Welcome and Prepare
In the early 1980's I was working at Motorola in Austin, TX. I was not very satisfied with the way things were going for me and my children. I started buying "back-to-the-land" books, as they were called in those days. I rented a house with an acre of land, bought some chickens and ducks. I started experimenting with gardening, reading about a new method called the French Intensive Garden. Practicing the principles presented in the books that I read.
I started collecting tools, tools that would use no electricity. I discovered Mother Earth News Magazine and Cumberland General Store. I scoured the pages on real estate. I knew what I wanted, but not where it would be located. I wanted a remote, sparsely populated area with four seasons and mountains. That wasn't in Texas, haha.
I would have liked to move to Canada, but emigration was closed to the average person, so I honed my search on the states bordering Canada. I eventually settled on an area in Washington State called the Okanogan Highlands. Must have been my Scottish roots pulling there.
In April of 1984, I gave notice to my boss, called a realtor in Okanogan, WA, and set up for general delivery of mail. I left Texas on June 30, 1984 with the back of my truck and a U-Haul packed to the roof. A few little mishaps on the way, but we finally arrived in Okanogan on the 22nd of July. Yes, three weeks later.... as I said, a "few little" mishaps. I won't go into those here, this is not about the trip to WA State.
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Nora aka aila