PaulM mentioned yesterday in comments that MrsPaulM said that they don’t live far enough away from the wretched masses.
PaulM and I both live where city people go camping. I may be a bit more off the beaten path, but the Phoenix folks do flood into this area in large numbers with their fifth wheels and toy haulers, towing a trailer with two side-by-sides. The problem that I have is that I can’t think of anywhere more remote in the Southwest than where I am.
In Arizona, deserts are far more heavily impacted by Canadians who come for the winter than my area is in the summer – and as PaulM knows, being a westerner, there isn’t that much patent land. I thought about going farther afield to stake a mining claim in rougher country, in the middle of government land sort of like where I live now but farther out.
Filing a mining claim does get you rights to build a hovel and work the claim. It’s old law and if you’re interested, you should delve. I won’t do that here and now.
I have the money to build a bug-out location more remote than this:
This is where I am now.
Having cast about, there are damned few places that are MORE remote. The White Wolf Mine is on patent (deeded) land, and it’s not a mining claim on federal land.
There are other considerations and I hate to even touch on them here, but as we (and I) age, we need to get to town to see the doctor or do other things that make uber remote more of a challenge. At 25, I could have done it easily. At 65, it’s much harder.
So here’s the throwdown. Get a map (as I have done) and look for areas that you might like to live that are at least 50 miles from the nearest gas/store/civilization. 50 miles isn’t that far, but you need to find a place that’s not part of some federal animal sanctuary, etc. These places exist. There was a place in Hell’s Gate, outside of Young, AZ that I looked at. Patent land in the middle of nowhere, a creek ran through it, Cottonwood trees, a horrible road to get there. It had been around since the Arizona range wars around Young, in the middle of patent land. But they didn’t want to sell. It was a great spot but somebody was already there.
Back to PaulM’s dilemma. I looked in the Silverton, CO area to set up a mining claim as described above as a bug-out location. The roads in and out are closed for weeks because of heavy snow and that’s to Silverton. Once you get out of town, you’re on snow machines. Take the map and draw a circle 50 miles outside of Silverton… do it for fun.
There was a cabin in the Uncompahgre Wilderness, very near Engineer Pass that was for sale.
Somebody bought it and turned it into an ARB&B…
The cabin pictured above is great in the summer, but in the winter you’d need to get in and out by snow machine because it will get 15′. Lake City is about 20 miles away, so it doesn’t meet the 50 mile test. Having said that, this place is remote – now a tourist trap of sorts.
There will come a time when I’m too old to live where I live now. Maybe I can squeeze another 15 years until I’m 80. After that? So there you have it. Finding a new frontier is not easy and when you get there, you may find a tourist trap.
The world is changing and finding “farther out” can be chore in more ways than one.