Thursday, August 28, 2008

how far would you go?

I'm taking a survey. Which means if you are reading this, you have to respond...or else. That's how surveys work, right?

How far would you go to have this be your backyard?

How far would you be willing to drive to go to the grocery store? Or to see your friends? Or get gas? 10 minutes? 20 minutes? 30 minutes? 40 minutes??

19 comments:

LJ and DC said...

Fact: I would be willing to drive aprx. 25 minutes. Or about as far away as La Honda. We've thought about it for years.

Kerri said...

Not me. I'm 100% suburbia. I'm frustrated that the good grocery store is 8 minutes away, passing two schools, a mall, the post office, and really anything else that I'd need. I'll vacation to your hide away, but I'm not a girl to be hidden!

Julia said...

i'm with kerri on this one. i feel like i can get to that anytime, but wouldn't kill to have it be in my backyard. it's not necessarily that the grocery store has to be close, but that i don't necessarily value having a beatiful stream in my backyard. put me on the beach and that's an entirely different story. is that a lame answer? :)

whitney said...

10 minutes tops. i hate traveling to shop. plus with the state our environment is in and the price of gas, i want to live as close as we can to ben's work and to any necessary shopping.

ryan, maren and leah said...

so i'm kind of a suburban girl. i wouldn't want that for my backyard. i love well-watered, trimmed grass under my feet. cabin, however....looks pretty sweet.

grocery store: should be less than 10 minutes in a car.

friends: i'd go pretty far.

gas: um, i guess as far as my near-empty tank would let me!? i kind of like the one just across the street from me!

Julia said...

and as i'm rereading your post, i didn't read it completely (a very bad habit of mine). and since they're fab questions, i'll answer.

grocery store: 10 min MAX
friends: across the country
gas: 10 min

thanks for the call molly.

mer said...

Ha, ha, ha! This made me laugh--I already live there!

Jenna said...

Hey Molly. You got me thinking of where I want to end up and what would be ideal to me. I love to walk everywhere I want to go. So everything must be close. I don't think that could ever be my backyard. I'm a city girl!

grocery store-5minutes, 10 minutes if walking

friends-I travel all over for friends. I haven't left the country but could see myself doing that.

gas-5 minutes or closer. Gas stations are my pet peeve. Can't stand going.

Carbonneau said...

I drive 15 to 20 minutes on a 75 mph freeway to get to the grocery store. So...I would love to have that as my backyard right now. We should be getting a grocery store soon...but then again it was supposed to already be here, so who knows.
Gas station, I do pay extra sometimes to fill up at the one 5 minutes away, if I would run out on the way to the grocery store. Oh, does Circle K count as a grocery store? lol then it would be 5 minutes.
I think 40 minutes would be discouraging...but for an awesome yard, hmmmm.
Friends, we visit them anywhere, obviously the closer the more often. They are good incentive to stay or go somewhere though! (and family)

josh hallmark said...

well, i live in portland... so the furthest i have to go for any of those listed is about ten minutes foer the lush greenery. gas is moot; i don't drive. friends and the store are within blocks. but i would go millions of miles for friends. the store always needs to be close, though; i get cravings and seem to run out of important things on a daily basis.

Tyler said...

Is it just the creek on a sloped hillside, or do I get a flat, usable section of land too?

Molly said...

Flat, usable land, too. Maybe not a ton of it, but enough for a house and a yard. :)

Tyler said...

With kids in grade-school - 0 minutes (kids need neighbors, parks, side-walks, etc).

Kids in high school - 5 minutes.

Kids in college but me still working - 10 minutes.

Kids all growd up and me retired - 15 minutes (that's a long, long way to drive if you're talking about just getting to food and a gas station).

Chris said...

I'm with all the others who've already posted. Our acre (though not as lush as your photo) is as far from conveniences (5-10 min.) as I'd want. And going back to my city roots, I'd be quite happy to transplant our home from Hollister to Mt.View (of Portland - hi Josh)

Brian and Kristy said...

I'm with Maren, my ideal backyard would be grass, grass and more grass with some plants and trees thrown in for shade. I would have to live within 10 mins of stores and gas stations. I hate driving.

Christian said...

Just about everyone is so against it. Not I. I've lived with all the conveniences so close that I think I could handle the distance, at least for a few weeks... I'll find something closer to town.

Molly said...

Paula's response (which she left on my voicemail) is that she and Steve used to live in the Santa Cruz mountains and had to drive 30-40 minutes. So she would say 30-40 minutes. Thanks, Paula!

Molly said...

So to answer my own question, I would LOVE to have that be my backyard. I am definitely a mountain person. Give me tall trees, lots of green, ferns, wildflowers, and little bubbling streams. I do love the beach, but would pick the mountains any day.

BUT as much as I would love to have that by my backyard, I really can't stand driving. Going to the store 3 minutes away makes me tired. :) And I get really tired driving. Not to mention I love to hang out with people and would be really lonely living so far away.

So my answer? 10 minutes. Sadly, no forest for me.

Braden and Cheri said...

Molly-Cheri (Kerri's sister, Braden's wife) here. Looks like Queen Creek, Arizona is OUT for you. Here, we have to drive 25 mintues just to get to an entrance for the freeway that takes us to the freeway. We have a Walmart and a Fry's grocery store within 10 minutes. Otherwise, we have to go at least 35 minutes to get to any other shopping. Oh, but there's plenty of flat, boring, cactus infested land with enough space for a house and a yard...as long as your definition of a yard is rocks and cacti. Wanna come!?