Rad, glad you’re diggin’ old Dot’s stuff. I think she’s a total star.
I meant to write no water “to” property, meaning I don’t need a line run in, I’ll do my own catchment or well.
I don’t think holding out is a waste of time; that’s how we get what we want sometimes. Unless the deal of the century comes along, I’d rather wait.
Probably the best thing to do is to refine some definitions of what we want/need.
I was thinking on the drive home about who I want to buy it from, and it’s probably someone that doesn’t need to sell it, but who would sell it to someone who will take care of it. Those people are harder to find than just getting a parcel of land, but hell, that’s what makes the eventual homestead so special.
An abandoned quarry, an old butcher shop, a place where I can make engine noise during the day, a large enough place to have a workshop…all those are parts or possible parts of the perfect site. When I think about it, I don’t know if I really want to be 20 miles away from everything, I *like* the comforts of civilization for my every day life. Old thick timbers, industrial strength “stuff”, simple and powerful and clean lines, natural light…there’s a lot to list, and finding it may take a few years. Even if it is close to town I’m not super worried that I’ll “urbanize” up there, hell, it’s not like Montana is lacking public wilderness to explore.
Equally important is the financial side. I won’t borrow money to buy land, and right now I won’t use the money I have to buy land, so…that means I’ve got to come up with a plan of how I am going to pay for it. Maybe it’s not just money, maybe we find an old Warren Buffet type who wants a steward, I don’t know…
I’m interested in pursuing co-purchasing land with you, but I can’t say Lee is as stoked about it, and hell, you’ve got your own decision to make as to whether you want to buy land with Lee & I. I’m pretty sure I could tuck away $100/month, but I’d want to write out some kind of definition first of why I was saving and what I was saving for, and how much I wanted to save before I started looking, and those just aren’t clear enough to me right now.
Maybe I should start anyway, the longest journey starts with 1 step and all that.
More to follow around a campfire or on the phone.