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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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Northern Michigan’s Ice Caves

While not a true cave, water continuously drips over this ledge and thickens throughout the winter to form a wall of ice you can walk behind.

Venturing North from Chicago this past holiday weekend, I hiked to the Eben Ice Caves in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Caves are located in the town of Eben outside of Munising.

We went on Christmas Day and found the ice to be forming but not as thick as usual by this time of year. These icicles will continue to form into a nearly solid wall that you can walk behind. While called “caves”, the depth of the rock wall behind the ice isn’t deeper than what you can see in the photos. To see the rest of my ice cave photos, visit the Wicker Rooftop Facebook page. Notice all the color variations in the ice as well as photos of mosses thriving in the cave under the ice.

Directions to the Caves