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10.27.02
If the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, the journey of an earthship must begin with a few acres of land (preferably beautiful and inspiring land).  So it is that I find myself in the peculiar process of purchasing real estate in Taos, New Mexico.  The 6 acre piece of sage-covered mesa is located about two miles south and west of the bridge along the Rio Grande Gorge, with easement access right up to the rim.  It's rather expensive by my budget, but very attractively priced when compared with similar parcels in the area.  My practical side is pressing me to be soft on the details until ownership becomes a reality, at which time (with the blessing of the seller) I will post the details of the whole transaction on this website.
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Being so close to considering myself serious about this goal, I felt it was time to launch this personal website, which I will use to chronicle my progress as well as provide valuable resources for people of like pursuit.  One such resource, an email list service is already active and accepting subscribers.  I hope for the list service to follow in the tradition of the old Yahoo ESOB list which I miss quite a bit, and will doubtless be needing recourse to in the years ahead.  Some correspondence with the host of the old list, David Knapp, gave me the sense that there is still significant demand for a serious forum on the subject, which I am only too happy to accommodate.  An outline of plans for this site, as well as a contact address to voice your suggestions, can be found in the knowledge section.  More to come in the week's ahead.

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related images (click to view photos in full resolution) Looking north up the gorge
looking north into the gorge from near the parcel
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Plat Map . plat map
shows the location of the parcel in relation to Taos, the gorge and bridge
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southeast view from land . southeast view from parcel
the view I'll likely have through the front glazing due to the requisite orientation for maximum solar gain
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southwest view from parcel . southeast view outside parcel
color like nowhere else.
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view east . view east
I'm not quite this close to the gorge, but this view is an easy walk away
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neighboring llama . neighboring llama
My neighbor's llama. Strangely enough, my future neighbors are also from New Jersey. Small world.
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