Hello all, back after a few months away from CPF.
Although I don't really subscribe to the 'bucket list' thing, I've squared something away that I've wanted for, well, pretty much as long as I've been wanting things. In late June, we closed on a purchase of 80 acres of rural land in Central Oregon. It's just on the other side of the Cascade montains (the 'dry' side) and is only about 3 hours from home here in the Willamette valley.
What was exceedingly attractive about this particular spot is that it borders the east edge of Deschutes National Forest, 1.8 million acres of Federal land that contains (among other things), the Metolius wilderness in which we've been spending a bit of time recently. Being able to literally walk right into the wild from our property is something I've been dreaming about for a long, long time. It will also get snow in the winter, which is something else that I've been really missing here on the 'wet' side.
I don't have pics yet (I didn't want to 'jinx' the deal by taking photos before closing), but a quick google search came across this pic (posted on flickr) that's pretty comparable. I do promise to take some pics soon and post them.
Very close to the eastern edge of our new property is the beginning of 100,000-acre Crooked River National Grassland, another beautiful area.
(a file pic of CRNG from the USDA website that I particularly liked)
(More good sample pics taken in the CRNG are here.)
We don't have plans for a cabin at the moment, financially we'll be spread a bit thin for the next three years. However, it will be a great area to camp, hunt, fish (on the Metolius, Deschutes, and Crooked rivers) and to generally explore from.
And our dog loves it there.
I'm happy to be back at CPF to hang out with you folks again. I see that you all have been on your best behavior, lol.