Times are still tough up here for a lot of people. The churches sponsor food give a ways once a month. One church hosts the event, and the others contribute. I have driven by there when it was going on, and the numbers of people who come are amazing. I don't think the improvement the television is always touting, with the cheerful government numbers, has reached here yet. If it has reached anywhere at all.
I was out driving around on back roads and passed this place. The fellow is up here part of the time, and somewhere else part of the time. My guess is he works in the city and comes up here two or three days a week. He has a big garden. He built that little building not too long ago. The top is living quarters, the bottom is a shop. It's about 800 square feet. His place is way, way back in the mountains, so I guess it's safe for him to leave his rotor tiller and tractor out there.
Another place I think is interesting is this one. It's a small house, immaculately maintained. The old couple that live there are in their late eighties, but she works in the garden and he keeps the pasture mowed. You can't really see it but he has a nice big fish pond and a dock right behind the house.
He keeps about 15 acres in hay. That's a big cash crop here, and everyone is harvesting the hay fields here now. You have to get it baled and inside before it gets wet. That's been tough to do this summer.
Yesterday this field was full of big round bales of hay. Today they drove an 18 wheeler down into the field and loaded it all up for shipment. No telling where it will wind up, some hay grown here goes to the mid-west, or even Wyoming, the Dakotas, or Montana.
Now that the hay is cut, the fields will be full of dove and quail. It's not bird season so they'll be able to forage safely for the time being.
This is the typical county road here. Gravel, really just one lane. Not very well maintained. This is in much better shape than the county road that leads to my trail up the mountain. The delivery services won't even come up our county road anymore.
But at least that keeps the touristas in their new four wheel drives away. Maybe it will keep the Hispanic drug dealers out of my neck of the woods, but I doubt it.