Not quite that far west, but have considered moving there and may ince dh's forestry schooling is done.
) We too are aiming for the self reliant life style, and already have a good start. We are in northern Minnesota in the middle of the forest, and it is great. We homeschool, AP, and do all organic foods-including growing a lot of it. I even buy organic grains and mill our own flour. We have an organic mill near, so it is really nice. Cost is low too.
) Just can't imagine living any other way.
I have been gathering herbs like crazy lately too. All grown in the wild here and making tinctures, salves, oils, and just dried herbs for later. I love being so close to the earth.