That is the key right there!
By the time the kids are out of college I think the technology will have made significant advancements.
My thoughts on location: Hawaii would lead to island fever. If you plan on living a long time after you retire, Hawaii is only so big. If you make periodic trips to the mainland, you will have added to any footprint you tried to erase by living off the grid. My personal choice is CA Sierras... that is, until the government becomes too liberal and the taxes too high (if we're not there already!).
But, having said all that, I agree 100% with the direction you want to go. I hope to be able to do that myself. The only thing in my way is my city-slicker wife!
With sig advances, sure hope more jet airlines will be running on biodiesel (have been done on 747 from USA to Armstedan recently).
Will have plenty of things to do in the Big Island e.g. fishing, farming, and with internet access we can stay in-touch with the rest of the world (hey I could be in Hawaii as we chat here).
Plus freq visitors you and your family I hope to visit us; we will be plenty busy show people around including hiking trips, water sports, snow (yes, it snows in the Big Island), 4x4 on Mana Road, etc... lots to do.
Our kids can visit us.
Will shift back to CA and build something similar when our boys are married and have children plus when we are really old and unable to travel (will need to be near relatives for care). Planning to live in the 80-90s if my body allows me (reason for the recent health kick) and I don't get run over by a bus (lol).
Hey Steven, have your priced land in the CA Sierras, and where specifically in the Sierra would you look into or want to live; just drumming up ideas for me. Thanks!
And higher taxes for sure for all of us in the near future!
In the meantime, google is my friend and will start collection info and do more research like the attached water catchment systems doc.
Edited by RON CT110, 21 July 2010 - 07:29 AM.