Thinking Things Through

Fall Mountains
Thinking things through.
When I first saw this photo I thought “Wow! What a great location for a cattle ranch for me to start!”
Then I started thinking more about it.
There could be elk or deer in the farther hills. Or panthers or bears.
The best view of the valley is right where the photo was taken.
There is no house or barn or bunkhouse. There is no plumbing, gas, electricity or cell phone tower.
No neighbors to take you to the hospital (when you break your leg falling off the horse you need to buy) or watch your house while you’re away.
There would be no relatives to share Holidays with.
Town is way down the road and is small.
The hospital (where you are getting your leg cast put on) is over an hour away.
Winter is coming and you need firewood cut and dried.
You need a pile of cash to start this dream and purchase the land or lease the grazing rights.
You need to have the strength and willpower of a pioneer to choose to start something like that.
I believe at this time in my life I like my comforts WAY too much to start a lifelong project like that.
Sure, at first sight it looks like a pleasant and relaxing place to live but on further consideration there are a great many better places to choose to live.
I would still like dragging my trailer up there to camp for a week (with my wife, a couple kids and several grandkids and friends).
Living there long term would just not work for me.

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About chaplainchucks

I am an old Marine who has become a Chaplain. I love to write stories, poetry and to perform wedding ceremonies. I live in the mountains in Southern California but work near the beach. I also enjoy camping and cooking in my Dutch Ovens. I am a philosopher, gentleman, Renaissance man and great-grandfather. USMC 1976-1980 (Tank Battalion) US Army 1980-1988 (Military Intelligence) Minister license 1995
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