This subverse is growing quite fast. Most than that, it already has a ton of content. It's quite wonderful to see this idea getting off the ground.
I haven't been quite as active as I'd like. Been very busy lately. I have a project that may be wrapping up around September. I'm also preparing to do the Colorado BDR (Backroads Discovery Route) with my Dad. Well, minus the beginning and end bits. We're going by motorcycle and there's a bit to prepare both on the bikes and a mild fitness element. I also published my book, Fifty Two.
The BDR trip will be August 5-12th. I've been staying with my parents for the past few months here in Colorado. Most likely, I want to head to a good region to start the first Goat's Gulch. I already have my property out in Van Horn but it's just too lonely for me to stay there by myself for any long period of time. If a number of you show serious interest in West Texas I can head that way and I've got plenty of space for you to pitch a tent, build a bunker, or what have you. Exact details of course would need to be worked out.
But otherwise, I think over the next month I'd like to narrow down the search space for the Goat's Gulch I'll be a part of. I'll also need to buy a truck again, four wheels is pretty important for anything close to homesteading. I didn't get to see as much of Wyoming as I would have liked. The Federal land issue concerns me up there but the people are wonderful. But people in Texas aren't too bad, either. On the whole anyway.
If we do want to get started in Texas, getting situated in the late fall is ideal -- you have maybe four, five months of good weather to work with. Anywhere up north is going to be the opposite.
Truthfully, I don't do well in the heat. I'm heat stroke prone and haven't found much of a solution. So if I'm in Texas A/C will be a top priority. Being out of the snow belt has a lot of advantages, however. There's certainly some areas that are more ideal than others overall, but often it's one trade off for another. I don't want anyone to feel left out if their ideal region isn't the first one, I hope some day there can be a Goat's Gulch in every state. But I think it's a balance of compromise and waiting for the opportunity. If we each wait for the perfect scenario we will never get anything started. And if too many start too fast there will be too few of us dedicated to each Gulch.
While this is hypothetical and would be a very advanced timeline, do any of you have both the interest and opportunity for a fall move, say to Texas?
I don't want to do a whole lot more traveling until I find someone to travel with, so I'm unlikely to go exploring quite far away. I guess the biggest thing I've learned in my recent travels is how important people and good company are. I know some can survive alone in the desert for years and years but I fail to see the point. I would guess that 95% of liberty is not about what you do alone but what you do with others. Starting businesses, building friendships, houses, disagreeing civilly, and solving problems.
I don't want my neighbors to be the people who I begrudging join for a yearly potluck. I want them to be the best of my friends, business partners, and maybe if I'm very lucky I'll find a good woman along the way.
Thank you for your time.