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My family is finally getting ready to start our farmstead. We are so excited and have found some good plots of land. We are not really from the general area we are looking to settle into, and we have been out of the state for six years.

We're shooting for 45 minutes or less drive to St Helen. (Roscommon, West Branch, north Gladwin, Grayling, Houghton/Higgins). A few (what would be) great properties have been across the street from or on top of various gas wells and pipelines in Gladwin county, which has been disheartening.

We own a newer single wide mobile home that we plan to move to the property. Luckily, there has been a lot of plots with utilities already in place for their campers. We've been trying to find places that are not completely wooded, so we have something to work with right away.

We've been reading and dreaming and planning for about a decade now, we are young (late twenties) with two kids and another on the way. We homeschool and really want to build a lifestyle for the kids that gets them outside, and keeps them learning and connected with our world.

Any nearby permies? Just wanted to share some entheusiasm and maybe get some pointers for this stage in our journey.
 
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Hello Travis, I just read your post and it caught my attention because my family is doing something similar.  We live in Hong Kong, and are moving to Grand Traverse area soon.  I have family in West Branch and get over there often.  I hope your transition goes smoothly and maybe we can compare notes sometime.
 
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