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Off-Grid and Free: Greetings from an Ultra-Remote Saskatchewan Homestead

| 4/11/2016 2:01:00 PM

Homesteader Ron Melchiore Renewable Energy 

Imagine, if you can, living 100 miles deep in the wilderness and not seeing another human being for 6 months at a time. No mail, no toddling off to a 9-to-5 job, no supermarkets or shopping centers, and none of civilization's noise. Nothing but the silence of the forest surrounds you.

My wife, Johanna, and I have lived on a remote northern Saskatchewan lake for the last 16 years. We are alone here. Access to us is only by float plane. Prior to this, we homesteaded in northern Maine for 20 years — a total of 36 wonderful years living an off-grid self-sufficient lifestyle.

I've written a book titled Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness, and I will occasionally share a snippet from my book for my blog posts. Here is an excerpt to give you a better sense of where we live.

Excerpt from ‘Off-Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness’

“A fortuitous series of events brought us to this place, a remote lake, far out in the Canadian wilderness, 100 miles from the nearest supply point. And, by wilderness, I mean the real thing.

As far as your eye can see, from the vantage point of a float plane high above the ground, you can gaze upon an aerial tapestry of multi-hued green forest intermingled with jutting rock formations, lowland bogs, and glistening lakes. Exposed rocky hill tops, sparsely vegetated with stunted trees that have managed to gain a tenuous foothold, along with low shrubbery and lichen, are sure signs you are flying over Precambrian shield, a dominant surface feature in the north. Serpentine rivers and streams cut through the landscape, the rivers occasionally flashing a churning white, where rapids lie in wait for the unwary canoeist. All of this is the perfect habitat for wildlife and outdoor adventurer alike.

4/13/2016 2:24:11 PM

Hello Wendyakin, I am so pleased that you found our first post of interest. Thank you so much for taking the time to make a comment. It means a lot to us. Your assessment of logistics is spot on. Our location and lifestyle demand we be exceptionally organized. Please feel free to spread the word to your friends. I'll continue on with our story in my next post. Ron

4/13/2016 10:14:24 AM

This is fascinating! Can't wait to learn how you manage to haul in enough basics to last 6 months.Flour, meal, coffee? The logistics are mind boggling. Thank you for this gift!

4/11/2016 10:59:51 PM

Hemothorax, Thank you so much for the kind comment. I will look forward to sharing our life with readers. I should have another post next week sometime. Ron

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