It's been a somewhat recent development for me to think of property in terms of defensibility. Imaging the scenarios of defending my apartment under any even somewhat mild scenario, and it's almost indefensible with the two entrances and being on the first floor. If it were on the second floor, I'd have a much better shot with no windows at ground level.
Anyway, mountains seem to always be proven as the most defensible areas. And my property out in Van Horn is on pretty flat ground. In fact, I'd say it's harder to defend than purely flat ground because people could sneak up on me from all sides, hiding between thorn bushes and running from dune to dune.
I've also been watching the weather and I thought Van Horn was cooler than San Antonio, but really it's about the same temperature just with less humidity. Which, frankly, is far too hot for the average white man. It is much better than Terlingua or Presidio, which are on the same line as Arizona.
As of late, I've had a fairly cushy life in San Antonio working on SporeStack (which has exploded in use). I'm kind of glad I'm out here rather than at my property, being able to get more of my ducks in a row and build up financially for the future. Of course part of me is curious if I had stayed in Van Horn, where my property would be at by now. But it's still just flat desert. Politics will change, people will move and leave, but nature and weather stay mostly the same. I think teraforming is doable but at the end of the day you can only do so much so quickly.
I'm wondering more about Fort Davis which consistently shows up as the coolest area in West Texas, a hair cooler than Marfa. It's also in the mountains. Not as convenient from I-10, but much more defensible for whatever might happen.
Van Horn is a workable location from most aspects other than defense. Fort Davis area is notably more expensive, but we're still talking about $15,000 for maybe 5-10 acres. There's some degree of trees, cooler weather, and I'm guessing more rain depending on where you're at.
I've still never been to Fort Davis. I'd like to spend more time exploring West Texas and see more of it. I still think West Texas should have a Goat's Gulch, Emergency Nation, etc, but since I have no adjoining properties next to mine, might be worth doing more searching. In particular for a multi-parcel package, which makes growth way easier. We're talking about likely going from 4 adjacent properties to 6+ which makes finding room to grow easier.
Anyway, thought I'd share these thoughts. Of course, don't forget about the Van Horn meetup this October: https://voat.co/v/GoatsGulch/2077238