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    From my lurkings throughout XColony, I've come to realize I may be the only one in my distinct area; Central Washington.

    Due to climatic differences, regional availabilities, and a general awareness of one's surroundings, people make the best descisions based on where they live. With all the info all over this site, it wouldn't take a person long to adapt to life in, say, Texas or the East Coast region, but I'm unaware of anyone living in my region.

    Just curious to know...
    "Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions." "The things you own end up owning you"-Tyler Durden

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    Originally posted by Visinedrops View Post
    From my lurkings throughout XColony, I've come to realize I may be the only one in my distinct area; Central Washington.

    Due to climatic differences, regional availabilities, and a general awareness of one's surroundings, people make the best descisions based on where they live. With all the info all over this site, it wouldn't take a person long to adapt to life in, say, Texas or the East Coast region, but I'm unaware of anyone living in my region.

    Just curious to know...
    While your weather is probably a little more extreme during the winter, I think our areas are very comparable, terrain-wise...though we can get pretty cold, too.

    I've literally lived in, hunted, camped or visited every State but Hawaii, so I'm familiar with quite a few different AOs, and I try to plan forthe extreme...meaning desert/flatland or woodland/mountain. ;)

    Sure, you can't load out for every contingency, but you can pack and prepare for adaptation. See if you can get someone local interested...get 'em to visit the forum, if they can, so they can see it's not all tinfoil and bullsh*t. :eek:

    If I knew anyone outside my immediate circle here locally who I could trust to be intelligent and informed, I would invite 'em...but if you know anything about my area, the talent pool runs very shallow...even when you're dealing with a lot of the vets and police. :(

    Hope you find some backup there, Bud...if not, WTSHTF, I'll be headed NW - maybe we'll cross paths...;)
    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Visinedrops View Post
      From my lurkings throughout XColony, I've come to realize I may be the only one in my distinct area; Central Washington.

      Due to climatic differences, regional availabilities, and a general awareness of one's surroundings, people make the best descisions based on where they live. With all the info all over this site, it wouldn't take a person long to adapt to life in, say, Texas or the East Coast region, but I'm unaware of anyone living in my region.

      Just curious to know...
      We are eagerly awaiting your regional input. I was raised in North Central Wyoming. I would say a similiar terrain, but probably a colder and windier climate.

      Far West Texas would be a difficult place to live in without modern impliments. Very little water, every critter is either poisonous, or stings, and the plant life usually has thorns or stickers. This time of the year we get 60 degree temperature variations between the lows of the day and the highs of the day. It is a pretty inhospitable place. Not impossible to survive in, but more difficult then most.


      I have experimented with stalking and attempting to catch some of the small abundant critters. I have yet to catch one of the numerous lizzards here. The scorpions are a lot easier to catch, but avoid the black ones. The little brown ones sting like a hornet on steroids, but the black ones are venomous. I did catch and release the little brown ones. I would and have eaten them, but have a cupboard full of food. No need to kill when not needed. Lots of rabbits here, and they are pretty easy to catch with a figure 4 box trap. I did that many times when I was a kiddo in Wyoming. No need to prove that now. Snakes? Heck yeah!!! Sidewinders. I know Washington has the timber rattler. I have eaten them numerous times, but will not screw with them unless I am hungry. The risk is not worth it.

      Deer are plentiful, antelope less so. Coyotes, Lions, coons, Javelina, and armadillos are available. I have eaten Coon, Javelina and Armadillo, but have not sampled coyote or Lion. There are also some exotics such as Fallow deer, and some of the game farms have many African species including Cape Buf, Oryx, Big Cats, Giraffe, Kudu and many others. I would assume that the owners of those critters would not be managing them should things get bad. Most of them will do just fine in this climate.

      There ya go. Tell us about Central Washington.

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      • #4
        Informative information regarding my area.
        http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_ar...erby=wla%20ASC

        Thank you for the info about Texas.

        Central Washington is very similar to Wyoming in climate, but terrain differs. With the Cascade mountain range running through the western part of the state, and the Rockies just a panhandle away, the woods run thick.

        Temperatures here, Wenatchee, are that of a semi-arid desert. High temperatures in the summer (90's-100's) and usually wet/snowy winters with temps that dip well below freezing. Sparse, desert-like foothills covered in mostly sagebrush and grasses house the typical rodents and snakes. Fortunately wild wheat grows quite abundantly around this area, so there's a little food easy to gather. Water in the foothills is very difficult to find, and even dig for due to the water table being so far under ground.

        Rivers and streams are plentiful in the Cascades to the west, and it's usually very easy to catch trout, perch, and crawdads. Wildlife is somewhat abundant; deer, elk, brown, black and grizzly bears, and in the foothills: cougar, coyotes, and coons.

        I would suspect this area would be quite easy for anyone to survive in, given the ability to insulate ones self from the elements.
        "Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions." "The things you own end up owning you"-Tyler Durden

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        • #5
          I have an extremely similar environment here in Northern California, as long as you can stay warm in the winter you're good to go. Trust me when I say you don't have to stay too warm to live. If you can keep the area you are in at 24F+, dry and have on more than just a tee-shirt you can survive. I've done it, it sucks. Don't try it unless you have to, you will hate yourself.
          Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.
          ~ Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.-Ovid

          Mus uni non fidit antro.
          ~ A mouse does not rely on just one hole.-Plautus

          Non semper erit aestas
          ~ It will not always be summer.

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          • #6
            I lived in a gutted 20 foot travel trailer behind a friends house for a year. My food consisted of granola bars and peanut-butter & honey sandwitches. Water wasn't a problem, just filled a 1.5 gallon jug full from the house hose tap (city water), and added Kool-Aid ready mix into it.

            Winter was slightly difficult, 100 foot extension cord plugged into a 20amp outlet which was shared power with the bathroom. I used a lamp, TV, and a small 1500 watt heater. Temps outside were between 15 and 20F, but I was able to maintain a steady 45F inside. Quite cozy.
            "Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions." "The things you own end up owning you"-Tyler Durden

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            • #7
              Rough Living

              That is pretty rough. It starches up your character pretty well, eh? Not many people can make it in the margins. Good for you! My Hubby and I lived in a hippie cabin in Fairbanks, AK for 2 years while we/he finished school. Hauling water wasnt so bad, but the outhouse at 40 below was an infinate drrag. Thank the Gods for blue insulation foam. Without it many a hippie would be without an outhouse seat. Alaska is a bit north of your local, but around here the terrain is similar to what I remember of WA as a kid. The weather, well......
              Last edited by brennatov; 03-21-2009, 01:49 AM. Reason: wanted to add stuff

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              • #8
                I'm just across the river from Portland ,Or.
                I would rather be in the cascade's or the Rocky's.
                dont feel bad I feel alone to.

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                • #9
                  There are others here in Wasington like myself and my buddy. My present plan is to bunker out in the Republic Wa, area when things get to bad. Have property over there that I will be trying to get prepared this summer. Just got layed off, so I will have plenty of time. Currently in the Western part of the state in Enumclaw. I have been spending most of my time getting my gear, weapons, ammo and food and water rations back up to par to where I will feel more comfortable and prepared. I enjoy reading others advice and opinions. Glad to know I am not the only one, but yes buddamomma47sometimes we do feel alone. I would love to meet someone like minded.

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                  • #10
                    I am west of the Cascades. But travel to Yakima area from time to time.
                    "A man that will trade his freedom for security will soon have neither."

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                    • #11
                      It looks like it's been a while since some one posted. I am from WA too. Tacoma area mostly. If I had to bug off, I will take myself to the woods. I feel alot more safe out there then here. Plus I know the land pretty well and have no problems making shelter and finding food and water.

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                      • #12
                        I live in Olympia. Spend quite a bit of time in the Cascades, Olympics, and Yakima area

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                        • #13
                          Howdy, You live a little West of where we live. Your winters sound like ours, but your summers are little hotter then here. We are lucky, both neigbors and myself are Vets and we have been preparing for a few years now.

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                          • #14
                            A network of Vets some of whom might even live in proximity, others scattered but networked by radio and internet is available would be nice. I have a few other posts out regarding inexpensive locations in the US for a home. I may even expat so I can live inexpensively retired but not renounce. I may take up a hobby of ham radio for the comm aspects.

                            I like being west of the cascades to evade volcanic dust but I also need a fairly sunny climate which makes the coast a problem. Also, I don't want to be downwind of any large metropolitan area or on major fault lines, or valleys that might flood from nature or dam failure, ....

                            Have you made your input on the topic of SurvivalCon for 2012?
                            "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."
                            - John Adams

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                            • #15
                              I'm located in Lakewood, WA and enjoy both the Cascades and the Olympics.

                              Lance

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