Looks like you are getting lots of ideas and good advise! Gotta love these permies folks.
I am pretty much doing the work alone, my wife comes up and helps when she can. My brother has helped with tree cutting and such. I have a back hoe and lots of tools so I just plug along. I am thinking the same as far as using it as a place to get away from the city. Someday I hope I can afford a "home " of some sort, but the camper is pretty nice and treats us well.
We have bear, mountain lion, and wolves(from Yellowstone) I have seen tracks and scat but never seen them. I had hoped to catch them on my game cameras but nothing yet. There are usually several neighbors around and they have seen them. I think with all of the people, dogs, activity, traffic, they stay clear of us for the most part. Actually the first week that we went up there, after buying the land, we were in a tent and a bear came through while we were out exploring. I still have the big Tupperware that has teeth marks where the bear got into our food and scattered it all over. We stopped tent camping after that and got the camper.