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Excavation – Before

Boyd (aka Bob Smith) arrived this morning at 8am sharp.  We walked the property, discussed setbacks and neighbor yards and then did lots of gesturing to indicate house walls and the driveway path.  It turns out Brian and I had pretty different images in mind for how this would all look in the end.  Because his vision was more straightforward and simple, he won and Boyd began work in his image.  (In case you’re curious, my vision included massive hill demolition, cactus attacks and a serious raising of the house.  Turns out I misunderstood some of our earlier discussions.)

The plan is to make a superficial clearing at the start of the driveway, just enough so Boyd can get the dozer through.  He would then drive on the slope over to the general building pad area and start clearing and flattening.  Once the building pad space was set, he would work backward and create the driveway.

Here’s the progress as of 8:45am this morning.  We shot some pictures and then took off to run a few errands.  We’ll be heading back shortly to camp out and watch.

The main street (from which the sewer will be extended) is called Cheyenne.  If you squint through the shadows, you can see the semi driving up the road.  Here he comes!

The main street (from which the sewer will be extended) is called Cheyenne. If you squint through the shadows, you can see the semi driving up the road. Here he comes!

Truck and dozer pulling into Idaho St.  Our property is directly in front of the truck, just behind that car.

Truck and dozer pulling into Idaho St. Our property is directly in front of the truck, just behind that car.

First action of the dozer - move the brush out of the way.

First action of the dozer – move the brush out of the way.  Driveway now clear.

Onward to the building pad area!  Shortly after this photo was taken, Boyd took on a massive tree.  The tree lost and was pushed to the east edge of the property.

Onward to the building pad area! Shortly after this photo was taken, Boyd took on a massive tree. The tree lost and was pushed to the east edge of the property.

Here Boyd has just started the building pad area.  I'm grateful not to have to remove the cholla and prickly pear cacti by hand.  They're vicious!  Prior to the start of his excavation, that area was essentially a cholla forest.

Here Boyd has just started the building pad area. I’m grateful not to have to remove the cholla and prickly pear cacti by hand. They’re vicious! Prior to the start of his excavation, that area was essentially a cholla forest (you can see some in the foreground).  Also, look at the beautiful day!

After leaving the work site this morning, I had to walk back toward it for the dog walk.  The sound of the machine was obviously audible down the street but it was neat to also see it.  Can you spot it?

After leaving the work site this morning, I had to walk back toward it for the dog walk. The sound of the machine was obviously audible down the street but it was neat to also see it. Can you spot it? You might have to click on the picture to magnify it.

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