@Colin welcome! Yeah it's become a tried/true convention to formally "checkout" and "check in". It started in the big communities like Purple Neighborhood, and really helps prevent overwrites.
@riptide your entrance looks cool! It's all I can do not to explore it yet, because I plan to do videos.
Now we've got a few homesteads to check out, it's almost time for video. One big video or short ones on each, I'm not sure which yet.
I'm going to shoot the video(s) in Adventure Mode, to fully enjoy death by your traps. A good redneck always sets traps for trespassers, like @mandalamama's Werewolf Dynasty with it's um, exotically stocked swimming holes.
Go ahead and checkout if you want to update your traps, or become homesteader #5. I'm waiting for 1.23 before I do the video.