I’m new to blogging so please forgive me if I don’t have it right.
We began our off grid adventure in March 2014. My name is Early, I’m the mom of Cami, Cati and Caleb. Mike is my dear husband and Poppa Fred is not really my dad but we have adopted him as our Poppa. While he isn’t quite ready to settle down yet he says soon he will be ready to build a cabin and be out here full time. We are just grateful for his presence, help and wisdom.
now that I’ve introduced you to all of us I’ll begin to tell you of our adventure. In March 2014 we arrived in Alaska ready to live our dream. Almost 2 months of setbacks we finally were able to construct walls for our 16×20 cabin complete with a canvas roof. 5 months a canvas roof is plenty-trust me! Our first summer here it rained almost everyday which meant construction was at a stand still and many sleepless nights of dumping the swells of rain filled canvas so we would stay dry. Finally in mid September we had some decent dry days so our building could resume.
We now have a semi complete 16×20 cabin with a loft for the kids and a roof still covered with plastic because it got too cold to put the roofing material on.
Off grid to us means no electric, no gas, no running water. All heating and cooking is done with wood. We have solar panels and a battery bank to power our 12 volt system for a few lights and to charge our cell phones. A small generator is used when the sun doesn’t appear for days to also charge the batteries. Internet is through our cell phone so that is how I’m posting. We haul water from the spring or the creek for bathing, dishes, cooking and laundry. We have no refridgeration but have adapted well to doing without and improvising. I will be doing a separate post later explaining in detail how this can be accomplished. Yes we have an out house but since we are in a wet area we use a composting system. I will go more into details later.
To get to our place we must either walk 3.5 miles or if it isn’t too wet out we can use our 4 wheeler. Everything we have has either been brought out by those means and that in wet conditions is no easy task.
We live in the wild. Bears, Moose, Coyotes, Wolves and a plethora of other wildlife are our neighbors. This life is most definitely not for the faint of heart!
We are raising rabbits, goats, chickens, pigs and bees for food and I’m excited to say soon I will have new baby goats and with that I can resume milking and my cheese making!
I hope this gives you an idea of what were doing and I promise to go into more details and include more pictures in later posts.
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Very interesting! Would love to follow you and the family. Have a very Merry Christmas. God bless!
this 2 is my dream to one day move to alaska im envy u good luck youll need it
Merry Christmas! Good luck with your new life off the grid!
Thank You and hope you had a Merry Christmas and the New Year is full of bessings
Great job! Hope you have the best night and have a peaceful one.
And mom I love that it will teach me how to live. I love you mom.
being off the grid how do you do laundry?
We use laundry tubs and a washboard and plunger but we do occasionally take a load to town.
Thank you for letting me know.
How far are you from any town and do you get mail?
Around 15 miles yes mail in town
Do you Facebook?
yes I do look up Elise Sweg you can see me.
What’s your picture look like?
I have a dog in my arms.
I sent you a message may of went to other messages it wouldn’t let me send friend request
How do you keep the animals water from freezing up?
We have to refill water tubs many times a day. Chip ice out in a large pot melt on stove. No wasting water here as we have to manually haul it from the spring
Kimberly do you have days that are just hard? That can you take a day off and stay in bed? I know that there is always work to do,but some times we need coffee in bed!
There are days I do want to stay in bed but it isn’t possible-that’s not to say I don’t get a nap every once in awhile!
I love the lifestyle and you have one of the greatest teachers in the world uncle Fred has taught me more than I can explain
We just enjoy his company. He’s at the age now he can’t get out and do much but he loves living out here so we do what needs to be done.