Good News Of Various Sorts
I had to put another notch (inward) on my belt. At this point, the next step is going to have to be a new belt. I am very pleased.
We waited a bit long on the property we wanted to buy. We probably could have gotten it for $50,000 if we had made an offer a week earlier, but another offer came in while we were dithering, so we had to offer full asking price to be sure of getting it. It's still a bargain at $55,000 (assessed at $74,000 by Boise County back in 2000). I don't think you could get a parcel this size with these sort of views in Sonoma County for less than $500,000.
Here are some higher resolution pictures of the views from the property.