Prepper Diary July 13: Our Property Search Draws to a Close

We’ve opted to move halfway up a mountain and far from the city. Mountain life lies ahead for us as we take the next step towards our prepper property purchase.

We opted to live halfway up a mountain, far from the nearest city. Photo by skingery314 from Pixabay

Good news!  We’ve met a number of our future neighbors and have successfully resolved the septic tank issue, so there appears to be nothing stopping us from concluding the sale on what we have dubbed our “perfect prepper property.”  We expect to close on our future home either late next week or the week after, depending on how quickly things go with the title search and other closing documents.

A Remote Location

If you missed our post last month giving specifics on our future prepper property, you can catch up on it here. Here are some more specifics:

  • We will be living in a secluded location at least a 75-minute car ride from the nearest city on a dead end road, which means no one should be driving out that way unless they have a good reason to.  The road could easily be blocked off to prevent visitors.  And since the last quarter mile is four-wheel drive accessible only for much of the year, we won’t be getting casual visitors.
  • We’re about 15 minutes from a village with a post office, gas station, dollar store, and two restaurants.  The house is 30 minutes from a larger town which is the county seat.  This is where we will go to the grocery store, bank, hardware store, and do other shopping.  It has a touristy downtown with hip places to eat and a separate commercial strip on the main road.  My hope is that we can cut our trips there down to once every two weeks, but I think my wife will probably push for weekly. 
  • The Property is approximately 50 minutes from the nearest Interstate, which is about as far from a major intersection as you can get on the East Coast.  We are counting on this to help insulate us from things like COVID-19 and protests, but also an influx of refugees should things fall apart.  The downside is that it takes a long time to visit people who live out of state, like friends who are near us now.  It’s also between two and three hours from a major airport.  These are trade offs we’re willing to make.

Living off the Land

We do not expect to be self-sustaining or self-sufficient, but if forced to rely only on local resources, we will be in a better position than we are in our current home.

The land has deer, bear, turkey and plenty of small game for hunting and trapping.  There are adjoining lots of large acreage that are not built up, meaning if we need to stray off our land to hunt in an SHTF situation, we would be able to do so.  A number of these large lots are in conservation easements, meaning they will remain undeveloped.  

Although primarily wooded, there is room for a garden and a chicken coop.  We could easily raise rabbits as well.  There is surface water on the land as well as a gravity-fed water system so we will have fresh water even if there is no power.  In fact, during the home inspection, we tested the water pressure and it was 59 pounds per square inch, more than enough to make the shower head provide an acceptable spray.

We will continue to report more as we close and start moving into this prepper property.  It is my intent to be moved in before the election.  I really think the fall will be an ugly time here in America.  We want to be as prepped and as insulated as possible by October.

COVID-19 Hits Close to Home

My best friend’s son, who is in his 30s, was tested for COVID-19 at work and came back positive.  He is asymptomatic, but on a forced 14-day quarantine.  He’ll be tested again at the end of the quarantine to see if he is free from the virus.  Meanwhile, no work.  I’m sure he’ll be bored to tears.

Everyone we know who has had COVID-19 has recovered, including the two who were quite sick, and we expect that will the case with him as well.

With all the rising coronavirus cases, we’ve decided to be cautious and limit our excursions.  We are not going back on full quarantine, but I will not be leaving the house until July 22, when I have a doctor’s appointment.  I will take advantage of being out that day to run some errands. Meanwhile, we just ordered a few more things online today.  Two out of the three items have shipped, meaning online merchants seem to be catching up.

Coronavirus is frustrating.  I think one of the problems is that we track it too closely.  We see large numbers and they scare us, even though the numbers are quite small when taken in comparison to the total population.  For example, less than one percent of the population has gotten sick and less than 0.04 percent of the people living in the U.S. have died.  From that perspective, those are small numbers, but that hasn’t stopped people from freaking out.  The media isn’t doing us any favors by emphasizing the fear and exacerbating the problem. 

Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best

It’s an old survivalist saw, but preparing for the worst and hoping for the best means you stand a chance of being surprised by a better outcome than you expected rather than being overwhelmed by a bad one.  That’s what we’re doing: Moving to a safer, more isolated location where we have more resources; looking at our preps and restocking where we need to; and playing it safe by restricting our social interactions.  I encourage you to do the same, but to focus on food and personal protection. 


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Prepper Diary July 13: Our Property Search Draws to a Close

Author: The Pickled Prepper

Pete the Pickled Prepper lives on an isolated homestead on the side of a mountain deep in in rural America. He has been preparing for the end of the world for more than 25 years.