Making A Living Out Of Living (Off the Grid In The Wilderness)

A glimpse into two households living off the grid in the American wilderness. (First published at PsychologyToday.com on 4/16/2013 by Brad Waters)

iStock_000006532086XSmall“When the sun sets on Charlie Larson’s cabin, he does not flip a light switch- his cabin doesn’t have electricity. It takes several moments longer to reach for his kerosene lamp, strike a match, and adjust the burning mantle to shed a dull light on the walls of the single-room cabin. A curl of smoke rolls inside the chimney of the lamp before the heat makes the fuel burn clean.

Living by lantern light – the nearest power line nearly three miles away – can be one person’s vision of paradise while another’s anxiety-provoking nightmare. No TV? No microwave? No Internet? Nobody lives like that anymore, right?” Read the rest of the article here…

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