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I recently have been looking at land in desert areas in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona
apart from the obvious like not much greenery ie trees and such the lack of readily available water unless carried on board vehicle and the possibly wild variations in temperature.
what other drawbacks has anyone found that made them think it was a mistake to try living in the desert
I am a keen DX radio operator so that would account for some of my time and taking care of my proposed solar system for power generation would also occupy me .
In my experience living in the Desert...the only drawback I can think of is being overwhelmed with it's remarkable beauty and wonderful Sunsets.
Seriously...Shade from the Sun that will resist the desert winds. Dealing with cold mornings. It is never a mistake to live in the desert. The desert will nourish your ancestral soul.
Dodge, I realize this is totally none of my business, but if you don't mind my asking, why would anyone with a live-in vehicle buy desert land to park on, when there is so much of it available to boondock on for free?

(10-25-2014, 01:03 PM)Optimistic Paranoid Wrote: [ -> ]Dodge, I realize this is totally none of my business, but if you don't mind my asking, why would anyone with a live-in vehicle buy desert land to park on, when there is so much of it available to boondock on for free?


Through out my life i have travelled extensivly and have always found it soothes me to return to an area that is familiar no matter what it is,jungle or just plain room with friends I am now 64 and would like to have a familiar base /place that i could travel out from and return to when i dont need to travel for a while I have also lived a short period in my camper off grid and still enjoyed staying in a cheap questionable Motel for an evening its about what your self needs to keep the whole person happy probably makes no sense but thats who i am .
I appreciate the question as its more input for me to consider .
I understand the urge to buy land, especially in the post-911 world where without some roots we are looked on with great suspicion. So I bought a piece of land that is half way between the desert and forest. At 6000 feet it's still dry but their are Junipers so it is also green. It'll get real winter and snow, but not much and it will get hot, but not extreme. I could live their year around and when I'm too old to travel I may.

It's 20 miles south of the Grand Canyon and 50 miles north of Flagstaff, AZ. I paid $2500 for an acre.

But I've found a spot on BLM desert land where I can sit for 5 months at a time and never see a ranger and yet I'm 3 miles from a Flying J and 6 miles from an Albertsons grocery store. Getting free water and dumping trash is very easy. Local showers are $6. Nearest Walmart s 40 miles away

I spend most of my winter pretty close to there also spending some time in Quartzsite (17 miles away) and Yuma (95 miles away). I have friends that sit there all winter, never moving.
I loathe the desert. The wind hits almost hurricane strength several times a week. Our old table top grill is still going strong and it's 4 years old. Due to the wind we rarely use it. We normally wear out a grill in 1 year. DUST, DUST, DUST! Talcum powder fine dust gets everywhere. I am allergic to the pollen in the lousy dust and have to take an allergy pill (or two) daily. I've had "Desert Fever" three times.

We will be buying land to homebase on in either FL or AL (where it's green). Later we will buy a second spot to base on in TN. We have our reasons and it's nobody's damned business either. Just like it's nobody's business as to why you want to have a piece of land to homebase on.
I do want to visit the Desert Southwest in time, but "home" will always be green forests with seacoast nearby. I drove through the desert a few times in my Navy Daze and was interesting, but had no time to stop between assignments. That was thirty years ago.
like bob said, I would look in the transition zone. between the lower elevations and the higher elevations. in the mixed juniper, pinion forest. it's a good compromise between the two extremes of hot and cold. btw I never let the wind stop my bbq I use a wind break if it is to strong, but most of the time the wind in the summer has a nice cooling effect. I can also handle the dry desert heat a lot better than the humid heat. highdesertranger

Do I want to be able to breath, or do I want to stay warm? BOTH!

One day I will find the base to work out of. I may have one in N~California. I found a place I like.

BUT~~ I will definitely visit the desert to remind myself what heat is.
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