New member here, still living on the grid but considering a 100% off-grid lifestyle... been in the field all my life, so I'm no stranger to remote camping and getting by in the wilderness. I'm in the process of selling my home here in the White Mountains, not sure whether I'll retrench here in AZ or try my luck up in the blue commie state of WA... there are still a few counties up there where property prices & taxes aren't so high, but the state is clearly going the way of OR and the Socialist Republik of KaliMexiFornia. I was born on the beach in CA, but bailed from that dump after being falsely charged three times... had enough of the corruption, aye??? Anyway, I'm looking into the cost & reliability of certain solar systems, plus the cost of well drilling versus water storage or hauling. I'm a bit concerned about the Coconino Aquifer here in AZ: too many people moving here, the effects of prolonged drought, the potential ruin of the aquifer or the quality of its water by fracking, etc. My sense of things is that the Coconino Aquifer can't last forever, wells will be running dry on a regular basis as time passes... anybody who has greater knowledge on this subject, feel free to chime in with your observations. I like the idea of relocating to a state where drought is not an issue. Speaking of relocation, I'm a big fan of Joel Skousen and his book STRATEGIC RELOCATION, which I bought a few years ago... had to special order it, since there wasn't a single copy to be found on any library shelf in San Diego County, go figure. Blacklisted by gubmint scumbags, no doubt... which told me I needed to read it. Good man, Joel Skousen, I also like some of the observations made by Henry Makow & Incog Man, these guys are all soldiers in the war on political corruption and the evils of globalism. I reckon y'all know about that scene, or you wouldn't be here at this site in the first place. Meh, my focus here is upon solar systems, wells or other water sources, things of that nature. In the 21 months that I've been here in the White Mountains, I've come to love living in the forest... life is good under these magnificent Ponderosa Pines, but the soil isn't the best for gardening or farming. That's another issue I want to tackle when I get around to it, I have no problem growing stuff, but in the past it was mostly chronic, LOL. I'm not a big pothead either, I rarely smoke it... I'm more of a beer man, but WTF, a man has to have at least ONE vice. I think of it as "stress relief" in this f#%d-up world where the wrong scumbags and their minions are in power. Going back to living in the forest, I'm considering parts of WA because there are tall pines at lower elevation, with rivers & streams for plentiful water, and open meadows where the soil may not be so acidic. Fruit trees do well in some areas of WA, I still remember hauling truckloads of apples & pears & whatnot out of that state... I used to happily crunch away on those apples while driving, LOL. Trucking went south for me years ago, but I still have fond memories of "the good ol' days" when the country hadn't been ruined yet by these slimy career politicians and their central bankster overlords. Maybe I'll live to see 'em fall in the Second American Revolution, hard to tell at this point. Though I hail from a law-abiding military family (CDRs, USN Submarine Service, USA INF, USA Combat Engineers, USA trauma nurses, etc.), I don't hold with these phony modern wars fought for profit and greed, rather than principle. I distrust all gubmint scumbags, right down to the badge-sportin' greaseballs who routinely falsify reports & lie under oath, protected as they are by corrupt robed sodomite judges & evil scrub queer D.A.s like the ones in my long ordeal of malicious prosecution. Very same corrupt p.o.s. scumbags behind the Zahau murder cover-up, where they found the gal swingin' naked from a noose, hands bound behind her back, and they called it a "suicide." Later tests revealed that the gal had been raped by at least two perps, so it must have been one heck of a suicide, AYE??? That's the sort of corruption I'm talking about, and it's the reason why I left the town of my birth, even though those thievin' gubmint union scumbags were all unlocal. Long ugly story, my malicious prosecution, and it cost taxpayers at least $200K, but nobody in Obama's gubmint gave a damn, it wasn't their lives being derailed or their tax dollars being wasted. ENOUGH SAID, AND IF I'M BANNED FOR SAYING IT, NO PROBLEM... SOME CITIZENS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO STAND AGAINST CORRUPTION, OTHERS, NOT SO MUCH. BETTER TO STAND WITH THOSE CITIZENS WHO HAVE THE GUTS & THE INTEGRITY... THEY'LL MAKE BETTER SOLDIERS WHEN THE SHTF, 10-4??? CHEERS!!!