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Thanks for visiting our site. Wow. This has been years in the making. Can't believe the time has actually come. I always wanted some remote land to try my hand at rural living. In 2003 I found 20+ acres on EBay that I could put a small down payment on and make monthly payments. Luckily for me I purchased it from a fine gentleman named Graham Denton from Gravois Mills in Missouri. I purchased it site unseen because Mr. Denton sounded like a straight up guy on the phone. Little did I know just how important this man would become in my life. When we traveled out from our home in South Carolina to see the land Mr. Denton insisted he wanted to meet us on it to see how we liked it. It by far exceeded our expatiations. Over the years we have purchased more adjoining land and now own about 76 acres. My sister even purchased 10 acres from Mr. Denton that adjoined our land.  She came out one time but wouldn't even get out of her truck because of the ticks.  Welcome to Missouri.

In 2002 I fell in love with Joan.  She shares the same passion for rural living and has been with me every step on our preparation journey.  We believe the time is right for us to give this lifestyle a try.  We fully expect a few successes and a lot of failures along the way.  One thing we have discovered in life is that failures shouldn't be considered failures as long as you learn something from them.  What didn't work and why is just as important as what did work.

We have much to learn and hope our readers will chime in on their thoughts and experiences to make our way a little easier.  Here is what we have so far:

I'm no spring chicken....
So I need a little help from mechanics.  Over the years I have accumulated some "guy toys"  (Tractor, 4 wheeler, gas powered golf cart which I built a back on to carry things) and such.

Grid power on this land is not an option....
nor do we want it to be.  Might as well stay where we are if we was going on the grid.  Some of my previous land owner neighbors checked on getting grid power to their land and it was going to cost something like $20,000.  The power companies in Missouri are not required to run you a line.  If you want it you must pay.  If I had $20,000 lying around I sure wouldn't give it to the power company.  I would invest in a killer solar system.

Water....
right now we don't have a well.  I must haul water in from a neighbors well.  Neighbor is a relative term.  It's quite a haul.  One of my first projects is to build a rainwater catchment for the roof of our little cabin.  I have some thoughts on a roof wash system I will post shortly.

Solar and wind power....
I have accumulated 16 solar panels and MPPT charge controllers over the years that I plan to use for the bulk of our power.  I also have a 60' tower and wind generator although I don't think the tower is going to be tall enough to clear the trees.  Our land is the highest elevation for some distance and we have a lot of wind.  I hope to be able to use it.

Refrigeration.....
this is just a fact of life.  I have converted an old small chest freezer to be used as a refrigerator.  I really believe I can run it on solar.  More later.

Our Little Cabin......
We purchased a 
14 x 30 cabin and had it put on our land.  It has a 6' porch so the living space is 14 x 24 for 336sf.  It does have two overhead areas that will add quite a bit to the living area.

Heat and hot water.....
right at this moment heat must be propane.  I hate to do that but do not have a choice right now.  By the fall of 2013 I hope to heat with solar hot water and or wood.

Work.......
one of the rules in moving to rural Missouri is if you move out and you need money you better bring your job with you.  I do have a small manufacturing business I plan to move with me.  I can make my product anywhere.  Doing it off grid is going to be the challenge.  I have ideas.



                                                                                                                           

 
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