Can a city boy build his dream homestead on a mountain, by himself and with no mortgage?

we’re not in kansas anymore…

Happy 2011 All!

The new year brought with it a very unexpected job for me in New York City. I’m going to be here until mid February so my mountain and all its critters, vermin and predators will have to survive without me.

New York is my hometown and it is also the town I left behind….with good reason

there are magnificent spaces and absolute squalor, all within a few feet.

Legendary, grand spaces and just plain garbage…

really NY, an 8′ pile of garbage on Wall Street?

The iPhone 4 takes a mean picture, no?

there is even a Home Depot on West 23rd Street, complete with a skylight. Sadly, everything in it is 3 times more expensive than in LA!

yes Virginia, that’s a Home Depot.

They are housing me in a grand apartment in a magnificent neighborhood, complete with doorman, view, and 100 feet from the best cupcake shop in the world.

This is the urban part of UrbanRancher. It’s a part of me I left a long time ago




Still, I miss my mountain desperately.  I know that even with a covering of snow the local wildlife (and even that damn lion) will see to it that all remains well at the compound. The pipes are drained and the tiny cabin is sealed up tight, what could go wrong?

Stay warm everyone and “chin up” Ryo, it’ll all work out just fine!




4 responses

  1. I loved your comment on Tiny House Blog – A Tempest in a Teapot, that’s great. I hope it works out for Ryu just as I hope it works out for each one of us.

    Your title here caught my eye since I am in Kansas.

    Good luck to you in New York.

    I’ll have to look through your blog more to find out what mountain you’re on.

    January 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

  2. Today is my first time here. What a great blog. Thanks for sharing your story with the world. My wife and I are looking to follow in the footsteps of modern pioneers like you. Loved these pictures by the way.

    January 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

  3. Moontree Ranch

    I just read trough Ryo’s guest post over at the tiny house blog…he did indeed stir up some heated responses.

    I agree with you that his “global” planning is a bit weak…hut 1 then 2…foil backed bubble wrap for insulation…those many small propane bottles..plastic tubs for water storage..the list can go on and on.

    At least he is trying, and after all he is still somewhat of a kid…

    If I had started what he has when I was his age things would be quite a bit different than they are today.

    Don’t let the big apple get you down too much…you were wise to leave… I spent a few days there over 30 years ago…could not wait to get back out!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm

  4. Phil C

    Best of luck! It’s cold outside. Garbage strike?

    January 30, 2011 at 11:27 am

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