We've got a few days before excitement really starts for us, but here is a little background...
During the last 5 years of full time RV living, we seldom stayed in an RV park. We prefered to boondock (dispersed camping- camping outside a developed campground) for extended periods of time. We considered our motor home to be our 1 bedroom portable cabin.
We equiped our rig with hundreds of watts of solar panels, deep cycle 6 volt batteries hooked to a powerful inverter for 110 volt AC power, satellite internet and TV, large fresh and waste water tanks, backup generator, and a sense of adventure that took us to places that our motor home maybe should not have been...but that's a whole different story. We can stay for a couple weeks anywhere without need of water, electric, or dump station.
We know that we crave solitude, and frankly, that's not readily available anymore on public lands. There are more and more folk looking for recreation on public lands, so it's starting to get crowded. Private land ownership can be the answer for folks like us seeking solitude, and many people gravitate towads the mini ranchette trying to find it. Please don't get me wrong, but to us, the common 5 and 10 acre ranchette is much like living in the suburbs, only with a very large yard.
Nope...what we needed was an old farm house that the surrounding crop lands had been sold off, maybe with some outbuildings. A view would be nice, not too far from a good grocery store, pizza and a gas station... sounded like a reasonable place to start looking for.
Next up...How we found this particular "diamond in the rough".