Hello, I am new to the forums but not new to prepping nor Bear Independent.
My wife and I are in our early 30s and have no children. We just recently moved to a 2 acre plot of land and are currently renovating it to be more prepper friendly. But I guess I should start at the beginning...
My journey started in 2010 when I stumbled upon a book called Patriots centered around a finacial collapse that sends the whole country into chaos. I had been an outdoorsman my whole life (grandfather was a cattle rancher and I was a 3rd generation eagle scout) but had never heard of prepping. in 2010 I was in the middle of college so I couldn't afford a ton of gear but I saved enough that in 2011 I bought my first AR15 and Glock 19. I bought a handful of mags and web gear, and filled a hiking backpack with camping food, and at 23 I felt like I could take over the world. Fortunately I kept growing and learning and periodically added to my stockpile, using metrics of time as a goal: 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, etc. I practiced my skills and tried forming a mag with high school and college buddies. (The mag never really materialized). I met my wife in the middle of my journey and she thought it was a bit eccentric but didn't argue. I showed her how I had never wasted anything perishable by carefully rotating supplies. We both took firearms training courses, and got our LTCs (I loved it so much I took 3 more courses from 2 different training companies). A couple of years ago I hit my ceiling for preps. We lived in a suburban 1 story house on .2 acres with a strict HOA and I had run out of room for storage. When COVID hit this year we did not panic, but we got bored real fast. When we saw the panic of the general population and how the people in our neighborhood reacted we decided it was time to leave. So we sold our house this summer and put 90% of our stuff in storage and since our house sold so quickly we were essentially homeless for 2 months (we stayed with friends and family) until we found our 2 acre property we bought in August. We wanted more but with a combined income of only about $100k, this was all we could afford. But we have much more space for storage and animals, no HOA, and our city is only 235 people. We are also within 25 minutes (19ish miles) from my family's ranch and we go weekly to help learn the business. We are slowly "stacking food to the rafters" trying to get to 1 years provisions while staying within budget. My in-laws have come around to see my wife and myself as a resource of information, asking for advice with storing food and other essentials, they support our lifestyle and have started their own journey (while never truly knowing what all we have done). While my family has threatened to disown me, 1 cousin and my sister have basically shut me out of their lives since may for philosophical differences. But I digress.
So really what I am looking for is a place to connect to people. I deleted Twitter this summer and Facebook this fall. We don't have cable and also deleted our netflix account. While we removed all the biased media from our lives we realized how few connections we had in the real world. So I am here to meet some like minded people. People who understand the lifestyle and the joys you can get from practicing with firearms or survival skills while camping or hiking.
I look forward to getting to know the people on this forum and to hopefully learn some things along the way.