It might seem like a funny place to talk about the subject of etiquette, but the issue comes up often enough out here that it deserves some dialog.
On The Road Again...
First, if you move to the foothills keep in mind you're also moving to a tourist area. Lots of hikers, bicyclists, bikers, rafters, others just out for a scenic drive are also here to enjoy the beauty.
When you live here, you have places to go... usually on a schedule. And although we love to have people enjoy the surroundings we enjoy, if you're just visiting, please respect the fact that we must travel at the speed limits. It's extremely annoying when a sight-seer is driving 25 miles an hour and doesn't have the courtesy to pull over and let others pass. There are always places to stop and look around, and many places to pull over. Please be respectful and pull over for anyone who is following you.
And respect extends to the small private roads you may be on in search of property or to visit a friend. The speed limits are 10mph on most of them... please respect the speed limit. We who live here have worked very hard to build a beautiful, quite and safe country home. Don't force us to have to install gates so you can't visit or look around at will, respect our speed and we'll, in turn, respect and try and help you if we can.
Help From the Neighbors
Most people here are more than willing to help new people learn the ins and outs. That case is proven with this online book... it's taken at least 100 hours to write and layout, and there's much more to go.
But as helpful as we may be, the pet peeve of most of us is those who refuse to learn and just want us to do everything. This place has PLENTY of work for each of us on our own properties. While we'll show you how, don't expect us to do YOUR work!
One neighbor assumed because she had a horse trainer as a next door neighbor, that she would just train her horses ... for free. Even if the trainer wanted to do the work (and it's a lot of work since she's let them all go wild), free is not the price. So she gave her the name of another trainer who wanted only $25/hr. Of course they didn't hire her.
That same neighbor wanted hay unloaded ... for free. She called one of us to sleep over (her husband works out of town) because she saw a rattlesnake and was afraid, refused to train her dogs, but insisted on bringing them with her everywhere she went (they'd destroy gardens, chase cats, and break garden decor).
But it's not just her. That attitude has prevailed with many neighbors.
One especially kind neighbor used to help another neighbor give shots to their sheep, take care of their dogs when they were out, and even fix their well when they were out of town. In turn, that neighbor was part of the "road lawsuit" brought against us.
"Neighborly" does need to go both directions.
Well, we've got an ace in the hole now. An attorney who's moved into the area and is as concerned about the issues as we are. He'll file suit against anyone speeding, misusing easements, etc. It's sad to think that a neighborhood attorney would be necessary, but unless we are OK in losing a lifestyle we've spent years creating, it's become a necessity for us.
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