Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
I live in the exact middle of a highly recreational national forest. I feel safer out here than I did in "town".
There hasen't been a single violent crime or theft that I can recall in the 10 years I've lived out here. A few deaths from ATV and hiking accidents, several people getting lost where all the locals helped with the search parties, and a few drunk drownings in the river.
I agree, people up to no good generally stick to easy targets. Hiking 10 miles (that was funny!) uphill both ways to accost a woman, especially a potentially armed one, on a 1,200 lb animal doesn't register to me as easy, lol!
The worst problems happen down on the river. Drunk idiots who want off the river for some reason or another would come up to the old house asking for a ride... Once we had a druggie group try and "borrow" our car at 6am. DH met them in the yard in his skivvies with a rifle!
I also catch ATV riders crapping in my driveway often, that really chaps my hide! I don't poop in your road!
It's rough country out here so I don't go far alone, never without a dog AND a gun (mostly to protect myself from bears and if my horse had an accident). But honestly the people that come out here are very polite, friendly, and just wanting to enjoy the reason I live out here, these breathtaking hills.
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