Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Looking for Recreational Property

As promised, I will be posting up pictures of our trip this last weekend! They are in no particular order, so don't be too concerned if the text doesn't match up with the picture. Also, feel free to click on the pictures to expand them. I've compressed them for size but you should be able to see them in higher detail.

We headed down to Duchesne, Utah (pronounced Do shane) to look at some acreage just outside the city. The kids had a lot of fun and we got to traipse around in the sun for quite a while. The property is HUGE!

I am at odds about the property as a whole. Tara and I both enjoy the quakies and pines, the loamy forest floor that crunches beneath your shoes, and the cool shade of the forest canopy. This area is more desert in nature, though the temperature really wasn't what you would expect from a desert environment.

There was ample sign of water runoff from the melting snow as winter had turned to spring, but none of that water seemed to stay put. What remained was the ghostly trails of dead stream beds.

The mature pinion pines and juniper trees were unmistakably charming in their own way. Some of the ancient trees stood over 20 feet tall. Cactus could be found in abundance with primarily yellow flowers, but every so often you could stumble across a cacti with red flowers. I'm not sure if they were different varieties, but the difference was intriguing.

There was also abundant signs of wildlife. Tracks in the dusty red dirt wound and wove a network of game trails throughout the property. There were both deer and elk droppings in abundance. Beneath the pinion pines you could see evidence of last year's pine nut crop. I've always fancied the thought of harvesting wild pine nuts, so the realization that I could do that on this property seemed somewhat bittersweet.

Could I see myself building a cabin on this property in 10 years or so? Kind of. I mean, it isn't my dream property, that's for sure. The size of it would make for a decent investment, especially if we did build a cabin on it. The round trip cost us about $60.00 in gas, which is a big downer. I really wish we had an alternate fuel vehicle, and not just for getting to the property. Where are the solar cars and solar parking canopies!? Let's get crackin', people!

The rock formations were really interesting as well. I could definitely see us having fun there, but I'm still torn. If I buy this property, am I giving up on getting something that is a little more suited to our desires? I do like the idea of gathering pine nuts in the fall and then selling them at the farmer's market, but is that enough?


Ken Armstrong said...

Interesting post Brady.

Such striking photos - the landscape is so very different to what I see here - it's all a bit greener this end

Unknown said...

We do have some very green areas, but a lot of Utah is desert as well. I bet land is pretty expensive in Ireland, eh?

Jena Isle said...

Cute pictures, you're lucky to have a loving family. Yes, I can see "dry" land but good pictures anyway.

Thanks for sharing.

Ken Armstrong said...

Land is crazy over here but our spanking new recession will soon change all that.. and much else too.

Laura Brown said...

Really nice to see photos of your family. Also, I didn't know Utah was that dry looking. I thought it was mainly farmland.

Unknown said...

There are some farms here in Utah, but the majority of the state is mountains and desert, sometimes both. We do have the Great Salt Lake, but it's so salty that no fish can live in it. I think they harvest brine shrimp out there though. Yay for sea monkeys!