi round trip
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    I'm glad to see that you have begun building this home-spun Diary, and look forward to visiting and reading of your adventures! Good Luck, Gary! Your pictures of warm wood and cozy corners sure are inviting! Thank yee!
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderer View Post
    I'm glad to see that you have begun building this home-spun Diary, and look forward to visiting and reading of your adventures! Good Luck, Gary! Your pictures of warm wood and cozy corners sure are inviting! Thank yee!
    Thank YEE, Meanderer
    We just got back from town (Bend Or)
    spent the evening in a very nice motel
    I'm mentoring our grandchild in the Oregon Youth National Guard there in Bend
    He's 17, but been essentially on his own since 14
    He's becoming quite a man
    I'm so honored he chose me

    However

    so missed the cabin, the sounds of nature, the unbusy business of hands on living
    so very glad to be home

    A bit tuckered from it all

    Funny how doing not much in town can make ya tired, yet sleep is fleeting
    But work sun up to sundown here, ya eat better, and sleep is but a moment after hitting the pillow

    a gentle turning down the lights don't hurt...

    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    ...a bit more on this;

    Took a overnighter up to Bend to attend the first mentor session for my grandson

    Quite the honor
    Wunna the nicer motels, a La Quinta (pronounced luhkeenta, I found out) Inn
    Big firm soft bed
    Caughtup on all the nekid and scared and now shivering in a hut episodes

    Their complimentary breakfast was more than pastries and fruit
    You could make yer own waffle
    Had the world’s greatest waffle iron
    I
    Am a waffle slut
    Turnsout I can still consume six of ‘em
    Prollymore if I woulda laid down

    The coffee in the waffle feeding room was delicious
    The coffee upstairs in our room was made by wunna those tiny pouch things…not good…for tea maybe, not coffee

    Handy location
    Wallyworld was across the street
    We’djust missed the rainbow people caravan
    A fellow retiree I’d met in the McD coffee line up told me the entire parking lot was overflowing with ‘em last week
    Right here I’d like to personally thank Sam Walton for his far reaching foresight in establishing a sorta KOA (Kooks Of America) haven
    Anyway
    They did manage to leave a dozen heaping vehicles that wasn’t gonna make it the entire way to Madras, Oregon’s eclipse epicenter, along with some stragglers willing to lag behind and rifle thru what their fellow ‘bow folks so generously cast to their rest stop parking lot

    Glad to be home
    Never so glad
    Worth it for my grandson

    Nobody else

    Gained two lbs
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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