Santa Fe or Bust!!!
Yes, actually I've been doing the Craigslist thing, a bit casually since the move is a little way out still. Albuquerque is the next town over...45 minutes or so from Santa Fe. Yes, there is running water in parts of the state. The yurt that I'll be sharing with my sister and Charles has a rainwater collection system. Problem is, it doesn't rain in Santa Fe very often, it being a high dessert and all, so they've been shoveling snow into the tank and waiting for it to thaw to in order to brush teeth and stuff. They say though that the walk down to the river to rinse off is a nice way to get some exercise before work in the morning. The Fed Ex guy had a a hard time trying to find their place the other day when I shipped a couple of things out there. The yurts outside Santa Fe tend to look alike and they aren't well marked...my sister's is marked with a rather large flying pig on a pole near the door.
The good news is that my nephew Chase is moving out of the yurt in early May, so I'll have his side of the dome. He's promised to finish the labyrinth before he moves. They've warned me that we might not always have bread, because its the windy season and it's hard to keep the fire going at this time of year. They say they have a neighbor a little ways away that's Anasazi and is good at keeping his fire going...so they can go over there sometimes and bake the bread if they are desperate. Worse comes to worse, we'll make fry bread on the pit from time to time. Their friend also has a couple of goats, so sometimes we'll get milk and cabrito from him. And, of course, my sister has her friends that she's learned the "raw food" method of preparation and is really quite good at it. Being off the grid lends itself quite well to the raw life. I should send you pictures of the birthday cake she made Charles out of bulgar wheat and nopales. It was spectacular! It also lowered his cholesterol by 20 points in matter of days. Nopales are the miracle vegetable and are abundant at different times of the year up there. You know my sis has lost like 30 pounds since she's lived there for the past year and a half. She says it's because of the HCG and acro-yoga she does...but I think it's the food. She does make a mean kale smoothie that she serves with gin in martini glasses around the pit when her friends hike in to see her.