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:
In the above blog post article, and in the comments below, I have tried to explain that I do not like, and believe that it is harmful, to lead YouTube viewers to believe that you can save money for one year at a low-paying job, quit your job, go buy some land in the mountains, build a tiny-house, and play in the woods most of the day.
Many of the commentors claim that I am just a jealous old man, what I say is not true, not accurate, not valid, and my points are baseless. I have decided to include a YouTube video made by a young woman, who on her own without reading my blog post article, came to many of the same conclusions as I did:
On 4/3/21 Isabel Paige uploaded a YouTube video titled something like “Finishing My Tiny-House”. About halfway through this video Isabel and her father were laughing about some people who had driven down the road to Isabel’s house recently, saying that they were trying to find someone who was selling eggs, and then they said, “You’re Isabel Paige, aren’t you? I watch your YouTube videos.”
Isabel and her father were laughing about how no one ever drives down the dead-end dirt road to their house, that this has never happened before, and what a coincidence it was that they watch Isabel’s YouTube videos. This was no coincidence. These people saying that they were “trying to find someone who was selling eggs”, may have been an inside joke reference to Isabel’s friend and YouTuber Hannah Lee Duggan who sells her eggs to in vitro fertilization clinics for $10K to make money.
Isabel and her father need to stop and think about these things:
- Isabel lives in a very remote, mountainous, and sparsely populated area on the border of a National Forest where real estate is very expensive. There are very few working farms in this area, especially NOT chicken farms. Is there anyone they have ever heard of who sells chicken eggs in their area?
- Considering that very few people live in the remote, mountainous, and sparsely populated area where Isabel lives, does it make any sense that anyone would drive that far just to buy chicken eggs when they could buy them much more easily in town?
- Eggs cost about $1.50 per dozen in the grocery store, and there is no shortage of chicken eggs in grocery stores. To get to Isabel’s house from town would cost about $10 in gas round trip, and take more than an hour. Who is going to drive more than an hour and spend $10 in gas to buy eggs that normally cost $1.50 per dozen in stores?
If you read the comments to this particular YouTube video of Isabel’s, about 30% of the viewers are saying, “Watch out for that egg guy! That’s no coincidence! You’re lucky your father happened to be there!” These people are correct.
In the comments section of this blog post article about Isabel, myself and other people wrote that it was not that difficult to find where Isabel is located, that she should be more careful, that it is not a good idea for her to walk alone in the woods without a firearm, and that it is not a good idea to show herself bathing naked in the river beside her house and other forest locations.
I hope that Isabel and her family will think about this and take this as a Wake-Up Call. I hope that Isabel’s viewers will continue to urge Isabel to be more careful. I believe that if Isabel’s father had not been there, and the people that drove up to Isabel were able to determine that she was alone, they might have stayed much longer just to be a nuisance, or they might have harmed her.
I am writing this Update in order to give this warning and offer some advice:
- Isabel made a couple of mistakes in talking about how she has no cell-phone signal, that she has begun walking to the top of the mountain every morning, and that she is not in-touch with her family and friends every day. Giving details like this have made her more vulnerable.
- As one of her women viewers pointed out in the comments, when Isabel is bathing naked or nearly naked in forest locations, her screaming and yelling is announcing her location and drawing people to her that otherwise might not have known that she was there.
- Isabel’s family needs to put a gate with a lock, or a chain with a lock across the beginning of their one-lane, dead-end dirt road that goes to their house, with a couple of very visible “No Trespassing” signs. Once someone goes beyond a “No Trespassing” sign, they can be arrested for trespassing, which is not the case if there is no sign.
- At the gate across the road, or the chain across the road, there needs to be one or two pole-mounted or tree-mounted wireless or cable-fed surveillance cameras that can clearly be seen. This is a deterrent. This can also give people at the house a view of what is happening at the gate. Some wireless cameras have a cell-phone application to allow you to watch them remotely.
- I recommend the use of multiple trail cameras, hidden at the perimeter of the property on each side, including the river side. This may point out some very determined and stealthy voyeurs.
- I recommend installing as many as six solar-charged, motion-activated flood lights on trees, poles, or structures. These very bright flood lights coming on at night can alert you that someone is at a specific location on your property. People who are trying to sneak around unnoticed do not like getting lit-up by flood lights every time they move.
- For this property, I recommend about six wireless motion-detectors positioned about one hundred feet from Isabel’s house, programmed to six different channels on a receiver box indicating which zone alarmed. It’s O.K. that deer and other animals set them off, it shows that the motion detectors are working.
- I recommend getting a dog of a working-dog breed, such as a German Shepherd. Because of the very cold winter climate in the mountains of Washington state, a short-haired dog like a Doberman or Rottweiler would suffer in the winter cold. Look up “Livestock Guardian Dogs” or “LGD”, these are very large dogs that are accustomed to living outdoors all year long guarding livestock from predators as large as mountain lions and bears.
- Lastly and Most Importantly, Isabel needs to carry a firearm with her at all times on the property and learn how to use it. A firearm will do her no good if it is unloaded, left in a closet, or she doesn’t know how to use it.
Carrying a firearm is the most important thing. Law Enforcement would take at least 30 minutes to reach this property, that is if the cell-phone call went through. Cameras are a deterrent, but they won’t stop something from happening. A dog can be poisoned, lured away, or shot.
Because Isabel and her family appear to be averse to firearms, I would recommend purchasing the most reliable, durable, easy to use, lightweight, least expensive to obtain and shoot firearm, the Ruger 10-22 rifle. You can buy a Ruger 10-22 at Walmart for about $300, just about any sporting goods store, and most gun stores. .22 LR long rifle bullets cost about 5 cents each, and they are one of the most quiet and least recoil rounds. This rifle would be the easiest for each of the family members to practice with and get accustomed to.