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Could You Live Here?

There are a lot of people who at least occasionally feel like the constant rush of life is tiring. They wish that they could just slow down and relax for a while to ‘recharge their batteries’. 

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone say something like, “I just wish I was alone on a deserted island somewhere.” In fact, the same sentiments are major driving forces for people visiting National Parks or for going camping. It is a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of busy life. 

It is quite curious to find out how far people would go in order to truly get away from it all if they are given the opportunity to do so. For that reason, we have today’s poll.

  • Question of

    Situation: You are allowed to live in this place for free, with all food, water, and other necessities paid for. There is a lake stocked with fish just on the other side of the trees. The stipulation is that you must remain here for 6 months and the nearest town or neighbors live 20 miles away. Would you take this opportunity?

    • Absolutely!
    • Maybe
    • Unlikely
    • No way!
  • Question of

    Would you or do you feel that tent camping in a forest is a good way to relax?

    • Yes, I love it or used to love it
    • I’ve never been camping and would like to try it
    • I’ve never been camping and don’t have any desire to do it
    • This is not relaxing to me
  • Question of

    If you could do so, how often would you get out into nature?

    • Daily or almost daily
    • A few times a week
    • Once or twice a month
    • A few times per year
    • Never
    • I’m afraid of nature
  • Question of

    If you had to, do you think you could survive in the wilderness for a week?

    • Almost certainly
    • I’d try, but I don’t know
    • I’d like to learn how
    • I doubt that I could survive
    • No


What do you think?

12 Points

Written by Rex Trulove

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  1. I stay in the national forest instead of a motel when I am going back and forth from my summer and winter homes. It is free, refreshing, and right enroute anyway. Of course I kind of planned it that way in choosing where to live.

    • That is and was a wise thing to do. We are fortunate to be surrounded by national forests. For that matter, my brother retired from the US Forest Service almost a decade ago, after working there for 35 years. :))

      • Congratulations to your brother on his retirement. I was raised in the forest and helped my parents build our first house there when I was about 5 years old. While building we lived in a tent. We got the basement done the first summer and that winter we lived in the basement with a huge tarp as our roof. Sometimes during a heavy snow we thought it might fall down on us.

  2. If I was in my 20s I’d jump at the chance. In fact a college friend of mine and I once considered buying a 60 – acre island in Canada once. But I’m 66 now and have the medical issues that go with that so maybe a week in a cabin but that’s about all I could handle.

        • LOL Thank you for the compliment. Unfortunately, I have Thrombosis and have a hard time walking very far, I’m over 60, and I’m not especially brave. I simply grew up in a national park and having been around wild animals most of my life, I have a strong respect for them but don’t actually fear them (for the most part). That is to say that I’m most comfortable out in the woods in the middle of nowhere.

          I used to say that if I was put out in the middle of the woods with a knife, string, and one match, after a week, I’d be healthy and probably weigh more than when I started. If you put me in the middle of a city, I’d probably be dead inside of a week. I’m a mountain/country boy, not a city boy.

          • Rex, i understand you,

            I was born in a city, but I love nature, love forest and the river, collecting medicinal herbs.
            We are similar to years. I have a full 65.
            Can I offer myself in the forest for seven days. May be some sort of instinct for survival would keep me, it is important that there is water in the area.
            I was growing up in the city, but the forest was near and we roamed the boys all day.
            I think I know all the tracks now. I think it’s important to make a beautiful life, regardless of the environment.
            Best regards Rex.


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