Once we had the clearing cleared of clutter (I love alliteration), we were finally able to bring up our travel trailer on weekends while we were working. We were also able to invite my sister and brother-in-law, Deana and Danny, to bring their 5th wheel and camp with us periodically and enjoy the great outdoors without having to pay for a camping spot! Nor did we have to follow strict campground rules, but instead could laugh as loud as we wanted until the wee hours of the morning. This was a necessary and much needed activity, as we were getting tired of doing nothing but working while we were on the property.
Once we had the home base established, we were finally able to start developing the land rather than just grooming it. The first and foremost project was to be our septic tank. We had heard through the grapevine that our county, much like the one to the south of us, would soon require those expensive sand-filter ugly mound septic-type tanks, so we figured we would go ahead and get ours put in right away, before the building codes changed. We found a local guy, Bob, who specialized in septic tanks (the further away from your property, the more they charge because of diesel fuel to get the tractor to and from) who came over to survey our property and give us an estimate. He offered to bulldoze some of the manzanita tree stumps we had left behind into a pile (oh no, not another slash pile) for a small additional fee and gave us his opinion where the septic and leach fields should go. After he gave us his estimate (SOLD!) we went down to the county permit office, filed our permit and paid our fee. While we were at the county office, the clerk showed us how to go online to view the status of our permits and, quite frankly, just about anyone else’s permits within the county!
A week later Bob came to the property with his tractor and within just a few short hours had completely cleared the area where the house would be along with the septic and leach fields, had dug a grave-like hole in the ground to receive the septic tank, and had trenched the lines for the leach field. Let me tell you, this guy was on it! Just as the trenches were dug, here comes a rock truck, and within the next hour he had all the rock laid in the trenches and the leach lines laid out. This was all before noon! Next came the county inspector, followed by a huge truck carrying the actual septic tank, which was dropped down into the hole using the truck’s crane. DONE!
Holy cow, our first real investment completed! When the final inspection certificate came in the mail, we were actually proud!