I'm writing this from the air. Why, you ask? Mostly so I could open this post with that sentence. I'm actually also writing this post because I think traveling as a homesteader is an interesting topic. The truth is that getting away from a farm, even a small farm, can be a pretty big production. Which is one of the reasons that I'm flying solo (literally).
Most of you know that our homestead is situated amongst the corn and soybeans of rural Illinois. What you may not know is that we are over two hours away from the nearest airport, which is actually located in the neighboring state of Missouri. Every time we want to travel, we add a 2 hour road trip to our airtime. That makes for a pretty long day, especially when you are raising young children. The distance from the airport is one thing that makes travel as a homesteader a challenge, but leaving our farm behind can be even more complicated.
Brett and I are very fortunate to live just one short mile away from his parents. This enables us to get away when we need to if Brett's parents are available to take over the farm chores. We have cattle, chickens, and felines to feed daily. The land work rules out travel during the spring and fall months. If we're raising a large vegetable garden we are tied to that during the summer months as well. I'm not complaining, I actually love being home, I love our rural lifestyle, and I love raising our kids in a small community. Would I have guessed that this lifestyle would end up being mine? No, not likely.
When I was young I was haunted by the question of whether I would live in the city or the country. I was a child that worried, I'm also an adult who worries (I'm working on that). Anyway, as I got older I was always asking myself the question, "How will I know whether to live in the country or city?". I've always had a love and curiosity for both lifestyles. During my college years I decided to abandon my (what I thought was) small town life in Helena, MT and seek out city life in Seattle, WA. I never thought I would leave Seattle. I lived there for six years and during that time got married, brought two children into the world, and grew a successful photography business. City life was good to me. Even though I loved my city life, I missed the peace, security, and intimacy of a country life. In all honesty, country living chose me. My brain is not evolved enough to make life lasting decisions, but luckily fate is. That's how I met Brett and that's how I was introduced to this homesteading lifestyle that I hope to give my life to.
So there you have it, my ramblings on traveling as a homesteader. Yes it's very challenging. Would I trade my lifestyle? No, not if you paid me!
How did you make the decision to live where you do?