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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Toivo brings home lots of carcasses and animal parts that he finds in the woods. This nice whitetail rack is one of his finds.
Quartering logs for a new puppy kennel
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.
Chickadees helping with the dishes. These little guys really love meat leftovers!
I swear I spend more time grooming trails than I do running dogs!
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.
Having some fun in the driveway!
Seems fitting 🙂
A young red squirrel in the middle of the kennel, the dogs really love that!
Chipmunk below the bird feeder.
We have a variety of forest birds that come to visit our feeder.
A Wolf Spider in the outhouse
New a-frames for dog houses
Snowmobile repairs in the dark. The means for knowledgeable and timely repairs is a must.
Fresh wolf tracks in the mud. A large animal with a walking stride longer than three feet.
Rachel chopping a 50# frozen block of meat for the dogs.
Our two – 275 gallon rain barrels ready to install one on the house gutter and one on the shed gutter
Filling up the wood shed with a mix of pople, maple, birch, and ash
Found this little guy while out for a little hike in the woods..
Toivo and a Moose Antler
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.
Hand splitting firewood is a spring, summer, and fall project.
Custom made door on the new puppy kennel