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Old 06-29-2009, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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So, I know this general topic has been discussed in this forum before and I have read through some of the posts but I thought I'd start my own thread.

My family and I have been considering moving to Montana for a while now, however we have never been there (maybe my dad has once). I am 19 and living in Michigan right now. I have always felt like I didn't really belong here but rather in a more rural area with fewer liberals. The west has always appealed to me and it was not until the recent Gun Law signed by the governor that challenges the federal government that I started to focus on Montana. I love wildlife and nature and would like to settle near a small town where people know each other and help each other out. It would be nice to own a bit of land (say 100+ acres, really as much as we can afford but honestly we are limited in that area) that has some roll to it (near mountains maybe?), trees and soil that could support a garden. I would like to know, first of all: how realistic these expectations are, and secondly: if they exists, then where?

Thanks in advance to anyone that can give me some advice
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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Consider Northwestern Montana. The soil there is better than much of the rest of the state and there are trees aplenty. Land there is expensive compared to other areas of the state; however any area with cheap land is likely to have few trees, hills, and poor soil.

Areas like Eureka, Libby, Superior, etc come to mind. Good luck.
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Not to sound like a jerk, but have you thought about a career yet? That would be my main focus right now.



I think it’s very realistic if you have the right profession. If not you will be living out in the woods in poverty and that doesn’t sound like too much fun.



I too wanted to move up to Montana or Alaska in search of a more libertarian environment when I was your age (and even more so now after 8 years of Bush and now Obama). I set that dream aside for a while and instead focused on my education. I’m 27 now and just completed my Doctor of Pharmacy degree two months ago. By this time next summer my girlfriend should just be finishing up her Ph. D in Chemical Engineering. I can go anywhere in the country and make an easy six figures and my GF should be able to make close. Not only does this dream sound realistic now, but we can do it in style.



Think long term.



Dan
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Blue Cloud, Helena, MT
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Guns, Liberty, and Ron Paul! Missoula can keep the change!
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:36 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Well there you are again!
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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He's following you around in advance.

Yeah, it's good to have a career first, but not everyone is ready to make that decision at 19. Going to college in MT is a good choice in the meantime, cuz you can never have too much knowledge, even if you don't make a career of what you study. Other options might be to go to work as a general labourer (cutting wood for old folks springs to mind, or clearing brush for the Forest Service, or mucking stalls for a stable) and just absorb some Real Life and see where it takes you. Maybe you're a backhoe operator at heart, or maybe you're a brain surgeon or an astronaut or a farmer or a power company lineman. At 19, there's no rush to decide!
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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I too wanted to move up to Montana or Alaska in search of a more libertarian environment when I was your age (and even more so now after 8 years of Bush and now Obama). I set that dream aside for a while and instead focused on my education. I’m 27 now and just completed my Doctor of Pharmacy degree two months ago. By this time next summer my girlfriend should just be finishing up her Ph. D in Chemical Engineering. I can go anywhere in the country and make an easy six figures and my GF should be able to make close. Not only does this dream sound realistic now, but we can do it in style.



Think long term.



Dan
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Yeah, it's good to have a career first, but not everyone is ready to make that decision at 19. Going to college in MT is a good choice in the meantime, cuz you can never have too much knowledge, even if you don't make a career of what you study. Other options might be to go to work as a general labourer (cutting wood for old folks springs to mind, or clearing brush for the Forest Service, or mucking stalls for a stable) and just absorb some Real Life and see where it takes you. Maybe you're a backhoe operator at heart, or maybe you're a brain surgeon or an astronaut or a farmer or a power company lineman. At 19, there's no rush to decide!
Yeah, I have been giving my career strong consideration as well. I would like to find something that pays, I enjoy and hopefully will workout for a life in Montana. I thought that learning more about life in Montana might give me some ideas about where to go with my career. I am enrolled in my sophomore year of college right now and figure I have some time to figure out what I want to do considering I'm hoping to get my entire family to go to Montana as well (Mom, Dad and Brother). So far it is just me and my Dad on board with the idea but it is an idea that we all have had an interest in for several years now. We'll see. Trying to plan a trip out there soooon!

Thanks for the advice!!
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Well there you are again!
What do ya know, we meet again
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