- A travel trailer in the California desert
- A log cabin built by a Cub Scout and his dad, with a stream for water and a hollow tree stump for an outhouse
- A park service ranger station in Arizona two hours away from any type of store
- A tent in a campground in Washington, for two summers
- A rented room in a house that was paid for by one pot crop ( I learned this later)
- Various bunkhouses
- A former one room schoolhouse in South Dakota
I moved a lot, and to places I thought I would never consider. I had to, because there weren't a lot of seasonal jobs available in the most desirable locations, and certainly no permanent jobs. I lived in remote outposts and in one big city (Honolulu), and in more than one place where I drove up, looked around, and thought, what have I done?
Still, I adapted, everywhere I went, and it makes me curious every time I go to a new place. What would it be like to live here? I think. Sometimes my initial impression, especially in a large city, is how hard it would be. So many people! So much traffic! But then I think, public transportation. Lakes with running trails. Inexpensive gyms. Maybe this wouldn't be terrible.
I'll probably always be a country mouse rather than a city one. I'll always prefer mountains to flat landscapes. I probably won't live in any more trailers or tents. But because I did it, and found the good, hidden things in all those places, I know I could.