A homosexual couple convert Oregon fire lookout to home

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    Sep 10, 2015 2:08 PM GMT


    What a life !!!!!

    Nice love story too.
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    Sep 10, 2015 3:02 PM GMT
    How beautiful.
    But not quite convenient because I think the bathroom is on the ground. That would be a hassle. What if I wanna pee in the middle of raining night? And those stairs....
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    Sep 10, 2015 4:02 PM GMT
    Ronar2 saidHow beautiful.
    But not quite convenient because I think the bathroom is on the ground. That would be a hassle. What if I wanna pee in the middle of raining night? And those stairs....


    They had their pee funnel and for #2 you could drop 'bombs' from the railing.
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    Sep 10, 2015 5:41 PM GMT
    I love tree houses though and what I wouldn't give to live in something like this.
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    Sep 10, 2015 5:57 PM GMT
    I have a friend in the blogging community who volunteers in a station like this, in Montana. I sent him this video. His does not have running water at all; it has to be carried quite a ways up the hill from a stream, so even a bathroom on the ground is an improvement.
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    Sep 10, 2015 6:47 PM GMT
    Nice! Great story, but... Tiller, OR, is BFE Southwest Oregon and Douglas County no less. Very conservative area and very rural. Heart of logging country and Timber Industry politics in Oregon.

    http://www.mapquest.com/us/or/tiller

    I have had a dozen or more straight buds who do or have worked on The Ump (USFS Umpquaw Nat. Forest) and it's a nice place to visit but it takes a special person to live a life there or any place rural like this. These dudes were from Houston (Dalles?) so it would have been a huge change. They quite likely have really good incomes too. Buying a pretty choice 1/4 section of land alone would cost quite a bit of cash. Then building a cabin 40' in the air! I suspect they have another home in Ashland, OR, or similar. The wind and cold in the winter would be significant up on a ridge like this and they could get snowed in.
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    Sep 10, 2015 7:22 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said

    What a life !!!!!

    Nice love story too.

    I knew a guy in Minnesota who had a house like this (more a second house retreat), except it was round. Because it appeared to sit on top of an old poured concrete grain silo.

    But the house actually rested on a steel framework with stairs, like this one, along with all the plumbing & electricity, built inside the silo and therefore out of view. I found the climb up within the hollow silo kinda scary, I think a bit higher than this. But the panoramic view, the outer walls all windows as here, was spectacular.

    The old silo had been retired from storage use, in favor of more modern silver corrugated steel silos by Butler, lower, wider and more numerous. He owned the farm, given to him by his father, but he leased the fields to neighboring farms. I knew several other gay guys who did the same thing with their land.

    Anyway, living like this with such a view is enchanted. Although the climb with any frequency is a workout.
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    Sep 10, 2015 7:47 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree said

    What a life !!!!!

    Nice love story too.

    I knew a guy in Minnesota who had a house like this (more a second house retreat), except it was round. Because it appeared to sit on top of an old poured concrete grain silo.

    But the house actually rested on a steel framework with stairs, like this one, along with all the plumbing & electricity, built inside the silo. I found the climb up within the hollow silo kinda scary, I think a bit higher than this. But the panoramic view, the outer walls all windows as here, was spectacular.

    The old silo had been retired from storage use, in favor of more modern silver corrugated steel silos by Butler, lower, wider and more numerous. He owned the farm, given to him by his father, but he leased the fields to neighboring farms. I knew several other gay guys who did the same thing with their land.

    Anyway, living like this with such a view is enchanted. Although the climb with any frequency is a workout.


    Those guys aren't real young so it will be genuine heartache, literally and figuratively, when they can't climb those stairs anymore.

    Can you imagine having a knee or hip replacement and dealing with that? Hopefully, they made provisions for an elevator.

    I've always been a big fan of tree houses and 15-20 years ago I would have loved to have tried something like this, but that time has passed ..... thank you right knee.
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    Sep 10, 2015 8:39 PM GMT
    This is amazing
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    Sep 10, 2015 10:40 PM GMT
    Those used to be all over the place when I was a kid. College kids would get summer jobs sitting up there with binoculars and a big compass. Almost all gone now. There was one just three or four miles up the road from me. The wind blows like hell up on those ridge tops, too.

    Now a satellite records coordinates of all the lightning strikes and a spotter plane flies over.

    Still... last summer I spotted a fire from my deck that they missed. Used a hand bearing compass and google earth to call it in.
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    Sep 10, 2015 10:47 PM GMT
    What a great story! Thanks for posting!
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    Sep 10, 2015 11:08 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidThose used to be all over the place when I was a kid. College kids would get summer jobs sitting up there with binoculars and a big compass. Almost all gone now. There was one just three or four miles up the road from me. The wind blows like hell up on those ridge tops, too.

    Now a satellite records coordinates of all the lightning strikes and a spotter plane flies over.

    Still... last summer I spotted a fire from my deck that they missed. Used a hand bearing compass and google earth to call it in.


    " College kids would get summer jobs"

    That's another thing I hugely regret not doing .... working a couple summers or so in the national parks.
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    Sep 10, 2015 11:34 PM GMT
    I would LOVE a place like this! As pointed out above, probably not suitable for winter living, but an awesome home for the rest of the year.