The Hunt Begins

May 27, 2017

First Judy, Joy the Rottweiler, and I want to wish you a Happy Memorial Day. We hope you’re having a wonderful long weekend. We’ve been having a relaxing but productive weekend. More on that in a bit.


Base Camp


I posted a video on Facebook of our Base Camp in Kiabab National Forest shot with my drone. For those who follow our journey from our personal web site and don’t follow us on Facebook, this is home until we buy our property and start building our cabin:

Leaving Las Vegas
Base Camp from Overhead

Towards the end if the video, I took the drone up to 390 ft., the maximum height permitted by the FAA for hobby drones. It’s quite the view up there.

As a side note, I noticed that the total flight time of the drone is significantly less as we are at above 7,000 ft. where the air is thin and the drone must work harder to fly in the thin air. Normally, I’ll get up to 25 minutes of flight time per battery. Here, I’m getting closer to 17 minutes. But I digress…

Seven Days Now At Kiabab National Forest


We’re dry camping where there is no water or electricity. I checked our two water tanks today. The 25 gal. tank is half used up. The 19 gal. tank on our tent trailer is 1/3 used up. That’s after a full week of being at this camp site. I’m pleased that our water conservation (navy showers and whatnot) is working out well. At this rate, we will be able to last another week without refilling - just in time to relocate camp.

The three solar panels and bank of three batteries is more than keeping up with our power usage. When I check the batteries first thing in the morning, they are down only 5% to 10%. By mid morning the solar panels have them fully recharged. They’re working great!

We were getting tired of washing dishes (and using precious water in doing so) so when I ran to Flagstaff on Wednesday to pick up our mail, I stopped by the Walmart and purchased a small microwave oven for $49.00. It’s small enough to be run from our power system. Now, rather than dirtying a pot or pan to heat soup or beans on the propane stove, we just nuke it in a paper bowl. No more dishwater hands and no more wasting of water.

We'll Be On The Move


On National Forrest land, you’re permitted to camp at one location for up to 14 days. We’ve been at this site for seven days now. Thus, next Saturday, we’ll need to break camp and relocate. No worries… I’ve got four other really nice camp sites in my GPS to boondock (dry camp) in.

Judy and I agreed that each time we have to pack up camp and relocate, we would spend a night in a hotel just to soak in a long hot showers and do laundry in the hotel facilities. It’s a small price to pay every two weeks to enjoy some modern comforts, unload trash in the hotel dumpsters, and refill our water tanks.

Hunting With A Local


After contacting our original realtor several times with disappointingly poor to no followup, I canned her and found a realtor who was born and raised in the Williams area who knows all of the locals and is well known. Her name is Nellie. She has been quite responsive and provided me with a link to properties that meet my requirements (within less than an hour after first contact). So, yesterday, we went off to look at two properties.

The first property we looked at was a 12 acre lot. It was some two miles off pavement but was on a well maintained cinder road. It was heavily treed but rambled up the side of a mountain, which would make for some challenges and additional expense in building. It would also make much of the property difficult to walk and spread out on. Property #1 was checked off the list. It won’t do.


Property #1

Property #1 - Nope!


Property #2 was a 10 acre lot that was literally less than 200 ft. off of paved road. It was also heavily treed and level with several good patches to build the cabin on (with a little clearing). Judy and I both like this property a lot. It’s at the upper end of our price range but with a cash offer, I should be able to get a better price. That said, I’m not ready to pull the trigger yet. We’ve got some 15 to 20 other properties to look at first.


Property #2 - Photo 1

Property #2 - Photo 1



Property #2 - Photo 2

Property #2 - Photo 2



Property #2 - Photo 3

Property #2 - Photo 3



Property #2 - Photo 4

Property #2 - Photo 4


A Day of Rest With Flowers


Today (May 27, 2017), I needed some down time. I’m still recovering from a head cold and was feeling a bit run down in the morning so I decided to rest today.

What do I do when I rest? I walk about with camera in hand and take pictures. Today, I did a short photo essay on high desert forest flowers. I don’t know what half of these flowers are as I come from lower hard packed desert where most flowers are on top of cacti or some other plant with thorns. If you know what these flowers are, please feel free to comment and educate me. That way, I’ll be able to be a high desert flower expert in no time, LoL!


Flower 1

Flower 1



Flower 2

Flower 2



Flower 3

Flower 3



Flower 4

Flower 4



Flower 5

Flower 5



Flower 6

Flower 6



Flower 7

Flower 7



Flower 8

Flower 8


Well, that’s all the news that’s fit to print without telling the neighbor’s secrets. Over the next few days, we’ll be looking at more land. Perhaps we’ll find something that tops Property #2. I expect so.

Y’all take care and I’ll put together another blog post soon. Our love goes out to our family, friends and those who are following our adventure.



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