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