Seeking a SUN☼stead

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Published on The Doomstead Diner June 18, 2017

 

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This is Part 2 of a 4 Part series on the sustainability of Alaska in a post-Collapse World, and how to make it happen.

Read Part 1 HERE.

 

I'm taking off for a shakedown cruise of the new Stealth Van tomorrow, and will be keeping a diary of the trip, and will publish the whole thing after I get back.  Meanwhile, I've given the trip a whole additional purpose besides just checking the gas mileage and reliability of the SV, I am going to do some Land Shopping for the first SUN☼stead!  :icon_sunny:

Our project in South Carolina has stalled, it's generally speaking out of budget for where we are right now financially. Without some investors from Inman, it's just not going to happen there.  So far, although SUN☼ got a very positive response from the Movers & Shakers in Inman, to date nobody has ponied up one thin dime to make the project happen there.  So it's time to move to Plan B.

If we can't get the money together for a demonstration property in SC, I'm going to look in other states for more affordable land that is also more remote with a lower population density than the Inman area of SC, which is basically Suburbia as it is laid out now.  That is not congruent with the SUN☼ mission unless you can get the whole town to reorient around Sustainability, and right now that doesn't seem in the cards either.

The first and easiest place to look is of course right where I AM, here on the Last Great Frontier.  I'll also be traveling down to WA to visit with my friend Big Sam from Seattle, and we'll scope out land in WA, OR, ID & MT.  Overall these are the two best survivability locations in the FSoA IMHO, I never was particularly enthused about SC due to its location on the East Coast and high population along with the close proximity of several Nuke Puke reactors.  SC is Nuke Central, they don't just have one Fukushima waiting to happen, they have three!

SC is where the other SUN☼ principals currently live, so I was willing to move there if we could get a viable SUN☼ Project going in that neighborhood, but that doesn't look like it is in the cards anytime too soon due to lack of sufficient MONEY.  On the other hand, it's unlikely the SC branch of SUN☼ will move to Alaska or even Idaho anytime too soon, but I think they will have a change of heart when the Oconee Nuclear Station goes full on Chernobyl.  The problem of course at that point would be the ability to GTFO of Dodge and make it across the country with your truck and trailer rig.  Will you be able to get gas for it at that time?  You might make it to Idaho perhaps, but I don't expect much in gas to be available along the Al-Can by this time.

http://hoodoorecreation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/TrapperCreek_05.jpg So I went Googling for available land around Talkeetna, which is where I was planning on heading in the Stealth Van anyhow, and I found what looks like to be a PERFECT property at the right price.  I have 3 screen shots of the satellite view of the patch of land (about 5 Acres, but with many more parcels around it completely devoid of human habitation at the moment), and it comes in at a real bargain price I can afford, cash on the barrel head, no mortgage, owned Free & Clear for SUN☼.  :icon_sunny:   It is within budget!  Particularly since there are no building codes or requirements whatsoever for this land, you can camp on it if you wish, you don't need to drill a well or put in septic, you can just shit in the woods if you like. However, I will experiment with Humanure composting techniques. 🙂 It's has frontage right on a year round glacier fed running creek coming down from Denali, which actually is really a river, not a "creek".  At right you see a pic of Trapper "Creek" in this neighborhood.

First the zoomed out map of the entire neighborhood.

 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/54/Talkeetna_railway_station_2011.jpgAs you can see, it is just south of Denali National Park and you can see where the Glacier ends and the runoff begins.  The town of Petersville which is the closest without having to cross the creek (no bridge there to Talkeetna) has a population of…get this… 4 people as of the 2010 census! lol. We would be a suburb of this town. lol. Talkeetna does better with a population of 876, although that expands quite a bit during the summer Tourista season.  It's got a nice Main Street with bars and restaurants, although they are only open from around May-September.  It's got a couple of General Stores where you can buy a few items, but generally people who live around there drive down to Wasilla every couple of months to stock up at Wally World and Fred Meyer, the Kroger affiliate here.  Definitely stock up for deep winter from Dec through Feb, you never know when you might get snowed in.  The distance is only around 70 miles though and it's right on the Parks Highway, so even in mid-winter the road is usually clear.  It's also a stop on the Alaska Railroad.

Zooming in a little closer, you can see the general terrain features of the neighborhood.  Lots of ponds and small lakes, along with Trapper Creek.

Because of all this ground level water available year-round as glacial runoff, there is no need to drill a well.  That saves you a shit load of money right there.  It might even be potable straight out of the creek, but I have a water distiller anyhow and besides that, I'm sure just boiling it would be sufficient.  Plenty of wood around for fuel to boil the water with too.  No neighbors around for miles to complain about the way you are living, and certainly no Home Owners Association.  YOU are the whole HOA!  There's obviously no grid electric flowing in there, but the SUN☼stead will be off-grid with solar and wind anyhow, and micro-hydro possible on Trapper Creek.  Also of course you can use a generator as long as the fuel remains available.  I have no hypocrisy problems with doing this.

For Internet access, it should be close enough to Talkeetna to get 4G, if not I will go for a satellite link.  Talkeetna is also within range of an Ewz, although probably not my current unit, I will need an e-trike from ZEV for that commute. Also will invest in a gas powered 4-wheeler to go cross country, which is a lot shorter than going by the roads, if there is a spot shallow enough to cross Trapper Creek anyhow.

Finally, up close and personal on the property itself, bordered in Yellow.

Nice wooded lot right on Trapper Creek, and the spot actually looks like a good fishing hole.  Here's the ad description of the property:

Almost 5 acres under 2 miles off MP 121 Parks Hwy, on the trail system. Crystal clear Trapper Ck frontage, and a short ride to September Lk. Selling under the assessed value. This wonderful getaway is being offered with terms of 20% down, 6% interest, 5-7yr amortization. Nicely treed with birch and spruce. Trapper Ck is reported to have rainbows, grayling, moose, and bear hunting.

http://alaskabushadventures.com/images/m0251.jpg Moose and Bear hunting right on your own property!  Who could ask for more!  Not that I will be doing any of that, but once a few younger Heliopaths show up they can do that.  I'll stick to trapping some small game.  Fishing is even probably out because I can't cast or reel in too good anymore, but I might try doing some Spear Fishing with my Pistol Crossbow.  The trees are also Birch and Spruce, so you could tap the birch trees to make birch syrup in the spring.  That is done a lot around here.

http://n7g2722vxpcn1fx5s3njdgqr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/FDome_75_11.jpg What about a domicile?  For that, to begin with I will put up an F-dome.  Again, I'm not capable of doing the construction of the deck and assembly of the dome myself, but I will hire a couple of the unemployed native carpenters in my complex for this task.  I'll also have them build a greenhouse for growing tomatoes, zucchini, green beens etc.  I'll grow Alaska Carrots & Alaska Potatoes outdoors in raised beds, since the soil around there isn't too good, nowhere near the quality of Palmer soil.  I'll set up a small Hydroponics setup to do herbs and spices.

Now, will I actually LIVE on this property year-round through the winter to begin with?  Hell no, not in mid winter for sure, not until there are other Heliopaths living on the property with me. I'll use it from spring after the melt to fall at the end of harvest time, around mid-April to early September around here with the current climate. SUN☼ can hold Workshops and Convocations during the summer as long as the Jets are still flying and BAU continues.  I'll keep my digs in Palmer for the Winter.  There will be no additional cost to me besides some very low taxes since I will buy the property for CASH.  In winter, besides holing up in the digs I will do some Sunbirding, and fly down to the lower 48 to visit friends, burning the jet fuel while the planes are still flying.

http://www.shtfplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/mountain-house-food-medium.jpg What about making it survivable for a SHTF scenario where I have to move there full time?  Can't feed myself off the land probably, not by myself anyhow.  So I will double up my stock of food preps, now good for over 2 years.  Say a 5 year supply, I'm not going to live that long anyhow. If I make the next year, that will be fairly miraculous. Got water from the creek, fuel to cook and heat with from the forest, food.  No worries about Zombies coming for my food and killing me, if anybody is hurting and shows up, I'll give it away.  When it's all gone, I die.  Going to the Great Beyond here soon enough anyhow.

Overall, this Plan fits into what it is currently feasible for me to do on my own without additional investors in SUN☼.  I can spend whatever time left that I have walking the earth a little closer to nature.  I can straddle both worlds and do some demonstration projects for SUN☼ on the property. Diners will always be welcome when TSHTF, if they can get there of course.  Until TSTF, we can hold Diner/SUN☼ Convocations on the land, and do Workshops.  Until we get investors, SUN☼ will focus on its Mission of Education about Collapse, which we can do on a limited budget utilizing the web.  I'll even pay Albert's plane ticket up here for a kickoff workshop on Biochar. lol.

I'll take pictures of the neighborhood and hopefully the property itself, although unless my Ewz can negotiate the terrain off the road there (about 2 miles worth) I won't be able to get to the site itself. I have been to the neighborhood before, and it just depends on the given terrain and tree density whether I can negotiate the Ewz around.  Just have to see when I get there.

Will this particular patch of land be the one I buy for SUN☼?  Probably not, since first I want to go look at properties in WA, OR, ID & MT with Big Sam from Seattle.  However, as you can see from the Google Earth screen captures, by no means is this the only property of this type out in that neighborhood.  So I will be patient on this, unless it just looks so juicy when I get there and my Ewz can give me a full property tour that I can't resist the Buying Opportunity. LOL.

Road Trip Diary and photos coming next week in the Plan B of an Alaska SUN☼stead. :icon_sunny:

9 Responses to Seeking a SUN☼stead

  • Etyere Petyere says:

    why would want you so desperately  to preserve that worn out corporal body of yours ? You are just taking all this aggravation on you . Preparing doing all the work, planning , travel relocation etc etc . While you just could kick back and enjoy the show . Its like Trump  he is a billionare and now at 70 he has to get up and go to work in a stupid office even if its oval  instead just having a good time .Survival is going to be purely a luck thing in case of a SHTF scenario In the more likely case of NTHE all this effort is and will be useless . The Van looks pretty good thou .was it freshly painted ? there is still some painter masking tape on it 

    • RE says:

      The masking tape was from the new windshield installation.  It’s now off.  The paint job is original.

      Yes, just hanging out here and watching the shit show has its appeal too.  Especially since this is where my large staff of medical profesionals is located to spend a lot of money on for very little in the way of results.

      RE

  • Anti Troll says:

    Hey EmptyPempty: all your posts are exactly the same, you always repeat your dumbass nihilistic message to everybody that they should not bother with anything anymore and everybody should just roll over and die quietly. You need to follow your own advice: you should not bother posting here anymore and you should just roll over and die quietly.  Interesting to note that at a recent interview with Carolyn Baker by Alex Smith, Carolyn is now distancing herself from the toxic nihilism of McSerpent.  Only the really dumb people continue to be McSerpent disciples.

    RE: Whether you stay in Alaska and keep running this blog or choose to go on the road and report about the unravelling of the FSA, either option will be appreciated by your readers.

  • RE says:

    RE: Whether you stay in Alaska and keep running this blog or choose to go on the road and report about the unravelling of the FSA, either option will be appreciated by your readers.

    Thanks AT!

    Either way, I'll be here until the Internet Goes Dark or I Buy My Ticket to the Great Beyond.  I will leave this corporeal existence as the Internet Warrior I have been since it was born.  I will leave UNDEFEATED, standing tall for my beliefs until it's over, and I will cross the Great Divide with the knowledge I did the best I could to SAVE AS MANY AS YOU CAN.

    SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.

    RE

  • fascinating series of posts RE

     

    Thanks

  • Bee says:

    Why in the world would anyone even waste time in SC in the first place? Alaska, sure, upper NY along the lake, big chunks of Appalachia, Tennessee, western NC maybe, the upper midwest is quite nice in terms of low population density, education and a history of farming and agricultural at both large and small scales, so central WI, lower MN, central MI, but SC? They have the southern issue, so to speak, and as you've discovered, not much in the way of giveaway wealth.

  • Pete Thomas says:

    ummm… according to the map scale, Trapper Creek is about 20 feet wide at the location shown.  That photo is probably not of the creek; it looks more like a lake.  Still nice scenery…

    • RE says:

      No, I blew it.  The pic is of the susitna river, not trapper creek.  I write about this in Part 4.   I left the mistake in on Part 2 because that was what I thought when I wrote the article.

      RE

  • JJGrey says:

    Contact me if you plan on heading to the NE of Montana (Glagow area) or NW North Dakota (Wiliston area).  

    I have a 40 Acre parcel in the area I would be willing to let go of for the right purpose/compensation – something like a SUN inspired homestead would make me happy. I would love to show it to you and get your thoughts on how it can best be used or sold in that direction. I have kept it so long because it costs barely anything in taxes, but is hard enough to get to that I cant see making much use of it. Sure it is prarie instead of the forest you have there (does have some large brush/small trees though), but it has many of the other same advantages you have on the 5 acre lot you are getting as well. 

    There is also an interesting Mennonite village only a half hour away. They seem to be very self sufficent.

     

     

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