Originally Posted by Jeff_and_Abby
Ohhhhhh !!!!! You are making us HUGE home-sick for our getaway land out in New York ... your bug-out site looks like a slice of Heaven !!!!
Admittedly from a few years back ... just sharing your vision ... we've got 23 acres up in the Catskills ... off-grid, half-mile from a Verizon Tower (we aren't un-civilized) ... we own then end of the road so have it gated ... we have a neighbor who we let cut trees - he takes all he can possibly use, want, sell - leaves us more than we can burn - and we aren't even close to keeping up with what needs to be cut / managed ...
And to make not being there just a bit "worse," the New York Tollway Authority just sent us a new toll transponder (E-Z Pass) because they said our old one had passed it's battery end-of-life date. So they miss us too ...
Mine is just under 53 acres and it's all hardwood (I'm always getting loggers wanted to 'harvest' trees sending me literature which I throw away)....
Mine isn't gaited. I have a National forest on one side, Ted Nugent's brother on the other and the Muskegon River so I have river access but I just bank fish. No one cuts any wood except me. I keep it the way it is for the hunting habitat, the reason why I bought it in the first place. I bought it in an estate sale and I was familiar with it (hunted on it) before I bought it.
Cell service is spotty but I carry a Sat-Phone and it's good anywhere, Not cheap but they work anywhere in the world. I have a company I-phone too.
I cut mostly dead ash (I see you have them too). The ash blight took a lot of trees here and on my property so firewood is never an issue.
We may, at some point, build a home on it if we don't pass first. It's willed to the family if that happens.
The Lord isn't making any more land so owning property is high on my list. I own over 150 acres right here where I live, it's farm ground...I farm.
Your hard side would never make it back to my piece of heaven. Too high, why I bought the Backpack. MY Lance just would not fit without major damage...I have it for sale btw. On my F350, the Lance was pushing 13-2 to the top of the AC unit, the Backpack is much lower, just over 10, another reason I didn't want ac, the units stick up too much and when you raise the top on the Backpack and unzip all the windows, it's like being in a screen house, no ac needed.
I still have to 'cut' my way in every spring, cut back limbs and cut side clearance, trees grow.
I have one stream crossing (I think I put it in a picture), it necessitates 4 wheel drive.
I actually have 3 camp spots, the one pictured which really isn't on my land but on National Forest land (I permit both my truck, camper and quad for National Forest use), and 2 in the deep woods. I tend to park on the NF land, it's a clearing and less bugs.
No one uses my property except Rick Nugent, we are good friends and he walks my property regularly and checks the boundary markers and blinds and if there is an issue, he calls me. Rick, like his brother Ted is a real outdoorsman and hunter. I'm very blessed to have a Nugent for a neighbor, great people all around and he lives on his property unlike us, so he's there all the time.
The parcel is about 2.5 hours drive time from here. Just close enough to be far enough away....
We try to use it every year numerous times in the spring / summer for camping and maintenance and in the fall winter for hunting. I hunt 'out west' every other year, can't afford it every year. Hunts are very expensive and that is my consuming hobby plus it keeps the freezers full.
We have cattle on the farm but we prefer wild game and eat everything from elk to squirrel.
IMO, if you can afford you own private 'campground', buy it.