I've been struggling for several years now in my quest for a place to call home. For a long time it looked like Portland, Oregon would be the place that would best suit Nilda and me. I have certainly staked much of my hopes and dreams for a better future on relocating to the Northwest, specifically, Cascadia: the Pacific Northwest bioregion. Now I wonder how realizable that goal really is. We certainly aren't getting any younger, and a major move such as that may or may not be a realistically achievable goal. More of an obstacle is the housing bubble on the coasts and the financial hardship of making a mid career change to an entirely different field.
I suspect that our ability to move has a limited time availability for additional reasons as well. Once the bottom drops out of oil supply, moving an entire homestead may become impossibly expensive or even logistically impossible. Also, once peak oil happens who will want to (or be able to afford) to purchase our house out here in the hill country?
So, do we now give up our dreams and plans of living in Ecotopia? I don't know, the jury is still out on that one. However, a move definitely is not in the short term plans and if not soon it may not be possible later. So instead, we are preparing to defend in place for the arrival of the Long Emergency. This means we are making a maximum effort to pay off our single remaining debt (home loan) and then prepare for tough times ahead. We have already started our "victory garden", which will be at least doubled in size next year. Once the home is paid for we will invest in rain water collection and on site electrical generation (wind and/or solar).
If we don't make it to the Northwest I guess the Austin area is a pretty good fallback. If only our dimwitted leaders would plan for the future and make a maximum push for passenger rail instead of dumping our tax money down the black hole of road construction...