So Much to Fear - Snakes and Oil

| 10/23/2013 10:25:00 AM

Tags: Snakes, Oil, Scorpions, Coyotes, Industry, Land, Fear, Brandon Dinsmore,

Brandon DinsmoreIt wasn’t even our first day living out in the country here in Oklahoma, but it was certainly one of many eye opening experiences that taught us that there is no limit to the kinds of things that you’ll encounter, scream at, run from, and eventually get used to, living in the country.

For starters, we were contemplating moving to Southeastern Oklahoma for my wife’s new job, although we weren’t as familiar with the area as we were with the rest of the state. It was hot, dry, and unreasonably occupied by the oil and gas industries. We would come to learn that in greater detail over the next year.

Second, we were going to be living so far out away from everything we were used to and, even though this was exciting in our journey toward self-reliance, we didn’t know just how far away we were – 45 minutes from the closest anything, roughly 17 miles of the worst dirt roads imaginable separating us from the nearest paved road which was nothing more than large rocks cobbled together and potholes.

Finally, we had a plethora of new things to deal with. No more assuming that everything would be taken care of by a landlord or maintenance man. Instead, we had her vehicle for work and my old trusty farm truck for everything else. We knew that if it all hit the fan that our only hope was over an hour away riding in the oldest, roughest truck in the state.

So, we made the decision to move onto a nice piece of Earth, approximately 260 acres of solitude with nothing nearby aside from the cattle and wildlife with the occasional visit from relatives or the closest neighbor who lived about seven miles up the road.

We had just made the decision when we asked, “Is there anything we should worry about out here or know about? Like crack houses and meth labs, people to stay away from, etc.?”

11/14/2013 5:14:34 PM

ASantarelli - I'm so glad you were able to read this aloud to your family. That's great! We finally had the first big talk with a neighbor arguing about what we can expect from his dogs, what he can expect from our chickens, and back and forth like that for awhile. And I agree with you completely! Now it's not a problem to take care of a problem animal, especially when it comes down to our animals' safety. Mary - Thank you so much. That means a lot. I had a bunch of pictures that I took the first time I saw a massive convoy of tankers about 1/4 mile up the road in our last place and it was Earth shattering. The ground rumbled for weeks after they did whatever it was they did. We had a lot of debates with them. Lots of, "You wouldn't be able to heat your home or fuel your vehicles if it weren't for us!" and a lot of, "We were just fine without it!" in reply. Luckily, we're better off now at a new location, so here's hoping for no more bad things!

10/31/2013 12:43:01 PM

I kept reading parts out loud to my family. How awful and frustrating. I completely relate with how your ideas about animals changed. Now that we have an acreage and animals, I view the wild ones differently. It's either them or my animals, and I know which ones I pick without hesitation. No problems grabbing the shotgun anymore!

10/31/2013 10:46:00 AM

This is Mary, again, from Old Dog, New Tricks. My daughter read this blog after reading mine, and suggested it to me. All I can say is, "Oh, my." Also, I like your last line.

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