What she said: Confessions of a city survivor

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What she said….

I’m not sure I can add any value to that testimony, so I won’t try (with the exception of the following pictures).

Even children can operate the Woodmizer LT15, hardly any are lost to serious injury:

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Mill-hand with her freshly milled stack of 12′ and 16′ 4″x8″s:

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Think operating a saw mill is only for adults?  Check out Beer for Children!

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I’m off grid and I’ll pee where I want!

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People used to be able to pee wherever they wanted.  Not so much anymore.  So often we are left to clench and hold it, hang our head in shame and meekly ask “can I use the bathroom?”.  I’d had enough, and now, I’m off grid and I’ll pee where I want!

Gridlessness is a state of mind. It’s hard to describe, so I won’t try, just watch the video:

(The awesome new song in this video is Chopping Wood by our friends Last Horse Standing)

Going off grid is basically about doing what you want.  Want to build a house but don’t have a permit?  Sorry… a permit?  What’s that?

Can’t afford a house? No problem, just whip up a little hovel.  A nice big house won’t make you happy anyways (we had dirt floors for the first year and Rose loved it!)

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We love to travel and adventure together as a family and homeschooling lets us do it. Wherever or whenever we go, the kids studies can be worked around it.

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Wanna be a part of getting your own food?  Collecting and making our own food has got to be the most rewarding work we do.  Hunting, fishing, foraging and gardening is our favourite pastime.

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I'm off grid

Want to build a culvert house? A forced air incinerator? Blow something up?  Go off grid baby!  No one is out here to tell you what to do or how to do it. 

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Have you seen Beer for Children?  You should check it out, it’s an off grid essential.

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Rail Peelers of Tipper Creek: Building a round pen

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Building a round pen has been on our list for a couple years. In fact we installed the treated wood posts 18 months ago and haven’t got any further until now. A round pen is a great place to train and work our horses, to keep them in shape and keep our little riders practiced. Its also a nice safe place for beginners to ride.

Check out the rail peelers of Tippercreek here:

We first found a patch of dead pines that were perfect for the job, long straight and almost totally clear of branches. We filled the pickup twice with 14’ poles, between 4″-8″ diameter, about 80 poles in total.Building a round pen

After offloading them adjacent to the pen, the rail peelers went to town. We peeled the last three feet or so on both ends, the rest could be peeled later. Using an impact drill we secured them to the posts with 6”, 8” or 10” TimberLok structural screws, which are amazing.

Building a round pen

We still have a couple gates to build, but it was complete enough to give it a try with the horses. Its still pretty redneck, the ground is uneven, the brush hasn’t been cleared, there’s a foot of snow on one side and a foot of mud on the other; whatever.

Building a round pen

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Family Moose Hunt

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This past fall we loaded up the truck and horse trailer and headed for the mountains for a family moose hunt.  Five hours later we were loading a weeks worth of gear and food on to our quads and horses. We set out under sunny skies for a 3 hour ride into camp.  The trail was rough and it slowed the quads down enough that we could keep up with the horses.
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4:30 on opening morning my Dad and I got up and started walking through some of the open poplar meadows around camp.  This was early season and the vegetation was brilliant green and taller than a giraffe.  For the first couple hours we snuck around stumbling into moose beds and listening to the birds.  Dad was looking for a place with a bit of a vantage point so we headed towards a little ridge.  When we got there Dad started glassing way up the far side of the valley.
He then said my favourite hunting words; “There’s a huge moose over there
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We only briefly considered the amount of work we were inviting. The trick is to think for just the right amount;  too little and you could get into trouble, too much and we’d never have any fun.  We crossed some very steep terrain and dropped into the valley.  Finally we got within shooting range, but the bull was gone!  We scanned the patchy openings amongst the timber for the missing 1200 pounder .  Only with a bit of luck did my Dad eventually spot the tips of the bulls antlers from behind a clump of alder and willow.  We settled in and made sure we had good rests for the guns.
Dad grunted at the bull and the huge moose stood up. “Three, Two, One… Boom”
We both shot and the moose ran only 20 yards and fell.  That was it, we had killed our moose on opening day.  We high five’d and floated back to camp to rally the troops and ready the horses.
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Turns out the alder was thick and ridiculous as we made our way down to the moose from the far ridge. When we got down to the moose we took pictures, field dressed it, and heaved all the meat on to our two horses!

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My Dad and older sister each took a horse and started up the hill.  There was lots of yelling and crashing as the horses ignored their leadership and drug us up through the thickets of alder.  After breaking into the alpine we shook the pine cones out of our ears and kissed the horses. Back at camp, we hung the meat in a giant spruce tree for night. The next day we made a couple trips back to the trucks and spent the long drive home planning a tenderloin BBQ.
The meat has been great, including home made jalapeño and cheddar smokies.
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