walking in the creek
August 5th, 2016 by Off The Grid

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to go up north for a family reunion. Now this trip wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies but it was a good time none the less. The 12 hour drive up included an unscheduled and unwanted 2 hour scenic route through the mountains of Pa. Yup you guessed it.. I got lost when the sun went down so I found myself taking the scenic route around the mountains and through towns so small they only had a couple of traffic lights. It felt good to finally reach my destination and I went straight to bed. The next day family reunion activities were in full swing. The food was excellent and everyone had a good time catching up on how things have been. After we all ate it was time for games like trivia, toss grandmas purse, and everyone favorite “dirty” bingo! Next we had the family auction. Yes it was a lot of fun and I really look forward to going each year when I can.

Every once in a while a long road trip to visit family in Pennsylvania is a great reset for me. Despite my humble abode (the off grid camper) I am still very much a part of this “normal” suburban society on a daily basis with work and all. Going to visit my family up north reminds me of just how much a difference there is in culture from region to region. For better or worse there is always something to learn and life to experience. Up there I was reminded of what small town America is all about. People in general seemed to be nicer, have more manors, and an overall better set of ethics quite honestly. Just an observation. 🙂

 

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washing laundry off grid
December 15th, 2015 by Off The Grid

If you are living a halfway civilized lifestyle you probably wear clothes and with that you need to do laundry as well. Weather you are living on or off the grid chances are doing laundry will need to be done often. Looking back I realized that while I have been out here for several productive months now I have not touched on the subject of cleaning clothes or doing laundry. No matter how you tackle it laundry will need to be done so that leads to one of two choices to make. Do your laundry out there off grid where you are or drive to civilization and wash / dry your clothes there? Over the last few months I have explored both options. Granted there are a number of variables including power, water, money (gas money & money at the laundromat), time, and also the social aspects when visiting friends and family. Once you figure out whether you want to do your laundry at your cozy little homestead or take the drive to civilization then you need to figure out which works best for you in terms of the best use of your time and money. Give me a minute.. let me explain the time and money part.

Here are some things to take into consideration if you are examining options for doing laundry off grid VS on grid. Are you cleaning your clothes, jeans, towels, and other linens at the homestead or driving out to wash clothes? When driving to a friends house, visit family over a spin cycle, or to the laundromat you need to look at both time and money that will be spent. You need to take into account the amount of money you will be spending for both gas for your car and also the amount on the washer / dryer if going to the laundromat. It may seem trivial but the amount of time you spend on the road to and from will quickly start to add. If you are like me time is a very valuable thing. Any time away from doing anything off grid had better be time well spent.

If on the other hand you decide to do your clothes off the grid laundry may be a bit more of a challenge unless you are lucky enough to be far along in your journey. Out here off grid in my humble little camper I do not have the option of simply dropping all of my linens into a washer or dryer. Why not you may ask? Resources are at a premium out here when it comes to power and water. More specificity a steady source of abundant electricity because I need more batteries for the solar panels to store power. As for water I need to stop saying it and just set up the rain barrels. With that there is a side note.. there is always SOMETHING to do or get done when you are living off grid so time is valuable. Ok back to the subject for today’s Off The Grid Podcast episode. If you are looking to wash your linens “in house” then you will probably be doing what I have tried which is washing with either a 5 gallon bucket or with a large mixing bowl. There are other ways to get your clothes but I will save that for a follow up show down the road! lol When it comes to drying your clothes off grid I have tried two of the obvious that seem to work well. After returning late last night with a basket full of partially wet clothes (its a long story.. listen to the podcast!) I hung most of my shirts, socks, and jeans up on cloths hangers. Yes the off grid camper was quite a sight in the morning. It looked like a Christmas elf got into my closet and mischievously hung all of my clothes all over the camper both inside and outside! lol Ah the good old days of doing laundry out here in the camper off the grid. 🙂

 

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  • Today’s lesson: Take some time to think about how you will wash laundry off grid to save time and money.
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October 20th, 2015 by Off The Grid

This weekend I took a mini vacation from the off grid living lifestyle while visitingwood bear carving statue some family up north in Pennsylvania. With all the family, fun, flea markets, and cool fall festival weather this weekend it was like warm chicken soup for the soul on a cold winter’s day. After half a days drive from VA to PA it was great to see family again just in time for a super fun fall festival weekend of cooler weather, great food, and hunting for deals at the local flea markets.I arrived very late Thursday night and woke to the warm greeting of “good morning!” from family I had not seen in a good while. The weekend was off to a great start with an art show, breakfast, and then hunting for deals at the flea markets. I had been keeping an eye on the weather with an app on my phone so I knew it was going to be colder but the unexpected snow flurries on Sunday were a treat! Yes I love the snow!

If you are a regular listener to Off The Grid Podcast you know that two opposing sides of the consumerism vs anti-consumerism mindset come into play when considering any new purchase for the camper. Indoor space is at a premium in the off grid camper so everything is thoroughly considered before buying. Over the last few years I have downsized a majority of my “stuff” in preparation to moving off grid in the camper. It might be best described as something like living in a tiny house. You must be efficient with everything you store and choose to keep. Yes there were a lot of really good deals to be found around almost every corner, table, street, and building. Indoors.. outdoors.. on a table.. on the ground.. everything new and old it was out there if you stopped long enough to look at what you found.

“Be careful of the price you pay or you will pay the price”

I found a number of practical tools and useful items over the weekend. The highlight old egw survival knifeof my flea market finds was a very old survival knife. The guy I bought it from said it was made in the late 1800s but I should have known better and questioned the knife’s age more. It is very old, very cool, and I am happy with my purchase but I should have done a little research on my phone before buying. There is a stamp on the side of the blade “EGW KNIFE”. After searching for a while later I could not find this particular EGW survival knife. Which leads me to the question at hand. If your into survival knifes or old WWI or WWII military collectibles and know anything about this blade please help me out. Do you know anything about this EGW KNIFE? All of the survival knifes that came up in search were similar but not like this. Is this really a late 1800s survival knife? It has a good bit of wear on it and you can tell it has been used a lot. The leather handle has been replaced with what looks like twine. I sharpened the edge of the blade as well as the saw tooth top edge of the knife. The guy I bought it from said the butt end of the knife fit onto a rifle but there is no attachment like most I have seen.. only a round kind of chain link? There is always something new to learn and I am intrigued by this little piece of history. Can anyone help me out with more info?

Sunday I ventured out on my own in search for last minute deals just before hitting corn fieldthe road to head home. Stepping out of the car I was greeted by the soft cold touch of ice cold snow flakes on my face and an unrelenting winter wind. After thoroughly enjoying three days of running water, hot showers, and the modern convinces of central heating and air I returned to a very cold wake up call with the weather back here in Va. It dipped down to the mid 30s and when your trying to stay warm in a camper off the grid with no heat its rough. I did just recently get a small cast iron pot belly stove but I have not been able to put it in yet. For the last two nights I have been heating low tech style with tea light candles. While its not the best thing to use it is a very affordable option when its about the only option you have to heat. The morning brought the warmth of a new day with sunshine and the sound of birds filled the air as they engulfed the tree tops. Hearing the mass migration of the little birds above was that much more of a reminder that winter will soon be knocking at our door. I need to double my efforts and get ready for winter now because frigid temperatures are on the way! Remember its not what you have its what you know. This weekend was like a reality real life preview of winter to come. Until next time stay warm, stay safe, and get ready for winter because I have a felling its going to be a messy cold one.

 

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  • Today’s lesson: Winter will be here before you know it so get prepared and get ready NOW!!!
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August 4th, 2015 by Off The Grid

When my family and friends finally saw that I was serious about living off the grid unexpectedly things started to change. Have you ever gone through some major changes or times in your life where your trying to make your life better and some people seem to push themselves out of your life? Surprisingly close friends and family began to shift in and out of my life. This move from the suburbs to an off grid life meant many changes in both my everyday life as well as my personal relationships. It seems like when your trying your best to explain to people that you REALLY have a LOT going on other people can be stuck in their limited point of view of “but you always”.. when in reality everything was changing. Its like some people just do not or simply refuse to see beyond the fact that you are on track with your goals and they are stuck in the old routine that they are comfortable with. I once heard that when you grow / things change for the better in your life then the people closest to you also have a tendency to change. This was especially true about the people I cared the most about and it was a little hard to accept.

Some people are deaf to words. They only respond to pain and loss.

Today’s episode was recorded after another long day and I was very stressed out over close family and friends that I care about! My ex-girlfriend (she broke up with me by the way) was seriously stressing me out wanting time to talk and get back together. I was literally going non-stop trying to balance work, final moving details, getting the off grid camper here, and working through the shifting of long time relationships of friends and family I’ve know for long time. Close friends were following that same pattern as well adding to my stress.

I apologize for being a little down in todays Off The Grid podcast. It was a lot harder than I thought in the way that many of the people I had known and cared about for years seemed to shift in my life. Unfortunately.. Fortunately things were all happening for a reason and it was all for the best. So there the best thing to do was stay focused on my goal of living off the grid in the camper. After all when life hands you stumbling blocks you need to turn them into stepping stones. 😉

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