preparing for poo
November 19th, 2015 by Off The Grid

One of the most basic situations we can all relate to is made light of here in today’s funny episode of Off The Grid Podcast. If you have ever wondered just how to prepare for poo then here is your video! This funny video was made back when I was working on the camper during the warmer days of summer. Why make a video about survival preparedness or preparing for poo you ask? This was made because when I got out here the off grid camper had no toilet. As the saying goes when ya got to go.. yup you know the rest! lol If you like this funny video please comment and share with a friend. As always thank you for sticking with me through the good times and bad listening to the podcast along the way. I really appreciate it! 🙂

 

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  • Today’s lesson: When you got to go.. you got to go so get prepared for POO!! lol
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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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Survival Preparedness off grid guy
September 4th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Good morning everyone in podcast land! How are you doing out there off the grid? This is a question I have been getting a lot lately. So I thought this would be a good opportunity to address some concerns and point out the fact that I am doing very good out here off grid! 🙂 It seems to be coming more from people that I interact with on a daily and weekly basis. To be fair most of the people asking are friends and family that care about my well being. It has now been about 2 months since officially being in the camper. You can tell that when they ask how I’m doing off grid there is a look of genuine concern on their faces. The thing is most people forget that it really was not that long ago that we all lived this way. Roughly two generations ago our grandparents simply knew this as a normal way of life. Nowadays we call this way of life being prepared.

There are many varying degrees of survival preparedness. You can be a hardcore survivalist on one end of the spectrum. Or you can be just getting back to basics so to speak by finding your way to some of the old common sense survival preparedness ways from not long ago. No matter which way you look at it when your living either on or off the grid we are all preppers. If we just choose not to be prepared like a majority of modern society the um.. “sheeple” in my opinion are just being unprepared by choice or poor preppers lol. Bahhhh! 😛 If our grandparents did not get ready for spring, tend their gardens, and chop wood for winter then they were in for a tough year. Survival is hardwired into our DNA and it should be common sense but our modern culture has sometimes vilified being prepared.

As I grew up I observed my mom with her unconventional ways and my dad some years fiddling in the garden. Like a seed planted long ago most of that influence did not take hold until late in my life (the last 5 years or so). My mom gave me a Solar Living catalog that opened my eyes to new technologies like solar panels, solar projects, and alternative energy applications for daily living. Early on my dad fixed a 9V battery connector by taking a 9 volt battery apart. It was through the early examples of applying the brain to think exercising critical thinking skills that I was given that spark of creative curiosity. Fast forward to today and here I am taking a journey off the grid living in a camper documenting everything so that hopeful someone else can learn from my experience as well. I wake up appreciating each day reminding myself just how grateful I am to have this opportunity to spread my wings and fly. If a bird is never allowed to leap out f the nest nothing can be learned and it will never fly. It is only through hard work coupled with successes and sailors that we grow. If you take only one thing from today’s show please know that if this is something that you want to do you can go off the grid just as I did. It doesn’t have to be they way I did but know that you can do anything you want to do if you set your mind to it. Living off grid just happened to be my path at this point in my life’s journey. Your just lucky enough to have stumbled upon my early days when things were / are rough at times! lol 😉

If you are listening to today’s episode then consider this a big thank you for listening to Off The Grid Podcast while keeping up with things so far. The podcast has really been going good with new listeners checking out the shows! A few of you have started reaching out with some very useful info and feedback that has helped me out a lot here in the camper! Things can sometimes be challenging for us all and when we as a community start to share knowledge everyone benefits. There truly is strength in numbers. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you listening to these early episodes of the podcast. You make the difference because my journey is still in the very early stages. Without you I would only be a single voice deep from within the woods, speaking into a microphone as nature says hello, and quietly posting into the vast unending space of the internet not knowing if it was ever heard. And yes that is a lot of space! LOL Hmm.. which brings to mind if nobody is around to hear a tree fall does it make a sound? The world may never know. 😛 Until next time remember its not what you have its what you know. Stay safe, follow your dreams, and don’t forget if your going off the grid take your thinking cap as well! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Dare to have the courage to follow your dreams & don’t forget your critical thinking skills!
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
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