Here in the states, the standards for work ethics are, we work and grind all year long to get to the one to four weeks of vacation that we have been so graciously allowed to accumulate and use, as long, as it fits inside the bosses timeline who is always weary of company needs.
As we push through the work days, one after another, we get to a break or maybe lunch. Sometimes things at hand are what our mind contemplates, and once in a while, we drift off into the place of our last vacation which then becomes a moment of excitement, inspired by the thought of our next vacation. So many choices and places to choose from, where will we go? The world is the limit, right? Maybe to a warm, sandy, sunny beach somewhere on the coast. What if we could live there! We could always head to the lodge and ski for a week and sit in front of the fire in the evenings and stay warm. This would be an awesome place to live! What about the lake. I love the lake, we can drive the boat quite a long ways up the tributaries, they are beautiful. Camping, yes camping in the mountains. This would be a great place to live. We could load up the four-wheelers in the back of the truck for the kids and bring the horses up in the trailer for the wife and me. What if, just what if, we could go completely off-grid. The ultimate place for anyone that wants to get away. It would be work, but it would also be self-sufficient. If the system goes down, if town losses power, we will be fine!! Now that would be awesome!! It will be good to get out of town, have some fun and relax for a while. Maybe be in peace and quiet, away from the sounds of the city life. What about lodging during vacation? We could bring a tent and sleeping bags and rough it a bit. We could load the trailer to the back of the pick-up truck, but, then we would have to leave the horses behind. We could pay for lodging, but that would limit our places we would be able to stay.
I will ask again, what if, just what if there is a place like this? And what if I said there is a place just like this way up in the North Idaho area where it is quiet and away from the city sounds. You can cross country ski as long as you wish. You can jump on your horse or your four-wheeler and ride all day. You can also drop down the mountain to the lake and drive your boat up the Clark Fork River, it is beautiful. And at the end of the day, you can warm your self by the fire, knowing that, whatever goes on in the rest of the world you and yours are safe and comfortable.
There is a place like this in the hills above Clark Fork around Lake Pend Oreille. The owner has put together a rustic, ten acre, self-sufficient Property with solar, generator and propane power with a wood stove as the primary heat source. He is ready to move on and hopes to find another to continue on what he has started.