Researching the place to spend the remainder of your days takes effort. This isn't the short list, but it is a list of sorts. I've eliminated some spots from the list because the price of land is too dear, the climate doesn't appeal enough or for a number of reasons, they didn't make the cut. There are places such as Minden, NV that are on the list but I've been there enough that it doesn't need to be added to the search routine. The same could be said of Lake City, but I'm going to be in the neighborhood, thus it's back on the check-out list.
Questa, New Mexico
Happy Jack, Arizona
Show Low, Arizona
South Fork, Colorado
Lake City, Colorado
All these places have real potential, but as we all age, we need to have medical care a reasonable distance from the ranch. The closest hospital to Happy Jack is Flagstaff, AZ. All of these locations have similar issues. The answer is not to get sick...or old.
You'll note that all of the black sites have altitude, dry air and are located in communities where being armed is not a problem. They also have places where you can wet a canoe. Each has the potential of a large enough plot of land to serve my general needs for privacy, security, space for a nice workshop and quiet.
None of them are located in 'progressive' areas.
None of them are populated by inner city people.
|Blue Ridge Reservoir, near Happy Jack|
Happy Jack, Arizona is featured today on Virtual Mirage. It's located equidistantly between Flagstaff, Winslow (where you can stand on the corner) and Camp Verde. Land is not expensive and its up on the Mogollon Rim (pronounced Mog-ee-own Rim). There are a lot of deer, elk, bear, lions, foxes, lynx and bobcat and so forth. As far as I know there aren't any wolves, but with the forrest service re-populating wolves, who knows how long that will remain the case?
The Happy Jack area is forested by ponderosa pines, pinion pines and cedars. The lots are almost all 5 acres, with more land available to those with the bankroll and the ambition to tend it.