November 9 - 3TT
November 11 - At the Park

November 10 - Always Changing

Our condo was built in an area that once was all farm land and horse farms. Slowly over the years the farm land has been sold and subdivisions have taken over the plots. The majestic mountain view you've seen is there because we have a horse farm right next door and on the other side of that has been a small working farm. 


The farm has been there since I was a child. I remember visiting a cousin whose family had moved into a new subdivision down the street, one of the first in the area, and Leonard was there, farming his land. That was 50+ years ago. Leonard died a few months ago, well into his 90s. His last crops were onions and greens he sold to local restaurants. The city tried to buy the land for a park, but the family saw more $$ in the private sector and sold the land for double the price, eschewing a park that would have been named after their father. We hear "condos" are going in, but we don't know what that means. We are nervous for our view.


The reason the city wanted to land is the county (in a joint venture) decided to build a walking trail along the irrigation canal that ran behind the farm, an irrigation canal that has been used since the 1880s. People in the neighborhood have used the path along the canals edge for exercise, to walk their dogs, and even the horse farm has used it to canter the horses from time to time. The canal also runs along the property lines of our condo, the Presbyterian church and our community garden. It's been a part of our lives for years, a hidden secret, but now, there will be an official trail following its winding banks.


Trucks, road graders, back hoes, and steam rollers are in constant motion along the trail. The crews have taken down an old cottonwood tree that blocked one entrance (and was half dead), and cleaned up weeds and reeds along the edges of the canal. Smith said they are using layers to hard pack a bed that will be easy care for the city and, also, create a nice walking trail. The trail will eventually lead into Wheeler Farm, which is about 2 miles (give or take) away.


We've lived here just shy of 40 years and in that time we've seen many changes--more houses, more people, more traffic, some good, some, maybe, not so good, but one thing is certain, change is constant. The horse property has kept my hope for "my" view alive, as recently they built a new barn, a sign they're committed to staying. But, with the sale of the land next door, and the advent of a trail along their property line, they could be reassessing. I hope it is many years before that happens. 


Change is constant, and this is an interesting story about all that change. A new and improved walking trail does sound nice, but the hidden secret trail was probably also wonderful. New Jersey and Pennsylvania have lost so much farm land to developers that they both have programs to try and provide financial incentives to preserve the land, but they really can't compete with the $$ from developers. I am keeping my fingers crossed for your view. I've enjoyed it so much over the years and really do hope it continues to be your view.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and the horse farm. The walking trail sounds like a really nice thing and hopefully the formal acknowledgement of it won't make it less enjoyable for the locals.

Bonny is right, change is certainly a constant. But, I love how you see the good. I hope your walking trail is not eliminated because I selfishly love the photos you share!

I must say - this is a very positive outlook for a potentially not-so-great change. Gah - can you share this blogpost with someone to help them see what needs to be maintained?! I, too, LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos you share of your view.

Change is as hard as 'they' say it is. Resiliency is something one must cultivate. I struggle.

I can't imagine your neighborhood without that view - I hope it stays!

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