LOVE Tahoe...but will never be able to have land here. (And the winters and bears prevent composting grrrrr!) Dreaming daily of chickens and aquaponics and learning to turn milk into butter etc ... and perhaps the addition of a kind, strong, man to my family. Pre-teen son, dogs, turtle, lizard, cat-- wait, that's not my cat. I am used to doing everything myself-but there is so much joy in this life not to want to share it. Not religious, don't smoke, prefer whiskey over wine...cooking from scratch, and many many projects. Maybe someone is out there who has skills to teach (gun safety, how to process a chicken?! How to surf!) And a world view that doesn't include thinking he knows everything already. Be funny and not too serious about everything--not a flake, but not a type A either. WRITE me!
Dear, I wish I was 20 years younger, you sound delightful. I have bought land in the Texas Hill country, on top of a little hill. As soon as I can solve the access problem (getting up the hill) I plan on building a Quanset hut type house with some features I stole from Earthship. I like the Earthship, just do not have the strength anymore for all that digging etc. I went with my youngest daughter to the 3 day seminar with M. Renolds, a nice trip, I recommend it. I have been married twice, both times for over a decade, and if I have learned anything from that it is that (my) lack of negative traits is not a positive trait. I am working on being idiosyncratic. Although this seems difficult it is time I did something; I have been doing nearly impossible things at work for decades and have traveled in many parts of the US and even in Canada. I do not hunt but (surprisingly) have granddaughters that do. I am a lifelong Texan, mostly living on the coast, so am used to hot, damp, dry, changeable weather. I have worked in Montana a couple of times and Idaho but would not want to live there year round. I will say, if I wanted to live in Oregon, I would go there to make friends and find a job. I did some research for a job at Bellingham,WA and the location seemed very promising, I did not get that job though.
Thank you for the lovely note! Texas does have many treasures. The year I moved from there, we had suffered over 30 days of over 105 degree heat. When, on th 32nd day or so, it reached only 102, it was such a relief! (DFW area, 11 or so years ago.) Needless to say, that (combined with many other reasons) prompted my wandering off to find a better place for us. I am now leaning towards the northern CA coast. I like the farming communities with a sprinkling of hippies and artists. I like your 'move there and make some friends' advise! I'm tryin! Have a wonderful spring. Hope you get up that hill!