My wife and I currently reside in NJ and we are growing tired of the pace of life in this "rat race" focused area. Our plan is move out to a more rural environment in a year or so (whenever we can come up for air from our debts). We have been considering two locations: 1) Upstate NY (Binghamton/Utica area or up towards the Adirondacks) or 2) Eastern Washington state (up near the Canadian border; Okanagon county). Why the contrast? Well, my wife is from Washington and most of her family resides there. I am the adventurous type and I would be willing to give it a try. As far as upstate NY, it seems to have more land that has our ideal homesteading requirements. Our dream is to live on a parcel of land >10 acres that is rather secluded. We don't want to be hermits but we do want privacy. Our ideal is to live off grid and live off the land as much as possible. I realize that this is not something that can be done immediately but we would like to work up to that. Our perfect piece of property will have timber land, meadows for grazing livestock, and tillable farmland, runnning water (stream, etc.) and a spring. I know this sounds like a lot but we would be willing to compromise for a piece of land at the right price. Is anyone homesteading in Eastern WA or upstate NY? Can you share your experiences living in that area? I would also like to hear from anyone who is living off-grid. How did you adjust to the new lifestyle? What pitfalls can we avoid? One last thing; we are open to other locations. If someone knows of a better location for off-grid homesteading, please share. Thanks!