Wow! These are ALL good answers. Thank you all so much!
I just haven't thought about these things. I feel much better. Ok, so now I'm moving forward from here. You guys ROCK!
Originally Posted by johnbloem1974
...Additionally, any US Forest Service land is great as well. They have a lot of "dispersed Camping" - basically can camp wherever you can find a spot out of the way of a road...
I did not think about this because I don't really know how much this type of land is available here in Tennessee. How do I go about researching this - anyone?
And since we’re on this subject, let me explain something of a smallish problem.
I’ve just graduated college on December 11 with a degree in foreign languages. I have a Spanish specialization and speak it at a level 4 out of 5 – 5 is “native.” I also speak Mandarin. Ok, enough bragging. I hate when language students start bragging about how incredibly awesome their foreign language abilities make them so I don’t want to do that. Jeeze! Such Narcissism!
Even before the semester ended, I’m wading through numerous job offers. Most of them are with K-12 school systems. Nashville is desperate for Spanish teachers. I really find this appealing because if I take work in an economically depressed area, I get my student loans forgiven. That’s like adding $10,000 to my yearly income and that’s NOT Nashville. But OMG, finding a place to live – even renting an apartment in a new town is staggering to me. I REALLY want to find a bus that I can convert and take advantage of this small-space-off-grid social movement that seems to be sweeping the nation. It doesn’t seem to have invaded Tennessee just yet but I can assure you that Tennessee is a place where the anti-establishment mentality is alive and well. (God I love Tennessee!) Since I don’t want to live in Nashville and I’m very willing to work in a rural community, it seems right that I should look for some place to park my bus and begin the transformation.
So here is my opportunity to escape the cattle-drive that forces so many college grads into conformity – house in the ‘burbs, two kids, two cars yada yada.
Where does an absolutely naÔve nube such as myself, begin to even research places to live?
Is anyone here familiar with what we Tennesseans call “The Cumberland Plateau?” I ask this because I am really looking to live up on the plateau somewhere between say … Smithville and the Smokies. This really is God’s country - east of the Mississippi anyway.
Am I rambling?