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Title: Life shift...
Post by: TickInTime on March 20, 2014, 04:16:14 PM
Hey All,

I am an infrequent poster but would love to hear the MMM community thoughts on my plan...  Obviously life likes to take its own course but we can lay out a rough sketch and modify as needed!

Current situation:


The Future:

We are not satisfied with the area that we live in an and are considering the PNW (Bend, OR is currently on the radar as a match.)  We love hiking, bike riding, community events, local everything, gardening, music, etc.  I digress...  Before jumping 3,000 miles across the country we figured it would be a great time to hike the Appalachian Trail followed by a cross county road trip; before “settling down” and having kids (human and goats ;P)

I expect this hiking and driving adventure would cost approximately $15,000-20,000 (strictly guessing) and would take 6-8 months. We would then formally move, reenter the work force, while building a homestead (a <1,000sq.ft. house on 1+ acre) and eventually ease into retirement and a more self sufficient lifestyle.

tl;dr  Should we both quit our job, bounce around for a good part of a year, then move across the country?
Title: Re: Life shift...
Post by: Little Nell on March 20, 2014, 04:34:05 PM
One thing you might consider before setting your heart on Bend is the (to my mind excellent) land use laws in Oregon. You can't just buy an acre of land and plunk a house on it. A one-acre legal building lot with all the services near Bend will probably not be cheap.

But it's a great area!
Title: Re: Life shift...
Post by: phred on March 20, 2014, 06:06:22 PM
I would first vacation in Bend OR to see if reality equals dreams.  Would forego AT for now and hike Pacific Crest Trail after checking out Bend
Title: Re: Life shift...
Post by: TickInTime on March 20, 2014, 06:45:51 PM
There will be much vacationing in Bend and all major towns in Oregon this year, PCT is a fabulous idea!!  Thanks!
Title: Re: Life shift...
Post by: MarciaB on March 20, 2014, 07:13:38 PM
Sounds to me like you need to ditch the job and get one that you can live with. For a while anyway. While you build up a war chest (however much that needs to be) and do some recon in Bend and other areas.

Meanwhile, spend a couple of weeks this summer on the AT.