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Escaping to the country side?

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Created June 16, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Is anybody desiring to live paleo in an area where they aren't so many cell phone towers, free of wi-fi, peace and quite, sunshine, the ocean maybe, still a short commute to civilization, but also at an affordable cost? Wondering what peoples thoughts are and if anybody had dropped their current location and moved out to the country and their story of how they did it?

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on June 18, 2012
at 06:05 PM

I would highly suggest doing a week here and there if you can, camping is a nice get away too, not a state park if you can! Leave your cell phone at home or in the car, in airplane mode.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on June 17, 2012
at 07:29 AM

^That's all I would want to do, is just be in an RV in a place like that.

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on June 17, 2012
at 03:42 AM

Maybe not quite what you had in mind but I just spent two months in Pacific Palisades, CA and their cell phone coverage is almost non-existant. There is an ocean nearby, though.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on June 17, 2012
at 12:17 AM

Yeah, we have the pine trees. I'm not quite sure why the cell companies think a fake pine tree that is 4 stories taller than all the other pine trees is any more visually appealing than an unadorned tower.

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on June 16, 2012
at 06:30 PM

An AT&T cell tower was literally at the base of my brother's "road" and the base could be seen from the porch, yet I couldn't get service to save my life. Are the towers in VT dressed up as ridiculous looking pine trees? In CA, they are either ridiculous looking pine trees, palm trees, or crosses (in church parking lots).

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on June 16, 2012
at 04:28 PM

The trouble is the farmers want cell phone coverage as much as everyone else, and why shouldn't they? We live in rural England in a village without streetlights and with very little traffic. We have phone coverage if we need it and we can see the nearest town across the valley but there are grass fed animals to buy and pastured eggs so it seems like a pretty good compromise to me.

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on June 16, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Not so sure you can get to place without cellphone towers... except maybe northern Maine. I'm in the midcoast area of Maine, and it is at least half an hour in any direction to any major population centers- there is a cell tower literally less than a mile from me. But, cell towers or no, I would definitely recommend rural living. Much more relaxing. As for how I got out here, I was living in Boston, but am now an intern at an organic farm/winery.

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on June 16, 2012
at 12:57 PM

Lower Hudson Valley! I want to drop everything and move out there!

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on April 25, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Most people have to worry about things like jobs. And jobs in your rural paradise are likely to be a problem.

In the US there are enough open empty spaces, look at the Western states. Even if you want the ocean, I'm sure there are wild stretches of Oregon coast. But what exactly are you going to do there?

Hint: subsistence farming is a pretty miserable way to eke out existence.

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:39 PM

I currently still live at home but if i ever buy my own place it will be in the country for sure, i would never ever buy property in a city.

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on April 25, 2013
at 09:06 AM

Yeah, no, I live in a small village in southern England and we have (admittedly poor) cellphone coverage and really good wifi. It's a predominantly farming village (as are most of the villages in the area), but that just means the constant stink of manure, escaping sheep/cows/horses/dogs, manure all over the roads, potholes everywhere, and tractors constantly holding up traffic. There are infrequent buses, but it's about 95% impossible to get to any shops or markets without a car.

Living in this village is great for running on woodland trails and along quiet country roads, but it makes it very difficult to get to a gym, do the foodshop, get to college or socialise at all. It's isolated enough to make life very difficult and transport a massive hassle, but not isolated enough to be able to enjoy the "peace" of the countryside (which I don't really believe even exists, if I'm completely honest). You lose out on any conveniences in exchange for a view of a muddy field and a boatload of pensioners.

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on June 16, 2012
at 05:34 PM

My out-laws are building their homestead, off the grid from scratch, on 20 acres in eastern Washington. No nothing! No electricity, no cell service, there is a land line that isn't in use, and they just put in a well last summer. They live in an RV, mostly for cooking and sleeping, and the toilet. The 20 acres next door are for sale, as much as I'd love to buy it and get away from it all, it would be really hard to make a living out that way, its 6 hours away from my house. But boy do I dream of it! I get pretty excited about the week my boyfriend and our dogs get to spend there every year.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on June 17, 2012
at 07:29 AM

^That's all I would want to do, is just be in an RV in a place like that.

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

(1178)

on June 18, 2012
at 06:05 PM

I would highly suggest doing a week here and there if you can, camping is a nice get away too, not a state park if you can! Leave your cell phone at home or in the car, in airplane mode.

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on June 16, 2012
at 05:03 PM

Your description sounds a lot like a private island in the Maldives. I would add an all inclusive private bungalow to your description.

There are still places on this earth where there is no cell phone coverage, peace and quiet and an ocean nearby. Seek and you shall find!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on June 17, 2012
at 03:42 AM

Maybe not quite what you had in mind but I just spent two months in Pacific Palisades, CA and their cell phone coverage is almost non-existant. There is an ocean nearby, though.

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on June 16, 2012
at 01:26 PM

I have a feeling that the combination of "short commute to civilization" and reduced background RF is going to be quite rare. Where there are people, there is demand for cell phone coverage. The only places I've ever encountered truly terrible cellphone coverage is where there are very few people, far away from civilization.

You can definitely find low RF in the United States National Radio Quiet Zone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_National_Radio_Quiet_Zone , but the commute is probably not short enough.

Another thing you could look for is a deep valley near civilization that has poor signal penetration and a low enough population density that there is little RF spewing infrastructure. I have no idea if such a place actually exists.

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on June 16, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Yes. I don't really think it has to be free of WiFi or whatever... but I really dislike the things city living has to offer... and the things people in a city think are important (generally speaking).

And this is from a girl who used to spend as much time in big cities as possible.

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46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

on June 16, 2012
at 11:50 AM

FYI I'm not sure that place exists. I live in VERY rural VT and we still see plenty of cell towers (even though we never have service), wind towers, signs for free wi-fi, and plenty of other signs of civilization.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 16, 2012
at 06:30 PM

An AT&T cell tower was literally at the base of my brother's "road" and the base could be seen from the porch, yet I couldn't get service to save my life. Are the towers in VT dressed up as ridiculous looking pine trees? In CA, they are either ridiculous looking pine trees, palm trees, or crosses (in church parking lots).

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on June 17, 2012
at 12:17 AM

Yeah, we have the pine trees. I'm not quite sure why the cell companies think a fake pine tree that is 4 stories taller than all the other pine trees is any more visually appealing than an unadorned tower.

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