Saturday, May 16, 2009

Taking a Much Needed Break

Well after much thought on what direction to take our family, we have decided on a house. Sadly to get this house at a decent priced rent we had to leave the State to achieve that. In the Midwest homes are much cheaper, buying a home is a real possibility instead of a far fetched dream.

Our family has grown through it all. The tent was great while it lasted, but our children come first. Our 6 month old got a very bad stomach bug and we had to get running water to clean bedding, clothes and bath him.

It is not that we wouldn't do it again or could do it. As a family I think we passed a very hard test. Could you survive in a tent with minimal provisions from material things? - Yes!

Our family lasted in our tent from February 2009 to April 2009. Our family really did need a break from society. We are very proud of this. But we also have to come to terms with the fact that yes we were homeless. Our kids need a home.

Another thing we found out is that unless you are set up somewhere where water is easily gotten and wood is abundantly dry then a tent can be a money pit. My husband cut, split and hauled so much wood, that same amount of wood would have kept a house warm for at least a couple of months.

We are still very active in studying what is needed for long term family survival in a bug-out situation. The two main limiting factors that make tent camps hard to transport is (a) fuel in the winter for wood stoves (b) realistic fresh water supply.

One of the thing that we feel might make this better would be a muli-family camp. Where one vehicle can pull a fresh water trailer of 200-500 gallons or more. We believe that successful tent living as history has shown has been done in groups, like the Indians of North America, the Tribes of Asia and the early Celts.

Thanks for all the support. We will be now taking a break into the next adventure possibility the next summer. We will be trying new equipment and new ideas.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see where the Lord leads you and know that our family is always praying for you. If you ever get the itch to come on up to Canada, you're more than welcome to come stay with us!!!

    Love ya girl, Denise (RoosMommy ~ cmf)