Saturday, December 2, 2017

Rocket in the Sticks

Channeling Steve Williams and his Scooter in the Sticks blog today.

I had been talking about a new project with a client I did work for last year.

It is a house to be built on a site along a small river north of Jacksonville.  The client owns 600 acres there and has chosen the site along the river with a view to the southwest.

The site is at the end of a three mile dirt and grass road that puts it in the middle of nowhere.

I have never been offered a chance to build on such an isolated lot.

It should be fun.

But the Rocket in the Sticks part is that I got to ride Rocket, following the owner's family, the three miles down the unpaved road until I got to a spot where water was deep enough to get me off the scooter and into the client's car.

We then abandoned the car to ride around the rustic area in a Kawasaki Mule.  This thing would go anywhere.  Much of the ride was off the road and even off the trails as we rode straight through the brush, knocking down small bushes and trees.  That thing would go anywhere.  I want one.

I rode out slowly, stopping to take photos of Rocket in its new environment.

 I followed the clients to the homesite

 There is even a bridge along the way

 The homesite

We made our own trails through the brush in the Mule.

 Rocket as we started back to civilization

Along the dirt road

 The view from the bridge

 Glamour shot of the old scooter

 Through puddles and mud

Back to the gate


  1. That sounds like a great project to lead up to retirement on.

  2. That sounds good. But it will probably be long finished before I retire.

  3. That far back in the wilderness, is this being designed/built as an off the grid type house? Running a powerline to there will be expensive as it will be at the primary voltage.

    1. The house site is approximately three miles from the nearest pavement. But there is a house maybe one mile away. It is not intended to be an off the grid house, so we will be tapping into the nearest power location.

  4. I'm guessing the Eastern portion of Nassau County. It's pretty low lying & wet. Still, I never imagined places like that, and I'm a JAX native.