Well it seems the time is approaching quickly. Synchronicity seems to lay things in my lap all the time. I have been seriously contemplating moving out to the wilderness since I was 11 or 12 after reading “My Side of the Mountain”, and I have created a million dreams and gone through all the different stages—unconfident non-believer, isolationist, laughing at my naiveté, releasing the restraints that were holding me back, learning the practical information needed, and realism. Now I know it is an inevitable part of my path in life, and I am just waiting for the opportune moment. The reality of my situation is that I will need to continue to make money for some time before going entirely wild in order to pay off pointless student loans and have some cushion. I see the most logical route would be to spend a few warmer seasons in the wilderness, coming back in the winter to work a little and pursue other interests (beer making).
I have an interest in the North East, particularly Vermont or New Hampshire. I have many friends of like mind in that area, I think it is beautiful, it can be remote while maintaining relatively easy accesses to the modern world (unless you plan on abandoning your family and friends this is nice, and it gives the possibility of industry of some sort like crafts and wildcrafted items). I don’t care about US laws so squatting is fine by me, but I would eventually like to evolve into something more comfortable and productive, like a homestead or small village. I want to create a wholesome community to eventually bring a family and friends and allies into. I just got back from a semester at an intentional community in Scotland, and have seen the value of community and culture over almost anything. From my time spent in Vermont I have experienced a populous that would be supportive of people with a similar plan/dream. My philosophies run deeper, but I am not going to outline it all here
I’m 21, temporarily live in New Jersey, and just dropped out of The University of Vermont in order to get myself serious about the real world. I have quite a bit of practical knowledge, and learn fast, but still more heads are better than one. I have a particularly thorough botanical knowledge including wild medicinals and edibles and much experience and luck in permaculture-style gardening. I wouldn’t refuse any like-minded folks’ help and energy in getting out there. I think 4 or 5 people would be an ideal number.
I am in no hurry right now. I committed to New Jersey for a few months until Spring, and then plan on living in the woods near Burlington for part of the summer or do some WWOOFing in VT. The only plan I have committed myself to in the summer is a road trip out west to Burning Man, but more road trippers are welcome to come along. Seems like a good time to get know one another. I have a few of your email addresses saved, so some of you may be hearing from me. Good luck all. The only thing stopping you from doing is not doing.