We're still a day out from closing on the property for Makerton, and already the first 3 residents have plans to adventure together, and two of them have never even met. It may sound crazy, but we're Makers and this is just the sort of thing we like to do.
As I write this, Hank is in Chicago preparing to close on the sale of his last conventional house and Iain is on the road somewhere in Pennsylvania having left New Hampshire earlier this afternoon. Meanwhile I'm at my desk in my half-finished tiny cabin in Spur, looking forward to loading my tiny home onto a trailer this weekend and moving it to Makerton, just a few minutes down the road.
Hank and I met in December when he came touring Spur looking to build a tiny house. Over the past 5 months we've grown into great friends bonding over all the cool stuff we want to do after finishing our tiny houses. The problem though was that our city lots were a mile apart and our personal ambitions weren't quite in line with what works in a typical municipality. So we started exploring the surrounding land looking for the right place to start a tiny community.
Iain and I have known each other since high school, and for a couple of years now we've talked about our many shared interests and plans to follow through on a few ambitions. So when Hank and I stumbled onto the idea of a maker's community, I knew Iain would fit right in.
And then there were three Makers of Makerton.
Unrelated to all of this, I'm still only mostly moved to Spur, with my motorcycle and a few boxes in my grandparents' garage in Phoenix. I wanted to wait until the weather was warmer before taking a roundabout route via Utah and Colorado to bring my bike to Spur. When Iain finalized his travel dates and confirmed he would be heading over around now, I told him about my trip and without hesitation he was on board for the ride. Naturally I told Hank about this and he knew he couldn't miss out on road trip so he decided to rush his closing to get back here sooner.
So we're closing on Makerton Friday, Iain is arriving Saturday, Hank is returning Sunday, and then on Tuesday we're hitting the road. I'll be flying to Phoenix to get my bike and we'll meet in Flagstaff, AZ just before hitting the Grand Canyon - which Hank and Iain have never visited before. Since I'll be on my bike, these two new Makers of Makerton will be getting to know one another on the drive from within Hank's little green Fiat. I can't wait to see the results.
I will be documenting the trip with photos and videos and will provide an update for you all when we return.
Some readers may think it's odd that the first Makers of Makerton would take a two-week trip before developing any of the property. However, I feel it emphasized the sense of community which is the first priority for Makerton. One neighbor plans an experience and everyone else wants to be a part of it. Not one of them said 'I hope you have a great time, let me know how it goes when you're back'. Neither Iain nor Hank have explored much of the South West and weren't about to pass up an opportunity to change that.
I know this is short notice and this site is only beginning to be discovered. But we all enjoy meeting like minded people and if any readers or potential Makers are based in in Flagstaff, Southern Utah, Colorado, Western Kansas, or Western Oklahoma, reach out and maybe we'll have a chance to cross paths on our journey : )