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.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
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hurricane matthew
October 7th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you live on the east coast of the US then no doubt the weather has been on your mind. With hurricane Matthew making its way up the coast heading my way has me back on my game getting things down and securing loos items outside. Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti as a category 4. This brought with it seriously damaging winds and rain to that area. As the storm makes its way up toward Virginia (where my off grid camper is located) I find myself still procrastinating a bit. None the less I don’t have a lot to move around out of the wind’s unpredictable 100 mph gusts. Why is this an important thing to keep in mind? When you are facing severe hurricane winds objects that are not secured down can potentially be very dangerous projectiles. Combine this with the fact that I live in a close to 40 year old camper and that means only have two options. Simply put its time to either bug in or bug out! After living off grid for a little over a year now the fact that the windows all look original makes me feel better. Why you may ask? Well if the off grid camper is close to 40 years old then chances are it has seen its fair share of crazy storms!.. and the camper is still in good shape for its age. Time will tell but as I type this it looks like hurricane Matthew is loosing some steam and may head out to sea. If it heads out to sea that will more than likely mean a couple of days of rain and wind with minimal damage. Fingers crossed! Thank you for listening and if you have something to share please email me! i would love to hear from you 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Life is short. When major events in your personal life take place try to learn as much as you can and make the best with the time you have.
  • 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.
  • 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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preparing for tropical storm
September 3rd, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you live on the East coast of the US then you probably already know about the tropical storm. Out here in the off grid camper I need to take extra precautions. When you are living in a shelter that is not quite as solid as a traditional house that means you better know when to bug in and when to bug out or you may find yourself in a bad situation. Luckily it looks like this weekends tropical storm should be on the mild side. One danger to watch will be watching for tornadoes. At least that was one thing the weather report / forecast said to keep an eye out for.

One main thing that I built that needs to be taken down getting ready for a stormis a large lean-to on the side of the camper. I took 4 small tree trunks and leaned them up at about a 45 degree angle on the east side of the off grid camper. Then I tied a huge tarp over them. It acts like a giant shade / roof on the side of the camper that blocks a good portion of sun during part of the day. There have many dog days of summer that I have been very grateful to have it! With the threat of a potentially serous tropical storm on the way I wanted to make sure this did not turn into a huge sail that could possibly break any of my windows or do other damage. Aside from that most everything else has been moved so that it won’t fly around to much. It looks like hopefully this will not be that bad of a tropical storm. Here in Virginia most people are used to hurricanes and tropical storms. Unlike most people I am um.. living off grid in a camper so storms and sometimes crazy weather mean paying attention a little more.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you know a storm is on the way try to prepare early!
  • 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.
  • 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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drive thru tree
February 26th, 2016 by Off The Grid

The last couple of days have been the opposite of “tame” when it comes to weather out here in the off grid camper. Over the years living in Virginia you just kind of get used to numerous storms and hurricanes. The last two days we have had some very strong winds, thunderstorms, rain, and yup a tornado or few from what mystorm damage outside camper co-workers told me the next day. The featured picture for this show was of the tree that fell over during the storm yesterday. Driving back to the camper after a day of strong winds and rain I knew I had to make one of two choices in a split second. Option 1 stop driving on the now slightly flooded, muddy, and slick path, and get stuck in the mud.. or Option 2 keep driving and simply plow right through the fallen tree. I chose Option 2.. vroom vroom clunk crunch woohoo I made it! lol 🙂 The other picture here is of some thing that were outside the off grid camper. Yes the strong winds did break some of this. Luckily most of the severe weather missed me out here in the camper though.

If you have been following the Off The Grid Podcast recently you know that I have been working on something special for episode 100. After exploring several options to broadcast a live show while weighing the pros and cons of each I have decided to go with Periscope. What is that you may be asking? Periscope is an app that can easily be downloaded to your phone an also tune in on their website as well. In case you are wondering you will not only be able to watch live video but you can also type your questions / comments live too! Yes show 100 will be a live broadcast and thanks to one of the listener’s recommendations I will be using Periscope to make it happen. Thanks Brian!! I would love for you to be a part of episode 100 so please join us this Sunday at 5, 6, and 7 PM eastern standard time. I know this may be short notice for the first live broadcast for Off The Grid Podcast so I am honestly curious to see how this will goes! lol

Three emails came in for today’s listener feedback segment of the Thursday Off The Grid Podcast. I won’t spoil it for you but here are a few details if you have not listened. Steve emailed and was curious about how my Chocolate Peanut Butter beer turned out. If you missed it here is a link to the 3 shows ~ Episode 61: Bottling the Strange Brew, Episode 60 Brewing Chocolate Peanut Butter Beer, and Episode 56: Making Beer. Brian emailed with a tip on what I will be using for live broadcasting here for the show. Please see the link below about Periscope to tune in and follow all future live shows (and view past live videos). This last email came in from Pat. He asked about this years garden and also shared a good observation. I did not realize it at the time but this was a tough one for me. Why you ask? Well ironically I have been keenly aware of the fact that I need to “focus” going forward more so this last week. Pat’s email was really cool because in a way it was kind of like the universe was reminding me that focusing was something I really need to focus on! If you have ever really taken a good look in the mirror then you know that facing some of your own “stuff” from time to time can be challenging to say the least. It is always for the best and I really appreciate it that he was brave enough to point that out. Thanks man! There was a lot more to these emails but I have to save something for the show so if you have not already take a listen! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you have a lot going on try to focus and get it done!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Is there more you ask? YES! Check out Live video broadcasts 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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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.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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