Organized Community Homesteading

| 4/15/2016 11:09:00 AM

Tags: remote living, homestead planning, mountain living, Bruce McElmurray, Colorado,

Mountain sunrise

Living in a remote location appeals to most people who are tired of the smells, noise, long lines, traffic jams and congestion of city life. We made the big move to a more remote location 19 years ago and have enjoyed every minute of it. Some people like the city parks, malls, entertainment, restaurants and other amenities of living in a more populated area. Having spent the major portion of my life in large cities, I was ready for country living and the quiet.

As a child, I recall the streetlight shined  right into my bedroom all night. The factory sounds hammered away all night and the railroad cars clunked and screeched and could be heard for miles. Then later, there was the interstate sounds of semi-trucks whining along all night.

Of course, there were the suburbs where a door slamming in the early hours of the morning or the guy who cut his grass at first light were annoying. Or, the newspaper person with the loud muffler on his car delivering papers in the wee hours of the morning.

Tight Quarters in a Low-Impact Community

It doesn’t really matter where you live — if you live within sight of other people, you adjust to the constant background noise to where you seemingly don’t hear it. I recall when we lived in a low-impact community, where the houses were all within 12 feet of each other, our neighbor was complaining about the neighbor on the other side of her and the “bathroom noises” they made. We heard every domestic argument and door slam on our street.

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