About 6 months ago, R and I made the decision to look for a piece of land in Southwestern Colorado to start our off-the-grid homesteading life. We made several trips to CO in search of just the right spot, making offers on a couple of different places, and ultimately having them all fall through for one reason or another. (The original realtor we worked with assumed we were just a couple of stoner hippie kids who had no clue what we were doing… which isn’t entirely false. We are hippies). Then we made one quick trip a couple of months ago because we were just passing through, and found this awesome chunk of land. Made an offer, and by that evening, it was accepted. It’s our little acre of paradise; it’s perfect.
The only thing going through it is a ground phone line (which we probably won’t use anyway). No electricity, no running water. Just ponderosa pines, junipers, oak stands, wildflowers, and general awesome. A bumpy dirt road takes you there. No full-time neighbors, town is about 11 miles away, and there’s no restrictions. So what’s “Amelia’s Meadow”? We have a big wash running down the north side of our land, which is fairly flat, has wildflowers and a few small trees, and looks just like a mini meadow. Something our duck will absolutely love (can you imagine all the bugs there will be to eat?!). And so, it was deemed Amelia’s Meadow. There will soon also be Loki’s Lookout, or Loki’s Lair, or Loki’s Knoll… it hasn’t been decided yet. Since we’re both big Neil Young fans, we’ve also been referring to our little lot as Sugar Mountain. There’s a deer skull up there. Pretty sweet.
Right now we’re living in Southern Utah, but we’re in the process of wrapping things up with our jobs (as well as making trips to Sugar Mountain to make it at least semi-livable) so we can get out there full-time in a few months. So this is our journey! We’re stoked. Talk about a learning curve.