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.
- Name: Jason Walters
- Location: Gerlach, Nevada, United States
Friday, June 24, 2005
Weekend of June 18th
Tina managed to get the washing machine working, which leaves me to puzzle out certain voltage questions relating to dryer.... assuming I didn’t fry the damn thing screwing around with it. #Sigh# I’m pretty sure that I did. In any case I think I’ve figured out a way to run 240 volts safely into the house rather than the 120 volts I’m using now. I’m still not much of an electrician but I am learning more as I go. Tina’s not a real big fan of line-dried clothing; neither am I to be honest, so I had better figure out what I’m going to do really soon.
The new 6500 watt Coleman generator we picked up (at a reasonable price if I do say so myself) seems to function nicely. It’s considerably more fuel efficient than our old Porter Cable unit, not to mention a good deal quieter. BTW back in the Bay Area mechanic and electrician extraordaire David Grover over at Bay Air Services (510-215-1170) fixed the Porter Cable generator in about sixty seconds, which means that we now have a generator for both the upper and lower portions of the property. Dave warned me that I’ve been running stuff on “dirty power” that varies between 45 and 65 amps in its output rather than “clean power”that stays at a flat 55 amps, a situation that could apparently damage electronic devices if I fail to put some sort of unit in the works that flattens out that spectrum of amperage down to an even 55. Don’t know if I’ll actually do it as I haven’t had a problem yet, but its something to think about.
Tina, Chris Johnson, and I drove out to Hidden Valley (which is about 35 miles west of Gerlach) where we looked at a piece of property he is thinking of buying. The land is breathtakingly beautiful. There are actually two plots for sale that are literally in the middle of that vast, apparently uninhabited vale that looks like something out of a Zane Grey novel. It’s so empty that it makes Midian Ranch seem like it’s in the middle of the financial district! Chris is interested in a 40-acre plot that has already been partially homesteaded. We think that some Burner's (Burning Man People) began to build a compound there two years ago and gave up when it got hard. There is also a 20-acre plot that seems to an old cowboy homestead that was abandoned back in the 1950's. It's pretty much firewood now. There is a chicken coop, rabbit hutch, and goat pen might be salvageable but nothing else is. Lucy Ramos has shown some interest in purchasing that lot as well.
The four of us went swimming in one of the Fly Geyser’s bigger pools. Snap, who genuinely enjoys swimming in the ice-cold Pacific Ocean, isn’t a very big fan of bathing in hot water. There was a lot of frightened yips, excited barks, and mournful sighs as he skittered around in the shallows building up the nerve to submerge himself. Finally Tina decided to swim off into the deep end of the pool, which panicked him completely. Fearing for her safety, he plunged in and swam along beside her to make certain that no pond monsters got her. Apparently hairy fools tread where canine angels fear to go.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Weekend of June 6th (from Tina)
Monday June 6th, it Rained…<>RAINED!!! In the desert. It’s been pretty wet at the ‘ol ranch this year, the plants are lovin’ it… I have never seen so many varieties of flowers at Midian before…>
The First Annual Midian Ranch Relaxathon was a big success. Jason, Megan and I went up Friday once at Midian we unpacked had dinner then changed clothes to go soak in the Fly Geyser. Best midnight soak evar!!! Saturday Mom, Tess and Nikki arrived, then off for a daytime soak in the geyser... We are all hooked. I am not waiting another 8 years for a dip in the Fly Geyser. Sunday we went back to the geyser for picture taking…
Saturday night, after the Mom’s and the kid (Megan) went to bed, Jason Nikki and I went off on a nighttime stroll, it was pretty fun, Nikki had slippers on, we all had our supply of beer and I think Jason had a gun incase any wild life was hungry. The walk might have been a bit easier with the proper shoes and um, a flashlight, heck even some moon light would have been helpful, but not as much fun.
Sunday we did a bit of rock hounding and collected seeds from about 6 different flowers. I hope the seeds grow. I want to try some seeds in planter boxes, I am dying to get some flowers to grow where I want them but don’t have a permanent spot for them yet. I’ll try some in little pots in Richmond first. Sunday evening the girlzz left.
Monday it rained in the desert.
Note from Jason: The girls had a really good time.