Looking at Puerto Vallarta Jalisco maybe five miles south.

On this blogger site one can click on all pictures except for the header above two times each time making them larger which is a feature I like because it gives you the ability to really look very close at all kinds of things not readily seen.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Take Your Choice - Dugout/Soddy/Mudhut

Mr. Jarvie himself built and lived in this at his ranch in Utah very close to the NW boundary of Dinosaur National Monument. The pictures of this came out pretty good and you can actually get a sense of what is was like inside. It's cool to be able to enter all the buildings at this site and handle any thing you see and there's a bunch and I like that.

This was also used by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The last three pictures are of a soddy replica in Iowa. I understand that over the years this structure has required a lot of work. I don't think that is the case with the dugout. I did not ask but chances are good many of the items at Jarvie's ranch were his.

I'll end by saying this and I mean it and it's an observation only. While working on the south side of Chicago in the middle 80's around the projects that I would take a mud hut out in the bush in West Africa over what I saw there. I've been in some pretty snazzy ones. Nicer than the above.

If there was a choice to be made it would be something like this -
1. Mud hut in West Africa
2. Dugout because it's less work than a soddy.
3. Soddy
4. Anywhere but the Projects


  1. I've always wanted to spend an extensive time in Africa, a mud hut sounds grand. I'd like to have breakfast with a giraffe.

    Cool post. Fun times.

  2. Hi T. I'd like to go back but it doesn't look like it will happen. Traveling on the cheap is very difficult -very!

    If you can do it. Spend enough time to really get acclimated and some more on some level of cheap and when you return life will never be quite the same.

    I could live just fine in any of the first three.

  3. Indeed living here is a new experience... It was nice visiting again... :)

    World of Vhincci

  4. I could do it...I could live in any of the above and make it work...actually enjoy it.

    Thanks for this post. I found it fun.


  5. Glad you liked it Linda - thanks and thanks to you as well Vhincci!


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