Now here's the thing. As you know, the Hermit just bought 5 acres of land in the Big Bend area of far West Texas. Now this area is in the Chihuahuan Desert and, as all desert areas, it is very dry. Remember we are talking about raw land here. No water wells, no electricity, no existing buildings.
What there is available for some reason, is phone service run to nearly all lots in that area. Why this is, who knows? Someone long ago decided to run phone service to an area that has almost no people living in it. Of all the things that I could do without in the desert, phone service would probably top the list! Heck, I don't even use the phone here in Houston unless I absolutely have to! I would much rather have a water source or a power line or a rebuildable structure of some kind, but then that's just me.
Now...here is what I need help with. In what order should the basic needs be tackled? Shelter first, or rain water catchment system, solar panels for power, wind turbine for power as well...in what order would you plan and start construction on each of these basic needs? This is going to be an interesting brainstorming session with a lot of different factors figured in.
Here are some points that should be kept in mind. The closest town is a little place called Study Butte (pronounced stoody boot) which used to be a mining community. Now it really isn't much more that a place to buy water, gasoline, food, or adobe bricks which they make there. The distance to this little community from where we will be working is about 30 miles! The closest town of any size is Alpine, Texas...which is about 70 miles or so away! No walking to the corner store.
To get an idea about what the country looks like in this area, I would like you to take a look at this link to the Terlingua Ranch Lodge which is only a couple of miles away. Just a good stretch of the legs! It gives you a good look at the area and at the same time, tells a little about the landscape and the sights. Spend some time to take a look at it, OK?
Now that will give you something to think about for a few minutes. May I suggest that while you are studying all this information that we share a fresh cup of coffee?
Don't get up...I'll get it for ya!