Lisa Gergets wrote:We are lucky - we've lived here for 2.5 years now and love it here.
John Weiland wrote:
Lisa, have you gotten a feel for how the lake will impact growing/gardening options? Are you far enough away for that effect to be minimal? Have you talked to immediate neighbors regarding what they are able to grow or have had problems with? Sounds nice....have friends and relatives either permanently or time-sharing in Grand Marais. North shore is a wonderful, dramatic change from the rest of the state. Good luck!
Bernie Farmer wrote:Congrats on your new land!!
We began this road last year with about the same amount of land as you and felt so overwhelmed with what to do and when. We made plenty of mistakes. Haven't gotten nearly as far as we need to. So here's my advice for what's it worth:
1. water is your first priority whether that's a well or a catchment system or ponds or whatever
2. decide where you want the house and go from there - trees can be planted or moved
3. observe your land - it will change so much over the seasons and new things will make your old plans seem ... not so good any more - for example: We were going to build a road into the south side of our property to have better access (a creek splits our land in two) but we realized with seasonal rains anything we build on that side will wash out at the road and would have to go over a significant ditch 100 feet back in, plus strangers seem to have a fascination with coming on our land anywhere there's easy access so we would have had to build more gates and fences, etc. What's turned out better for us is that we built a bridge across the creek that can handle a 4 wheeler to haul whatever we need.
4. remember this is a work in progress, have fun but build some spreadsheets so you don't get overwhelmed in projects and burn-out
5. you will want a toilet and electricity in some form pretty soon ... plus a table and chairs - we drag our chairs all over the place and just sit and watch and listen
Lisa Gergets wrote: I was thinking that a screenhouse with a picnic table inside would be a good idea...there's bound to be times we want to get out of the sun and the bugs and just take a load off for a few minutes.
My husband and I were just talking this morning about how excited we are to meet our trees and get to know them. <3