Monday, April 16, 2012

Driving Change

Most folks that know Heidi and I well, know how much we enjoy Taj and the nomadic lifestyle. So why are we now, at least partially, changing direction? Coronal Mass Ejection? Peak Oil? The threat of economic meltdown? Angry Birds perhaps? 

Nah...None of the above. After facing our own dire health predictions for 40 some years, doomsday scenarios don't really get us too excited. Besides, we both believe "To live is Christ, to die is gain" 

Really, it is very much for the same reasons we both love VanTramping. We want to do as much as possible to live in simple, self sustainable ways but even a bit beyond that. We want to do whatever we can to help others in that same quest. We both believe that going for a complete and efficient off-grid style homestead will give us the best chance to accomplish those goals. 

This blog is still very much about VanTramping too. I expect at least half of what we blog about in the future to be very relevant to the nomadic lifestyle. From the tons of mods I still have planned for Taj to the ideas that can function in either mode(stationary or mobile), we will always share information relevant to life on the road. 

Realistically, it will likely take us two years or so to save enough to acquire the amount of land we want.(2.5 to 5 acres) In the meantime, lots of fun research and experimenting!. Solar & wind power generation, dome greenhouse, aquaponics, and a bunch more projects could get built ahead of time if things work out well. 

Perhaps one of the best reasons driving change is the overwhelming feeling that it is the right direction for us. The more we think about it, the more it just makes sense.   
      

8 comments:

  1. The best choice anyone can make is to head in the right direction for them. Vantramping was that direction at one time and this is the right direction today.

    Down the road I suspect it will be something else again.

    Looking forward to your adventures!

    Maria

    PS Do you read Countryside Magazine? It's not super well known but it's one of the better resources for homesteading. Real advice by real people. I bet you could even write for them :)

    Check it out: http://www.countrysidemag.com/

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  2. I love when people stay in the moment and are willing to change things around to fit how they have changed over time.

    It's so easy to find people who are carping and whinging about all the things that have gone wrong, so hard to find those who are willing to change wrong into right -for them, or stagnation into vitality.

    I'll keep on checkin' in to see what you're up to!
    cheers,
    Peter
    http://peterpazucha.com/awaywego/

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  3. What an awesome idea!! We are looking forward to following along on this next adventure and learning from you guys!
    We are getting closer to acquiring our next RV (probably a Roadtrek or PleasureWay) and I can't tell you how excited we are!! We stopped full-timing due to family issues (family first). We have now received an unofficial diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome for our adult son. This has been a long and stressful time but at least God has led us to a conclusion and now we can get on with behavioral training.
    Good luck to you guys and we continue to follow along!!

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    1. Hey Mike & Gerri, We are pretty excited to find out what you end up with too, fun stuff! Very sorry to hear about your son's diagnosis, but you have a great attitude about it(makes me think of the first chapter in James). Thank you for your kind words as always! We wish you both good luck as well and we are looking forward to reading about your future adventures :)

      -Mike

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  4. Thanks for the link Maria! I haven't read Countryside, but I will definitely check it out.

    Hi Peter, Thanks for the comment! I really like your website, very interesting! I expect I will have a lot of fun digging deeper!

    -Mike

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  5. Funny, I just figured out I could use the "reply" on each comment! Duh LOL! Well, better late than never right??!

    -Mike

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  6. Hi Mike and Heidi, Great news and a nice thing for anyone to pursue...You will do it well and be as happy together as ever...looking forward to some good chats this summer when I come up....
    Big hugs to you both and to Bill as well....
    Bri

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    1. Hi Bri, Good to hear from you my friend! Yep, looking forward to seeing you too as always! Hugs back at ya!

      -Mike

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