Part three: Electrical Sourcing. No matter how rustic, simple, or minimal you want to live, some form of electricity is still pretty much a necessity. There are many options for sourcing electricity for your off-grid home, including solar panel options, electrical generators and batteries, or bringing in traditional power lines to your property, and each option or scenario has its own price tag and logistics attached to it. Continue reading So Ya Wanna Go Off the Grid? (3)
Part Two: Heat Sourcing, Figuring BTU, and Safety…
Many options exist for heating your off-grid vehicle or home, and your heat source really depends on your location and living space. We prefer propane for fueling our heat as opposed to electricity or wood, because for us, it’s been the most convenient and efficient to use. Continue reading So Ya Wanna Go Off the Grid? (2)
Part One: Food, Water, & Waste…
Whether you’re heading out into the wilderness for an extreme camping experience, or you’re planning to permanently live off the grid and on your own land, these are the necessities that are crucial to survival during your time away from modern society. Continue reading So Ya Wanna Go Off the Grid?
Is it going to be super easy, living here like this? Probably not. Are we still young, green, and a bit naive? Probably so. Have meltdowns been had, and are there meltdowns to be had? Lord knows it. But we’re in too deep now, so here we go! Aha! Continue reading We Bought a Ranch
After nearly two years of “life on the road” — consisting of stops throughout the Front Range of Colorado and into Kansas and Missouri for days, weeks, or months at a time — Sean and I are ready to exit the semi-gypsy life and begin the next phase of our adventure together. Continue reading New Roots in the Southwest
Some of our favorite meals to prepare and enjoy are those which don’t require traditional kitchen elements. I am talking about real CAMP FOOD. Food that is made outside of a “kitchen.” Food that is made beneath the big open sky. Continue reading Sun Sushi, Iron Skillets, and Cooking Among the Elements
Somewhere around the time when I was studying Shakespeare and tending bar for unruly fraternity bros, I began forming an image in my mind of what my wildly successful adult life would look like. Continue reading Working to Make it Work
I have to admit, this lifestyle is pretty great. Living in the mountains, far from the rat-race and all it implies, definitely has its perks. But, such is life, everything isn’t always just sunshine and flowers.
In fact, some days are really hard. Continue reading It’s Not Always Sunshine and Flowers
We’re well into our second year on the Life Rustic road, and we’re still two very happy campers. We’ve made a few updates to both the little Jellybean camper and to our lifestyle, including a kitchen demolition and major change of scenery. We even made the life-altering decision to install a composting toilet. Continue reading Holy Sh**, We Love Our Composting Toilet
There appears to be a stigma or misconception that sometimes surrounds the tiny community. By community, I mean the ever-growing movement of people who are opting out of thousands of square feet in exchange for the smaller living spaces of recreational vehicles, tiny homes on trailers, school buses, shipping containers, motorhomes, yurts — the list goes on and on. Continue reading Tiny World, Big Misconception