repair off grid camper roof
April 22nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you like taking on a good DIY project then today’s video edition of the Off The Grid Podcast is right up your ally. Last summer I was facing the biggest fixer upper repair project I have ever taken on. Have you ever bit off more than you could chew so to speak? Have you every taken on more of a fixer upper project than you anticipated? Then welcome to my world! lol After finally getting the off grid camper out here the first logical repair seemed to be the roof of the camper. There was no sense in fixing or replacing anything else in this antique coachmen pull behind camper unless the roof kept things dry. When I started all of this last year on my journey to living off grid I had no idea just how much work was ahead of me. Today’s video episode of the podcast should give you some idea as to what its like with one of these old camper roofs in need of repair.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining!
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new gopro for off grid videos
April 20th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Join us today as I share an amazing weekend and a very special gift that two listeners sent in. If you have been a long time listener you know that my journey from the average life in the suburbs to one out here off the grid has been eventful to say the least. After recording these Off The Grid Podcast episodes for over a year now its sometimes hard for me to know just how my efforts to share this experience are affecting you the listener. Two listeners Brent and his wife Sandy sent me an incredible gift. They gave me a GoPro!

Have you ever had a weekend that was so amazing that if someone asked you about it you almost didn’t know where to begin describing it? Well the GoPro was only the beginning although I held off opening it until the following Monday.. so I felt like a kid waiting patiently for Christmas! lol It is very late or crazy early (almost 3 AM) right now as I type this and I am ready to catch some Zzzzzz! So I will leave the rest of this great weekend for you to listen to in today’s show of the Off The Grid Podcast. Thank you again Brent and Sandy! I will be putting the GoPro to good use very soon so stay tuned for some cool new off grid videos. 🙂 Now in Levi VISION! lol

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: There are two constants throughout the universe. If something is not giving it is taking, if something is not growing it is dying. Ask yourself two questions every day. What are you doing to grow and what are you doing to contribute?
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • Brent emailed in his video here and also another listener feedback show here.
  • 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.
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groundhog
April 15th, 2016 by Off The Grid

When you are not used to seeing certain things in a new environment then you are in for a few surprises every now and then. One such surprise struck me as odd last fall as something caught my ear. I stepped outside of the off grid camper and as I looked around searching for the source of a chewing and popping sound the ground moved! I quickly ran inside the camper and grabbed my knife, flipped the video cam on, and snatched a shovel on the way back out. At first I thought it might be a snake because there are plenty of them out here off grid. Then I realize that it was chewing through roots and moving way too quickly to be a snake. It was a groundhog! Hopefully you enjoy the video as much as I do. For a city guy not used to seeing things like this it was a pleasant surprise to see the ground moving as the little groundhog went about his business. Quickly realizing that there was no danger I left him alone to dig and went about my day. In the months that followed he burrowed many a paths around the off grid camper naturally irrigating the ground. lol

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Appreciate the little things in life. As above so below.
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
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take 5
April 13th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Recently I found myself in a conversation that caused me to reflect back at my journey over the last year to living off grid here in the camper. After working so hard to remove myself from the rat race of urban city life (at least after work) I was reminded that even in a small way that the wonder I have of nature can fade if I am not careful to appreciate life each day. Its not that hard really when you think about it. Most of us go about our lives without so much as a thought regarding the beauty that is all around us. Ok so each of us are at different stages in life and chances are some are more or less in “better” places or environments. A quote comes to mind if you find yourself not liking where you are in life..

“Until the pain of same exceeds the the pain of change you will sit in the same”

In a nutshell this is where I was at about a year ago. No matter how crummy some days or nights were I still took time to walk outside many nights and look up at the stars. I made good use of many a Saturday mornings cooking pancakes on the Rocket Stove. Sure I was living in the suburbs then but I took time to appreciate nature in my own back yard at the time.. and I loved it! So again if you are still listening to today’s episode of the Off The Grid Podcast please take 5 to stop and appreciate the life you have in the world around you. If you identify strongly with the quote above then this might just be an even better reason for you to consider taking time once in a while to practice the attitude of gratitude. Another favorite quote comes to mind.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it.”

All of us at one time in our life have experienced the insane moment of realization when (fill in the number of years here ___ ) that pass us by only to think in the hear and now that time flies so fast. Why it was only yesterday when… So the next time you find yourself caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life please take a moment to pause. Please consider taking 5 minutes to breath calmly, reflect on where you are in life, and appreciate the world around you. You just might notice something new.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Life moves pretty fast. Take 5 once in a while to appreciate the world around you.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you would like to learn more about The Survival Podcast mentioned in today’s show please check out the link. There is a wealth of solid level headed info there.
  • 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!
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cleaning camper
April 8th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode goes back to one summer weekend last year as I was getting ready to clean the off grid camper. Was there ever a time in your life when you moved into a new house and found you had a momentous cleaning job ahead of you? At first when I first got the old camper I was simply star eyed and looked past the huge amount of work ahead of me.. mostly out of inexperience and ignorance of an off grid project like this. Now that I have been out here a while the off grid camper is still a work in progress. Those first few months were a major lesson for me in underestimating just how much cleaning both inside and out were needed. Not to mention replacing and repairing the parts of the floor, roof, areas inside, and flat out building things that I wanted. All before winter! but that is a story for another episode! lol For now sit back and enjoy the two videos for show 111 of the Off The Grid Podcast as I begin by cleaning up a bit. 🙂

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Looking back it takes a lot of work to get to where you want to go in life and its well worth it.
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Be social & Connect on Facebook, subscribe YouTube, or send me an email through the Contact page!
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salamander striped
April 6th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Join us today as I share some listener feedback emails that came in from listeners just like you. If you have been a long time listener you know that Thursday shows have typically been reserved for listener feedback about the Off The Grid Podcast. Recently with Thursday shows now being in video format Tuesday episodes will now accommodate listener questions, comments, and feedback when you email in. First up Brent emailed in a video response with a great reminder for everyone to keep an eye out for snakes and other wildlife. As he mentioned in today’s episode we should all take a little more caution when we are in mother natures back yard. Venomous snakes can be dangerous and deadly so please watch where you step. He also mentioned that bears are making theresalamander way around as well. I have noticed a lot of small salamanders scurrying around as I was out preparing the garden. I may have also seen a few baby snakes but I am not sure because they were too fast for me to get a good look at them!

Another email came in from Tom. Tom seemed to be more excited about my new truck than I was! lol It also seems that he and maybe even a number of you may be getting a little tired of me mentioning the Hugelkulture wood core beds for this years garden. Noted and yes I can relate as I mentioned in today’s show. As for politics I will dodge that one like a politician! lol The only thing I will say is that “those who through dirt lose ground”. As for the Time Travel Tuesday segment it will be going on the back burner for now. I have been asking for some feedback for the last few weeks. Please listen to today’s show for more explanation. In place of the Time Travel Tuesday segment I will be replacing it with a segment about some of the deals I have a knack for finding. If you are reading this now please take a moment and email me with your ideas for a name for the new segment. Deal of the week, daily deals, etc?? What would you call the new segment?

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Take time once in a while to think about where you are and appreciate where you are in your life. Embrace the Attitude of Gratitude.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you would like to learn more about The Survival Podcast mentioned in today’s show please check out the link. There is a wealth of solid level headed info there.
  • 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.
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prepping off grid wood core garden bed
April 1st, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s video episode of the Off The Grid Podcast ventures out into the forest collecting wood, bags of leaves, digging a trench, and yes making a wood core hugelkulture garden. Living off grid has many benefits and also many challenges as well. One of the challenges of not being tied to municipal water supply quickly becomes apparent if you enjoy gardening. Most traditional gardens require you to water almost daily. If you want to have a garden off grid then you will need to explore other options when it comes to keeping your garden watered. Hugelcultur or wood core garden beds are an excellent alternative to traditional methods of gardening because they require substantially less watering. If you have been following the podcast you know that I tried this thinking outside of the box idea several years ago. At the time I was living in the suburbs with an average size back yard. I was absolutely amazed at just how little water the garden required ( I only watered the garden 3 times that year!) Fast forward to this year being my first year gardening off the grid and it was a no brainer that this is how my garden would be done this year. Today’s video of the off grid hugelkulture wood core garden is more or less a compilation many clips I videoed over the last few months. Preparing the wood, soil, compost, and collecting numerous bags of leaves from the side of the road is all about to pay off with this years garden. Later on I will be posting longer videos showing each step of the process for the off grid hugelkulture garden. For now please sit back and enjoy a quick snapshot of all my hard work up until this point. lol If you would like to view this video on YouTube check it out here. 🙂 As always if you have any questions, comments, or feedback for myself or the show please email me anytime! Thank you for watching!

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Video can tell and show a lot more than audio alone.
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Be social & Connect on Facebook, subscribe YouTube, or send me an email through the Contact page!
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mouse trap off grid camper
March 31st, 2016 by Off The Grid

When it comes to the numerous mini adventure I have had out here living off grid I am grateful it is only now that I have had to deal with critters in the camper. Have you ever had a mouse or several mice in the house at some point in your life? Surprisingly only now have mice decided to explore my off grid camper and take up residence. When I first got out here last year the off grid camper was getting a major overhaul. I worked on replacing the roof and redoing the floor to start then started getting ready for winter. It was only last week that I heard the sound that every RV, camper, and tiny home owner dreaded.. as I lay down to sleep the sound of scratching and chewing were in the walls. Later on that night I woke to the sound of a mouse gnawing on what sounded like a small metal cover outside the camper. There is a line that stands between me and the peace of my environment. It does not matter if you are living on grid or living off the grid the slow steady destruction of your home by rodents in never welcome. The second night I set out two mouse traps and caught one mouse. The next night I slept like a baby! A couple nights later I woke several times in one night pausing only to bang on the wall then drifting back off to sleep for a brief time. The next night almost immediately two new traps caught two more mice. For now the night is silent.
For now I can sleep. If more of the troublesome rodents should return they will be greeted with peanut butter.. weather they choose to pass on the dangerous delicacy and venture back out into the wild of the forest is their choice. Personally I hope they find somewhere else to go. Stay away varmints! lol It is late at night as I type this now so yes I am tired.

Today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment takes us back about 20 years ago to 1990 – 1991. One summer in 1990 while visiting my grandpa he gave me a survival knife. I will leave the story for the podcast so please take a listen and enjoy. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback please send me an email. I would love to hear from you! Please look for a pic of the survival knife up here tomorrow. ( I will post it here ) 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you find yourself setting mouse traps make sure to set out an extra trap for more mice. Two is one, one is none (redundancy / backup survival tip).
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • 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.
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wood core garden beds
March 22nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s show is all about getting things started for this years Hugelkulture wood core beds in the off grid garden. For months now you have heard me talk about collecting lots of tree limbs, branches, and organic material from the surrounding forest. In my travels on the road I have also managed to amass a small collectionchicken quesodias rocket stove of about 35 bags of leaves an pine straw. Why all this organic material for the garden you might be asking? The more the better! lol 🙂 Several years ago a friend of mine who has been gardening for 70 plus years taught me the traditional way of gardening. That summer I would go and help him in the garden as much as I could. That was also my first year with a decent size garden. The year before that I started out container gardening in half barrel size yard planters with bamboo. Beans climbed up to the surrounding fence and took it from there. Each year was a huge learning experience and I was loving it.. and the amazingly fresh food! The year after the “traditional” garden I took a leap of faith and tried something called Hugelkultur. If you are wondering what is Hugelkulture or hughelculture then you are not alone. Hugelkultur is essentially soil covering wood core beds with plants or your garden planted right on top. The wood core bed(s) can either be above or below ground. The first year I tried this I only had to water 3 times that year. Yes seriously! 🙂

What are some of the benefits of a wood core Hugelkulture garden? Aside from not having to water as much the decomposing tree limbs and branched become this really nutrient rich and moist soil for the plants growing above to tap into when needed. Wood core beds can either be made by digging a trench and burying old rotting wood or by piling dirt up on top of a pile of branches. The first year I did this it was amazing! This years off grid garden just makes sense to take this approach because of the fact that it requires so little watering if done right. The 35 bags of leaves will be used in large part to create a 4 – 6 inch mulching layer to also help keep the moisture in the soil. After researching and trying this kind of gardening a couple of ways it was clear that mulching made the difference. The only other note I would make is that everything I have heard about Hugelkulture wood core beds say that for about the first year the wood core beds will need to b amended with nitrogen. This can easily be done by planting clover, beans, peas, or legumes that help to naturally put nitrogen into your garden. The wood core garden beds become like a battery of nutrients of sorts.

Today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment of oil pastels mural artthe Off The Grid Podcast takes us back about 30 years ago to the year 1987. I mentioned in the show that the mural was made in 1986 but it seems that nearly 30 years has caused me to forget a year. lol None the less today’s item from my special time travel box is a mural I made when I was a kid in elementary school. You made a mural? Yes even as a kiddo I was full of life and a strong creative spirit to do something great in this world. The mural is about 4′ foot by 8′ foot. The overall main theme and oil pastels mural art signedappropriately named title is “I love to doodle”. The medium is oil pastels for the most part with the basic sketch done in pencil. As a kid when I came up with the grand notion to crate a mural I quickly found out that this momentous task was more than I knew at the time. Back then I was just like any other kid. I rode my bike around the neighborhood, went outside when the weather was nice, and played with everyone else at playground.. but this mural taught me a few lessons early on in life. A big one was that even if you take on a large task and may not feel like seeing it through sometimes you just have to see your way through to the end. I will leave the rest for the show today for you to year. Thank you again for continuing to listen! I appreciate it! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Sometimes when you take on a huge project you simply need to focus and see it through to completion because in the end you will accomplish great things.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • 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.
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living off grid
March 18th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Have you have ever had a dream that you held onto for years with hopes of one day making it a reality? Then found yourself finally attaining that goal pausing for a time to examine the reality of your new found accomplishment for what it is? Well that has been on my mind a lot lately.. even more so now that it is about a year after I began my journey off grid. Today’s show is more in line with the journal side of the podcast in that I am sharing some of the psychological aspects I’ve recently come to recognize when living off grid. Living off the grid has had its ups and downs laced with many challenges both personal and physical. Mother nature always seems to keep me on my toes with the multitude of various wild animal antics, insects, and constantly changing elements of the weather. All in all it seems as though I am entering a new phase on my walk of life as I have found myself closely examining what it is to live off the grid. Aside from the obvious like not having running water or power everything else seems to be a little more clear now when looking back to my life when I was on the grid. I will save most of this for the conversation in today’s show so you can hear for yourself because I want to make sure this episode is posted at a reasonable time (this afternoon as opposed to late at night). So please stay tuned to the end of the show for a treat if you love the sounds of nature. Thank you again for joining me on this journey and for continuing to listen! 🙂 In case you were wondering the featured image for today’s podcast episode was taken last year on a trip to Shenandoah national park up on the mountain side. It was so beautiful up there!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you are walking your path in life take a moment from time to time to appreciate the beauty of your situation and examine the beauty of it all.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • 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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