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The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home, part 3: Planting Mitigation and Stabilizing the Bluff

Our quest for home continues as Thor and I tackle the tangle of county requirements to stabilize the oceanfront bluff on our building site.

NOTE: People have been asking to follow our progress as Thor and I pursue our quest for our dream home with sunsets over the Salish Sea. So starting with my post of 5/21/22, we set out.

Progress has been proceeding at a snail’s pace since my last installment of 5/28. After our 4-month ordeal with the DNR to secure our 50-year lease of the property, we now have faced a seemingly endless series of bureaucratic hoops to jump through before the county and state regulations will allow our builder to submit the long-finished building plans for our dream home. Meanwhile, we take lots of picnics out to the land to enjoy the soothing sound of waves on the pebble shore and soak up the view of sea and islands.

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4 thoughts on “The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home, part 3: Planting Mitigation and Stabilizing the Bluff”

  1. The property has become our Happy Place. A place to go have lunch and a beer and listen to the water and the birds and to hear almost nothing else.

      1. Sherwood Smith

        Wow, that green, and those gorgeous wildflowers! But those homes perched on the edge look scary. One good quake . . .

        1. Yes, they do look precarious. Not sure when they were built, or whether they were farther back then from the edge. We figure our home will last for at least our lifetimes, and then Thor’s daughter can deal with it!

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