Is This Far Enough Off the Grid?

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I know, but we can dream can’t we? This just might work if you want to be your own grid-square. A place with almost unlimited and unobstructed views, enough acreage to sight in your own 105 Howitzer and within driving distance of Lake Tahoe, south east of Reno Nevada, but far enough from the Golden Horde.

You have unobstructed views is all directions, a great house, even a lawn to mow, one that can be converted into a vegetable garden.

Good curb appeal, though there is no curb in the area.

On city power but plenty of space for a generator and a big Faraday cage. Places to raise chickens and rabbits and other livestock.

No restaurants close but it has its own good place to eat:

…and play…

…and keep an eye on the neighbors.

Automated lawn services.

An established vegetable garden.

And the clincher, you never know when food for a week is going to walk into range.

I believe we, each of us, at some point dream of leaving the rat-race behind, not hearing traffic, low-level airplanes, sub-woofers mounted in cars that may fall apart at any moment. Such places do exist for a price.

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A former rocket scientist (really) who has traveled the world, father, freedom lover, hates to stay indoors, and loves wild places, people and things. PC challenged, irreverent but always relevant and always looking to learn new things.

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JD0001
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It IS nice, for that kind of money though, my dream home would be on a mountaintop in forest land.

BobW
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I made a similar move recently. I’ve come to realize that all the issues I identified on the discussed piece of property apply to where I moved. We like the quiet, and while our fields of fire aren’t close to that long, the other issues exist. I’ve thought long and hard about how to defend my little 80 acre plot. I’ve come to realize that I cannot defend it with given resources. The plot is too big, and the terrain dictates that a substantial portion of my plot, and a vast section beyond my plot in a particular direction would… Read more »
BobW
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Big concerns: 1. The well. Pay for an independent well inspection. Flow rate, water level, water depth, pump depth. I’m a rookie at this well stuff, but those were the concerns we had when we moved “way out.” If the dreaded EMP went off, those suckers would be dead in a week. No water and that fancy well pump is fried. Single point of failure. 2. Whatcha gonna heat that place with when the power goes out? Zero trees. Zero coal veins to mine. Long haul for fire wood. A few tons of trucked in coal? The propane tank looks… Read more »
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How is that a good defensible position? It is great since everyone without gas or water will die before they reach you. On the other hand it looks like you are wide open to any avenue of approach. If a jarhead with a rifle and you got in a shooting match long range you would lose. I suppose you could hide in the inner rooms and make the evil rifleman come get you. I would say you need a fence with some channeling so you know where the evil hungry zombies are walking to you. You could do this with… Read more »
BobW
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Wouldn’t a secret moon base on Hoth be a better place to hide?

JD0001
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Lmao! Or maybe in the deep forests on planet retardo..facepalm!

BobW
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I’m partial to the scenery of Endor.

No idea how that all went off the rail. Initial observations weren’t off, but then :googlyeyes:

Living on Tattooine is quiet, but indefensible.

Carl Thomas
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It’s a beautifully executed retreat. I live on acreage in the Pacific Northwest. At 72, the 8 months of rain can eat away at a man’s soul…:)) They say seniors do better in a dry climate like Nevada. The only problem I see with such an arrangement is that it’s very visible sitting out in the middle of seemingly nowhere and once discovered would entice desperado’s to challenge it’s seeming security. It would take multiple family members who are well armed and know how to neutralize threats at a distance to secure this home. I read an article recently that… Read more »
BobW
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There is no security there, Carl. Open space must be defended, just like a secluded glade in the forest. With clear lines of fire measured in miles, not feet, This place would be exceedingly difficult to defend with a larger group.

I suppose concertina wire could help, but other than some skin and a bunch of pant material, its just not hard to get through c-wire if its unsupervised.

Les
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I live isolated, but not really remote. But I am away from the rabble and all associated with them. That would be its primary asset – away from the likely bad behavior… until some group stumbles on me. Like BobW, I simply do not have enough resources to defend it. I had the realization some time ago that to survive the times many of us fear may be coming, it takes a community, not solitary loners or even single families.

BobW
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Les, with enough resources, anything is defensible. Having trees is a big part of it. Using trees, you can funnel all vehicular traffic, and wire to funnel foot traffic. One can drop trees into an abatis to stop vehicular access down the funnels. Random wire within the trees will give foot traffic fits, and deliberate wire around the homestead area will force them to funnel to one or two choke points just a few folks can control. Without trees to obscure the homestead area, all traffic will have clear avenues of approach to the homestead. I would put in deliberate… Read more »
Les
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The issue, I think, is having someone on watch and paying attention in order to detect an intrusion, regardless of any physical barriers. Someone should be on watch specifically while others perform needed daily tasks and somewhere in there everyone must get some sleep. Impossible for just two people. Eight to ten, maybe.

William
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