What has brought this family together? Over the past few months, my wife, son, and I have been working together as a family to earn our amateur radio licenses. We spent about a half an hour to an hour each night reading the Technician Class Exam book produced by Gordon West. All three of us were in new … Continue reading A Family of Hams
When you live off grid, the idea of heading to an established campground seems more like visiting an outdoor apartment complex in which there are a lot of people, noise, and nature gets in the way to the communal bathrooms. My wife and I started to leave the campgrounds many years ago because it was … Continue reading Why we don’t visit campgrounds anymore. And, obstacles we face.
We made it to Medora in time for the musical. We had a great time as a family despite having to leave our car in Columbus to get it fixed. The Medora Musical is truly something for the entire family. They invited the children 12 and under to join some of the dancers on the … Continue reading Hee Haw! We made it to Medora!
As we were swiftly driving through the Rockies to our night hotel reservation in Billings, something terrible happened. Our P.T. Cruiser of 13 years, unbeknownst to us, began burning oil at such a rate that the one of the pistons froze from the extreme heat and lack of lubrication. The piston rod splintered under the … Continue reading Salvaging a Vacation: when it takes a turn for the worse.
In my last post, I discussed our off grid vacation to Medora, North Dakota. First off, we were going on vacation, so I grabbed one piece of technology, my cell phone. My computer, camera, video camera, and sound recording devices remained behind. I was after all on vacation. I figured if I wanted video or … Continue reading Vacation from the Homestead
Where does this off grid family vacation? Since we have lived off grid, our vacation of choice, camping, has diminished. We generally decide to use AirBnB or hotel it, but camping only in a desperate situation. This year our vacation included my wife's folks. We decided last year to unravel the mysterious raves about a … Continue reading Where does this Off Grid Family Vacation?
Merry Christmas Eve to everyone. This is truly a blessed day at Living a Sustainable Dream. We are blessed to have both our parents visit for the Christmas Holiday. My son gets to know both sets of his grandparents on his Ma and Pa’s side. When I was his age, I was not so blessed. … Continue reading Christmas Eve… Enjoy the Moments
It's hard to believe that we are still blogging after 2 years. When I first began this journey, I was focusing on writing and possibly creating a book about how to live sustainable and off the grid. Since then, we have done many projects, but our biggest project was our adoption and becoming a family … Continue reading Living a Sustainable Dream’s Second Anniversary
Christmas has always been an interesting season for us. We used to do the hunt for the perfect gift, fight the crowds, say we'll meet you at such and such a location when we're done shopping for the other. But a few years ago, we just "snapped"... out of it. We took a step back … Continue reading Merry Christmas from Living a Sustainable Dream
One day I hope to build a covered deck in the back yard, but it is low on the priority list. That being said, our backyard's landscaping is mostly sand and weeds. We try to keep our eyes off the ground and just look at the beautiful trees surrounding us. On nice mornings or evenings, … Continue reading Our family room, the back yard…