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Over the past year, I have written several posts on Bug Out Locations.  They discuss simple things such as my thoughts, shelters, how stocked they should be, purchasing them, etc. If you have not read them, here they are:

However, I took a first look last weekend at a rural piece of property that I was considering as a Bug Out Location.  The price is close to what I would want to pay, and as some or many of you know from my above post on Thinking About Buying Rural Land for Your Bug Out Location, I have some set criteria for the property.  What I noticed upon arrival was this, which helped and hurt:

Property Size:  It is three acres.  This is the minimum I am willing to accept for several reasons.  It is cleared in an area by the road, and it is wooded in other areas.  This is good because I would be looking to cache some supplies on the property in different areas, and makes dead fall firewood easy for collection initially… Three acres is rather small, but I also know that three acres is more space than one thinks it is… That said, I am waiting on an ariel map from the Realtor to see the actual property lines and configuration of the property.  This also is a determining factor in the purchase.
Property Configuration:  The property is relatively flat.  This is important for potential gardening, and for building structures.
Water Sources:  There is a spring on the property and the water feeding a small lake on an adjoining property.  A spring or flowing water was a requirement.  With no water, a well might need to be drilled immediately.  I am going to purchase a water test kit to determine whether or not the water is potable prior to any decision.  I am almost sure it is, but better safe than sorry, and the water test kits are pretty inexpensive.  I have a plan to filter and pipe water from the spring to a large 55 gallon plus container(s) above or below ground as a temporary means of water, connect up a 12 volt water pump, and put it on the electrical panel and/or keep it off grid with a solar panel and deep cycle battery system, which would be set up anyway regardless of the power that is on the property.  Some of you might ask why I want electricity on the property.  I am trying to be a little realistic about how I am going to use the property.  Used as both a retreat from the city, as well as a BOL, I may put up a shed or two on property and pipe power into it, and hook up a refrigerator or freezer to store food… Not everything can be dehydrated, and reconstituted with water, in my humble opinion.  I also figure a “Berkey Water Filter” will suffice for drinking water and potable water in the short term prior to something more permanent since there is a spring on property…  On drilling a well, this is a crap shoot.  I know this going in.  In fact, the first thing I did was look at the ground, and see what kind of dirt it was.  A lot of red shale.  That didn’t initially make me happy.  That means to me the ground is going to be quite rocky… However, that is secondary at the moment because it costs money and will have to be put into the plan.
Power:  There is already electricity piped onto the property.  This is important for multiple reasons, and I do not have an issue paying a minimum electric bill for minimal services.
Waste:  The perc test is expired on the property.  There is a shed on the property already.  When I went around to the back of the shed, the door was unlocked (the front side was locked), and when I opened it, it was an outhouse with what looked like a fiberglass toilet.  It seemed backed up and not built correctly, unless it is a composting toilet.  I could not tell.  If it is a composting toilet, it is clearly was not used correctly.  Either way, it looks like “human waste” will have to be removed, and this is NOT something I would be happy about doing.  Let alone, human waste that has been festering in summer heat for several months / years untouched.  I have to believe that is nothing but toxic.
Gear Thoughts:  In my post Bare Minimum Gear You Should Have at Your Bug Out Location, I am going to go out on a limb and say I was naive in my thoughts on just the “personal gear” noted in the post… What I immediately noticed when walking the property, was that shovels, picks, axes, chainsaws, hacksaws, drills, my tool box, lawn mower, and much much more came to mind as tools for getting the job done to make the property livable.
Wildlife and Plantlife:  There was certainly signs of wildlife.  There was bear scat, turkey prints, rabbit scat, and I am sure there are fish in the lake.  As for plantlife, there were blackberry bushes on the property, which I would want to relocate, since they were growing in the open field.  Maybe relocate them near where the waterline runs to the lake from the spring.  This would provide ample water for them as well as sunlight to help them thrive.  I was excited to see them as I can remember picking blackberries as a child on my parents property.  Mom used to make and jar home made blackberry jam with them.
Taxes:  It fit the criteria of under 1,000.00 dollars a year.  That made me happy
Civilization:  Yes, there are others around.  However, many of the immediate neighbors all have travel trailers on their properties for camping… Sort of pay dirt, if  you ask me… there are homes, but they are up at the other end of the road.  There is a small general store a few miles up the road, state game lands a few miles up the road, and in any direction, five or so miles it is all farm land…
With civilization comes the dreaded property owners association.  This is something I was looking to avoid, however, after reading the property owners association rules and regulations, there was nothing there that I could not live with, for the time being…
Building On Property:  With three acres, I could certainly build a small cabin, add a couple of storage sheds, grow a garden, raise rabbits and chickens, etc.  This is long term and a more full time obligation, however.  Baby steps to the BOL, and a more permanent residence…  Just clearing the property where its not wooded is going to take time, effort, and is more of an undertaking than I had expected, at initial glance.  Nothing worth it is easy, however.
There are already two well aged travel trailers on the property.  One of them would have to go almost immediately, in my opinion.  The other, well, it looked like it needs some/a lot of work, but it might be able to be made usable in the short term to save me some money on buying a new one immediately.  I am sure it needs a MAJOR cleanup.

In all, it had much of the criteria I was looking for.  The property seemed workable, and would need a lot of initial work… I am awaiting the ariel property line map, but I have been unable to find anything within a few hour drive that compares for the price at the moment…  Suffice it to say that the property is in the low five figures, and has high consideration…

I accept any input from anyone that reads this blog for their thoughts.
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