time travel tuesday car fire
March 16th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you are like me you are probably looking bags of leaves garden mulchforward to springtime.. a lot! Sure we all love the warmer weather but if you have a green thumb or love to garden then this is the time of year you wait all winter for! I have a number of times in recent shows that my collection of found twigs, branches, and yes even trees from the surrounding forest have been piling up outside the off grid camper. I have been gathering as much as I can for this years wood core hugelkultur garden beds. One thing I have not talked about so much but quite possibly equally as important is the nearly 30 bags of leaves and pine straw I have been collecting as well. Most nights at my other job I keep an eye out for bags of yard waste (fall / winter leaves) to use for the top layer in my garden. Its kind of funny when you reallywood for garden think about it.. I have heard in many other countries fall leaves are prized for garden cover material. The top layer will be instrumental in keeping moisture in the found for the plants in this years off grid garden by the camper.

Today’s show is being posted late at night so I will try to keep the type portion of this episode brief. The pics for today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment should at the very least be a little something different. For episode 4? of Time Travel Tuesday we travel back in time about 15 years ago. When my car went up in flames years ago I learned one of the most valuable lessons to date when it comes to basic safety on the road. ALWAYS have at least one fire extinguisher in the vehicle at all times! This lesson can also be applied to just about everywhere else we spend out time.. at home, work, and even out camping would be a good idea. Yes its true pictures are worth a thousand words but if you have not already heard the story then tune in today for the wild Time Travel Tuesday segment as I tell the horror of seeing my new car going up in flames as fire trucks roar down the road to put the dragon out!

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Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: As a safety precaution always have at least 2 fire extinguishers in both your home and vehicles you drive. Fire safety tips for living on and off the grid. 🙂
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car ride
August 28th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Today’s Off The Grid Podcast is going oldschool with a short car ride reminiscent of the early days of the show episodes. As always a lot has been going on so I figured the best way to keep you guys and gals updated was to share some stuff along the drive. Backing out of my muddin “driveway” a good sized swarm of mosquitoes got stirred up from the warm engine condo under my car hood the night before and swarmed the car as I came to a stop to put into first gear. First up more drama with the people that were going to be repairing the floor. The contractors that did more damage in a single day than I could tolerate.. which is a lot because I am an extremely reasonable and patient person to deal with. If you missed it check out Off The Grid podcast episode 31 to hear what a crazy frustrating weekend it was.There were several projects hinging on the floor being done. Until the floor was repaired a few other projects were on hold.

A friend of mine had called the week before and gave me a small portable generator. The generator was in very rough shape and far from running condition hence today’s adventure drive to find some parts at a lawn and garden store. Most lawn and garden stores would not carry the part I needed. The generator was used on a boat and needed a new carburetor so I was making a good drive out by referral to one that was out of the way as a last hope of restoring this little old generator to running condition again. I was really looking forward to getting this thing running because it would mean I would have access to a small yet valuable BACKUP power supply. Originally I was going to simply drive my car all the way in the woods and park next to the off grid camper to charge the deep cycle batteries as needed. The huge mess that was left after the “frustrating weekend” made my path impassible in my car. Well to be fair I could probably make the short drive but would most likely tear up the underside of my car so a generator was the best option for now.

A few quick points for the drive wrapping up the show.. hmm. On a culinary side note I scored a really good deal on some grass fed beef so I was going to be eating good tonight. If any of you are up to date on all of the science experiment kind of “stuff” in our food supply and in this case the beef industry then it can be scary. Today’s Off The Grid Podcast episode was recorded back in mid July. I did end up recording another show later this same night which will be Monday’s podcast. Thank you everybody for listening and also a special thank you to Tina and West Texas Desert Prepper for posting a response to yesterday’s episode! I really appreciate it 🙂

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Multitasking is not a good thing but sometimes it is the best way to use your time!
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July 26th, 2015 by Off The Grid

When your going to live off the grid you need to have reliable transportation. If you love to drive you need to have your transportation well maintained. My car looks like a bit of a clunker but it gets awesome gas mileage and this is why I love my car! Because my car is approaching the technical status of being a “classic” car means that I need to keep it well maintained. A good tuneup along with regular new tires and other stuff the your ride calls for means money needs to flow so you can “go” off grid on the road!

If you have been keeping up with the off grid podcast episodes even this early on then THANK YOU so much! I really appreciate you listening. If you have any comments or questions please post on today’s show here or send me an email. Stay safe you guys!

Today’s off grid podcast show was recorded several months ago. I have been posting these episodes as fast as I can to get you up to speed with daily / weekly shows. 🙂

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July 25th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Around midnight recording an episode for the Off The Grid podcast sharing the days adventure in the snow and ice on the road was exhausting. We don’t get a lot of snow in this part of the country. Living on the east coast of Virginia means nobody knows how to drive in the snow! The local traffic and road personnel were not prepared for the messy combination of rain to wet snow, sleet, and ice on the roads. The highways were packed with crazy traffic and really bad driving conditions! The snow was compacting and quickly turning to ice as the sun went down. As the night went on while driving I was reminded that living off grid would mean being more prepared for driving in remote locations in the snow.

I was almost home when just off the interstate about a mile from my destination my car began to slide. Heading extremely slow up an incline traffic was going a snails pace as about 10 cars up the light turned RED! I knew that if I could keep going even slow I would be ok. Unfortunately the traffic light turned red and everyone stopped. When it turned green it was time to go but my car started sliding backwards as traffic was moving forward. Thank God a guy stopped and helped me get unstuck. Lesson for the day.. If snow is on the way carry a bag or two of kitty litter to help with traction if you get stuck! Do you know of any other ways to get unstuck in the snow and ice?

Today’s Off The Grid Podcast was recorded back in February while counting down the days to my journey off grid.

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