24 X 24

26 May

I have been a little preoccupied over the last couple of weeks but thought that I should share something with everyone.

I spent 2 of my 4 day Memorial day weekend on Gooseberry Mesa trying to put together a deck for a future yurt.  I did not even take my bike as to not be tempted.  Serious, no bike.  How many people go all the way to Gooseberry Mesa and don’t bring a bike?  Zero,  that’s how many.  Well, 2 that I know of now; Myself and Brent Price.

Just a mess of boards on Saturday morning.


Setting up construction camp.


Good thing no one brought a nail gun.


Brent picking gnats out of his ear.


Level and square are so overrated.


Brent cursing the gnat god.


Could it be almost framed?


I will never tire of looking at it.


Nice and tucked away in the trees.


I think we’ll cut a hole in the deck for the tree.


None of this would have been remotely possible without the help of Brian Price, Kevin and especially Brian’s dad Brent whose work output is approximately that of the other 3 of  us squared.  Thank you Brent Price!

I had to leave Saturday night but Brent and Brian hung out for the next 2 days hauling more lumber and finishing the platform.  They even spent a night camped out on the deck.  I can’t wait to see those pictures and promise to share them.

14 Responses to “24 X 24”

  1. Rick S. May 26, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    very cool. You need to brand the deck with little CarboRocket logos.

  2. grizzly adam May 26, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    I’m very excited.

  3. slowerthensnot May 27, 2009 at 3:09 am #

    sweet! looks big nuff to land a heli!

  4. Jo May 27, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    Good work Brad! It’s fun to see your awesome plans taking shape.

  5. Bill Martin May 27, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    That is such a great view … is it facing sunrise or sunset? Would love to test er out 🙂

    • brkeyes7 May 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

      I have no idea. I think it faces North, C’mon down.

  6. Dave Harris May 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    How fun to see things take shape – it must really give you a sense of accomplishment.

    Looking forward to a beer on that deck!

  7. brkeyes7 May 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    Dave, it gives me more of a sense of how slow I am at getting things done. I’m thinking Sept. or Oct. for a Goose 100k party. Of course we’ll be down there a few times before that to “break” the deck in. I’ll keep you posted.

  8. Brandon S. May 28, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    Looks good. I am sure it is fun to see it coming along.

  9. Brian May 28, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Bill, Brad,

    The sun sets very close to the direction of that last photo.

    And sleeping on the deck was amazing, as was drinking a cold beer on it. 24′ x 24″ is a MASSIVE structure!

    Brent wants to know where the horseshoe pit goes.


    • Brian May 28, 2009 at 11:14 am #

      er, 24′ x 24′

  10. Erin June 2, 2009 at 6:28 am #

    Is Gooseberry public land? Private? How does this work? I’m not the Forest Service – I’m not even in the West – but I am confused.

    Maybe what I really want to know is… can I show up with a tent?

    • brkeyes7 June 2, 2009 at 6:59 am #

      Erin, 99% of Gooseberry Mesa is BLM and you can pitch a tent just about anywhere. My parcel is one of two private parcels that is totally surrounded by BLM land yet only a few hundred yards from the trailhead.

  11. Erin June 2, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    Wow. You win!

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