"State record hogs"? Are there really so many pigs up there?
I appreciate the heads up, I can deal with heat and cold. And yeah,
caching water pretty much all over is part of the plan. Eventually it
will look like rice paddies from the air, separated by ranks of bushes
and trees. I saw footage of the fire tornado that loomed over Redding. I
can't overstate the respect I have for fire. When I was up in Middletown
it was like living in a ready-to-go pyre.
It might not happen at all: it turns out most banks don't want to lend a
mortgage on land with no buildings on it. It seems like a Catch-22. I'm
checking out a few sketchy mortgage lenders now but the plan might be
To me it seems a no-brainer: I found a previous record that showed that
it appraised for ~$350k before the house burned down, it's only $80k now,
so just build a new house and you're golden, eh? Even if you make a
conventional home instead of an aircrete dome or something like that it
wouldn't be that expensive would it? Or am I just naive?
I looked it up on the Shasta County GIS system and the majority of the
land is "CbF — Chaix sandy loam, 50 to 70 percent", which means:
> The Chaix series consists of well-drained soils underlain by weathered
granodiorite. These soils are on mountainous uplands. Slopes are 5 to 75
percent. The vegetation is mostly ponderosa pine, incense cedar, black
oak, canyon live oak, bear clover, manzanita, ceanothus, and annual
grasses. Elevation ranges from 1,200 to 3,000 feet. The annual rainfall
is 35 to 50 inches, and the average annual air temperature is 56° to
58°F. The frost-free season ranges from 175 to 225 days.
> In a representative profile the surface layer is about 8 inches of
light-gray and very pale brown sandy loam. The subsoil is 16 inches of
very pale brown, heavy, sandy loam. The substratum is 10 inches of
variegated very pale brown and white light sandy loam. Reaction is medium
acid throughout the profile. Weathered granodiorite is at a depth of 34
> Permeability is moderately rapid in the subsoil. Effective rooting
depth is 20 to.40 inches. Available water holding capacity is 3 to 5
> The Chaix soils are used for timber production and grazing, improved
dry pasture, and watershed.
Now "granodiorite" is a rock similar to granite (I looked it up on the
wikipedia) and according to this it's just a yard or so below the soil
So that's something to think about.
FWIW, the manzanita is one of my very favorite trees (along with the
madrone) but I didn't see any in the photos and video of the land that
are available. I should just go ahead and post the link here:
I figure you can sell manzanita wood online as-is. I recall the guy who
sells tumbleweeds. Popular in Japan and Hollywood (for Westerns).