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Old 07-14-09, 02:51 PM   #1
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Is 42 too old.....

to be considering buying some land, building a log cabin, and dropping out of society?

I was reading a book last night about how people used to live in the appalachian area and it explained how to build a cabin, how to cure meats, how to make soap (even how to extract lie from hickory coals/ashes), and many other things people used to do. It kind of appeals to me.

Am I nuts for thinking this way?
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My grandma gave me a set of Foxfire books when I was younger, I've never been the same since.

Too old? Definitely not, I'd think it's more accepted the older you are. I was wondering if 25 is too young...
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My grandma gave me a set of Foxfire books when I was younger, I've never been the same since.

Too old? Definitely not. I was wondering if 25 is too young...
great books, aren't they? Some of the quotes are bit hard to understand though.
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Dick Proenekke started at 50 I believe
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Dick Proenekke started at 50 I believe
That was an awesome show...I think that is what rekindled my outdoor spirit. It wasn't long after seeing that show that I began dreaming again of hiking the AT.
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to be considering buying some land, building a log cabin, and dropping out of society?

I was reading a book last night about how people used to live in the appalachian area and it explained how to build a cabin, how to cure meats, how to make soap (even how to extract lie from hickory coals/ashes), and many other things people used to do. It kind of appeals to me.

Am I nuts for thinking this way?
Nope. Lots of people do so around your age, youngster. We moved to Costa Rica when I was 45. One of the best things we ever did. I left a very lucrative career too, but then again, I have made more money since then.

One of the really simple things that people miss is that it isn't how much you make that is important, it is how much you have left over.

I love the idea of homesteading, but I will freely admit that I am not fond of the idea of milking cows. So we have sharecroppers who do it all for me.
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to be considering buying some land, building a log cabin, and dropping out of society?

I was reading a book last night about how people used to live in the appalachian area and it explained how to build a cabin, how to cure meats, how to make soap (even how to extract lie from hickory coals/ashes), and many other things people used to do. It kind of appeals to me.

Am I nuts for thinking this way?
I hope not.

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to be considering buying some land, building a log cabin, and dropping out of society?

I was reading a book last night about how people used to live in the appalachian area and it explained how to build a cabin, how to cure meats, how to make soap (even how to extract lie from hickory coals/ashes), and many other things people used to do. It kind of appeals to me.

Am I nuts for thinking this way?

Thats how old I was when I went to Vermont with the same intentions.
Due to urgent family matters I had to re-enter society, but even at 50,
its my goal to Appalachian or Upstate NY for my final phase of life
Never too late. Lifes short, Enjoy
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I found, the older I get , I question whether all the "hard work"
philosophy I ascribed to was worth it, and my answer is "No".
Yeah, all that overtime and climbing in the company got me
houses and motorcycles and stuff like that, but in retrospect,
I wish I had the time back to do more soul enriching stuff and
spent more time with the pppl in my life who are gone now.
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to be considering buying some land, building a log cabin, and dropping out of society?

I was reading a book last night about how people used to live in the appalachian area and it explained how to build a cabin, how to cure meats, how to make soap (even how to extract lie from hickory coals/ashes), and many other things people used to do. It kind of appeals to me.

Am I nuts for thinking this way?
There's a reason people stopped doing that - it's hard work and unecessary. Plus there aren't going to be enough hickory trees.
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I'm 29 and think of these things all the time.
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There's a reason people stopped doing that - it's hard work and unecessary. Plus there aren't going to be enough hickory trees.
There are things, like making soap, that is so not worth it. But making your own yogurt and cheese is pretty easy and definitely worth it.

Of course, for hermits, soap is definitely optional...
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There's a reason people stopped doing that - it's hard work and unecessary. Plus there aren't going to be enough hickory trees.

Thats just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
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Thats just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
Obviously you don't read P & R or A & S...
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Buying land? Don't forget to pay your property taxes. That's right, our society has made it nearly impossible to do what comes naturally.
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to be considering buying some land, building a log cabin, and dropping out of society?

I was reading a book last night about how people used to live in the appalachian area and it explained how to build a cabin, how to cure meats, how to make soap (even how to extract lie from hickory coals/ashes), and many other things people used to do. It kind of appeals to me.

Am I nuts for thinking this way?
already started on it myself

just be prepared for it to take way longer than you expect depending on tools and materials

I chose to use what is on the property which is mostly hardwood which is not really the way to go. Using spruce or pine 1 guy with an axe and a wedge can do a single room cabin in 60-80 hours of work after the wood is dried. Using hardwood I am finding its gonna take 4-5 times that long and on top of that I am limited pretty seriously by wood size, getting really big logs up on the roof by yourself is a limiting factor. Takes longer to dry and season hardwood too, I cut most of it two years ago and some of it is just now getting dry enough to use. It is definitely a learning experience. Good thing I am no hurry. I have maybe 120 hours or so in it so far and all Ive got is 4 walls and some roof framing up. Long long way to go yet. The roof is becoming a real PITA, but it is one thing you must do right or your screwed.
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Thats just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
So what's your explanation for the fact that nowadays most people have opted not to live in a log cabin they built for themselves in the woods and to cure their own meat?
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So what's your explanation for the fact that nowadays most people have opted not to live in a log cabin they built for themselves in the woods and to cure their own meat?
Bunch of slackers I tell you...

But I have seen people jump in their car to drive to a grocery store to buy mayonnaise when they had all the ingredients in the frig and the shelf. (look it up sometime)

Buy a house for 400K and work for 20 years paying it off, build it for 20K (though smaller of course) and enjoy the free time.

If you think you are recreating the life, it is stupid. If you are changing for a simpler life, sure, you can do it just fine.
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Heh. I'm 42 too. (Forty tutu?) Building a log cabin isn't my thing, but I certainly understand the thinking and feeling behind it.

In my case, I was wondering if 42 would be too old to become a firefighter/EMT.
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