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