Jim Rawles says you should start to Get Out Of Dodge, NOW. Go read; I’ll wait.
Back yet? Now, I didn’t find his post to be particularly alarming. Some commenters on other sites seem to be miscategorizing his post as some sort of cult-like effort to establish another Bo Gritz-style covenant community. Not so; he’s been saying much the same thing (“move West!”) since at least 2005, when I started reading Survivalblog. Think of it as a prepper version of the Free State Project, just involving more than one state (or two). Rawles has focused on the mountain states as retreat locales near-exclusively for a long time. Furthermore, I’m an atheist myself, but Rawles’ muscular Christianity doesn’t scare me; most Christians, in my experience, are just generally good folks, and the more fervently fundamentalist types I’ve encountered have always seemed more thoughtful, caring, and intellectually engaged (albeit in what seem to me silly doctrinal debates) than most people in general.
As for the wife and I, we’re stuck in a house worth barely more than half what we owe on it; it will take a decade or more of nasty inflation to bring us even. For that and other reasons, including our jobs and the fact that there’s still a lot of money to be made around here, the wife and I plan on being in the Bay Area for many years.
That being said, I’m trying to arrange some time on the way back from Boomershoot to finally visit the not-so-secret-valley I have been jonesing about from afar since 2000 or thereabouts, and look at some houses for sale. I can’t afford any of them, of course (although watching the prices rise and plummet over the past ten years has been illuminating), but in a couple of years we should have enough savings for a down payment on a “vacation home,” and start with that. This isn’t because Rawles said he liked that area too; it’s one of the continuing steps in my ten-year plan to establish a retreat in northeast Oregon or Idaho. We’re on about year seven of that plan….