Welcome to the trailhead of my website. In the following pages it is my intent to take you on a virtual hike to take a look at some scenery that my family and friends and I have discovered and purchased.
These properties are remote with few neighbors. The neighbors are good people but may become suspicious and possibly annoyed if there is suddenly a lot of traffic in the area. I have purposely left out information that would make it easy to find these properties in order to discourage excessive traffic. For those interested in buying, I am happy to give out maps and directions as well as point out how to hike to some of the special places on the properties that we have listed. Some maps and additional property descriptions may be found for the occasional listed property at www.landandfarm.com. Maybe this is how you found us. We are planning an "open house" this spring. See the "open house" tab for details.
The edge of the cliff on one of our properties overlooking Daniel Boone National Forest.
Everyone has to have a hobby. This is mine. I have combined my experience from working on a survey crew in college and some of the new web-based maps and GIS software with my favorite pastime of just hiking and finding cool places in the middle of nowhere. Along with my brother Ray (when he is not barning: www.barnandcabinfriend.com ) and friend James, we find interesting properties and buy them - because we think they are beautiful and fun to explore.
Our purpose has become to seek out exquisite private properties and try to obtain them. We find it amazing that there are properties out there like the ones on the following pages that are not in national or state parks and whose features are relatively or completely unknown. This website is a photo gallery of some of the properties that we have collected. We have been "collecting" since 2003 and have owned most of our properties for over ten years.
Okay, we have had some questions from friends and others on how we can afford these properties. Although we all are young professionals, we have no new cars, no 401Ks, no IRAs, no educational savings accounts for our children, etc. We are hoping that land values go up over time. Otherwise, we will have set up our children well to be hunter-gatherers.
The worst part of this hobby is that sometimes we have to sell a property in order to buy another. Our intent is to sell to like-minded nature lovers for enough of a profit that we can keep this party going and justify hiking in the woods to our wives. If you're in the market for a piece of wilderness, please contact us today.
Enjoy, Rusty Friend*
* I wrote the above back in 2009 when I first published this website. Since then we have continued buying, selling when we have to, and enjoying these properties with our families. My second son is about to enter college now and so, although we plan to continue to enjoy many of our properties, it is time to let some go to other folks.