As I was telling you all in my last post, the first day of my course was sooooooo stressful for me! And then, on top of it, I needed to pick a location - of which I could access regularly AND was similar to what I'd like to work with in the future. Oh boy. What was I going to do, I was really freaking out!
Then, I remembered! My only friend here (from now on, Miss L) in Prineville has a 15 acre piece of property! Ah ha! So I called her and got her permission to use her property as my assignment site. Woohoo! Thank you Miss L. Once I had my main piece for this project going, I was able to relax a little and get my mind wrapped around the fact that I was back in school and I had all these deadlines now!
Week 1: Design Project Site & Watershed
Now that I had a site, I was basically done with my first assignments for the week! I guess you really do remember how to ride a bicycle even if it's been years! The other assignment for the week was to figure out the Basin and Watershed your site is located in.
Honestly, I have heard the word 'Watershed' before, but I had no clue what it REALLY meant. To be 100% candid here, I did think it was some sort of shed that was located somewhere specific... where... there was water, and they did water checking things at... Hey, don't judge me! Thank goodness I have a world of knowledge at my fingertips!
I found out that my area, is in the Deschutes River Basin, and within that, my site's watershed is the Prineville Reservoir - Crooked River Watershed. I think that was kind of a mind blower for me, that there is all this lingo that I had no idea about. I felt kind of like a goober when I learned about what a watershed was.
After figuring out what the watershed and basin was, we had to draw in the water flow. Meaning, draw arrows where if the water were to fall on top of the ridges, which ways would it flow down into the main river, lake, or other body of water. If you take a nice look at the image above, it shows that the arrows lead into the Prineville Reservoir, for the water shed, and into the Deschutes River for the basin.
While I know that it is good that I picked a larger property, because that size, around 20 acres, is what I'd like to own hopefully in the future. However, I find the size a bit overwhelming now. I kind of wish I would have picked a smaller property, like the bit that I live on currently. But that's okay, it'll be a challenge and that'll (hopefully) make me learn even better!
I'm Adrienne! Stay tuned for my adventures in beginning homesteading.
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