Very early yesterday morning I wrote a blog post article about a 23 year old young woman named Isabel Paige. I had watched a couple of her videos and thought that she was interesting enough and attractive enough to write about. I intended to find out more about her.
Later yesterday evening I was able to find Isabel’s last name, but very little additional information came up for her, which was not too surprising because she is only 23 years old. When I did a search using Isabel’s father’s name, this eventually led to a kind of unraveling of Isabel’s story about what she was doing.
Isabel’s mother and father live in Seattle, Washington. When Isabel was talking in her videos about living and working in Seattle, and returning to live on her family’s “farm”, I was mistaken, and so were many of her viewers. We thought that she had been working and living by herself in Seattle, far away from her home and family, but that was not the case, her family has a home in Seattle.
Isabel’s father’s name was linked to a street address in eastern Washington state on the outskirts of a National Forest. Using Google Earth Satellite View of this street address revealed that this was the property shown in many of Isabel’s videos, that she was referring to as her family’s “farm”.
The “family farm” that Isabel was talking about returning to in her videos, is not really a farm, because there isn’t any livestock such as horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, or chickens, nor is there any corral, barn, tractor, large farm field, or crop. There is a large garden that is maybe 1/2 acre in size. The property is a vacation home that was recently built or purchased by her mother and father.
I feel that I was somewhat duped or misled. From what Isabel was saying, she was talking about trying to live as a farmer, to be self-sufficient, and to live off-grid. A more accurate description of the situation, is that Isabel and her sister Natasha are staying in their parent’s vacation home.
When I read the comments to some of Isabel’s videos, some of the commentors were being very critical, saying that Isabel was just staying in her parent’s vacation home, or asking her to show video of the “farm”, or asking her what she was going to do in the winter. At first I didn’t understand these comments, but now I do.
I don’t think that anyone can live in this vacation home during the winter, for several different reasons. From the Google Earth Satellite View, there is a one-lane, dead-end dirt road that goes about one mile from the nearest house back to Isabel’s house. This one-lane dirt road is terraced into a very steep mountainside that is going to shed or avalanche snow onto this road November through March.
More than a mile from Isabel’s house, there is a one-lane wooden bridge over a river that provides access to Isabel’s house and three other houses. I don’t think that this wooden bridge is rated to carry heavy county road crew snow removal equipment that would be needed to efficiently plow more than one mile of road. I don’t think that the county crosses over this one-lane wooden bridge to clear the snow for access to these four houses on the far side of the river.
If you could find a private heavy equipment operator to drive a front end loader across the one-lane wooden bridge and clear more than one mile of snow off the road, it would take at least half a day and cost about $1,000 each time.
For the past eighteen years I have lived in heavy snow fall areas of northern Arizona, Idaho, and North Dakota. In the winter, many National Forest and National Park roads are closed off because they can not keep up with the snow removal. Bottoms of canyons with vacation homes become inaccessible for large amounts of time in the winter because of snow accumulation.
You can’t live in a mountainous area of Washington at the bottom of a canyon on the limited access side of the river, and expect to be able to make it to a job or a grocery store every day during the winter. There will be times in the winter when you couldn’t drive out of the far side of the canyon for weeks in a row.
I am not so angry that Isabel gave me and the other viewers the idea that she was going to live and work on her family’s farm, when it isn’t a farm, and she isn’t working on a farm, as I am irritated that Isabel doesn’t really have a viable realistic plan on how she is going to survive this winter.
I imagine that Isabel’s parents haven’t flat out told her “no” that she can’t live at that house in the winter, because this appears to still be her plan. Maybe her parents are thinking that she will see this for herself in November or December and get out of there before she becomes stuck and has to be rescued.
Here is a video showing Isabel with her family, which will give a little more insight into the situation: