Midian Ranch Blog

This is the web log for Midian Ranch, an isolated homestead in rural Nevada. It is owned by Jason and Tina Walters, whom are also its regular posters. This blog is exclusively for the enlightenment and edification of our friends, family, and colleagues.

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Location: Gerlach, Nevada, United States

Thursday, May 26, 2005

There's time to work, then there's time not to work Posted by Hello

Armed....but not terribly dangerous Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

This Weekend (May 20-23) Tina Updates

Jason and I were just up at Midian. The weather is great. It's warm and since there is still snow on the mountain there's a nice cool breeze. I would say the weather is perfect except for the No-see-ums (biting gnats). We finished the floor in the new office, yippy. Just in time for the First Annual Midian Ranch Relaxathon. We're having family and friends up for the weekend of June 4th for fun and relaxation. We'll probably sneak in a little work, but we'll mostly hang out. This past weekend "Crazy" Chris Johnson drove up and will be up there for a few days. We also got a lovely visit from Super Dave and his dog Sally, our dog Snap was sure glad to see her, he's never been so excited to see another dog. Snap also wanted to see how many lives he actually has by playing chicken with a snake. Since we've had so much rain this year, it's very green and more like Wild Kingdom then ever before. I take morning and evening walks with the dog, each time I go a different way so I enjoy all the flowers, I swear I find a new color every time. I would love to move them closer to the house. I brought a sample back to Richmond and I am going to attempt to grow them in a pot. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Weekend of May 1st, 2005

Let me say this first: I love driving a bobcat. I could cheerfully work with one for a living I enjoyed it so much. Remember those Mechwarrior video games where you drive around a giant fighting robot, blowing things up? Well it’s like that, only the enemy is dirt instead of Clan Jade Falcon. Which rocks because dirt doesn’t shoot back.

Kevin Brittner of the Dog Ranch was kind enough to loan me his for the weekend, and Frank was kind enough to come out in his big welding truck and haul it over to Midian Ranch for me. Within six hours I had cleared the spaces for our planned vehicle and trailer storage area, our usable materials yard, and cut a pad for Tina’s upcoming building. It was silly easy; the thing turned on a dime, lifted a half-ton of dirt and rock without blinking, a swept through sagebrush like Tamerlane cutting his way through the Ottoman army. Which is to say, quickly.

Frank also hauled his old jeep out to Midian for us to use. It’s a terrifying thing with a big V-8, 350 cubic inch Corvette engine stuffed under its tiny hood that gives it awesome climbing power. Frank used it to drive to the top of “Walters’ Wart,” the small mountain directly behind our ranch, and experience which was…. exhilarating for all concerned.

Tina has begun to tear up the old flooring in the office, but it has proven to be an exhaustive and time-consuming process. The old GE installed floor panels seem to have been adhered using a million gallons of industrial grade glue, making getting each one up very difficult (there are hundreds of them). Still, Tina’s goals of freeing up the wooden floor planks and allowing the building to breath is a good one. Years of neglect have caused a build up of mold in certain spots as well as several leaks in the roof. I am confident that when we are done, however, the office will be lovely and serve us both for many, many happy years to come.