THE SHACK

Tal Covered in Sawdust –  putting a huge kitchen sink into a conventional counter top took a bit of work!

I can’t believe it has been a full year since I made a post to our blog. I have much good news to share. We have moved out of the semi-truck trailer! Continue reading

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PREPPING FOR WINTER

A BRAND NEW TRACTOR

A BRAND NEW TRACTOR

Our summer was spent prepping for winter.  Those squirrel instincts come out in me automatically, but when I found myself on the ground, on hands and knees picking up tiny pine nuts, I was transported to being a Native American woman acting the part of a gatherer.  I could have been in any long past century wearing moccasins instead of my current pair of hiking boots.  But, let me start at the beginning . . . Continue reading

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GOOD TIMES REIGN

STAR ENJOYING HIKING JUST OVER A MILE FROM THE MEXICAN BORDER

STAR ENJOYING HIKING JUST OVER A MILE FROM THE MEXICAN BORDER

After a sad and disjointed winter a lot of fun has come our way. My mother’s passing in December was a time of reflection resulting in difficulty getting focused, but like all things, this too did pass, and we moved on to better days. We have a new endeavor we are pursuing. Continue reading

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UNSETTLED FEELINGS

THIS IS A PANORAMA SHOT OF A TRAIN DEPOT BUILT IN THE LATE 1800s

THIS IS A PANORAMA SHOT OF A TRAIN DEPOT BUILT IN THE LATE 1800s

I love nothing more than eighteen wheels rolling underneath us, but living on the road and living on public lands certainly makes one ponder if we really live in the land of the free . . . or not! Continue reading

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OFF GRID HOLIDAYS

OCELOT LIKE THE ONE I SAW!*

OCELOT LIKE THE ONE I SAW!*

A friend of Tal’s asked how we would be spending the holidays OFF GRID.  Certainly, it’s not the norm, but I assure you it was very special and we were very appreciative of the nature surrounding us.   For me it started with spotting an Ocelot that must have weighed a good forty pounds. Continue reading

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LONELY HEARTS

WELCOME TO UTAH, LIFE ELEVATED

WELCOME TO UTAH, LIFE ELEVATED

It was time for a road trip. The cool weather was moving in and summer visitors were leaving Pie Town, New Mexico. They were heading in various directions, ours being northwest. Our journey would be filled with many visual delights as we traveled along scenic corridors in Utah. Along the way, I met a couple of store proprietors who gave me reason to ponder. Continue reading

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BOOK LAUNCH: OFF GRID LIVING REVEALED, THE FIRST 100 DAYS

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It’s so exciting to have another book in print! This book is from my heart and speaks of the great adventure I’m living. This is a coffee table type book with lots of pictures. Because of all the pictures it is only available in print. It is much more enjoyable that way. You can purchase it in my BOOKSTORE by clicking on the link, or from Amazon.

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BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP

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The sun had just come up and I was sitting outside next to the truck drinking a cup of morning tea. I was enjoying the sun on my face and a view of juniper trees. I saw a sheep casually walk out of the trees, and then another, and yet another. Continue reading

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PARTY ON DOWN!

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Fun times filled the month of May. It was Tal’s birthday and I planned a small party for two. We did all the fun things adults like to do on party days: listen to music, dance a little, have a couple of cocktails, and of course indulge in a bit of birthday cake. Continue reading

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ROCKING THE AUTOCRACY

ART DECO ON RT 66

ART DECO ON RT 66


It was midnight. We were parked on a desolate road, not a house in sight. We were sleeping in our warm cozy bed against a very chilly night, dropping to a low of 20 degrees.

Earlier we had parked on a dirt road making sure there was plenty of room to drive on either side of the truck. There were no signs posted saying “keep out”, “no trespassing”, or “no camping” and we had seen a couple of hunters parked on the same road earlier in the day. A couple of other vehicles drove slowly past us on the road around dinner time, running their dogs.

The scenery was breathtaking. We had been in the desert all winter, so to see tall pine trees and a small lake (very large mud puddle really) we knew we had found a piece of heaven.

I was the first to awaken to a thumping on the side of the truck. Continue reading

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CALL TO WATER

THE COOL GRACE OF WATER

THE COOL GRACE OF WATER

I think all would agree that ice cold WATER is a sensually exciting relief from the heat.

As it heated up where we were, it was time to jump into the Colorado River. The icy water coming down from the mountains did indeed feel delicious. Rather than being fully submerged in the frigid liquid, which would have only lasted seconds before I hightailed it out for warmer ground; it was preferable to have a floating device allowing one to submerge hands and feet at will while our bodies stayed warmed by the sun. What a wonderful and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Continue reading

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FOOD FOR A LONG LIFE

Before: July 2013  After: February 2015

Before: July 2013 After: February 2015

LIVING OFF GRID has changed my life in many ways. The most obvious is a loss of weight, increased muscle mass, and more energy than ever.

One thing I know for sure, to live the way we do, optimal health is required.

In looking back at pictures of when I first met Tal, up until now, I have dropped 12 pounds. That is enough to inspire me to stick with our current diet.
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DESERT LIFE

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Feb 22, 2015
I have the perfect opportunity to play Indian out here in the desert. I use that term because as a child we played cowboys and Indians, not cowboys and Native Americans. That came later. So in my mind, there will always be the red-skinned Indians whose images conjure the balance of man and nature. Continue reading

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BEES A BUZZIN’

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Jan 2-22
I was looking back through our blog, all the way to the beginning, and I have to say that Tal and I have had some great times, as well as witnessing spectacular scenery that delights the soul. Continue reading

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AN UNWELCOME VISITOR

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Dec 11-Jan 1, 2015

We almost became stuck as we headed out onto a sandy flat where we had parked last year with no problem. Tal kept the accelerator floored and by a stroke of luck all 18 wheels kept rolling. When we jumped out to take a look, we could see where the trailer had attempted to dig in. Continue reading

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RENOVATIONS, HOLIDAYS & A NEW BOOK!

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I WEEDED OUT SOME ROCKS, SHELLS, AND BONES. HOW MANY POUNDS OF ROCKS CAN YOU CARRY AROUND? HERE IS THE ART I LEFT FOR OTHERS TO FIND.

Nov 2-Dec 10, 2014

After more than a year of using all our funds to have things squared away on the truck and trailer, we finally had enough money to do some renovations. A long awaited closet shelf over the water tanks was at the top of my list. Tal wanted to add baseboards to the unfinished walls in the bedroom, bathroom and hallway. He put in a good amount of time working on the plumbing. He hooked up an Ultra Violet Sterilight to our water system. It is a purification system used to purify water and is a necessity when we fill our tanks from any source other than city water. Continue reading

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SMOKIN’ GUN

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The picture above is a hand-drawn poster that was pasted to the side of an abandoned building and it was peeling off. Artist unknown.

Oct 23 – Nov 1, 2014:
After a day on the road, Tal was out checking on a source for water while I was sitting at the table typing an email. The blast doors were open and I looked out at a serene view of the desert. The sun was just going down and it was lighting the mountains up in a wash of gold. As I was admiring the view a coyote trotted by right in front of the open doors. He hesitated, looking in my direction, but when I moved he returned to his trot. He was no doubt looking for his supper and must have smelled our cat. Wow! Living in the wilderness is an amazing adventure and there is a surprise around every turn. Continue reading

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HEADING SOUTH THROUGH MINING TOWNS

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Oct 14-22

The weather is cooling and Tal was the first one up. He lit a fire. When I climbed out of bed it was warming up nicely and I put a pot of fresh homemade soup on the wood stove to simmer. I sat at our small table and sipped my hot caffeine-laced tea while checking emails and Facebook posts. What a delightful way to start the day – with many more to follow! Continue reading

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THE MOUNTAINEERS

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Pictured above is Goyo, a one time nature biologist who hunted rattlesnakes.

Oct 6-13, 2014
Venturing out a lonely highway through northern Nevada is my cup of tea. The lonelier the better! However, it is not always easy to find large, level, solid places to pull off the road and park. Having a vehicle with 18 wheels, any of which can get stuck, and trying to turn a truck and trailer around that measure over 65 feet long, well that can be very limiting. Being level is sure nice too so that we aren’t tripping around inside the trailer, especially since we have a wood stove that would be murderous to fall against. Continue reading

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SPANGLED STARS

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Sept 22-Oct 5, 2014
We moved near an air force base out in the desert. We could hear the fighter jets practicing all day long. It was very exciting to watch their maneuvers. We can see them just after liftoff and just before they land though we don’t have a view of the runway. They are also too far off to take good pictures though I continue to try. We have a pretty good view of the control tower. Continue reading

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CRIMSON SUNSET

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Sep 12-22

We watched the movie “Divergent,” and it sure hit close to home. We are living on the edge of society and attract our share of frowns for not being a part of the norm. We don’t contribute to the financial madness as we don’t have over-extended credit, punch a time clock, or have bills piling up in an amount of more than we’ll ever be able to pay. We aren’t paying for electricity or water (most of the time) and don’t pay land taxes as we park on public lands. We don’t pay rent or make house payments. We do have to comply with a few things though, like paying registration and insurance on the semi-truck. In all fairness, I have to point out that we also receive a lot of support – a cheering on for being PRWOGs (Prepper, Road Warriors, Off Grid) and evoking feelings of envy in those who have had the same dream. Continue reading

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