Living in the wilderness provides some very interesting living. It requires creativity, know-how and a willingness to work on anything. Making a living is very subjective to each and every individual and situation. But here, we live 60 miles from a mediocre town. It's the closest one, and it's lucky to have a Wal-Mart (if you call that lucky), a Safeway, several restaurants, and several gas stations. It's an overgrown truck stop. Literally.
However, living off-grid by necessity, makes life wonderful, difficult, and different. To help make our land work for us in more ways than one, our not-so-long-term plan is to have visitors to our place who would spend the night in their own bunkhouse/cottage/cabin/or canvas tent. These accommodations would uniquely have their own solar power. Therefore, visitors would get to experience off-grid power (with NO chance whatsoever for cheating by hooking up to the power grid since it's 17 miles away). Visitors would also get a taste for rural living by enjoying massive amounts of raw, untouched wilderness surrounding my future orchards and gardens.
Here's my question to you. What, if anything else, would draw people out to a remote sight, 60 miles from the nearest town, 12 miles of highway (after getting off the interstate), 17 miles of pretty well maintained dirt roads, and no fuel unless you go to the nearest gas station, 29 miles away?
I'm imagining things like cowboy cabins, rustic in style, yet plush and cozy inside. I'm imagining lovely gardens, animals, and the wilderness. What else can you tell me that would either be essential, or desirable to make such a trek?
We figure keeping it simple and rugged, with a healthy but simple dash of comfort, would complement the fact that we are in one of Arizona's high mountain deserts. It is rugged, beautiful, quiet, and remote.
Our brainstorming is at an impasse. I would love to hear what you think people would like to experience, do, or find if they came out. Would this be an ideal situation where visitors would actually be encouraged to do nearly nothing unless they wanted to help in the garden, or go for a hike, or sit under a shade tree reading a book?
What do you think?
Can't wait to hear your thoughts!!!
Thanks to all you blog-hoppers! And a special thanks goes to the Dandelion House and Verde Farms for making this more fun than ever!