Life “Off the Grid”
Our kennel is off the grid, no power, no water, no well. We make it work by collecting rain water and heating with wood during the cold months. A small solar panel charges a deep cycle battery which can power a laptop, charge our phone, and play the radio. Life is simple.
Off the Grid Articles
Part 1 – Firewood
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I swear I spend more time grooming trails than I do running dogs!
Filling up the wood shed with a mix of pople, maple, birch, and ash
Fresh wolf tracks in the mud. A large animal with a walking stride longer than three feet.
Heating with wood in the winter keeps the cabin nice and warm! It feels good after being outside most of the day to come in an thaw out.
New a-frames for dog houses
Found this little guy while out for a little hike in the woods..
Hand splitting firewood is a spring, summer, and fall project.
Chickadees helping with the dishes. These little guys really love meat leftovers!
Our two – 275 gallon rain barrels ready to install one on the house gutter and one on the shed gutter
Deer ticks and wood ticks are everywhere up here. More than half of our dogs have had lymes disease it’s not fun to deal with.
Rachel chopping a 50# frozen block of meat for the dogs.
Toivo and a Moose Antler
A young red squirrel in the middle of the kennel, the dogs really love that!
A Wolf Spider in the outhouse
Having some fun in the driveway!
Chipmunk below the bird feeder.
Custom made door on the new puppy kennel
Seems fitting 🙂
Toivo brings home lots of carcasses and animal parts that he finds in the woods. This nice whitetail rack is one of his finds.
We live on a logging road in the St. Louis Co. Forest Management area. This is a timber sale headed to the Sappi paper mill in Cloquet.
Snowmobile repairs in the dark. The means for knowledgeable and timely repairs is a must.
Quartering logs for a new puppy kennel
We have a variety of forest birds that come to visit our feeder.