We moved here because the aging parents thought this was a great place driving through, so they moved here when they retired. And they were right.
Water, good soil, temperate 4-season climate, very scenic, not a lot of zoning/codes, low taxes, good folks who prefer to be left alone, but if you need them, they’re right there with everything they can do to help. Things are done on a handshake, the people who do work, work hard. I can locally source good meat, dairy, and heirloom produce besides what I grow myself. Plenty of forest that, with careful management, could sustain us and many others through our mild winters with wood energy. Castle law applies to house, land, and vehicle.
Should anything happen to the parents, we’d probably move on, despite the advantages and ties we’ve made here. We are far from other family, and we’ll move closer to them, after perusing the lay of the land for a good year before making that decision. (Although several of them have stated they’re coming here, so maybe that won’t be necessary ).
Tornado Alley. However, we’re in a little valley on top of a little ridge, and weather from all fronts seems to go right around our little valley. Not saying it could never happen, but in the 150 years our oldest resident’s family has been here, they weather moves around this little patch, as if it’s pushed away. Haven’t even had a close call in a 25 mile radius in known history. This includes 250 year old records at the newspaper office.
As with much of the Midwest, meth cookers are getting more brazen. If the legalization of marijuana happens here, it will turn into Little Colorado – since every spring, summer and fall, DEA has to burn off the marijuana fields they find on government land. Some have been within a mile of our place, because we are very close to gov’t land. If this happens, we might move on, we don’t want to be anywhere near any of that. Local law enforcement has practically been budgeted out of existence to save the money for good ole’ boys’ pensions. Too few officers for too large an area. Petty crime is an issue, but those crimes mostly stay in the town areas or just outside it. We’ve not had any incidents here at all, too far out.
Nearly 75% of the population of this area lives off some type of government assistance. However, the stats bundle military veterans, retired gov’t workers, and people on SS in that number. And since this is a vacation spot, many people retire here, which drives that number up. And that is a drawback, as most of the population is over 50. It can be a challenge to find someone to do routine type maintenance. When you’re an 80 year old woman and can’t find a 16 year old to mow your lawn, that’s a problem. I am approaching 60 and Husband is closing in on 70. We’re both in excellent health, but that can change on a dime, so this could be a future issue.
Ticks are an problem – the little buggers carry all sorts of diseases and it takes a strong immune system to fight those diseases off. The warmest weather on record these past few years has given them quite the foothold. More reports of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. I’m pretty sure one of my dogs died from the after-effects and my current dog has tested positive for RMSF. In dogs, the disease is managed, not cured.
We are outside the zone for the New Madrid fault, but within the zone of where any survivors might make it to if they plan well. Aftershocks across the land might affect some wells, if rivers/lakes change course. This could impact us, as we are near a lake.
But frankly, every place we’ve looked at across the lower 48 has drawbacks. For now, we’re here because of aging parents, and we’ll stay here until something changes the dynamic. I did tell Husband that if we move again, I am selling everything except necessities and some sentimental stuff that can fit in the car, and we’ll buy what we need at the next place. No more dragging stuff across country, it’s just things, and it’s not worth it. So if we have a fire we’d rebuild, and if we were forcibly removed, no great loss.
Statistics: Posted by Cin — Thu May 26, 2016 7:09 pm