hi all! Anyone here "making it work" in northern Arizona? Seems like the water table is way too low for a well (+1200 feet from what I read) so we would have to do alot of water hauling and/or rainwater harvesting... Anyone here doing this? Or do you know of an area in northern AZ, either side of highway 40 that has a higher water table? Without the high land prices? ..haha.. We got TOTALLY burned out in the California wildfires...had 5 acres in the mountains. We had 13 horses there (boarded some), got out the horses, dogs and cats, but most of my rabbits, all chickens and all pigeons died, because we weren't allowed back in to get them before it burned. The ducks all survived, because they had a nice pond to hide in. Lost all belongings including all the stuff I had bought since 9/11 for self sufficiency (EXCEPT that I grabbed Carla Emory's Encyclopedia of Country Living, my Bible, guns, and one wedding picture!) Anyway, we don't really have the heart to go back...it will never be the same, and the memories of what it USED to be are too hard. I am trying to look at it as an opportunity to move on, start over. Trouble is, we didn't have insurance (for reasons to complicated to go into here), thus we are looking for less expensive land. Of course our present land is now worth MUCH less.... Arizona - On the plus side...ALOT fewer people, more land and elbow room...downside is - hubby has 4 years more he needs to work, so would be big time commuting. He commutes alot here in So Cal anyway... thanks for your input! maddy p.s. I would like to be able to plant fruit trees, have a vegetable garden, and pasture for the horses, maybe raise some hay for them too...can't see how without more water than is there...unless we put in a huge rainfed pond to collect water for irrigating. We plan on building a strawbale house and barn.