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I lived in a small house on an island in Michigan for some time that was originally part of a church camp in the 1930s, but was one of only three remaining buildings on the island when we moved there. That little place was heaven for a long time, but then the person who owned most of the island died and his son sold it to a developer, and within a few years our little house was surrounded by suburban Detroit McMansions and everything had been clear cut. All three of the little cabin-like houses in a row stood out among the new custom homes, partially because we were the only three people with trees left on our lots. It was heartbreaking.

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The cabins aren't nearly that size, they're each only 1 BR, and neither even has electricity:

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The area was owned by the Park but not part of it, like a buffer zone. To raise money they decided to sell it, and at first it was ~12,000 acres, what's left is the most secluded "chunk". We spent some time there checking it out, riding ATVs with the realtor, and it's immense. Like freaking huge. Also there's a section of stream going into the lake, and living there is a family of river otters! The moron asked if we'd hunt them, is he nuts? I think they're even protected now. They can happily live there as long as they want, we won't bother them.

OTTERS!




Northeast view of the nat'l park.




They asked "what are you planning to do with it", and I told them. Yeah, he looked at me like I was nuts.
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I suppose the answer was Nothing!
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The cottages could be renovated very slightly for a few amenities and would be a little getaway for you and the missus. 1 BR sounds perfect for that!
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It's only 15 minutes from where we live now, so that's not much of a getaway. biggrin.gif They're drawing up the papers, we're going to buy it, but there's no rush at all to build anything. I'm going to take it slow and carefully think through how I want it all built, taking into consideration the environment there and our demands for space. I'm thinking all mirrored glass for the exterior of the structure and building into the hillside itself, making as much of it subterranean as we can. Also most of our power will come from solar energy with fuel cell support systems, I want it to be completely self-sufficient and not attached to the grid at all.
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With that kind of setup, somebody's going to think you're running a concealed criminal enterprise in the mountains.

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An "evil lair" ?

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That's what everyone's saying, I just want it to be as private as possible. The older I get the more reclusive I'm becoming. Oh, I did find I can't build a landing strip that close to the Park. That blows.

On another note, all of Paul Walker's collection of cars and car memorabilia is up for sale. Tons of Porsches and Mustangs, going by the list. I made an offer on a few, especially his M1.
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That's what everyone's saying, I just want it to be as private as possible. The older I get the more reclusive I'm becoming. Oh, I did find I can't build a landing strip that close to the Park. That blows.

On another note, all of Paul Walker's collection of cars and car memorabilia is up for sale. Tons of Porsches and Mustangs, going by the list. I made an offer on a few, especially his M1.

 

M1 as in one of these? 

 

 

If so, very cool.

 

No landing strip? No problem....get one of these....:D

 


Edited by Achmedisdead - 5/6/14 at 9:44pm
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The same, with the red, white, and blue BMW livery.

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Also a Nissan Silvia S15, his crazy 1200hp Supra, a fox body Saleen 302SC, and a pair of BMW 2002 projects.
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I guess we could have an "evil" petting zoo, otters often bite.
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The same, with the red, white, and blue BMW livery.

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Also a Nissan Silvia S15, his crazy 1200hp Supra, a fox body Saleen 302SC, and a pair of BMW 2002 projects.


Did he not race that M1?

 

Rotary wing rating time.

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I have no idea, that's just a stock photo. However, the car they're selling only has 11k original miles on it.
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I have no idea, that's just a stock photo. However, the car they're selling only has 11k original miles on it.


I know his GT3's were well flogged so I'm just curious if he ran the M1. We talked before about the difficulty in finding one that hasn't been "seasoned". Unless that is you want to pay a half meg for the one that went to the Guggenhiem.

 

There was a video a few years back of an unidentified car collection walk through. I believe it turned out to be Walkers. If it's still around somewhere it might provide some insight.

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Allegedly, they handed over Walker's cars to a broker so that their sale would be low-key and, "to keep the prices from getting over-inflated due to their connection with him". Sounds noble, right? HAH! What a scam. They're milking it for all its worth, essentially trying to drive the sales into a silent bidding war, playing the buyers against each other and manipulating people's emotions over his death. The only difference between this and selling them all through a Barrett-Jackson auction is they aren't being charged the 15% fee, and they can be even less ethical regarding the sales. It's just shameful, but I should have expected it, so few people conduct business in an honorable fashion these days. I refuse to be a part of it.
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