Hi Chase Hill
My husband and I just bought 20 acres in Newport, WA area which is on the border of ID close to Priest River and Sandpoint. We have a small cabin and a creek and we love it. We will be preparing the property to live on full-time over the next three years or so. We are currently in AZ. I took a PDC a couple of years ago and we are going to be incorporating extensive permaculture concepts as we develop it. Our first order of business will be to start planting our food forest and building on contour swales. We love the Sandpoint area hope to find more like minded permies as we transition to our property. Next summer, after the snow melts, we will be up there to start finishing the cabin and building our rocket mass heater. My husband is modifying a wood stove into a mass heater...should be an adventure!
There is plenty of information out there on mass heaters and it's a pretty simple concept and very doable.
here is some info and inspiration.