Living in a wall tent is very different from living in a house. In some ways it is wonderful. You hear everything that is going on outside . . . dogs, birds, the sound of rain, the river or ocean, and more. There is a tremendous sense of freedom. As there is so little room inside, you want to go outside and be busy. It is hard to be lazy in a tent. On the other hand, in bear country, sleep in a tent is much lighter than in a cabin. Alert dogs are essential for safety and a good night’s sleep. In rainy weather, tents get damp.
I found this little gem while searching info on wall tents. I already hear everything that is going on outside and there is very little room inside. Alert dogs? Yep, got a few of those. I feel pretty free, even though I feel a little claustrophobic here - and I'm talking about the neighbourhood, not the size of my cabin. There is people ALL around me which makes me even more anxious to escape to the meadow. I can't wait to explore the new "neighbourhood" with the dogs!!
An update on the land: I have gotten to the point where I do not want to cut ONE more tree on that driveway. I don't want to MOVE one more tree. I'm ready to release it to the capable hands (and heavy equipment) of The Driveway Guy. That is slated to happen THIS week! Yippee! He came out last week to take a look at it and, just like everybody else, was pretty surprised at the sheer LENGTH of the driveway-to-be. I think he sees it as a bit of a challenge!
I spent the glorious long weekend prepping the driveway by corduroy-ing(?) it. Why you ask? Good question! Apparently there is some kind of discontinuous permafrost below so this is the way to do it to keep the driveway from sloping or heaving up to TWO metres! It's a crapload of work let me tell you. Thank goodness it's not for the whole driveway, just for a few hundred feet. The length of the driveway is open for debate. I'm thinking about 1/2km, but others have thought it was up to a whole km... I don't really think so, but approximating distances has never been one of my strong suits - gimme a tape measure! I guess when the driveway is in, I'll just set the odometer and clock it that way.
Ivy's first visit to the property. No surprise, she loved it. It's a big hit. In fact, the day before Kuna refused to get in the truck to go home! He's never refused a truck ride. I guess he was having so much fun... that is, sleeping contentedly by the truck while I was working.
Jack was having a blast too.
The wall tent is not quite ready for me. It's currently storage for the 4-wheeler and plywood.
Soon, soon enough it will be allll mine! (ok, mine AND the ants...)
And here's what it looks like from the ditch - almost a road. Kinda.
So cool! Next up after the driveway is in - dog fencing!! Baby steps I tell ya, if I start to think of the grand scope of this project I just might lose all sanity (what's left of it, that is).