There Is Something About McCloud . . . .
We made our first visit to McCloud shortly after I had finished Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged. In that story, readers are introduced to the fictional town of Galt’s Gulch – a “producer’s” paradise where titans of ability and achievement converge to take refuge as the rest of the world crumbles around them.
Regardless of your personal politics or feelings toward Rand’s objective capitalism, I sense that deep down, each of us simply wants a chance to achieve – to build something that lasts, and in doing so to provide for the families we love. To that end, McCloud strikes me as a sort of blank canvass, waiting for those who aspire to building a life outside of the mainstream to come and paint their respective masterpieces.
Where others may see challenges (and admittedly there are some), I see abundant opportunity – and I think others will too. Imagine a remote community, away from the maelstrom of modern living, but still only 4 hours away from the world-class city that is San Francisco. This community offers high-speed connectivity to the digital world, but there isn’t a traffic light to be found. This community offers an environment that promotes year-round outdoor activity, all within one of the most scenic locales in the entire country. Imagine a community committed to sustainability and the support of local business owners and entrepreneurs, as opposed to the national chains and mega-box stores. Imagine a community small enough to be innovative, and not shackled by the weight of oppressive local government. Imagine a community powered by individual liberty, and the fruits that come from a free people who have bloated bureaucracies removed from their path. Imagine these same achievers also buying in to a broader sense community, and having a keen awareness of their part within the broader synergistic tapestry that might someday exist here. Imagine: what’s possible in McCloud!
- Abundant natural resources
- A reasonable cost of living
- Economic incentives to build your own “masterpiece” in the area
If you’re on this site, you probably either live in the area or are contemplating a visit. Either way, I’d like to challenge you to consider what is possible here, and what your role in developing that potential might be. That’s the PROMISE of McCloud! As for us, we’ve already begun. Since visiting in 2009 for the first time, we’ve bought a home here, opened a business here, and are actively planning for our eventual full-time life in McCloud. Join us!