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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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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brewing beer off grid
March 25th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today on the Off The Grid Podcast we try something different. Instead of simply audio I have a video PART 1 OF 3 brewing chocolate peanut butter beer last year on the Rocket Stove. It was indeed a strange brew! Up until this point a majority of the podcast episodes have been primarily audio. Yes I have been working on posting shows here and there in video format for those of you wanting to actually see whats going on but today marks the start of something new.. video episodes. So if you have been following the show for a while and heard me mention a few times about the video making and brewing chocolate peanut butter beer off grid hopefully this will be a treat for you. Today’s video was recorded last October as I was making / brewing beer off grid that I named “Off Grid Brew”. I have been making beer, wine, and mead for about 3 years now. This micro brew turned out to be a very special Chocolate Peanut Butter beer indeed. When you have now power or running water things can be challenging when it comes to making something like this. The fact that I the temperatures fluctuated from 50 or so degrees at night to about 80 degrees during the day had me a little worried about just how it might affect the yeast. For a month I waited patiently as the saying rang true.. only time will tell. If you like this video please stay tuned and check out the future videos as well. This was only part 1. If you would like to learn more about the brewing process and what all went into making this chocolate peanut butter beer please check out these shows:

 

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.
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listener feedback brent epi 103
March 11th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s show is a special one because after doing the Off The Grid Podcast for about a year now one of the listeners sent in a video. Brent took the time to email in a video and also had a great safety tip to share for anyone living off grid or hikers venturing out. Anytime you are out a good ways from society then you need to play it safe. Brent suggested sharing an important message for campers, hikers, and anyone venturing off the grid. He said it would be a good idea to know your GPS coordinates in case you ever needed to dial 911. This is a really great idea because a lot of times if you venture out away from the roads it could be hard for emergency personnel or first respondents to find you. If you know your GPS coordinates then if you ever needed help it could be there sooner rather than later. So this is one thing I will look up and keep on hand as well.

Brent also brought up a good point for the Off The Grid Podcast that I had not thought of. A few episodes ago (Show 101 & 102) I mentioned that I was working on incorporating a Patreon page for listeners that would like to help support the Off The Grid Podcast. The thing is I completely forgot that some people might like to help but at the same time may not be fond of a subscription based format. This was something I had not taken into consideration until now. Brent suggested that he and his wife might be interested in purchasing a walking stick / cane or two. This was another great idea and it gives me an excuse to work on something I enjoy doing. My dad got me into making canes when I was younger. I still remember being in awe admiring some of his craftsmanship. The beautiful spiraling wood grain where a vine had been elegantly swirled up looked like something a genuine wizard would have by his side. 🙂

If you are following me on Periscope I broadcast a live video a few hours ago. The video is the one mentioned in today’s podcast. I decided to show it there because after remembering I would be waiting for about 3-4 hours for it to upload a good nights rest sounded like a better option (its about midnight now and I am ready to go!). So if you would like to check out the video please click on the link below in the show notes for Periscope or you can check it out once the internet gods let me upload in a reasonable time frame again! lol 🙂 Thanks for listening and as always if you have anything to share please send me an email!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Be prepared when going camping, hiking, or living off grid. Know your GPS coordinates so first responders can find you if there an emergency!
  • 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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flooded path in the woods
February 12th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s quick video post was made as I headed out for a walk down the path I so fondly speak of. After a solid couple of days and nights of rain the open field and parts of the path were completely flooded! This is a follow up post and video for an episode of Off The Grid Podcast earlier in the week about Bugging Out for the Weekend show number 94. Please enjoy and share if you like the vid. Thanks for watching! 🙂

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you want to keep walking down the path keep a pair of waders for rainy days.
  • 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!
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.

 

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snake eats spider
January 23rd, 2016 by Off The Grid

Sharing a quick video I was fortunate enough to have been at the right place at the right time. This video was taken of a snake eating a spider out of its web over the summer. Looking back I saw that this post was still a draft! 😛 Enjoy!

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Snakes climb trees so look up once in a while. Don’t get between a spider and its 8 legged meal! lol
  • 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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tree no bark
January 8th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Here is that video of the strange tree in the middle of the woods with no bark that was supposed to be posted yesterday. Its an odd tree because at the base you can see that it is actually one tree split growing as two trees. It did not look like an animal or any insects took the bark off so I curiosity was peeked. Sorry about not having this cool video up with yesterday’s podcast Episode 86: Listener Feedback and Strange Things in the Woods. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you are out exploring in the woods stop to look around once in a while to see what you find.
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  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
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seeing camper first time
December 30th, 2015 by Off The Grid

The video says it all. Today’s video post was recorded back at the end of February after a long ride through some beautiful country scenery. This was the very first time that I saw my future off grid camper. As you can see there is a lot of space in these old campers but along with the age comes a great deal of work too. Man I had no idea what I was getting into. LOL Enjoy!! 🙂

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Sometimes the journey of a lifetime begins with a long drive and an old camper!
  • 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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driving to see camper first time
December 7th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Some people might not see the value and incredible life lessons bestowed with the walls of a fixer upper camper but after less than a year let me assure you that life lessons are plenty! My journey from the suburbs really began to take shape earlier this year as the phone rang with news that someone had a camper to give me as a gift. All I had to do was get it here. Today’s video post for Off The Grid Podcast was filmed on the road as my friend and I were headed out to see the future off grid camper for the first time. I had been counting down the days. With months of anticipation behind me I could not wait to see the off grid camper for the first time! Surfing the internet looking for pics and videos of the same year camper was just not the same. Little did I know that my journey to living off the grid was going to be a daily adventure and class life was about to be in session! If you are a regular listener to the podcast you know the show motto “Its not what you have its what you know”. I though I had a camper.. life it seems was not with out irony. It was not the possession of an item (my new/old camper in this case) rather this was about to be one of my first lessons “what you know” as I saw the camper for the first time. With imagination driving my mind and gratitude in my heart my friend and I headed down the road enjoying the snow covered countryside. Life’s lessons were about to begin and indeed life was now in session.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Be grateful for all gifts life sends your way. You never know where gratitude will take you next!
  • 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!
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.

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