Things I’m looking forward to in a house in a small town in the Northwest.
- Rooms. This will be the first time in 10 years I’ll be able to walk through a doorway and not end up outside (or in a bathroom).
- Room. Being able to move through my living space without bumping into things, knocking objects over, or having to leapfrog assorted dogs.
- Tap water that doesn’t destroy everything it touches.
- Filling a glass of water right from the spigot and being able to drink it (instead of hauling 55-gallon barrels of drinkable water from town and 5-gallon jugs from the power shed).
- A notable dearth of rattlesnakes.
- Power that comes at the flip of a switch without any personal prayer or engineering involved. (Yes, I know; it’s major coolness living off-grid, and we preparedness types are supposed to be able to generate our own power by rubbing two sticks together or something and it’s fashionable for us to scorn “the grid.” But solar power is really not ready for prime time.)
- Not being 12 miles from town. (Yes, it’s also been cool telling “civilized” people that I have to drive through five desert washes just to get to the grocery store, and when it rains I can’t leave the property because the flash floods might carry my SUV away. But enough’s enough. Those floods have been impressive, though.)
- Having a real library within a mile of me again. Whoohoo!!!
- Trees taller than my kneecaps.
- Being near the ocean even if I don’t go there all that often, and even if it’s always 50 degrees and foggy when I do.
- Having a generator be a backup device and not a regular part of living.
- Fecundity. Wild mushrooms in the fall. Fiddlehead ferns. Streams teaming with fish. Blackberries, huckleberries, and salmonberries growing everywhere. All kinds of stuff growing everywhere.
- A toilet. That flushes.
- A bathtub. Withactual hot water.
- Being able to run a hair dryer, a microwave, or a fan without a) paroxysms of guilt or b) hitting the low-battery cut-off point.
Final packing day tomorrow. Trailer loading on Thursday. Hit the road on Friday.
I’m taking backroads most of the way and making a leisurely trip of it. I expect I’ll be able to blog a bit at truck stops or motels-with-wifi.