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  • Defcon09
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    Originally posted by hminus View Post
    Me too. I scouted two places on the AT over the summer. Mine are more towards TN. Neither are right on the trail, but about a days walk from it. I also have a spot that is two (+) days travel on the French Broad River. I live within a few hundred yards of the river and plan on using it if we can't get out by vehicle.
    Got mine but not saying where except it is in south central PA. 34 acres with about 800 yards of creek frontage, 40% rich bottom ground and 60% higher woods and elevation is 620'. I live about 20 minutes away but it would be a "last resort" since I live in a rural part of the eastern panhandle. Third county from the DC metro area so we will have a little notice before bugging out. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  • hminus
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    Originally posted by Jeffro View Post
    I actually have three in mind. All of which are along or near the Appalachian Trail. One is in the North GA area, one between Clingmans Dome and Boone, and the other in VA. I plan to scout them again late spring or early winter. I also have two friends and their families that we'll meet up with so that we don't have to survive alone. The AT can be easily navigated, and the terrain around it can be developed and defended if TSHTF. But we will be able to move quickly and easily if needed. Each family is already working on learining the terrain, memorizing the maps and the area, and preparing ourselves physically.
    Me too. I scouted two places on the AT over the summer. Mine are more towards TN. Neither are right on the trail, but about a days walk from it. I also have a spot that is two (+) days travel on the French Broad River. I live within a few hundred yards of the river and plan on using it if we can't get out by vehicle.

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  • m38
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    Richfl, it sounds like your farm is a great place to be. I'm envious. I'm high in the Colorado mountains. I've got poor soil except inside the greenhouse, so crops are very limited, so is the growing season. I don't have a stream but I've got good water as close as 20 feet from the surface. I've got lots of wood nearby for fuel, and lots of beef and elk close by for eating. I plan to stand pat where I am if I can. Very rural area but with great fields of view. 8 miles to town. Very good neighbors, folks I can rely on to help. On a private well, and septic for the the house. Already use wood as my primary heat. I have the stuff to leave and live well, but I'll live longer and better if I stay. Close family are planning to join us here to add extra hands to the effort.

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  • RICHFL
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    I retired from day to day work 12 years ago. We purchased a small 140 acre farm in the Mid West. My nearest town is 15 miles. The major highway is 30 miles away. We have a few animals chickens, meat cattle, 2 pigs, dogs and cats. I handle all the work in and around the farm. I put in a 1 acre garden last year and need to expand it this year. We rented out 100 acres to my neighbor for hay this year and will do so again. We have a small stream running through the property and a few surface springs. I found the remains of an old spring house near the end of my property that was used in the 1880's. So I will rebuild it next summer. We still are building on the farm house including expanding the root cellar attached to it. More later.

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  • Apocalyptic_Sojourner
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    I totally have no plan for where I'm gonna go. That's probably bad, right? I was just gonna grab my BOB & wander around. I should probably re-think this whole BOL thing.

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  • avking
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    We have a second home and land in Idaho. Close enough to town to be covenient but far enough and remote enough to be safe. Borders BLM on three sides and the driveway has over 1,000' of elevation gain from the road below. We hold the high ground, have a LOT of wild game, including a massive Elk population, black bear, deer and fox. A natural spring and a well for water. Solar, generator and geothermal power and heating. Green house to grow during the winter. A forest full of firewood close enough to harvest but cleared back far enough to protect the house in case of fire. Septic that is three x over sized for the property. Grazing land for our mules. And the cherry on top is the nuclear bomb shelter for multiple families that was built by the original owner in the late 50's. It has since been improved and remodeled for our prep group. It serves as the man cave so it is usefull as well as a preppers dream. All for less than a quarter the cost of a single family home here in CA.

    If you have a choice, buy something that was originally designed and built by Mormons. They are the ULTIMATE preppers. Been doing it for over 180 years and they have it down to a science.

    If you are on a tight budget you do not need a lot of land. A very small parcel or even a cabin on a 100 year lease from the BLM is fine. Location and natural resources are key. A half acre with a cabin that is 50 miles from the closest town in Montana is a much better option than 1,000 acres close to the city. Also, having something in an area that has a mostly "outdoorsman" population will provide greater security. They will tend to band together to protect the local natural resources in a time of civil unrest or disaster scenario.

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  • rsanders
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    Me and the wife bought a cabin on Lake Cumberland a few years back, it sits about two minuits from the water, if you drive down to the dock, LC has been lowered to complete repairs to the dam, but , it still has 37,000 surface acres ,(normally 52,000 ) excellent fishing and plenty of good hunting. It is a 2.5 hr drive from where we now live , but when we get there we're not real close to any big cities .We have plenty of woods around for heat , and cooking.

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  • neverknow
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    It all depneds

    Well if all hell is broken loose.. I would go to my job steel window gates and doors, food,water and legal drugs:) if not free i would hike deep in the woods and live there as long as my skills and supplies would last.

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  • lailr
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    I live in a rural area so I will stay in, but if it's zombies, I'm gonna bug out to the county Jail

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  • bgtexas
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    Thanks for the kind words on the BOL. I will update pictures as the project grows/completes. You mentioned about having a wife to help with this BOL. That may be another good topic ..... How to find a women that can enjoy and help with survival planning. My wife really worked as hard as I did on this cabin. In fact she put the roof on while I carried the supplies up to the roof. She said alot was learned working together. I agree ....I learned that when the two of us work together there is one too many bosses.

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  • bgtexas
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    Texas is a hot location and at times too hot. The land is located in a valley in the hills and stays about 10 degrees cooler. Nothing like around Boone or Cherokee in Mid summer. I am due a visit back east soon. Need to keep in touch with the rest of the family from time to time.

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  • pathfinder3081
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    Nice pad man. It's amazing what a some hardwork can do.. The NC mountains and ocean miss you as well my friend. I spent a month in Texas one week. Not my cup a tea but some people love it there.

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  • unswydd
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    This is really sweet! Good job! You're a lucky man to have wife that would help you do this. Great stuff! Good Pics too!

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  • bgtexas
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    Bol

    My wife and I have some land in SE Oklahoma, they actually have hills there. Last summer the two of us built a 12'x24' cabin. The cabin has two 8' lofts, one on either end for sleeping area. The down stairs has the living area and a wood burning cook stove with an oven. We drew up the plans on the kitchen table and went from there.
    There is no power but we are about to install solar panels. Water we get from the local town for now and have a 10' tower with a 300 gallon tank for storage. Later we will build a small dam to create a 2-4 acre lake for future water supply. A couple of pics are attached.... You can build a cabin much cheaper and get more of what you want in it.
    I have more pictures of each step of the building process and can make copies of the drawings I have made so far.

    I will have to post the pictures in the album area. Some pics have been loaded to bgtexas profile/albums
    Last edited by bgtexas; 06-23-2009, 12:52 PM. Reason: pictures not added

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  • Long_Hunter
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    These are three nice NC properties and one of them we have called on as it has been advertised for over a year. There are others, but I won't post them, not yet.

    Just something to think about... What Diesel said, "Land is Key".

    http://www.cherokeerealty.com/cherok...buffalo10.html

    http://www.cherokeerealty.com/cherok...squally77.html

    http://www.survivalrealty.com/united...orth-carolina/

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