Captain’s Log: City to Gritty
WE ARE BACK OFF THE GRID!!!!
After traveling for a month, we are back off the grid and rolling up our sleeves to build our A-frame cabin before the snow hits.
Living off-grid means we take care of ourselves. We do not rely on the city for water, power or sewage.
One of the reasons we left this lifestyle last December was water. We were filling up our freshwater tanks in the city and hauling the water up here. But in our city, there are lifetime caps for buying freshwater and we hit our cap. Our only options were harvesting our own water from the rain, snow or our creek, or drilling a well. Both of which weren’t possible or ideal in the winter.
Moving back in to the trailer again was a little bit like muscle memory and we are basically resettled. It’s different though because ALL of our household belongings are here on the land in our own shipping container, instead of in storage. So, if needed, we have access to EVERYTHING to swap out in the camper to live.
This go around, we also have a laundry area! Which is huge because last time, continuously going to laundry mats was stressful. Happy to be able to do our own laundry on the land.
At first, I was obsessed with style for our camper. Now, I honestly don’t even care ha ha. All energy is on our Aframe and we are more determined than EVER to get the roof on before the snow comes in October. WINTER IS COMING!!
Healing from my allergic reaction has been amazing even living off grid. I was able to bathe in REAL mountain spring water and combined with all my natural medicines from my doctor, am healing with incredible results. I can hardly believe it myself!
Next on my list is getting my new blog on this journey up and running!! It’s called: City 2 Gritty. My updates will be switching to that blog here very soon!
Thanks again for all the support! We are excited for our epic 4 level a-frame glass + steel cabin, chickens, organic greenhouse and lamas to come soon!! ✨✨✨
- Joelle Lane I love the inside of your trailer looks amazing lady!!
- Lisa J Budner-Santana ❤. When are you building your home?
- Sara McClure Life goals! This is gorgeous. You will also raise wonderful, respectful children like this.
- Bryan Huddleston Just phenomenal courage, will, resolve, character and strength, in each of you, and being built in your children. So impressed~
- Rachel McCash Cronin Bryan Huddleston thank you!! ?? One of our neighbors saw us collecting water from the creek and literally was speechless saying he couldn’t do what we are doing and all I could say is it definitely takes tenacity! The kids will have so many stories haha but project cabin will at least have a roof on by the snow and we can finish the interior over the winter ??????
- Bryan Huddleston Rachel so so inspiring! Hope to meet your amazing family someday, and witness this incredible creation!!!
- Rachel McCash Cronin Bryan Huddleston come to our housewarming party!! Once this cabin is finally built + furnished, trust me we will be celebrating with style!! ??????
- Bryan Huddleston Rachel gotta! What a celebration it will be too!
- Tiarra Jamila This is amazing!
- Marcia Dudley Awesome – looks like fun …. about 50 years ago for me!!!
- Caitlynn Boggess-Doula Goals
- Nicco Macintyre https://www.waterpuretechnologies.com/
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- Rachel McCash Cronin Nicco Macintyre wow!! Sent this to my husband! These systems are WAY more affordable than the ones we’ve been looking at!!
- Nicco Macintyre Contact the owner Tom directly, I’m working with him. He’s got a few systems on a personal sale right now but only to friends. I’ll tell him to sell you the one i was going to buy. Is that ok Tom Smokoff? They are old friends.
- Nicco Macintyre Add him on fb too
- Nicco Macintyre These are literally the same tech they use on the space station.
- Nicco Macintyre When you get ready to put a hydro generator on that stream or a wind turbine let me know k
- Beau McMichael Um can you please sell me your camper when you’re done!!?
- Rachel McCash Cronin Beau McMichael haha I’m glad you like it!! I still need to hang more wallpaper (white), tile backsplash the kitchen and remodel the bathroom. I may or may not get to those projects (cabin is top priority) but we will see!! We have 2 relatives that also want it!! It’s older (2006 I think) but it’s amazing what white paint and modern finishes can do!! ?
- Beau McMichael Rachel McCash Cronin I’ve been begging my husband to get an old camper and remodel it. I found a completely gutted Airstream that I’m dying for.?
- Rachel McCash Cronin Beau McMichael do it!!!!airstreams are AMAZING!!! ??? I’ve heard the curved walls are a little tricky but so worth it. Do you follow Arrows and Bow? It’s a blog and Instagram. She remodeled a trailer and an airstream BEAUTIFULLY!! Now she’s been working on a Spanish bungalow in CA and everything she does is goals!
- Beau McMichael Rachel McCash Cronin no but I’m going to look it up!!
- Jessi Duffin Your camper is so cute and that looks like a blast!! Good luck, can’t wait to see your updates!! ?
- Alissa Dabasinskas Love your trailer! So cute! Are you enjoying living like this 24/7, or do you kinda long for the day you have your A-frame? We are looking into doing something like this in 10 years or so..
- Rachel McCash Cronin Alissa Dabasinskas omg definitely longing for the Aframe!! After almost a year of unexpected transitions, WE ARE SO READY to be in the cabin!!
- Rachel McCash Cronin Alissa Dabasinskas for example, today I couldn’t remember how to turn on the generator and my phone was at 8% battery. So I was freaking out calling my hubby hoping the call would go through even though I knew he was doing lunch with his boss. Plus it …See More
- Alissa Dabasinskas Rachel I could see myself having this exact scenario.. haha.. it would be empowering though! And a cool learning experience. Can’t wait to see the A Frame!
- Sarah Whiting Phil Whiting
- Sabrina Laplante Girl!!! Your trailer though!!! ?
- Nicole Rogers Can we come by to roast marshmallows or something? ♥️ Looks relaxing
- Rayann Reigenborn This is what my husband and I want to do, just not sure where to start
- Mario J McCash What’s the latest status on the TV show documenting your experience in all of this?
- Harmony Steer Brodie Steer ·
- Leslie Roush I’m in love with all of this!!!! You’re truly living the dream ?
- Natiana Frankie Stokes I’m in love ?
- Bethany Bennett Jealous!!!! This is amazing!!
- Rachel McCash Cronin Bethany Bennett GIRL!! It truly is but has its moments like everything in life. Pretty sure my hives were actually linked to stress! ? But it’s good to breathe deep and remember it’s good stress and will be worth it in the end! ??
- Bethany Bennett Do y’all have an Instagram?! I’d love to follow your journey!!
- Lindsey Rochele It’s perfect!!!
- Rachel McCash Cronin Lindsey Rochele thank you !! It’s been so much work to get to this point! ???
- Lindsey Rochele Rachel McCash Cronin hubby and I bought the ugliest house on the block and remodeled it all ourselves, literally every inch of it we touched so I totally get that! Your hard work shows!
- Rachel McCash Cronin Lindsey Rochele that’s amazing!! Do you have pictures? Love to see your handiwork!!
- Lindsey Rochele Rachel McCash Cronin I really need to take more pics!!! I have a good before and after of our kitchen. I’ll find it!
- Lindsey Rochele All the upper cabinets are second hand then my hubby built the doors to match, he built the island and the tall pantry cabinet next to the fridge and we built the concrete counters! ☺️ whole kitchen cost $6k including the $3k for appliances.
- Lori Pulliam Ashworth Love this!!!!
- Christion Sadler This is awesome news!
- Rachel McCash Cronin Christion Sadler we are SO ready ha ha. We had drama yesterday with the assessor’s site not accurately showing our property lines and our soil test company marked the soil test as our neighbors land. ? We finally got it fixed this morning so hopefully we can break ground now!! ?
- Christion Sadler I love watching this story unfold
- Shari Ritter I would Love to do this….your so blessed! I’d love to come up for roasted marshmallows too
- Matthew Kelly Super cool
- Taunya Gren You are an inspiration!
- Rachel McCash Cronin Taunya Gren ahh thank you!! Im living through your chicken posts bytheway. I miss my old flock so much ?. Your rooster was such a hero too. I was so sad to hear about it but happy that he protected his girls ?
- Rachel McCash Cronin Taunya Gren how is Rosy doing?
- Taunya Gren Rachel McCash Cronin the day after the rooster was killed she broke her leg. So for the current time she’s a house chicken while it heals
- Rachel McCash Cronin Taunya Gren poor girl!! I’ve definitely done R&R many times in my house for my chickens too! I hope she recovers quick! ?
- Tabitha Horn Gavin Matson ❤️?‼️
- Garnet Freeman Omg ??
Tim Freeman look! ?
- Amanda Leticia Love it! We live in an RV to 🙂
- Rebecca Offutt So awesome! If u can afford it….look into a Berkey water filter! Use the rain water to fill the Berkey and then drink amazing clean water
- Valerie Cover Beautiful! ❤️❤️
- Christine Nicole David Rodriguez
- Stephanie Siefkas What a fantastic little set up!! This is total perfection. ♥️♥️♥️
- Danni Marie Love this sooo much!! We just moved into our RV. This kinda thing could very well be in our near future. ?
- Kiernan Bee Send me some water Haha ? sounds like delicious water!
- Handlebar Henry It appears you have a lot of space in there..compared to my friends Michael Fitzgerald and Dione Colvin. Of course they only have their dog Max. Check out their videos on YouTube. MsFitzsAdventures
- Mary Street #goals
- Brittany Preston Moffat Your trailer is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! And girl – you amaze me!
- wChelsea Bahle This is so cool. Wish I could share! ?