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