Since we first started looking for a home in Florida I have been attracted to this sort of idea. We saw the pole barn frame for this idea in Port St. Joe, Florida probably four years ago. It was bigger than what’s shown in this photo and was probably for a fifth wheel trailer.
Here’s what I like: The main ingredient is mobility. I can see us moving up to Maine during the summer and fall and then back to Florida from November through May. We can stop where we want both coming and going. I can envision a setup either in Florida only, or at both ends of the migration. In both places we would leave behind outdoor furniture, a grill, some landscaping tools, and such. Add a modest sized shed for storage to the plan in both places.
This would certainly be modest living, but it might be fun and affordable.
Hurricane Michael got us. We were hit pretty hard. My wife and I evacuated a day before the storm with our truck and camping trailer, so we were safe.
While the photos show the effect of the hurricane on our home we are grateful that the damage wasn’t worse. We do indeed have tarps on the roof at the moment, just like most of our neighbors. Almost no one was spared damage in our little town on the Florida Panhandle.
The scene throughout the area is shocking. Hundreds of thousands of trees are broken, tilting over, uprooted, or just snapped in half. Trucks to haul away the debris, heavy equipment for loading, and the sounds of chainsaws, demolition crews, roofers, and sirens have filled the air here since October 10th when the hurricane came through. It’s much calmer now, but a lot remains to be done. Reconstruction is only beginning now. We ourselves hope to start soon at our place.
We think that we are doing fine, but it’s interesting how our minds and emotions work. There are up days mostly, but we both have emotional crashes, and then there are the days where the emotional exhaustion takes over and we have to veg for a day.
The positives are there. We’re insured. We didn’t get hurt. We still have a home and we can live in it. Uncertainty and a sensation of not being in control grip us though. It’s a new sensation. Also, what about next year?