As you (should) know, we own quite a bit of land...79 acres, to be exact. The problem with that land is that it is 3 hours from here. We do not have the opportunity to go there nearly as often as we would like. We love it, though, and enjoy the time we *do* get to spend there.
Recently, we decided to buy land closer to here. We ended up purchasing just under 33 acres. It used to be part of a large family farm, but has been partitioned. The tracts were then developed as hunting spaces. This land is less than 30 miles from where we currently live. Since we purchased it, we've spent a *tremendous* amount of time out there. The Husband has been hunting on the property since before it was officially ours (with the seller's permission, of course). He actually shot two deer out there. He has taken The Boy and The Girl hunting as well; however, neither was as lucky as The Husband. The Husband, The Boy and The Girl all have their own bows and do the majority of their hunting that way. I, incidentally, will stick to my CAMERA for all my shooting needs!
We now spend a significant amount of time out at the property. We are out there EVERY weekend for at least 5-6 hours. There is so much to do! To date, we've put up a gate and built a fence (which is pretty darned spiffy, if I do say so myself), and done a good amount of clearing. Of course, there is still plenty more to do and clear, and it can seem overwhelming if we get too wrapped up in it. Instead, we try to take it as it comes and enjoy the ride. It's amazing to be back in the rhythm of spending the day together as a family with no distractions. We are really enjoying each other again!