Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Our Second Year Living Off-Grid...

47 degrees - 9:57 pm - clear night...

We never really intended to be off-grid greenies; it just sort of happened.  While we were searching for the perfect piece of property where we could build our dream home, a search that was complicated by the paucity of our finances, we ran across this 22 acre parcel.  A piece of land we could both love and afford.

But there was a catch.  Of course, there’s always a catch.  The 22 acres were off-grid.  That’s not something we had been looking for but figured it would be kind of fun and different, so why not… that was seven years ago.

This weekend marks our second year of living off-grid.  It doesn’t feel like it has been two years already... two years of living like ‘Little House on the Prairie’ – only in the mountains and with internet.  Most of our friends and family seem to think we have lost a marble or two, while others think it’s fantastic.

The biggest surprise so far is that the transition has been easier than one would expect.  No, we still don’t have hot water. Nor do we have a washing machine, a coffee maker, a microwave, or a television.  If we want to use the internet, or the toaster, we have to go outside and turn on a small generator. 

A lot of tasks are harder up here, sometimes living the simple life isn’t so simple.  But we have daily adventures, and are surrounded by National Forests, rivers, fir trees, and wildlife galore.  We have chirping crickets on starry summer nights, and the sweet smell of warm earth and fresh flowers in the spring, along with the crisp morning air after winter’s first frost.  Living up here is what it is... it’s pure and simple.

Each passing year we stand a bit more humbled and wiser by our experiences.
{you can read about our first year here}

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