February 10, 2014

A Place to Call Home (Part 9): Holding Pattern

I realized that I never really ended the Place to Call Home series with any sort of closure. If you haven't been following, here is a review of the entire series:

In Part 8 of this series I described our trip up to northern Idaho and how much we enjoyed it. I also mentioned that the areas around Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry had risen to the top of the list of the places we think we would like to settle down and homestead.

Which brings us to this exact moment where we are in a bit of a holding pattern. We are waiting until late spring-early summer to head back out on our visits. One reason has to do with the weather. We prefer to camp for aesthetic and financial reasons and that is difficult in the mountains in the winter. 
Plus the roads can be dicey, as our recent snow/ice storm here in Portland illustrates. We are also busy with work and are currently building up our vacation hours in anticipation for the summer.

We have one large trip planned for this summer. We are hoping to go back to Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry to continue scoping out the area. On the same trip we are hoping to visit the areas near Kettle Falls and Republic in northeast Washington state. These areas were suggested by one of our readers at Blog from the Kootenays, who wrote to us saying that they had a similar climate to northern Idaho and might have even cheaper land available. Our subsequent online investigations have intrigued us enough that we want to check out northeast Washington in person.

So that is how things currently stand. I hope this series had some valuable ideas/insights or if nothing else had some pretty pictures. I would say that some of the lessons we learned from this experience inlcude:
  • It is good to think about what are your criteria for what you really want out of a homestead ranging from growing conditions to finances to less tangible quality of life aspects such as access to recreation.
  • The internet is a good place start researching some of these criteria.
  • But it is even more important to visit and groundtruth the location and talk to locals about places that you are interested in.
  • Be realistic...There is no location that fulfill all of your criteria. Try to find the place that works best for you with the full knowledge that it will never be perfect. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
  • Remember to have fun with the endeavor. If nothing else it makes for an excllent excuse to travel.

I am sure that I will have more to say later in the year after our trip. Until then I will leave you with the incomparable wisdom of Yogi Berra regarding decisions in life: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

(This post was shared at the Homestead Barn Hop, Natural Living Monday, and Mostly Homemade Mondays, the Backyard Farming Connection Hop, Tuesday Greens, Tuesdays with a Twist, the Down Home Hop, Simple Lives Thursday, the Home Acre Hop, Old Fashioned Fridays, 104 Homestead Hop, and the Maple Hill Hop)


  1. Hi Nate and KT! Love that you are blogging, just read over your holiday letter and i saw the URL... excited to see what you guys get up to!


  2. Sounds like y'all have a great plan. We face a similar challenge when we relocate to North Carolina later this year. So glad you shared your outdoor post on The Maple Hill Hop today!


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