Off the Grid  Retirement at our remote log cabin in Colorado

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Arrival of the Barn ... Finally!

Posted by: Lynne

Our barn finally arrived on the 6th of July. I was going to blog about it right after it was delivered, but I've been lazy. I guess that's my excuse. Doesn't it look great in its spot? Let's back up a bit and show you a little bit of the process of getting it here and getting it down our driveway.

Phil from Rocky Mountain Storage Barns in Ft. Collins had come up a few weeks earlier and traced the path, measuring the width of the cattle guards and making sure the barn would have safe travels. The barn was fully assembled in Ft. Collins all 20' x 14' of it, so it was quite large. And bigger and it would not have made it here. At least not in one piece!

They called us when they arrived in Laramie and turned down Sand Creek Road. Rick and I drove out to meet them. Here are some shots from along the way.

When we first saw it coming down the road.

Making the turn at Wooden Shoe Ranch through the cattle guard.

Kind of a tight fit through this cattle guard.

The approach to Chimney Rock Ranch and the tighest of all the cattle guards. (Darth Vadar Rock in the background.)

Squeeze!!!!!

On the Colorado side now.

And arrival at the top of the driveway, finally!

And that was the easy part! They loaded the barn off the trailer and got the Mule out, which is nothing more than a glorified fork lift but a very cool piece of equipment. It was very tight getting the barn down the driveway and we had to take out some smaller aspens but nothing major. It took them about an hour and twenty minutes to get the barn down and in place. I can't say enough about the professionalism of Phil and his crew. They did a great job of getting the barn here and in its place. We love it!

Here is a short video of the last part of it.

Comments:

How fascinating!. . . .and nerve-wracking for you!

Marty, I wanted the Mule and the trailer they brought the barn in on. Very cool tools!

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