Saturday, October 17, 2015
Paradise projects: the next one...
Several of my neighbors recommended the well driller – one Elray Westlake of Preston, Idaho. Most of these neighbors had had bad experiences with one or another of the other local drillers (Preston is just a few miles north of Logan; we're quite close to the Idaho border here, so Elray is really still local). Of Elray, though, everybody had only good things to say.
I first contacted Elray in September of 2014, just over a year ago. He had quite a big backlog of work as the local construction industry was shaking off the recession. I told him my requirements weren't urgent, and he should just keep me in mind the next time he had his rig down near Paradise. About six weeks ago, he contacted me and said he'd soon be ready to start. We've talked a few times since then – he's quite a character, very entertaining to talk with – and yesterday he called to say he was ready to go. Sometime today he drove his rig over, along with a couple of trailers full of casing pipe. You can see all that in the photo above, where he's parked along the north side of our little pine forest. The well is going in just behind the drilling rig. On Monday the work begins!