No septic, no well, no electric grid besides the two panels I use, and no buildings/houses.
I live in a travel trailer down an unforgiving dirt(sometimes mud) road. The land is surrounded by stubby juniper trees. I’m about 40 minutes from town.
I’ve been out here for three years. I’d always dreamed of becoming a hermit in the woods. Most of the romance of this life has gone, but I still want this life more than a life in town.
This post is me putting out feelers. I haven’t decided if I want to commit to inviting someone to live on the land with me.
During the winters it gets into the single digits or less. In summer, it can get above 100F. The soil is, as far as I can tell, pretty much useless for farming. The road will break your vehicle if it’s not up to the 4×4 task. I never drive when it’s muddy because getting stuck is a pain, but I know that a lot of my neighbors do the drive no matter the weather.
As for neighbors, there aren’t many. Everyone is spread out around here.
I’m 29 now and thinking about my future, whether I should leave to go somewhere more populated. I want to make a family of my own. I’m a woman. I’m not a social butterfly and I like my privacy, which makes it hard to meet people. I work from home as a writer, but lately writer’s block has meant a drop in my income. Anyone coming out here would need to understand this isn’t a permanent situation and that they’ll need to pay rent(not much).
I have 80 acres, not in my name but it is family land. You would need to understand that fires around here are serious business so no burning trash when it’s dry and windy(gets really windy out here). Same goes for wood stoves. You’d need to comply with fire restrictions.
I know a lot of people desire this kind of life but never get the push to actually do it. Money or leaving family/friends can make it hard. I’m okay with helping someone who’s never done this before.
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