It has been an exceptionally wet and muddy week here on our survival homesteading retreat. We were flooded in on Wednesday, with a lot more of that to come as spring arrives.
The photo above was taken long before it was done pouring the rain and the water started moving a whole lot faster. I fully expect to find bicycles, trash cans, or who knows what beached on the creek band when it goes down – as per usual. Once we found a refrigerator in the creek!
Due to the rain, our preps were reduced to road maintenance (again) getting more seeds started, and working on our off the grid ice house. This hunting lodge we turned into a home came complete with a butcher shop that boasted a walk in cooler and two stand-alones.
That’s a great set up for now, but it would drain a lot of generator fuel trying to keep them going for even a short amount of time during a SHTF event. So, we finally embarked on a plan I came up with while researching an article and visiting a local Amish farm four years ago.
We filled buckets with water and let them turn to ice over the winter. We also could chainsaw ice chunks from our pond or even our creek a few times this year. But, buckets were far easier to work with.
We placed them on tall and deep wood shelving units inside of the butcher shop walk in cooler and covered them with saw dust. If my theory holds, and the walk in is as insulated as we believe it to be, the ice will not melt until about September. By then, our creek would be cool enough to keep most food placed inside of a cooler and sunk, cold.
Our prepper retreat plan had involved retrofitting a metal shed into an ice house, a relatively inexpensive endeavor, but the walk in took that chore out of the equation.
Once the weather warms up enough to thaw out the ground, our foot, horse, and ATV bridge will be placed across the creek bank – but we still aren’t interested in putting a bridge over our creek.
Our creek flips a lot of folks out, usually needlessly. It may look like you are driving through only water and the soggy dirt beneath it, but there is a natural rock culvert at the crossing…
Being flooded in doesn’t bother us one bit. The one way in and one way out nature of this property is one of the reasons we purchased it. We do not want easy access to our land. In case of an emergency, we could get an ATV with a trailer or a horse out on the upper area of the property – as long as the rider was familiar with the terrain and where absolutely not to do or wind up in a ravine that resembles the Grand Canyon’s mini me.
Everyone over the age of 12 in our tribe should be able to navigate the area without a problem in clear daylight conditions, and enough tribe members can now do it at night. There are absolutely no power lines or anything that would tell the naked eye they are not standing in an 1800s era pasture for multiple acres in the spacious open field at the top tier or our property, so Life Flight could land there is necessary.
I would like to get started on the foot bridge now, but I know the ground is still too hard and this brief break in beyond chilly weather is not going to last long. It was negative 13 in the early a.m. one day last week and yesterday it was 60. Later this week it is supposed to hit a whopping 73 – and likely rain. After that, snow will be on its way again. Ohio weather, you don’t gotta love it, but you sure have to learn to expect and deal with it, if you want to live in one of the most beautiful and affordable places in the country.
Our portion of Appalachia is a prepper’s dream area. There is only one stoplight in the entire county, no government permit office of any type, and septic forms at the health department, absolutely no zoning or homeowner associations, or laws that prevent you from walking out the door and building a house, barn, etc.
I would never want to live anywhere else.
We have everything in our county, except:
1. A city within 60 miles
2. A shopping mall
6. Traffic jams
7. Second Amendment infringing laws
8. Home Invasions
9. High taxes of any kind
10. Small backyards
11. The need to lock the door at night
12. The need to do background checks on babysitters or employees
13. The need to lock your car doors; heck most folks don’t even bother to remove the keys!
14. More than two chain restaurants
15. Liberals – alright, we have a few of those, but dang few, not enough even for a small protest on a nice warm and sunny day.
We do not need or want any of the things on the list above – either now or when a long-term disaster happens.
This week’s Questions:
1. Do you live where you want to prep?
2. What are the pros and cons of your county, city, town, or neighborhood, from a prepping perspective?
3. Do you have an ice house or want to build one? How would your do it? Why or why not is an ice house on your survival agenda?
4. How did you prep this week?