Saturday, June 21, 2014
A Good Place to Live
I got up early today and rode up to a gap in the mountains, about three miles from the house. It's a perfect place to view the sunrise. Professional photographers go up to that spot to catch the sun coming up against the mountains.
This is a view of the Chattahoochee National Forest. There's nothing out there. No houses, no roads. The Appalachian Trail runs through it, usually along the mountain ridges.
I took this picture from the Appalachian Trail. It's looking down towards Atlanta and the "flat lands."
This is the shop (first floor) and the apartment (second floor). All of my buildings are under the forest canopy. That serves to help keep them cool in the hot months. If you look at an air photo of my place, you can see the meadow but it looks like nobody lives there unless you blow up the picture and look very closely. Then you can see the outline of some of the buildings.
I live so far out, and so far away from people, that I can do whatever I want to out here. I don't have to worry about whiny people bitching to the Sheriff if I want to shoot. Nobody hears me in the middle of this forest.
The dogs and I used to spend a lot of time out in the woods, exploring. I'm good with a map and compass, so I never got lost. I also had a hand held GPS for verification purposes. I don't go out into the forest much anymore, it's really tough on the legs because it's all up and down.
Nobody can escape problems and worries, but I do think living way out in the desert, or the mountains, or the woods, makes life simpler. You don't have all the issues inherent in interaction with people. It tends to be a very uncomplicated existence that centers around your immediate needs. You can be very comfortable, and have all the amenities that city dwellers do, but without the issues they deal with.