In 1979, this city born boy purchased some acreage in Maine where I embarked on a quest for a simpler life. Here we are in 2016 and we now have 36 years of off grid living under our belt. Twenty years of homesteading in Maine and 16 years spent in the Canadian bush.
If prepper is synonymous with being prepared, we are compelled to be more prepared than most people. As I peck this introduction, I look out a large picture window to snow covered trees overlooking a placid lake. My wife and I are alone out here on this remote lake and float plane is the only way you will find us. This computer/satellite is our only connection to the outside world. We just got home last week from our brief semi-annual supply run. Twice a year, we fly out to shop, get our mail, take care of appointments and interact with other people.
As a general rule, we don’t see another human for 6 months at a time. We have no neighbors to count on. It is just my wife and I immersed in the silence of the forest and it is our responsibility to take care of ourselves. To that end, we have mastered gardening, food preservation and a myriad of other skills which give us the best chance to survive if the worst case scenarios occur.
I’ve been blessed in life to have thru-hiked all 2100+ miles of the Appalachian trail in winter, bicycled across the United States, survived forest fires, the touch of a bear and more. All of these experiences form a foundation that gives me a measure of confidence I’ll be able to cope with whatever life throws my way.
I’ve written a book titled Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness published by Moon Willow Press which passes on some of the experience and knowledge I learned along the way. It is my hope that my book gives encouragement and a shot of confidence to others to pursue their dreams, regardless of what those aspirations are.
We’ve been published in BackHome Magazine, Small Farmer’s Journal, and Countryside and Small Stock Journal, and appear in Life Off Grid, a documentary film and book about people living off-grid throughout Canada. Life Off Grid aired on British Columbia’s Knowledge Network and is produced by Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart. I also blog for several websites including MotherEarth News.
I welcome comments, questions and feedback. Just as MD and his website are trying to be a venue for disbursing information, I am trying to do my part as well. Based on the questions and feedback I receive, I will write a follow up post to address those specific questions and comments. I have a number of youtube videos out and this video will give you a better sense of who I am. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DgNHm9_h9M You are also welcome to get updates on our life via facebook at https://www.facebook.com/offgridandfree.mypathtothewilderness