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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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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A Word About Hunting

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We strive to collect all our meat from the forrest.  It’s free range, organic, very low in fat and is harvested humanely.  It brings our family together in the most beautiful outside places.  Successful or not, we always get exercise.

Hunting, killing, field dressing, cutting and packaging your own meat will cause you to consider your place within nature.  It will also deepen your understanding and appreciation for good safe food.  While we love hunting, and rely on the meat, we have never enjoyed the actual death of an animal.  We accept it as a necessary part of life in an imperfect world.

All things considered, we find it extremely satisfying to be hunters.

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A little iNTRODUCTION – Life in the Woods

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We’ve been waiting anxiously to share a few stories with you.  Waiting for a bit of an introduction.  Waiting for the right time to share our life in the woods with you.

GRIDLESSNESS
[grid-les-nes]
noun
1) the quality or state of being gridless
example
Jeff and the girls have built a life in the woods, off grid, and with less rules.  They have an aura of gridlessness about them

We’ve been fairly intentional about avoiding commitments to the typical stuff.  We didn’t really like the mortgage or the costs associated with a normal house.  We didn’t like the school and extracurricular schedule, it didn’t exactly bring us all together.  We figure that the world could use a few kids from outside the box.  And so, we have transitioned to a little off grid house in the woods.

We didn’t go Survivor Man or anything, and we’re not luddites.  We just opted for a nice piece of cheap land that we could build on, live on and play on.  We dumped the mortgage, utility bills and the “program”.  We heat with wood, cook with wood, collect rainwater, utilize a grey-water system and the most awesome composting toilet “system” ever.  We built our house for around 20k.  Its amazing how cheap things can be if they don’t need to be 100% automatic.

With a lot more free time we can collect our food the long way; by hunting and fishing, gathering, gardening and beekeeping.  The pursuit of food is a central element to our life in the woods.  We build all sorts of things out of all sorts of things; living roof houses, straw bale shops, culvert cold rooms and tree houses.

The kids are a part of everything we do.  They’re not un-schooled, but close to it.  They are learning life first hand and overcoming new challenges every day.

Thanks for checking out our Life in the Woods.

See if you can spot the bacon in this video!

 

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