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    Default Ah, Wilderness! Mountain Man vs. the Building Inspector

    Ah, Wilderness! Mountain Man vs. the Building Inspector



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    BOONE, N.C.—Eustace Conway says he has stared down a grizzly bear, wrestled a thrashing buck and ridden a horse from coast to coast. But he may have met his match in the Watauga County planning department.

    Mr. Conway, 51 years old, is best known as "The Last American Man," the title character of a 2002 biography and National Book Award finalist by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of "Eat, Pray, Love." He has lived in the wilderness since the early 1980s.

    He traps, shoots and grows much of his own food, makes pants out of buckskin and stitches his own wounds. He bathes in the cold creek that rolls through his 1,000-acre Turtle Island preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. And he teaches others how to live off the land.

    But now, Mr. Conway is devoting most of his time to the type of meetings, red tape and compromises he went to the woods to avoid.

    Last fall, a team of health, construction and fire officials showed up for an unannounced inspection of the preserve, acting on an anonymous tip. Escorted by two sheriffs' deputies, they executed what Mr. Conway describes as a "SWAT-team raid"—peering into outhouses, stomping around log cabins, and climbing hand-hewn ladders.

    Their findings are compiled in a 78-page report with a bullet-point list of violations. Mr. Conway's sawdust urinal and outhouses? Unpermitted, according to the officials. The wood he used to erect two dozen buildings? Built with lumber that isn't "grade-marked," meaning it doesn't specify the mill where it was produced.

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    Black Blade: You gots to keep a low profile if you go off grid. This guy obviously turned it into a business. If you are unconventional and become noticed then the Nazis will come.
    When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America , you get a front row seat. - George Carlin


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    This is one of the guys who had tv crews at his place filming some kind of mountain man show.

    I think he runs a course where people stay with him and help him while he teaches them certain skills.

    The moral of the story is NEVER go public if you desire privacy.

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    He should move out here where we have NO codes , inspections , permits or zoning.

    Sending you a packet tommorow Tanvil!! Heh..Heh
    " Save a tree...........Eat A Beaver!"

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    Yeah, he was on that show on Discovery or History channel. He is part cool mountain man, part hippy Liberal. I think he lives right outside of Boone, IIRC. Anyway, his story pisses me off to no end. Why does the government in any form (local, state, or federal) have any freaking business telling somone what they can do with their property out in the middle of nowhere?!?!?!?! I can somewhat understand when you're in the city limits, or living in a subdivision or something, but way out in the sticks??? That's sheer insanity. We well and truly need to start completely over from scratch with the Declaration of Independence/Bill of Rights, and SLOWLY add laws back in based strictly on common sense. Murder, rape, robbery, etc.... Things that infringe on others rights to life liberty and the persuit of hapiness. Maybe I'm way off base, but thats the way I feel.
    Enforcement, NOT Amnesty!!!!!!

    "If they’re going to come here illegally, apply for & receive assistance through a corrupted Government agency encouraging this lawless behavior, work under the table & send billions of dollars each year back to their families in Mexico, while bleeding local economies dry, protest in our streets waving their Mexican flags DEMANDING rights, while I have to press ’1′ for English, then they need to be shipped back to where they came from!" -Chad Miller

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    Thanks Brad, I have a couple mags sitting here for your new AR project.

    I watched an episode were he was selling fire wood to pay the property taxes.

    The corporate tyrants, on behalf of UN Agenda 21, probably saw this and swooped in with the power of the state to crush him.

    Unstamped lumber, frikkin ridiculous.

    For his sake, I hope they don't pull a Randy Weaver on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanvil View Post
    The moral of the story is NEVER go public if you desire privacy.
    That's a big 10-4!

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