High Altitude, Rural Living in Washington and Colorado

| 9/27/2012 9:04:37 AM

Bruce familyBruce and Carol McElmurray live in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado at an elevation of 9,750'.

Ed and Laurie Essex live off grid in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington State at an elevation of 4200’.

Bruce and Ed, bloggers for The Happy Homesteader at Mother Earth News, have decided to collaborate on a blog about the learning curve one experiences when making a major change in lifestyle by living where they do.


What are some of the less obvious differences between living an urban lifestyle versus a rural homestead lifestyle? Things you didn’t expect or had to learn the hard way? 

Bruce: One of the major differences is not having services at your disposal. You need to be more self reliant and be able to do things yourself. Having internet access is a bonus because you can research how to do things yourself.

Ed: Even though we did a lot of research before we moved I don’t think we realized the full depth of what we were going to have to do. Not only did we move from a condo to a homestead but we had to learn how to manage our solar power, raise chickens, grow a large garden, pressure can and many other things. We knew we would be doing those things but it turned out there was more to it than we thought.

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