We thought we were doing the right thing when we moved to a remote area to live 19 years ago. The community is a landowners association with some who desire to change a beautiful remote-living area on acreage to resemble what they left. We thought living in an area with covenants and rules would protect our investment, but one should recognize that living remotely in a covenant community offers both positive and negative aspects.
We put a lot of thought into being prepared for mountain winters and it requires a lot of work to be fully prepared.
Living in the mountains or remotely requires physical endurance as well as being fit.
How a single purchase of a magazine in newsprint in 1970 changed my life.
Tips that we have learned gardening at a high elevation.
Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
Calculating the amount of mountain snow to actual moisture.
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
Choosing homesteading as a way of life and what it takes.
Spring time is a time to experience the newness of life and living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains amid the wildflowers, birds, green woods and new birth.
Tree rings tell the tale. It is nice and green here now but our plants and weeds are acclimated to semi arid and have deep roots.
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting. This segment is on using natural resources around the homestead.
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting.
How we have adapted from salt water fishing to freshwater and what we do with our catch.
Reflections on 15 years of mountain living.
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
After a wildfire destroyed their off-the-grid compound in Colorado, Betty and Rolland rebuilt—better than before—following Rolland’s creed: no plywood, no plastic and nothing that smells bad when it burns. The wildlife around their home approve.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.