clouds sky over treeline
June 7th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you have been a long time listener to the Off The Grid Podcast in the last year you know a lot has happened out here in and around the camper. Right about this time last year my journey from the suburbs to a life outside the “normal” average American experience took a detour into the unknown. I had spent a good amount of time, energy, and money getting ready for living closer to nature in an off grid camper. Most people are already familiar with the term but in case you were wondering what it means to live off grid here is my definition. It is choosing to live without “grid tied” utilities.. as in now power or water. Yes I have solar panels for electricity (although they are not 100 percent because I need new deep cycle batteries). Yes I do have running water but it is not in the traditional sense you think of in the average household. What has this lifestyle taught me over the last year? In modern society we have it easy. I would even venture to say it makes us all soft.bean seedlings sprouts

In the last few months as summer was fast approaching I found myself looking back on everything I have been through in the last year. All of the challenges both physically and mentally. The human condition / experience is an amazing experience if you are brave enough to live fearlessly. Now with that being said I don’t mean being stupid! As I quickly found out if you do not have your common sense about you at all times your environment can turn deadly before you know it. Another angle to this recent reflection is that the lesson of history seems to in small ways laced or intertwined into our daily lives. As I’m sure you have heard “if you are not a student of history….”. Anyway these are some of my reflective thoughts for the day. Hopefully you are enjoying the podcast! I am constantly reminding myself at just how grateful I am to be able to experience living off grid out here in the camper among all of the sometimes strange and wonderful woodland creatures! lol

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Try to learn as much as you can from history. It repeats itself!
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statue of liberty coin
February 24th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode was recorded just after midnight. Why so late you ask? Well it was technically very early for a Tuesday episode because I stayed up late to share this special show with you. This is a special episode because I put my LED head lamp on and went walking out into the woods in search of the sound of a frog symphony. Each night for about the last two weeks or so the frogs have been growing in numbers. The incredible amount of rain, sleet, and snow we have had this way over the last month has created plenty of flooded areas out in the woods for the frogs to sing to one another. The thing is the growing numbers of these little amphibians make for a really cool change to the sometimes absolute eerie silence of some winter nights. Its nice to know that spring is on the way! If you tuned in early on when I first started posting episodes for Off The Grid Podcast I spoke about the crickets and frogs last year. At times the frogs were deafening. Mother nature it seems has decided it was time to begin prepping for spring with a beautiful nightly symphony of frogs in the forest outside the off grid camper.

Also with this being a Tuesday episode statue of liberty coin 100the new segment “Time Travel Tuesday” item is a special one to me. Flash back about 30 years ago to the year 1986. Back then my dad got me into collecting coins as a kid. One day a Sears Catalog came in the mail. I was pleasantly surprised when my mom told me that she had ordered the catalog specifically to get the Statue of Liberty coin for me. The thing is this is not just any coin. This copper coin contains some authentic material from the Statue of Liberty. How you may ask? If you are a history buff you may remember that in 1986 they were doing some major repairs to one of our nations great monuments. With Sears being a forward thinking company they saw an opportunity with the coinciding date. Sears was founded in 1886 and while they were refurbishing the Statue of Liberty in the year of 1986 this made for a “100” bit of history to align with in celebration for the company as well. I hope you are enjoying this new Time Travel Tuesday segment. As always if you have anything to share please email me anytime. ..um speaking of “100” episode 100 is coming up for the Off The Grid Podcast her in another week. Man it is absolutely amazing how time flys!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you find yourself on the path less traveled in life don’t get discouraged when some people look at you funny because they may never understand.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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floating logs frozen water ditch
February 13th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Join us today as I slow down to take refreshingly adventurous walk around an icy pond that just appeared in the woods after the unusually large amount of rain and snow. If you have been keeping up with my mini-adventurers out here in the camper and off the grid you know a LOT of precipitation over the last month has graced flooded frozen pond woodsthis area. We have all had times in life when unexpectedly everything gets busy. I recorded today’s episode of the podcast while I was out enjoying a cool walk down the path and making my way around the flooded areas. This “Adventure Saturday” starts out following a set of little bunny rabbit tracks in the snow. The rabbit tracks started over by my very frozen compost pile near the off grid camper and lead all the way down the path. I’m not going to spoil it for you but I take a leap of faith over where the dilapidated bridge used to be. Hopefully you enjoy today’s show as much as I did experiencing it with microphone in hand! 🙂 As always thank you for listening and if you have anything to share please send me an email from the link below in today’s show notes.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When the weather changes your landscape it may make it more difficult to navigate your normal surroundings. Take a little extra time and caution! 🙂
  • If you want to check out the Christmas episode I mentioned with the bell here is the link.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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