Why I live here

Doyle Rice predicts in this USA Today article that drought conditions will continue across much of the midwest in the coming year.

I have traveled all over the USA on business, and I am fond of saying that I’ve only ever visited two places I thought I would like to move to. I like North Carolina (the Charlotte area) and I like Tennesee (Particularly the area around Chattanooga.) Other than those two places, I’ve never been tempted to live anywhere but Northwest Pennsylvania.

I like the fact that we have trees – LOTS of trees. I like the rolling terrain here in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. I like the fact that we have very few tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes.

But I especially like the fact that we have water – lots of water. I am surrounded by lakes, rivers, streams, and springs. In fact, we have two springs on our own 20 acre property. We have two wells that have never gone dry (and we’ve lived here during some pretty dry summers.)

A person can live for three days without food, but without water a person will die pretty quickly. You can’t raise crops or animals without water.

I’ve always found it amazing that anyone lives in places like Arizona and New Mexico where there is such a scarcity of water. I would not want to live somewhere that a ready source of water could not be identified.

We’ve talked about purchasing a water purification system of some kind, just to make sure we always have safe, potable water – even if we have to make it ourselves.

I’m sure, if the drought continues, it will put further pressure on food and commodity prices. Another reason why it’s a good idea to raise as much of your own food as you can, buy local, and keep a storehouse.


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