15 Things I Learned From High-Altitude Remote Homesteading



Our snowy A-frame.
Photo by Bruce McElmurray

We have resided in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado full time for just short of a quarter of a century. Over that time we have learned much. Following are some of the lessons we have learned. 

1. This life is not for everyone. We have seen people come and go because this type of living is not only different, but it can be highly demanding. Many have tried it for a time but due to the fact that we get heavy snow in the winters, they resolved to only live here part time and not be full time residents. We received 285 inches this last winter, which can be somewhat daunting.

2. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable and weather forecasters often are wrong in their predictions. Therefore, we have learned not to put off until tomorrow what we can do today due to weather variations.

3. For us seniors, routine work is harder but not impossible. We just have to regulate ourselves to work slower and smarter. Also, this is the stage of life to have tools that will make our jobs easier. A tractor is a good example of a labor-saving tool.

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