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#21 AWG_Pics

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Posted 13 July 2022 - 03:10 PM

Presently I am starting a small town newspaper search, Looking at ads. It is tedious so possibly might get lucky.

 

 

You may wish to contact local real estate agents. They have their finger on properties as well as, or better, than anyone.

 

I agree with your Craigslist assessment. Lots of JackA##es lurking there.

 

Maybe you can avoid the fate of the woman we ran into in Hanksville Utah. She went down there from Seattle for a couple month break and ended up buying the local Rock shop. Lives there permanently now. Though I have to admit she seemed happy enough. 


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#22 kmacafee

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Posted 13 July 2022 - 03:41 PM

Rob, check out Borrego Springs, Ca

I'd second Borrego Springs.  We've been renting there for years and you are surrounded by almost unlimited offroading.


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Posted 13 July 2022 - 10:29 PM

You know Rob, I've always like Tonapah, Nevada, it's sort of in the middle of nowhere, but you can get to allot of places pretty fast  but again I like Gerlach, Nevada too-can not beat Bruno's. If you like trees and a real homey little town, try Canyon City, Oregon, really like the brick streets and has good access to allot of places.  Make sure you check the fire situation before you move, the smoke will destroy even the best places . 

 

Have fun.

 

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Posted 13 July 2022 - 11:00 PM

Thanks for the suggestions Smoke. I will google map and check them out. As we are hopefully going in Jan-March to avoid sleet freezing rain and tons of snow (gee do I sound done with NE winters?) (BTW my nephew lives in Clark CO... N of Steamboat Springs...gets meters and meters of snow... but it is nice snow...fluffy powder...stuff you can play in not hip breaking glare ice!! ... gee do I sound jealous ?)      So we are hunting a winter retreat to what we would call warm (above 45). I always assumed the more north one goes the more cold maybe Oregon isn't like that? I want walking without crampons walking !!

Have found a couple cabins in mountains of New Mexico... but the looking is yet young.


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Posted 14 July 2022 - 12:03 AM

Hi Again

 

For whats it is worth pay close attention to Altitude in the west or southwest in terms of the temps you can expect.

 

On one of our trips Oregon-Big Bend we encountered overnight temps of 8 in New Mexico.....in late March.

 

Weather Underground has the means to look at archived weather info for past dates...handy tool.

 

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#26 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 12:03 AM

Sounds like a great plan. Living where we do we are spoiled mostly mild temps year round.

No snow/ice to speak of. But lots of fog which can get old after weeks/months of it.

But I am not going to complain.Been out of the east coast cold  (left Pennsylvania 1963).

 

Just couldn't put up with that now.Also don't want to live where the temps are above the 80s.

 

We are very picky.

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 12:12 AM

Oregon and Washington west of the Cascadian Mt Range extensions is coastal influenced weather = warmer Winters; with TONS of people...East of that is generally cold, well below zero cold, in winter and hot in summer but with lots of room to roam..., but hey it is a dry cold!   :rolleyes: I live in NE corner of Oregon....remember to consider elevation:  colder higher in Winter....I doubt if on East Coast considering altitude is significant, well, except on White Mountain...

 

Gerlach, if not BFE you can see it from there....alkali desert...2022 YTD 1.86 " rain...tough, hard scrabble and isolated; but close to Burning Man if you dig that... B)  I grew up in Nevada and love the sagebrush country, but in Gerlach the jackrabbits carry canteens...

 

Canyon City is adjacent to John Day and very hot in summer; I drove through there at end of this June and it was an oven....Winters are as stated, cold...unfortunately drugs are becoming a big issue in many of these small central Oregon towns...mostly meth.

 

Your quest will be fun....but everyone is looking for what you are looking for; a place to escape to with solitude...currently we are seeing mass exit from the insanity of metropolitan centers in Ca, Or and Wa...but like the song:  "sometimes you might get what you need"....

 

Enjoy the journey! And good luck to you....

 

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Posted 14 July 2022 - 10:35 PM

We are starting to find "tiny houses" for rent in somewhat secluded areas. still not cheap but at $!500/28 days not too bad for per diem. To keep in perspective as we are a long way from a home base. 4 weeks at a place like that might allow a lot of local exploring as well as time to scout out places to boondock for a few weeks then find another rental for a couple weeks. The first time out will be a learning experience and having a place for a few weeks might make it easier. If it's bad we can always bug out! We are leaning toward more southern higher elevation... a little snow dusting is not winter to us.  


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Posted 15 July 2022 - 12:04 AM

Rob, check out Borrego Springs, Ca

I am checking this out now Steve. I have a sister who taught in Riverside (Botany at UC) she now lives in Bay area but loved heading into desert to see flowers bloom. I sent her a message to see what she knows as well. Appreciate the help.

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Posted 18 July 2022 - 08:10 PM

Well I feel like I have been in a time warp. I guess the world has kept on getting more complex as I have been' circling the airport'. I have found there are many places to rent but since the AirB&B etc thing folks are really charging $$$ for ship container tiny houses! This is gonna make it more of a tedious search to find a place. The rates are high relative to my thinking. I better get over that quick. The month long rental seems not feasible in that where we'd love to spend a month like Sedona or Taos the prices or even availability is out of our range. So maybe shorter rentals and more of them might be feasible with more time in the camper in boonies. 

 

We have a rough track outlined. We'd beeline it out of the frozen north down to Nashville and hop on the Natchez trail highway. It's 400 miles long and has 3 free National park campgrounds open all year. Tennessee, Alabama, and ending at Natchez Mississippi on the river.Wed'd go straight across Louisiana on blue highways and cross eastern Texas on same to Austin area. ( we have a friend in Buda TX where we can chill and regroup)\. From there east to Big Bend State park area, Terlingua TX. I am hoping to rent a "cabin" for a week to get a place to plan out camp sites in the park. I bet we can easily do 10-14 days in the park. What I have found of my nature is I have to consciously put on the brakes and not worry about spending too much time in one place thinking the next might be needing more time. I have to struggle to enjoy every mouthful not thinking about the next bite. I am researching Carlsbad Caverns and the area around that spot. A friend has told me he spent 3 days in the caverns and is going back. From there I have a basic idea, So nothing is even close to set but a loop around southerly west then northerly east here are some ideasin no real order: Painted Desert NM, Monument Valley NM,Bears Ear NM,Canyon of the Ancients NM, El Malpais NM, Taos NM, Cibola Nat Forest NM, Gila Cliff Nat. Mon. NM, Maybe SW Arizona if possible???? Getting home I will not even give one iota of thought as it will no doubt be "flat out on the slab" (but thankfully home is good). 

So fellow wanderers with great thoughts, all ideas will be given consideration and research. I will be doing a blog while underway mostly because I am Irish... I gab. It relaxes me to write about the day no matter how bad... so will be sure to scout out. One very important place to me that I want to go and have wanted to go for ever is a small church where a spiral staircase was made by a wandering carpenter. I have info on it and I will be sure to go see. It appears to float. After making it at the mission for his board, he just left.  Gotta see it. 


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