I finally got a chance to watch two episodes of the Outdoor Channel's Off Grid, America Unplugged I'd taped.
They were both good. One was about a fellow in Alabama who built everything he needed out of scrap or surplus parts. A sort of latter day McGyver, he'd made himself a beautiful and self sufficient homestead out in the Alabama pine forest. His philosophy of life had some common points with mine. He mentioned several times that the further away from human habitation he was, the more comfortable he felt.
The second episode was about a German, who had bought himself some land in the high desert north of Santa Fe. He'd built an absolutely amazing home out there, doing the work himself and buying few of the materials he used. This guy recycled everything. I mean, everything. He was completely self contained. Apparently he traveled all over the world, including some pretty dangerous places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Then he found his spot in New Mexico. I was very impressed with how beautiful his land was, how functional his house and outbuildings were. The man was even growing vegetables in the New Mexican winter (it can go 25 below where he is) in special "pods" he'd built. If you get a chance to see this show, either on the net or tv, this has been the best episode so far.
One thirty in the morning here. I've been sitting out on the porch. It's almost cold out there tonight, dead quiet, and no light yet. I thought the moon would light things up but it must be behind the trees still. The creek rushing is about all you can hear.
Things are moving along slowly and steadily. The good weather has given me time to work on some projects, including my test garden. It isn't going to be very impressive to look at but it's just to see how and if I can grow food here on the mountain. Doesn't need to be on the cover of "Hobby Farm."