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  • #46
    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.
    Every Day , Is A Bonus.

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    • #47
      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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      • #48
        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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        • #49
          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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          • #50
            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.
            Planning to be here through it all.............

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            • #51
              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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              • #52
                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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                • #53
                  Just curious about those of you that built that geodesic dome, how much did it cost roughly?

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                  • #54
                    I have 100 acres in SE Oklahoma, mountains..... My wife and I spent two years building a cabin... this spring we will add solar panels, lights and fans.

                    see pics at http://www.survivalmagazine.org/surv...php?albumid=68

                    a cooking woodstove is really handy....

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                    • #55
                      BG how much do you have in the cabin, just the materials to build it, approx?

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                      • #56
                        Johnny73, all together the cabin was about 9-10K. We designed it, carried the material in and built it.

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Johnny73 View Post
                          BG how much do you have in the cabin, just the materials to build it, approx?

                          Johnny73, all together the cabin was about 9-10K. We designed it, carried the material in and built it.

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                          • #58
                            WOw, that's really reasonable...Just out of curosity how many people helped you?

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by Johnny73 View Post
                              WOw, that's really reasonable...Just out of curosity how many people helped you?
                              It was all me and my wife only. Every once in a while the kids would pick up a paint brush. It took us about 5 months to enclose it and we are still improving the interior. In fact my wife shingled the roof, we did use a roofing gun and she had a blast using that. the whole cabin is either Lowes or Home Depot materials. Solar stuff was purchased on ebay or craigslist.

                              We drew the plans ourselves on our kitchen table and it went very easily.
                              bgtexas
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                              Last edited by bgtexas; 02-01-2012, 10:27 AM.

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                              • #60
                                I have a 27' Pacific YURT (off-grid) up in the rockies at about 10500 on 8 acres. Added a shower house this year....adding a another storage building with a pull down door....(Bear problem). Have a couple friends that are realtors....the hottest land going right now is off grid stuff way back in the mtns....

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