Weekend Coffee Share – The Homestead

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This is an ultra, super, mega special coffee share! We’re having coffee at my property in Northern Arizona. It’s the first time ever I share photos from my future homestead.

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This is the view standing on my property looking East. My property is on the left side of the dirt road. Maybe you noticed the Route 66 coffee cup in the first photo? If you look with binoculars you can see Route 66 in a far distance, to the right, just before the canyon wall in the background. Can you see? Well, it’s a good thing if you don’t, I like that it’s a far distance from heavy trafficked roads. I do like all the charming small towns along Route 66, and I will be sharing photos from them in future posts. So many great restaurants, amazing vistas, history, and interesting people.

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Now we’re standing on my property. This is the view from about where I imagine my front porch being.

I believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. I eat a plant based diet, and I enjoy growing my own food. I’ve spent a few years in California learning about organic gardening. My ultimate dream is to be as self sufficient as possible, producing the majority of my family’s food myself.

This is going to be where my dream comes true. I bought the property. Land is relatively affordable in Arizona. I won’t be having any debt when I move here. My time frame is 2-3 years from now. That is realistic, if I want my homesteading dream to be a sustainable affair, that I can improve by the year. It’s raw land at the moment.

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If we look to the right of my property, that would be north west, this is the dirt road I take going up to my property. It’s only the last mile that have this kind of road. Before that it’s a mostly very well bladed, even, two lane dirt road, for about 15 miles off the highway.

There’s two different ways to get to the property, either this road, or the road in the second photo. They are equally long, and ends up at the same highway. The quality of the roads are about the same. There is a much shorter route that one can take with a high clearance 4×4.

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We are at about 5400 ft elevation (1645m.) The temperature on June 1st was a high of 72 degrees. The nearest town had a high of 79 degrees. It doesn’t get three digit temperatures in the summer. There will be some snow in the winter, which I love. The gardening season is relatively long, end of April- Oct. There’s a light breeze on my hill, but not super windy. I tried to take some photos of the surroundings; plants, wild flowers, and rocks. 

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Most likely homesite. We’re talking about a small cabin, or little house, hopefully within the next 5 years. I’m going to put up a fence, and put in a septic next year. When that is in place, I will  park an RV there for a while. So that we can spent more time at our place in the weekends, improving the property, while still living in Las Vegas. It’s a 3 hour drive. The first year, or two after moving, we might live in an RV, while we build a house/cabin. I don’t mind that at all. I’ve lived in an RV two years, while traveling cross country, when my daughter was an infant. This is completely off grid, and power will be by solar. To begin with I will haul in water. Most people in the area do. I will also collect rainwater, which, if my calculations are correct, will se to most of our needs. (Somewhere down the road a well might be possible. )

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Both my daughter and I are avid rock collectors. We spent a great deal of time rock hounding yesterday, and I am fairly sure we found amethyst on our property. I’m not an expert. . 

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Just some photos from around the property, to give you an idea what it’s like up here. How is your coffee? Do you need a refill?

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Gretchen was super happy, and might of chased some lizards. Speaking of wildlife, we saw some kind of big raptor flying in the sky. It was pretty far away, but I could tell that it was a huge bird, the unusual thing is that it looked like it had a light colored (white/beige) body, seen from underneath. I have no idea what kind of bird it was. There was plenty of butterflies on the property, enjoying all the wildflowers.

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Possible site for greenhouse, protected from the wind, but still plenty of sunlight.

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I was amazed of the variety of plants. My though at the moment is to plant a few hardy fig trees in the ground, but do the majority of vegetables in raised beds. I’m planning to build permanent raised beds out of bricks. I’m also going to have a greenhouse to raise seedlings, winter vegetables, herbs, and other fruit trees.

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At some point I would like to move the cacti on the property to one designated area, and create a beautiful cacti/rock garden. Simply for decoration purposes. This was the last photo from the property. Thank you for bearing with me with this unusual big amount of photos. Can you tell that I’m excited?! I am, I am very excited.

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Driving down from my little piece off heaven, it gets greener, and greener. This is one mile from my place. I had to kindly ask some cows to move out of the way. LOL. Just my kind of place. I am keeping my eyes open for a good deal on some acres down the road, for a pasture. I see them every now and then, and I’ll likely find some usable pasture acres at some point. I don’t feel an urgent need for that. It’s just a possibility. There’s hundreds of miles of dirt roads to ride…An equally exciting thought 🙂 There’s houses scattered here and there, but definitely not over crowded. Most of them seem to be vacation homes. This quickly became a very long post!

Would you like some more coffee? Or tea? Before we part ways.  I hope your weekend is fabulous. I’m about to hit Route 66, and then head back to Vegas. Enjoy this beautiful day!

Love,

Ms Zen

46 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – The Homestead

  1. Very cool. You certainly have your work cut out for you – pretty rugged. I can see using raised beds – doesn’t look like the type of soil for gardening. And it doesn’t look like a lot of rain – of course I’m sure plenty of beautiful blue skies. You do seem to know what you are getting into, so great! I also understand this is all long range. I can see why you are excited! And 3 hours from Vegas? My place on Cape Cod is about 3 hours from my house in New Hampshire, so I know how doable that is.

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    • Thank you! There is actually monsoon rains spring and fall. A lot of people collect rainwater as their only water source. I’m hoping to start out doing that, and see how/if I need to complement that. I want to sort all of that out before moving there. 3 hours isn’t that bad 😉

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      • My “new” house has two cisterns that were original used for rain water. Both dry now, of course (one is where the heater, water heater, etc is located). Use of rain water is needed even in wet areas, and there, major rains twice a year, need to collect as much as possible during those seasons!

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  2. What a beautiful site – I can see why you are excited! Lots of sun and wide open sky. I bet the stars at night are amazing.
    I’m glad you are going to preserve the plantings that are where your house will be. As natives, they will be the best candidates for a successful garden. It’s going to look fabulous!

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    • Thank you so much Eliza!!! I love your support through the years. I just changed the background of my MacBook to the view from my future front porch. It did my soul good to see what the property looks like now.

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  3. What magnificent photos!! ❤️ I’m so very excited for you, your excitement is contagious!! I loved having coffee with you at your future homestead! 😀🥰 Keep on sharing, can’t wait to see more photos!
    P.S. I’m thinking the raptor you saw was probably a hawk, they are beige in color and are numerous in the desert like areas. I’m not an expert but am thinking that’s what you saw! 😀

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    • Thank you Diana! I will share more posts as I go along 🙂 You’re probably right that it was a hawk I saw. It was just bigger than any hawks I’ve seen so far. I hope your weekend was wonderful ❤

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  4. Beautiful ❤️ Maria, if the native people could grow crops and live on that land so can you! Seems like you have the gumption, the imagination, the know how and courage, so why not! Being higher in elevation, the water possibilities are there. When we were off grid (not long) we had to pump our water into a 1,000 gallon tower and then relied on gravity feed. Being a ‘can do’ kind of survivalist is fun and I know that you are up for it. Your land is gorgeous by the way 😍 I loved your photos and plans, I can’t wait for you to share more!!

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    • Thank you so much Margaret! It is exciting. I’m eager to get started, but happy that I have time to do it one step at a time as well.

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  5. amazing fun to be had. How much land is it, if you want to check out Geoff Lawton has great clips on greening the desert, a lady in Jordan lives self sufficient using his methods. Thanks for sharing I love it when people hang on to their dreams you are inspiring.

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    • I will definitely check out Geoff Lawton. I love seeing people succeeding in desert climates. I’ve seen some really cool videos on YouTube. Thank you for your kind comment. Your life is very inspiring!

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    • Thank you so much Michelle! I am very excited, there is a lot of hard work both behind, and ahead of me. I’ve always wanted to build something lasting. I’ve started so many gardens, and improved so many properties for other people. I can’t wait to work for myself.

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  6. It will be great to watch your dream take shape-so please don’t stop blogging!
    And as a music fan I’m acquainted with your Route 66.

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    • Thank you Andy! I will definitely share the journey. And it’s going to ben easier than I first thought to do so. When I first visited the property a few years ago, there was no cellphone reception, and I could definitely not use any internet. This time they must of improved the cellphone towers, because I had decent reception, and could even use the internet on my phone. Same thing with the roads, they were kind of scary the first time, compared to then, they were a breeze now.

      Route 66 has lots of great history. I love visiting the little towns along the ways, having coffee, or a beer, in an old bar.

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  7. Wow! That’s so exciting, look at those views, all that sky! I love the sky, it’s changing all the time and you’ll be able to sit on your front porch and watch it all. It will be AMAZING!

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  9. Wow – Maria – this has you written all over it. Okay, I don’t see that anyone else has asked but I’ll be that guy on record who hopes you find something of a compromise with “off the grid” just enough that we can still enjoy your visits and sharing of this adventure.
    Just my two cents.
    I’m both proud and envious of you.

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    • Awe, thank you Gary 🙏 I’m not planning on stopping my life, just getting out of the hustle and bustle of the city. Lol. I will be blogging. I thought that I was going to have to go in to town once or twice a week to do it, but that won’t be necessary. I actually have access to internet on my property, thanks to the hilltop location. I hope your new week is getting off to a great start Gary!

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  11. I love this so much!!! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see it all come together. On our honeymoon, we rode part of Route 66 from Kingman, AZ. We are slowly building our place, too, in South Dakota, and have a trailer parked there. So exciting! Congratulations!

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    • Thank you so much Kathleen! You probably rode right by on your honey moon 🙂 I do have a memory of some of your posts from South Dakota. Are you planning on spending time there this summer? It is exciting to work towards a future goal! Have a fabulous new week!

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  13. I can spot Route 66, suitably faint in the distance. The area east of Kingman is not exactly a high priority for developers and I think I-11 will still be well to the west of you, if it ever gets built. The area augurs well for you to live your dream-it’s gorgeous.

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