autographed batters glove
March 9th, 2016 by Off The Grid

As I wake up each day out here stepping outside the off grid camper it almost seems like spring has arrived early this year. The warmer weather in the beginning of March along with some subtle signs from mother nature make an early spring this year more real. The bees are beginning to buzz about, the birds seem to be chirping with a little more enthusiasm, spiders of all kinds seem to be a bit more acrobatic, the trees are budding with anticipation of the warmer weather, and the frogs continue their nightly symphony serenading the sun at the dawn of each new day. Yup.. Forget the calendar mother nature knows that spring is here! 🙂 Once again i have been gathering a lot more woodautographed batters glove for this years garden. If you are asking don’t you have enough already? Well.. no not yet. I am trying to get as much as I can out of the forest before the ticks and snakes are in full swing for the warm spring season.

Today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment flashes back 27 years ago to the year of 1989. Back then I was living in Washington State. As a kid I had a paper route and one year the Seattle Times newspaper was offering prizes for selling new subscriptions. This particular year I was fortunate enough to be able to go to a major league baseball game with the Seattle Mariners vs the Boston Redsox. If you are reading this before listening to the Time Travel Tuesday segment I will not spoil it for you. I will however give you a clue about today’s item(s) if you have not already guessed by the featured image here in the show notes. Today’s story takes us back to 1989 just after a baseball game when I experienced a moment of being starstruck as Darnell Coles of the Seattle Mariners baseball team autographed my batters glove. If you are a big baseball fan and would like to learn more check out Darnell Coles stats on Baseball Almanac.

Thank you for listening! If you have any show suggestions, comments, questions, or feedback please feel free to email me!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Epi 101 Revisited ~ If you find yourself feeling discouraged just remember your future is a blank slate. Today is the first day of the rest of your life!
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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.
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winter wonderland in the woods
January 29th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday proved to be one of the most eventful weekends to winter wonderland pathdate out in this little part of the world. This last weekend the weatherman was calling for some snow, sleet, and rain. At times it almost seemed like the weatherman was a DJ spinning gusts of snow storms like records.. skillfully adjusting the knobs that controlled the weather conditions along the way! Friday I had a reminder from the powers that be that as of yet I am still exploring the lesson(s) to which I am supposed to learn from. By this I am referring to two chance encounters with my ex-girlfriend on the same day at two different locations. Friday was only the beginning as the winter weather snow storm was just getting started. Moving into Saturday here in Virginia we really got hammered by a solid day long blizzard. I realize this may not mean a lot to some people living up north or in areas where you are used to a lot of snow but down here that is significant! When the weekend was all said and done it seemed like life had surprises and challenges around almost every corner. I had an issue with my Mr. Buddy Heater not turning on in the hard freezing cold of a sleet and snow filled night. Thanks to the blizzard and snow accumulations on Saturday managed to completely miss my “driveway” and almost got stuck in a ditch. Went for a super peaceful yet invigorating walk WAY of the path in the woods.. because I knew with my footprints in the snow I could not get lost!! 🙂 Oh and I already mentioned the interesting angle from my personal life. Yup! This truly was an off grid Winter Wonderland out here complete with a healthy sprinkling of wildly eventful weekend moments compared to the normal peace and quiet nature has to offer. lol

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Two is one, one is none. When it comes to heat in the winter, needing to drive, or whatever you better have a backup!
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cold walk in the woods
January 29th, 2016 by Off The Grid

This was some video I took of the first snow fall a couple of weeks ago. Walking down the path I was delighted with the new landscape that seemed to emerge overnight with the recent snowfall the night before. Please keep in mind this video was taken BEFORE the last snow storm hit (mentioned in episodes 91 & 92). As always thank you for taking the time to check these out, watch, share, and listen! ~ Levi 🙂

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Just a little snow can change your landscape. Watch for downed trees and before unseen obstacles.
  • When its unbearable cold outside you better have a way to stay warm or your in trouble.
  • I will add a link to the video mentioned in today’s episode tomorrow. See the comments below this post to watch! 🙂
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snow flurries outside camper
January 5th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you are living in an area that has been experiencing unusually warm temperatures then suddenly colder ones your not alone. Today’s episode of Off The Grid Podcast was a bit like the earlier days when I recorded the shows in my car. After waking up to snow flurries and temps in the mid twentys carried along a gust of cooler wind I realized that winter had arrived. As I took a few steps just outside the camper I also realized that the ground was frozen solid. It was strange because 2 days prior it was very squishy mud! lol So much for summer weather.. wait this is January right? Great Snowman Poop THAT is SNOW falling outside the camper!!! The howling winds and swaying tree tops that woke me up several times last night prove that indeed winter is here. 🙂

Moving on to something new kicking the year of 2016 off right I will be adding a new segment to Tuesday shows. You can look forward to more great stories as I go through some of my stuff that I’ve collected from over the years. If you have heard me refer to most of what we accumulate over the years as simply “stuff” then please put this in a slightly different category. The new segment will be called Time Travel Tuesday. Why time travel you ask? Well think about it. If you have a small toy or something you have been hanging onto from childhood chances are that item has a special meaning or memory tied to it. The new segment for the Off The Grid Podcast will give me the opportunity to share some of my cherished memories with you and at the same time a moment of reflection to also let go. To let go of some of the emotional ties associated with the items I have collected over the last 40 years. If you have had any kind of a life worth living you have experienced many good times and many not so good times. Hopefully more good times. ..SIDE NOTE: As I type this now a song is playing (Just Like Heaven ~ The Cure) on Pandora that reminds me of the Bottle Cap I mentioned in today’s show. Time moves so fast and with the turn of the new year an invisibly tap on the shoulder reminds us that time does not stop. A 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.

If you are reading this now please take a moment to reflect back on the last year of your life. Are you moving in a positive direction? Are you taking steps to live a better life however or whatever that means to you? Are you growing and learning as a person? Are you giving back? That last one can be taken any way you like. Giving back to your family, friends, loved ones, a charity, volunteering, or mentoring? OK I will get off my soap box for now. 🙂 2016 is a new year and with it a blank slate to your future. Yes the show motto is “Its not what you have. Its what you know” but don’t forget to learn from your life experience and when your up for some entertainment please join me for a little time traveling on Tuesdays! lol Maybe I can learn something new from the past as well. Lets make this a great year!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Even if its unusually warm outside continue to prepare for winter and the future!
  • 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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cool morning off grid camper
October 1st, 2015 by Off The Grid

You know that abrupt cool crisp feeling across your face early in the morning reminding you that cooler weather is on the way? Its usually during the first few days of fall that we really start to get it. Waking up to the fact that the warm days of summer are over and its time to prepare for the cooler weather of winter is refreshing for the most part. For me I also had a mild yet healthy sense of fear. Why you ask? insulating camper wallsWell for one this whole living off grid thing in a camper out in the woods is a completely new experience for me. Two I am well aware of the fact that I am not ready for winter. In all honesty I may not even be ready for fall but we will let that go for now because for the most part fall is a refreshingly mild time of year temperature wise. Waking up these last few mornings was a very strong reminder that winter here off grid is on the way so I needed to get prepared!

I have been working on the off grid camper repairing everything inside and out. First up on the repair and weatherizing list was to replace the camper roof so that any repairs done inside would stay dry. Second major thing on the list was to replace and fix the camper floor. Next up for winterizing my off grid camper was to add insulating camper walls 2another layer of insulation along with a new wall. Right along with the second insulated camper wall is my new bed area. Yes I built a new bed area. Its toward the front because I like all the windows with all of the sunlight and being able to look out at all the stars at night. As to weather or not the additional 1 1/2 inch wall will make much of a difference insulating the off grid camper from the freezing cold wind of winter is yet to be seen.

I have several other projects I look forward to making now that the weather has cooled down. Until now it has been just to hot here off the grid because I don’t have AC. One is a tea candle heater built from clay garden pots. Another is basically a box build from recycled materials used to heat by the sun even when its crazy cold outside. If anybody knows of some good ways to heat a camper or an environmentally friendly way to heat off grid in the winter please post here in today’s Off Grid Podcast show notes. Do you know of a good way to heat? Yup I am always open to ideas you guys have. Anyone?

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you wake up to the fact that winter is on the way its time to get prepared!
  • If you want to try making your own Power Pancake check out the recipe on the Cast Iron Cookin page.
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July 25th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Around midnight recording an episode for the Off The Grid podcast sharing the days adventure in the snow and ice on the road was exhausting. We don’t get a lot of snow in this part of the country. Living on the east coast of Virginia means nobody knows how to drive in the snow! The local traffic and road personnel were not prepared for the messy combination of rain to wet snow, sleet, and ice on the roads. The highways were packed with crazy traffic and really bad driving conditions! The snow was compacting and quickly turning to ice as the sun went down. As the night went on while driving I was reminded that living off grid would mean being more prepared for driving in remote locations in the snow.

I was almost home when just off the interstate about a mile from my destination my car began to slide. Heading extremely slow up an incline traffic was going a snails pace as about 10 cars up the light turned RED! I knew that if I could keep going even slow I would be ok. Unfortunately the traffic light turned red and everyone stopped. When it turned green it was time to go but my car started sliding backwards as traffic was moving forward. Thank God a guy stopped and helped me get unstuck. Lesson for the day.. If snow is on the way carry a bag or two of kitty litter to help with traction if you get stuck! Do you know of any other ways to get unstuck in the snow and ice?

Today’s Off The Grid Podcast was recorded back in February while counting down the days to my journey off grid.

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July 19th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Anytime your experiencing the cold weather first hand it reminds you that winter is no joke! Walking in the ice and snow with a 20 degree wind running across my face I head to pickup some lunch. The weather people are calling for more snow.. great! If I were living off the grid when this episode was recorded then things would be rough! You need to be prepared for winter. Thinking more about the coming months until spring time and all of the cold weather off the grid in the camper.

Today’s Off The Grid podcast was recorded back in February 2015 with 10 days counting down until I was set to move. The move to off grid was a momentous one to say the least. I am now off grid and posting these podcast episodes up each week to get everyone caught up with current weekly shows.

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