Goldfields surrounded by Fiddlenecks surrounded by Daisies surrounded by Fiddlenecks

Carrizo Plain Adventure April 9, 2017:

This was my second trip to a piece of property for sale I am interested in that is so far off the grid you have to hike to to get to. I found this property for sale on Craigslist. As far as I know I am the only person who has expressed any interest in the land. It is 20 acres and zoned Agricultural. It is nearly surrounded by the Carrizo Plain National Monument, which is a protected natural grasslands established in the 1990’s by then President Clinton. Since that time the federal government has been actively acquiring more lands to add to the monument. It has grown much larger in the last decade as other private properties have gone to the government by way of sale or also by way of reclaiming the land due to taxes not being paid.  It appears that the subject property is in a subdivision that is from the 1920’s that was divided up for use for oil drilling. There are no reasons to think oil would really be here. It seems the developer was speculating. After walking the area end to end several times and criss-crossing all over it appears to me that there were two parcels that have signs of some kind of activity in the past. The property directly adjacent to the south of the subject property is another 20 acre portion and it appears to have been used for cattle ranching at some time, or the property to the south of it has been used for cattle ranching. One or the other, as there is a fence on the southern end of that property with an open gate leading up to lands further up the wash, and then a road beyond. If I were to purchase this property, I would likely gain access to the subject property along this route south adjacent to the wash and crossing it even, to get to the road. All other routes to this property have some kind of monumental thing prohibiting access. A mile or so north on Soda Lake Road there is a wash running nearly parallel to the road for several miles that would require a bridge to get across since the wash is about 10 or 15 feet deep and very severe banks. And the distance east to west from the subject property to some other kind of road access is clearly several miles away in any other direction.

This weekend I brought a hand shovel with me. My goal was to dig down a bit and examine the soil structure, and also to discover any wetness in the soil and in the wash that runs through the property. I dug a pilot hole in various places on the property and quickly got to a decent depth wherein handfuls of soil were smelled and the odor was real nice. It smelled like good healthy soil should smell like. Good sign. Also it was rather moist still, for baking in the sun as long as it does out there. Then I dug a hole in the wash where signs showed recent water flowing down the creek bed portion of the wash. About 2 feet down I reached moist to almost wet sandy clay loam. The soil there was interesting. It seemed like with a little bit more clay it might be perfect for using for a rammed earth project. Something I will consider if I were to purchase this property.

Here are some photo highlights of this trip:

Stones covering dug hole in wash's creek bed
Stones covering dug hole in wash’s creek bed
Looking up the wash on the subject property
Looking up the wash on the subject property
Looking down the wash on the subject property
Looking down the wash on the subject property
Purple flowers amidst a sea of orange Fiddlenecks resembling Salvia (sage)
Purple flowers amidst a sea of orange Fiddlenecks resembling Salvia (sage)

I decided to explore the adjacent property to the east. This property is fenced on all sides but still owned by the BLM. It’s western fence becomes the subject property’s eastern fence. Based on my observations I would estimate that it’s been decades since any kind of access was obtained on this property.  It was bigger than a section. I’m guessing two sections side by side since I found myself walking up another wash on this property for well over a mile.

Goldfields surrounded by Fiddlenecks surrounded by Daisies surrounded by Fiddlenecks
Goldfields surrounded by Fiddlenecks surrounded by Daisies surrounded by Fiddlenecks
Looking East along adjacent (1 mile away) property fence line and a much deeper wash
Looking East along adjacent (1 mile away) property fence line and a much deeper wash
Looking WNW along adjacent (1 mile away) property fence line and a much deeper wash
Looking WNW along adjacent (1 mile away) property fence line and a much deeper wash
Looking East along adjacent (1 mile away) property fence line and a much deeper wash off screen to right
Looking East along adjacent (1 mile away) property fence line and a much deeper wash off screen to right
Hiking up deep wash for another mile and a half
Hiking up deep wash for another mile and a half
Eventually came upon this pipe crossing the wash and hiding from plain view until you get right up on it
Eventually came upon this pipe crossing the wash and hiding from plain view until you get right up on it
Pipe crossing the wash and hiding from plain view until you get right up on it. No sign of begin or end.
Pipe crossing the wash and hiding from plain view until you get right up on it. No sign of begin or end.
Pipe crossing the wash and hiding from plain view until you get right up on it. No sign of begin or end.
Pipe crossing the wash and hiding from plain view until you get right up on it. No sign of begin or end.
The wash becomes a ravine more difficult to traverse
The wash becomes a ravine more difficult to traverse
High spot on ravine overlooking wash which is heading WNW
High spot on ravine overlooking wash which is heading WNW
Ancient water trough hiding in middle of nowhere covered over by a Fiddleneck jungle
Ancient water trough hiding in middle of nowhere covered over by a Fiddleneck jungle
Island in the wash
Island in the wash
Daisies spilling over the edges of the wash
Daisies spilling over the edges of the wash
Daisies in the wash
Daisies in the wash
Daisies in the wash
Daisies in the wash