Saturday, March 6, 2010

The 3 R's

Recycle Reuse Repurpose.

I often see items that could be used for my homestead, yet most the time
I pass on it due to the cost feasibility of transporting it to nevada.
Does any one know if the construction barrels can be used for non
potable water storage? What about for solar power the bus stop solar
panels that provide lights at night? Or the construction signs with the
light bulbs? Do those use solar or a battery? They run for days or
months never seen anyone do work on them. What about the orange flashing
lights on construction barrels? How do they keep flashing? We have many
auctions in florida and I could get these items for next to nothing. But
again cost feasibility in transporting them to nevada.

Captains log march 6th 2010

Had a few days to think about some ideas in phases.

Phase 1. Find my land and the corner markers of my 20 acres.
Phase 2. I will be in a tent until I erect my shed. With help from Mike,
should not be in tent more then 1 or 2 days.
Phase 3. Fix entrance road to my land, after the shed is erected then I
will look for a trailer or a storage container.
Phase 4. Then I will erect a chicken and duck coops for fresh eggs and
birds to eat.
Phase 5. Erect small structures out of recycled products to see the
durability of each.
Phase 6. I start digging my ponds before winter comes so when the snow
melts my ponds will be filled hopefully.
Phase 7. Fence work will begin so I can start getting goats.
Phase 8. Plant trees I saw in magazine that claims they will grow 5 feet
per year in nevada. Surround my home with them to prove shad for
structure with in 2 years.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Storage container inputs

Thanks for all the help in the debate. I am on a shoe string budget and
all the help is great. I was prepared to live in a tent until I built
something better. Then I got the shed to erect as a better structure.
Then the storage container seemed like a great idea until the delivery
fee was involved. I can get pop up campers and pull behind campers
rather cheap that aren't in the best shape. But the unknown factor is
will they even survive the 2500 mile trek to nevada. Still don't even
know if the f150 truck would make it there. I think the truck would, but
now the tires are suspect. Its like fighting an uphill battle with every
new idea. Just need to get there and figure it all out later. Just paid
another $70 in storage fees for my nevada supplies again.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Serious Debate now

Seriously debating which is better in the long run, a purchased container and the $500 delivery fee, or the rental of $500 plus $70 a month. $2500 upfront to purchase and then pay for delivery on top of that just doesn't seem to make financial sense to me. I think with $2500 up front I would be able to buy a very good rv or mobile home or a trailer of some sorts. The $70 a month rental would elminate my need to store stuff in storage each month but it would cost $500 to drive there to drop off the stuff. Catch 22 every idea I come up with.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Goat wagons and carts

how much can a goat pull or haul on its back? I saw carts and wagons
made for goats. Wondering if during the fall I should have goat wagon
rides with tumble weeds instead of hay. Maybe in December drive through
town behind 12 goats dress like reindeer? So many ideas, yet not there
yet in the valley...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Glorious morning news

Thanks preston and bill for scouting my land while you were in montello.
It was awesome news to wake up to today. Pilot valley road is a solid
for driving and once a ditch is filled in the road to my land will be
easy for a container truck to make it. The great debat will be $500 down
and $70 a month or buy outright. I still think renting is the easy
affordable option but buying outright would save money in the long run.
In 2032 will be the last payment on my land and I will be mortgage free.
Apparently there are a couple of mountains rev mike wants to go explore
with me when I get there. I just can't wait..

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Possible outhouse bathroom

Might have found an outhouse for my ranch. Plastic 4x6 ft storage shed
with a window and sky light. Room for my solar shower and my camping
toilet. Might even be big enough for a bathtub as well. Should be an
easy assembly and quick shelter to live in until I get my main shed up
and assembled. The price is a bit much if its only going to be my

Monday, February 22, 2010

Nevada tv shows

Love seeing anything about nevada on tv. Learning a lot about the entire
state. Learned about the nevada triangle today. 2000 plans crashed or
vanished since world war 2. Is area 51 to blame? Montello is not in the
triangle of nevada so no plane crashes in our area.


41°10'7.09"N, 114° 8'23.16"W   I do not know if these are the same GPS i had before, but today its showing where my property should be. the other digits i had were showing up near old motel road. it could just be an issue with google maps.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Pollution Starry Sky Night

When you sit at night looking for stars can you see them through the smog and lights? One day I hope this farmer will see them very soon

Finally shelter maybe

I found a pop up camper with a new axle and tires for $350. The canvas
is gone. I was thinking once it gets to montello wall it in to make it a
mini cabin. Any one else think that's doable?

Montello weather forecast

Montello, NV
25F, Mostly Cloudy
Wind: N 9 mph
Hum: 58%
Sun: 13F-34F, Snow Showers
Mon: 13F-34F, Partly Cloudy
Tue: 19F-38F, Partly Cloudy

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday Morning

It is saturday morning. Waiting for info on my florida land I almost
bought last year. It never sold in all this time. If he finally gives
some info on how to find it off the road I may go visit it tomorrow. I
have driven through the area its pretty area. Just hope he gives
directions before this evening comes. I've switched back to my tmobile
sidekick so there is no more spam from att when I send updates via my
cell phone, this also allows me longer updates. I hope everyone has a
good weekend.

Friday, February 19, 2010


One acre is equivalent to:
* 200 parked cars
* three quarters of an American football field, which is 160 feet (48.5 m) wide and 360 feet (109.1 m) long (1.32 acres)

20 acres is equal to 871,200 Square feet of land. Its a mind blowing number to me. A house I use to live in was 1100 sq ft.. That is 792 houses I could fit in 20 acres.

Just imagine, the fish ponds I was thinking of, is only 60sq ft. I could fit over 14,520 fish ponds.

So many years of life yet, so many projects I could fit onto my land.

Well Drilling Information Update

A follower of my blog named Sandy sent some info about well drilling. $48 a foot covers miles and all the stuff. Nevada requires 100 foot minimum to be drilled. Doing math on that is $4800. Says as long as it is not in the hills 125 to 180 feet and you should hit water.
Fertig Drilling
Lamoille Hwy
Elko, NV 89801
(775) 753-7960

Hauling water is starting to look like the path this future resident is going to be looking at.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Welcome New Land Buyers / blog visitors

it might be landing buying time in montello area. Many new blog visitors. Glad if i can help them with their questions. Welcome all the new land buyers and future residents!!

Land Surveys Update #2

The only person I could ever find on the web, has broken his foot and he wants to only do bigger projects due to the costs of travel.

Here is a couple of companies I found in the yellow pages that are located in Elko.

All Points North PH 775-753-4142

High Desert Engineers Ph 775-738-4053

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Land Surveys

I may have found a company that does land surveys. Waiting back on email. Just want official legit 4 corners of my 20 acres.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Sources for Land in Nevada

If you want to find land near MONKEY BONE RANCH or any of the other folks blogs you read about in PILOT VALLEY NEVADA click here

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Man Made Pond Research

I am going to do some more research on the whole man made pond, but i believe my original plans called for kiddie pool as a way to catch my solar shower waste water. If I can use a bigger pool and make fish ponds or just water storage ponds that would be even better. The whole 20 acres is going to be great because it leaves lots of space to try new ideas and plans to try more stuff put without worrying about needing more space. I have visited cracker country at the fair before it shows how people did stuff back in the old days. Their designs were simple yet effective. I've taken notes on how to make very strong rope from simple twine. It looks like it might be a 3 person job but I'm sure I can adapt it to do it my self. Does not take long to make a 6ft rope with their method. I'm thinking I could possibly with enough time on my land possibly make a whole fence out of the rope. Probably not effective with 20acres but we shall see.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

12x2 Fish Pond

A 12x2 foot swimming pool can be used to raise a worthwhile amount of fish. Stock a pound of fingerlings in 1 cubic foot of water. Have to figure out how many cubic feet are in a pond of that size. He also mentions you can use very cheap dry cat food to feed the fish because it's the same nutrients in the fish food. This would also provide entertainment for days with nothing else to do but go fishing at the monkey bone fishing hole.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Home Made Pond

According to countryside magazine of modern homesteading. HM RANCHING in northern nevada built a pond in the desert. He used a back hoe to make his pond covered it in 8mil plastic sheets. He then waited for rain to fill it or waited for snowfall. I hope to have my pond plans in place before fall 2010 so the snow will fill my pond plans. Seems to be the smartest way to fill them. Hopefully with the dirt I dig up I will just leave it in a hill or mound and hopefully use it as a sledding or snowboarding rub next winter for entertainment exercise time.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Williams Scotsman 801-908-5637 Ext. 47812
Branch Sales Manager 801-972-2845 Fax
1010 South Legacy View Street
(1010 South 5710 West)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

Monday, February 8, 2010

Good News Bad News

Good news, I found a storage container company that will rent me a container for $70 a month, $500 total to haul it there.

Semi bad news, wont just let me rent to own, its either pay cash for it, plus shipping or rent it by the month infinite amount of time. If I only use it to store my stuff, and sleep in, I really think its a good deal.

The really bad news is, can a semi truck make it down the road to my land and drop it off where I wish to have it dropped off at. If that is a guaranteed answer, I would def jump on the deal.

Even at $70 a month to rent it, that makes that and my land only $210 a month. Way less then the rent I pay now. Plus I wouldn't have to keep payng storage here to store my supplies I have already.

I wasn't really planning to modifying the cargo container if I bought one, I like the whole concept of just closing the door, and the security that affords.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pet Friendly hotels?

Why do hotels say they are pet friendly but when you call to inquire about your pet goat they say no? Goats are better then dogs!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Cargo Container Research Again

Was researching where to get shipping/cargo containers. i may have stumbled upon a good source. Only thing is get them there!!

Weekend Weather

Montello, NV
33F, Cloudy
Wind: S 1 mph
Fri:24F-38F, Snow Showers
Sat:23F-40F, Snow Showers
Sun:22F-39F, Snow Showers

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Anyone know if when to use overdrive in a truck? City? Highway? Never?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010



UPDATED: Found on Pilot Valley Road

PILOT VALLEY, Nev. — Elko County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the discovery of a body found Thursday in Pilot Valley, Nev., between Montello and West Wendover.

Undersheriff Doug Gailey said detectives confirmed a body was found wrapped in black plastic and secured with duct tape. The body is about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, but Gailey said he did not know the gender.

Gailey said communication with detectives has been difficult because of a lack of reliable cell phone service at the scene.

Gailey said his office was called by someone about noon Thursday. He did not know where the body was located in relation to a roadway.


Monday, February 1, 2010

Nuclear Waste Site???

Was briefly scared and angry while I was watching the TV show CASH CAB and one answer was what is the name of the nuclear waste site in the northern nevada mountains. Upon further research it is no where near montello, its just north of las vegas!! Yucca Mountain Thanks to the guy from CowBoy Cafe who told me he never heard of it!!! I'll make sure I eat a burger when I get to town. Also President Obama eliminated it from his budget this year!!! Thank you President

One Day

One day I will not be woke up by a moron with a leaf blower at an apartment complex at 730am. One night I will not hear helicopters flying overhead to hospitals. One day I will be able to watch tv at night and not hear trains blowing their horns. One day I will be able to go to the store and not sit in traffic for an hour. One day I will be able to sleep in peace and quiet.
One day i will not be woke up by the city life, but by country life. No morons at an apartment complex using leaf blowers

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Earthship Questions I was asked

are earthships nothing more then ant hills? Thats what i was just asked. you pile the dirt up and live in the middle of it. Lmao

More about earthships. is not piling up the dirt and living in middle of it not a ant hill? Isnt that what the ants do?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Water Hauler

does anyone who has no well on their land, would want to pay me to haul water to their land? supermonkeyballs gmail com

Monday, January 25, 2010

Snowboading Skiing in Montello Mountains

Does anyone know if skiing or snowboarding are allowed on those mountains in pilot valley and how far they are from our lands?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yes We Can

"Imagine all the people. You can say im a dreamer but im not the only one." If we learn from each other, we will have a great community. I a glad some of my ideas are already being used by other land owners in Pilot Valley. Hopefully when I finally get there, I will be able to see what worked and what didn't.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010



High interest rate for land

Quicken loans does mortgages for 4.99% im paying 8% for my land. I think me and rev mike are getting ripped off big time.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


The Us border patrol agents are living in storage containers near nogales arizona... Why everyone using my ideas?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Gas for exploration trip

Hopefully this week i make enough in my repair shop for my roundtrip gas cost for my exploration trip in march. Only $1000 is needed.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Moving Date Has Changed

Looks like ill be moving to nevada alone in Sept or Oct. Gives me time to set it all up and make it pretty. See if i can survive

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My tractor one day


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti Might Change Building plans

I have been rethinking of my structures to be built. Earthquakes can be devastating, I do not think Nevada has alot of them. But I do not want my dream to end under my structure. I know my shed I bought from LOWES is hurricane rated, but I do not know the earthquake ratings. I do not think my tents would be affected by an earthquake, but I know the winds may affect them. I really think the storage containers are a great way to go, as i do not think steel would shake apart. My only concern is the cost of them. Im sure I probably could have got one for the same price as my shed, but my fear was the cost of transporting one to montello to my land. I am going to do some more research before my move.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Moving Date Has Changed

I've decided, that due to some relationship drama, that its best if I move to montello long before October date. I'm going to empty my storage unit, of all my supplies I originally bought and just start driving to pilot valley. Hopefully I will be able to hook up with Rev Mike, my closest neighbor and hopefully new best friend. If I live and make it, then great, if I fall to the wayside like other pioneers of years past, oh well. I have a dream and I can not let my dream die, no matter how much it hurts to lose the love of my life. I deserve to be happy, and away from people. Why should I not pursue my dreams.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Solar Oven Cooking

I plan to make several of these ovens and see which one is best.
This one seems to recycle used tire parts. Says to use a tire tube, but I think a tire itself will work Click Here
This one uses car sunshades from walmart
Click Here

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Interesting finds from a magazine #2 Water purification chicken picker fully built chicken coops delivered

Friday, January 8, 2010

Goodwill Thrift Store Find

Just scored 10 tents for $5 total at goodwill. Now i will have 10 structures for my goat farm lol

Thursday, January 7, 2010


how to make a pallet snow sled   Looks like I could make these in Montello and sell them to the local folks!!