What a simple sounding 2 word sentence! But, it ends there...I know, I have been trying for a long time to get people interested in helping me set up and secure my 3 parcels of land. I posted a variety of ads in "survival blog's "finding others", (a sole and seperate site)...to no real avail. Oh, I got answers, quite a few of them! However they all had certain "NEEDS" and "CONDITIONS", which I was required to meet....Some were not so bad other demands were outlandish. EG: A 'fire pit' no less than 9 to 12 feet in diameter and 3 feet in depth, to be used at their sole discretion whenever and however they desired. ( Not up there, as you may have seen just recently we had the largest fire in Arizona's history!) I was told in NO uncertain terms that it was a "dealbreaker", well.... they were right on that! Then I had one couple that required me to pay for their trucks repairs, pay for gas, oil, tires, and room and meals, for the 2 of them all the way from Illinois! Then they were going to "live off the land", in a tent no less....these people were in their mid to late 60's! We get some fierce winds ( last clocked at 58 mph one day this year) and the cold gets down into the sub teens (-16) registered last year. I had a "elderly" couple that desired a 4 bedroom home and 24/7 nursing care for their mother ( in-law?)...PLUS $200 a week for each of them, satellite tv, phone service with long distance, and electric, and a heated pool and or, a jacuzzi! Ok, well..... some people are just so far out there that they fell off the "edge" long long ago...... Recently I had a man contact me...he was interested and we talked several times (at my cost) long distance from Illinois.....It was him and his wife. Then as a few days went by we were to meet somewhere in the middle of July, to the first week of August (this year!). Then things began to change....Now there was a teenage boy that would be coming along. I had no real issues with that. Then it changed again! Now there would be 2- 21 and 18 year old girls coming, the 16 year old brother and the man, his wife, and a "toddler".....? But,.... wait for it..... Yup, it changed yet once more. Now in addition to the above, there would be a male "friend" or his (buddy) coming along as well..... Hmmmmmmm,.... My confidence in this scenario was already thread bare and unraveling fast! Then I was TOLD ( not asked) that I'd need to supply them with housing for all of them and at the minimum, some 90 days of food! Just When did I lose control here? Like the old saying: "give some people an inch and they'll take a mile"! I met one guy that had recently bought a parcel of land up near mine ( about a mile further north) and he was all ready to go ( gung ho type). However he was so thrilled because he managed to get the parcel for much less than the current prices of : $2,000 per acre, or from $3,500 to $5,000 for 2.21-2.27 acres. He had only paid $1,625. for his 2.21 acres. But what he did not realize or bother to check out is WHY his land was offered so cheaply. I checked and discoverd he had bought land smack dab in the middle of a flood plain...Now that can be good or bad. Good if you have a riased area of the land to live on, and if you don't mind being surrounded by a MOAT at times... Plus, you might want to build a "draw bridge"! ( just in case!) He went and bought the land sight unseen ( pig in a poke?) and finally went up for a "visit" months later....He stayed 4 days 3 nights and the last I heard from him (3 months ago)...He was on his way to New Hampshire! He put the place up for sale on Ebay but got no results at all. He was asking for $5,200, plus an addtional $200 for the paperwork/transfer of title. From what I have since discovered, he has bought land in at least 3 states now, and abandoned each one, for some reason or another. Once he saw what I refer to as "isolated", he was not at all happy.... Many go out there with grandiose ideas of some "castle" for a survival area or retreat. They get "educated" very fast. Whenever I read about those people that say they will "live off the land" well, maybe you can.... IF you live in an area with fantastic soils, rainfall, and have a lake or river closeby! Now I say this "tongue in cheek", as some are far more experienced in hunting and other skills which I have little knowledge in. But, I know a sows ear when I see it! This is the only reason I can give when anyone that asks me: "why on earth did you buy land up there"? Because, there is NOTHING up there, nothing that anyone wants, wants to see, or even thinks anything of any value could be found, in such a crummy place! Good reason to me! It was reasonable ("cheap") to me, by all means...I only paid $3,500 for a 2.27 acre plot and $8,000 for 2- 2.21 acres plots ( adjoining). Now it has many "amenities" few can see... Isolation is what I was looking for, hard to get into, and almost impossible in winter time and when it rains. The roads are where people have driven and wore down the wild grasses......No signs. Nada. You have to learn the "lay of the land" or get LOST, in no time at all. I know, I did! ( twice!) But there is also water, IF you know where it is and why it's there.....natural aquifer and artesian wells. The soil is crappy. Lots of obsidian glass, and volcanic rock and ash. Very acidic. You learn the hard way when you try to put in fence posts and such, that there is a plate of caliche as hard as concrete, just under the surfce in some places, and it can be up to 4 feet thick! (requires a power auger on a backhoe or Bobcat to penetrate) I have to haul in water, right now.... All power is from wind or gas generator or solar..... I have 2 solar systems and 2 generators. Now, cellular phones work up there as long as the weather permits! You can get satellite internet and tv services with no problems...... I have only cell phone service. I don't even OWN a tv! Yet.... (I want cartoons!) So I'm weird ok? The so called "trees" in the area, are what you and I would call "landscaping" Junipers, no more than 12-14 feet tall, no more thn 4 inches in diameter. Some are cedars, and make great firewood....But they are thick in a lot of places, and you can easily walk 10 or 12 feet and literally disappear! No lakes close by ( about 7 miles) no rivers, no streams, but a LOT of what the State Game and Fish dept. call "trophy size" Elk, White Tailed Deer, and Antelope. A few Javelina ( I have not seen one yet) tons of cotton tail rabbits, a few mountain lions, and bears are supposed to be around. I do know about the large ELK! Man, I almost walked into one and I have seen big, but I thought it was MOOSE! Scared me silly! Now that's a lot of meat on the hoof! Then there's the danged coyotes....more of them than anything else! So that's the scenario. Bland and unforgiving. Not pretty by anyone's estimation, but it's out there, away from people, cities, and the last (4 now) persons that tried to ride their motorcycles into the area: all were seriously hurt. We have some deep ruts, soft soils, washes, and ROCKS! They take their toll on tires, transmissons, and twist and tear vehicle bodies. And people that are NOT cautious! So, it's hard enough to find people able to deal with the roughness of the terrain, much less the winters and mud, but then most have some "fantasy" ideas that all come crashing down, when they really see the place... I'm no salesman, so I tell them the way it is, and have a nice collection of photos to show: it's NOT a 5 star hotel, no room service, and they have to be in good physical and mental condition. VERY Few that I have talked with, had lunch or dinner with, have any real viable 'skill sets' to help them survive in the area. As I said I am NOT a hunter, unless you count rabbits, pheasant, dove or quail. Most such as me, would be hard pressed to clean and dress or butcher out a large animal out there. It would be a messy waste of meat. It can be done ( survival up there) but you have to have a good mindset and a "Postive Mental Attitude", above all else! I'm still holding out hope against hope, that I will "find" the right person or people that can handle the area.....You never know!