We Bought Our Land

by Lynn
This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Chasing Pipe Dreams to Follow Alaska

After the way the world started in 2020, you could have never convinced me that would be the year that we bought our land. But, that’s exactly what happened.

We found the perfect spot (for us) in the same area that we wanted to be in, finally! We knew what we wanted and where we wanted to be, but I honestly wondered if it would happen before we hit our 50’s.

All this happening is just proof that everything happens for a reason, and in its own season.

A Surprise at Work

I was at work one day back in July of that year when a regular customer we had met when we first moved to Alaska came in. John and I got to talking like usual; only this time, he mentioned some land he knew of that was for sale. Being the practical thinker that I am, I listened with great interest but was thinking to myself, “this is probably not the most logical of times to be buying anything, even if it’s in our price range”.

Now, with that being said, “great deals” or the “deal of a lifetime” rarely happen to Daryl and I. We have never been that couple or those people who can snatch something up. That is why what I am about to say is so mind-blowing!

Wengers Country Store
Funny things that amuse me at work

John and I continued the conversation, and he explained that the land had been offered to him, but it was across the highway from his place, and he had no interest in it. He went on to tell me that it had sat there for a few years and had an old trailer that would need to be removed and a bunch of junk hauled off. He wasn’t sure if the price offered to him would be the same for us, but he was going to get a hold of the owner.

I’m not going to lie here; I almost fell out when he told me what the price was and then snapped back to the reality that was more than likely just the offer for him, even with the amount of cleaning and clearing that he would need to be done.

I Could Not Wait To Get Home That Night

Even though that logical part of my brain was screaming at me that we would never get it for that price, the part of me that had become complacent burst into life, and I couldn’t wait to see Daryl in person and tell him about this. Many conversations need to happen in person, and this was one of them. Plus, I wanted to see the look on my husband’s face.

As it would happen, Daryl was still working when I got home. To say I was bursting at the seams would be an understatement, so I ended up telling him about it on the phone. He thought I was pulling his leg at first until he realized I was serious.

Going to the Land and meeting the Owner

John is a man true to his word, and he put us in touch with the owner of the property.

Daryl talked to this gentleman on the phone, and plans were made to meet that Saturday.

It felt like that Saturday took forever to arrive for both of us, but it finally did. Then, we had to wait for the time to meet. It finally came time to hit the road, and we met him at the store and followed him on to the property. This man was so sweet. I have never met an 80-year-old man or woman who can move as fast as he does, though. He seemed as excited to show us the property as we were to see it.

An old gas pump on our land
Old shop – future chicken coop? – I can already hear the rooster crowing!

Several years ago, a close personal friend of his owned this land. When the man passed away, he left this land to him.

As I stood there with Jack by my side, staring at the old house, all I could think was how grateful I was for this opportunity. Yes, I saw what needed to be done, but I also felt the scales shifting.

Our Land
The old trailer

Words cannot express how happy and how grateful we are to finally be back on track with the original plan, although it went off course there for a while. We know that everything happens for a reason, however. Without things happening the way they have, we might not have ever crossed paths with some of the people we now call friends.

There is lots of work to do before we can even think about breaking ground, but we were okay with that. Good things in life are always worth waiting for as well as working for or towards.

I couldn’t wait for the kids to see it in person!

Our Piece of Alaska
Daryl showed me where the front porch will be, so he thinks!

We planned on staying at the rental house that winter while making plans for the future. Now, we know what we have to work with and what we need to do instead of just a general idea.

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.

James Dean
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