Test My Mettle

I needed to get away from the daily grind, to clear my head and find out if I have what it takes to live off of the land.  I purchased this brown wooden house on a small lake that was near this gigantic mountain and I felt a little bit like Henry David Thoreau when he lived by Walden’s Pond.  I had no intention of writing the great American novel and I knew that I was not like Rooster Cogburn in True Grit, or Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, but I needed to prove to myself that I could survive on my own.  I realize that during the daytime under the blue sky that this place does not look in the least bit menacing, but because it is so rural out here, there is always some kind of trouble lurking right around the next corner.  I had a shotgun to help protect me from the bears and wolves, as this is not like a New England vacation home on the shores of idyllic Golden Pond.

If I got sick or injured, I would have to heal and treat myself.  Sure, it looks beautiful here, the housing is very affordable and most of the time it is relaxing, but there is always a lot of work to do to make sure that I have food to eat and ensure that my shelter can endure the elements.  I knew how to trap animals and I have a fenced in area where I can grow some crops.  It gets really cold off this lake, especially when that mountain starts accumulating snow.  I get tired and hungry all the time, but I have to make sure that my provisions last, as I can’t just call Door Dash and have something delivered.  There is no electricity, no phone and I have to chop wood for heat, but at least the lake has fresh drinking water.  I do like to rough it out in the wild, but having this cabin with a wood stove and being able to sleep on a cot is much better than what some of my ancestors had to deal with.

Written for Sadje at Keep It Alive What Do You See #109.

13 thoughts on “Test My Mettle

  1. A good look at the pros and cons of embracing the ‘natural lifestyle.’ It’s always appealed to me, but I know in reality I could not survive the cost required to maintain such a lifestyle. But it sure is a pretty day dream isn’t it?

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    1. This was my fifth and final post today Sadje, as Mondays are always so busy. You provided a great prompt photo, but it took me a while before I decided where to go with it and the more that I thought about it, I figured that although it was nice and scenic, I figured that it would not be easy to live there.

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