hurricane firewood
October 12th, 2016 by Off The Grid

With this being Hurricane Season for the east coast of USA that means that my little off grid camper can be in the path anytime one is headed to Virginia. Hurricane Matthew just grazed our area out this way and it was a bit of a mini adventure for couple of days! If you have been a long time listener you have no doubt heard me preparing for tropical storms and hurricanes in the past. This area is about overdue for a good strong hurricane. Luckily this time the off grid camper made it through just fine. Very little if anything was out of place. I noticed a branch from my garden fence was down although that could have simply been nature itself telling me it was time to replace it. Now that the sun has once again broken free of the clouds and the birds are out chirping most everything is back to normal.

As you may know I have a nighttime delivery job. A few nights ago that meant I was out in my 4Runner driving in torrential downpours as hurricane Matthew was gaining full steam for this area. Before you ask yourself what were you doing out there?!?! I am and will always do my best to be extra cautious on the roads.. especially when the weather is severe! As I left the off grid camper heading to work with extra food, water, snacks, and essentials I took time to drive slower than normal observing the road along the way.free firewood from hurricane It was still daylight and some roads were completely covered in water. Still very passable but 100% covered none the less. This was one of many signs that this time our area was about to get some serous rain from hurricane Matthew. As the few short hours went on I took a few deliveries and took note how quickly the roads were really turning hazardous. As I mentioned in the Off The Grid podcast I saw one car drive into deep water only to stall out with the engine and most likely floorboards flooding. This is yet another time I found myself ever grateful to now have a 4wd that had more clearance than most from the road! I was very very grateful!

The very next day I was fortunate enough toaxe handle firewood be back out driving again finding lots of firewood on my way. The sun was now shining as the cooler winds reminded everyone in the area that the storm had only just been here hours before. By the end of the night I wound up with a full truck full of firewood. A good portion of which was already cut down to size. All I needed to do was split some firewood. By the way as a side note there is something very satisfying about splitting your own firewood! Needless to say once again I was grateful to have been presented the opportunity for free firewood along the side of the road.. even if it was the result of a nasty little storm that rocked this area for a day or so.

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When opportunity presents itself in the form of natural resources be ready! It can save you a lot of time and work by being a huge time saver.
  • Here is the link to the Episode with the Video while Brewing Beer off grid.If you want to see more podcast episodes about this “strange off grid brew” check out brewing beer on the Rocket Stove.
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June 1st, 2016 by Off The Grid

As the dog days of summer make there way ever closer the cooler temperatures are becoming few and far between. This past weekend was of course Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully you have a great weekend and enjoyed a good cookout or spent some time with family and friends. I ended up working most of the weekend. Monday I did a lot more work but I don’t really consider working out here on the off grid sun breaking free clouds treeshomestead to be work. It rained off and on most of the day. Despite all of the rain I still went outside and worked on the off grid garden planting okra, extending the fence, cooking out, working on my homemade wing chun dummy, and washing my truck! Yes I got a lot done despite the rain!!!

Stay tuned for Thursday’s show to see video of the progress out here in the off grid garden. You will finally get to see a lot of the projects I have been working on outside the off grid camper. Last years unbearable summer heat really made an impression on me. The hot humid temperatures of late summer can be extreme. This is why I have been working on as much as I can when the temperatures are still tolerable.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Opportunity ~ Try to make good use of your days with tolerable temperatures even if its raining!
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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! 🙂
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more rain mud
February 17th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you are living off grid the sometimes wildly changing weather such as rain, snow, and anything else associated with variables mother nature has in store for you can be a game changer. Here lately it has become increasingly clear that I need a 4WD vehicle. Yes I really appreciate the fact that my car gets 40mpg but.. let me take a deep breath for this statement.. ok.. The fact that I have been seriously stuck once (needed a tow), dug myself into the mud several times “mudding” while trying to get out, completely missed the driveway (and was ok because of the snow), spent hours placing / moving MANY twigs & branches, dragged many logs / branches / tree limbs out of the woods, and used a LOT of firewood for traction in the muddy areas should be my sign that enough is enough. Either that or I still need to learn the lesson of dealing with slippery driving conditions in order to enter or leave each day for work. So yes the weather can and will make for a serious game changer when you are trying to do anything outdoors while living off the grid.

“Enjoy the ride”

On a lighter note today’s podcast marks the beginning of a new segment for the show called Time Travel Tuesday. 🙂 This is a bit long to explain by text here so I will let you simply listen to the podcast episode. Also one year ago today marks the beginning of the Off The Grid Podcast when I first began recording episodes. It all started out Valentine’s Day (February 15) as I began counting down the days to going off grid. If you are a long time listener you know that my journey has been long and um.. adventurous to say the least. It has been a lot of work simply just getting out here. The first year if you remember has been all about basic survival. Most of which has been directly related to the weather. The dead heat of an extremely hot and humid summer gave me a whole new understanding of the serous aspects of “summer fun” when you do not have AC. On the flip side this winter has presented me with an entirely new set of challenges related to staying warm when the temps drop to 10 or 12 degrees at night. If you have not given much though to the transition of living an average life on the grid to life in a camper with no power or water then I strongly encourage you to learn as much as you can before you give it a go. For me this was a leap I eagerly welcomed along with all of the ups and downs that lifes hard lessons had in store for me to learn. After all life is a gift, it is a journey, it is so many things, and should be lived to the fullest we can with all it has to offer. So whatever that means to you please do something good with your life on your terms.. and don’t forget to keep an eye out for whatever you can learn along the way.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Weather can be a game changer when living off grid. Get a 4WD vehicle!
  • I did not get a Pic of the Mic from today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment but will upload and edit it here for tomorrow!! Please see Feb. 17, 2016!! 🙂
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flooded path woods
February 11th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Depending on which part of the country youflooded path in the woods are in you may or may not have been in the path of this last weekends major rain storm. Out here off the grid my camper was right in the middle of it with a relentless couple of days drenching the ground with a LOT of rain. It rained for a better part of 2 or 3 days. Was there ever a time you really needed to go somewhere but couldn’t because your vehicle was not as ready to go as you were? With the tremendous amount of rain in such a short period of time I grew even more aware of the possibility of getting my car stuck in the mud. So I decided to bug out for the weekend! As I left Friday morning I found myself driving down the road thinking about bugging out to avoid getting stuck in the mud.

After bugging out for the weekend to family’s house I began working on one of my goals for February. This particular goal (going to bed early and getting up earlier) is one that I have struggled with most of my life. In general I have just accepted the fact that I am a night owl by nature.They say that most people are either early birds or night owls.. I fall into the latter category. This may seem fairly straight forward but for whatever reason has eluded me until now ..or at least this last weekend I was reminded of this. It seems that the key to this goal of switching up my sleep schedule came down to one thing. I had to exercise my will power to avoid any electronics before bed. This means no computer, cell phone, video games, etc. All in all it was a very busy weekend and a great one as well. There is no sense in typing everything out so I will leave some for today’s podcast episode.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When the weather gets really bad play it smart or you will get stuck.
  • 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.
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off grid camper outside
October 2nd, 2015 by Off The Grid

Preparing for natural disasters is always the adventure before the adventure because solar panels off grid camperyou just don’t know the full extent of what mother nature has in mind yet. In this area we have a regular hurricane season. Right now hurricane Joaquin is barreling up the east coast and is set to impact my little off grid camper Saturday (tomorrow). Being out here in the woods off the grid is adventurous to say the least! Over the last few days I have gotten most of everything secured, moved around, and out of the way that I could possibly be affected by this storm. Hurricane Joaquin is currently a category 3 and is expected to drop to a category 1 by the time it reaches this area here in VA. Even if this turns out to be a category 1 hurricane it still means we will get another 6-12 inches of rain over the next 2 days. Along with the unusually high amount of rain in a short period of time the wild gusts of wind can off grid camper ac coverbe dangerous.

If you have half a brain you know that hurricanes and RVs or campers are not a good combination. It has been raining for an entire week. The rain started last Friday and has continued to rain most all day and night for seven days now. Add to the fact that the ground is already soaked and you have a recipe for a very sloppy muddy mess out here off grid. As always once again I am reminded that this whole off grid journey has proven to be an adventure every day. Hurricane Joaquin was downgraded from a category 4 but still any storm stamped with the label of a “hurricane” means pay attention, get prepared, use your head, and stay safe.. until the storm passes. 🙂

In preparing for this off grid wood pilehurricane I took the solar panels off of the camper roof and brought them inside. I put about a third of a roll of Duck Tape around the AC on the camper roof. If you remember there was a major roof leak around the AC so I was using the Duck Tape to reinforce the rope that was wrapped around the small tarp covering it. By the way with all of the rain in the last week the off grid camper has a few minor leaks that will need to be taken care of soon. I also organized and secured a few items that could be blown around by the strong gusts of wind.

Looking up some more info on this storm on weather.com was almost information overload but a couple of clicks led me to hurricane Joaquin’s inside track.. lol ok that was a bad joke! 🙂 If you want to learn more check out the link in today’s show notes below. Out of curiosity are you in the path of hurricane Joaquin? If so please post and let me know how your prepping for this storm and staying safe! 🙂 You are being safe right?

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you know a storm is coming your way get prepared early!
  • Learn more about hurricane Joaquin from the post I read on weather.com.
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August 3rd, 2015 by Off The Grid

If you have ever changed a tire then you can identify with today’s little adventure of changing tires in the rain and mud. With the rain coming down at a steady pace then off and on the clay mud made it a bit challenging to say the least. My cousin, my uncle, and I went out to change the four tires and rims despite the dreary weather. Everyone new this was a necessary step to moving the camper and I was focused on the fact that this was simply one step closer to.. living off the grid. Every time we took a couple steps our boots caked on more clay / mud and we grew 2 inches taller. lol It was a good long drive out to get to the camper so we stopped for lunch. My cousin and I had a were talking, telling jokes, and having a good time when we got to talking about the common sense that some people seem to be lacking. This lead to a funny conversation about “critical thinking”.

Thats the thing about critical thinking. It’s CRITICAL!

As we were out there changing the tires and rims the rain continued. We had to literally dig out 3 of the 4 of the flat tires once the off grid camper was jacked up. All in all it was a good day and we had accomplished a lot in this step to my journey going off grid.

Note: Episode 17 of Off The Grid podcast was recorded in March. 😉

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