I've been busy traveling. I'd have to dig to find the date, but I think since last Thursday. I've been more active on /v/overlanding than anywhere else.
Much of this trip's intent was to pick up some land in West Texas. And I'll be doing that, in Presidio. Well, about 20 miles outside of Presidio.
I've found I was right about West Texas. The climate isn't that bad, though Presidio is hotter than the rest. The higher elevation with less dry heat is not a bad combination. Further, it's very pretty. Stunning, in many places. And it is cheap. You can have 10 acres for $1,800 to $2,000 on the bottom end.
I've talked a lot about how difficult it is to get 10 acres of land in some island, seasteading, etc, and how easy it is to get that in the US. That seems to be true.
But, I'm starting to side with @coopzy. Starting something in the US may not be the best idea. And @Reconn was right -- West Texas is not the place to do it.
The biggest reason is Border Patrol, down here. You can avoid them if you are clever, but if we ever want to be in this place and not be citizens of the US, it's going to be tough and risky. And there are a lot of Border Patrol. They cover the main routes. They are friendly and fine with me, being a blonde haired, light skinned individual with no obvious accent. But even in Arizona, a cop really went out of his way to find an excuse to pull us over, citing blocked rear view (which was true, but I think there are vehicles sold with no rear windows, so I don't see how it's a thing). It was probably because Megha looked hispanic from a distance. Couple that with the gobs of stuff in the back of the truck, and it was an interesting combination for him.
Back to Texas... Spanish seems to be the primary language of Presidio. I had no problems speaking just English, though. It's a bit run down, but it's not bad. Terlingua is really neat, but it's definitely up-and-coming. The "Ghost Town" has a lot of people and businesses. Terlingua Ranch, which is basically a mild HOA for almost all of the properties in Terlingua, seems to have a tiny bit of its own drama. We probably don't want to be in a place that's up-and-coming as it puts us in even more risk. There are less Border Patrol out in Terlingua, but still enough that it might be a problem. I think the 118 North, just like the 67 North, has a checkpoint. To give you an idea of how serious they are out here, there's this tethered radar which is basically a giant blimp, for watching for low-flying planes. You can see it on the 90 heading down from Van Horn to Marfa. I saw it up in the sky and it was the most UFO-like thing I've ever seen.
But anyway, as @Reconn said, if we do this anywhere in the US, Wyoming is probably our best bet. I agree with him now. I love Texas, but for what we want to do, it is sketchy. Not that it can't be done, and not that I won't mind like-minded neighbors, but the risk is further increased.
But anyway, I don't see how we would pull this off for long out of the US. And I don't see how I can ever afford to start something out at sea. I don't know what to do next.
It's still a burning desire in my heart to do something in the US. Just read the Declaration of Independence. It basically says that governments should be destroyed when they are destructive to the means of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's so good, that it sanctions its own destruction when it's no longer what it should be.
The United States was the best attempt at starting a free nation. It would be a shame to let it go. It would also be pretty sad to be Waco-ed just when we start gaining traction.
Anyway, I'll be driving towards San Antonio, today. West Texas is really pretty if you ever stop by. Take FM2810 south from Marfa to FM170. You'll need a high clearance vehicle -- no Priuses. Then take FM170 all the way to Terlingua. Beautiful driving road.
I don't have any closing remarks of suggestions or particularly interesting thoughts. I don't know what to do next, but I'm not done yet.