Objective

To be an expression of God’s love in the world. Do that by:

  • Traveling
  • Learning
  • Advocating
  • Assisting
  • Having a good time as often as possible
  • Helping others have a good time, too

Short Term Plan

  • Get better paying job.
  • Finish the waggon, including optimization for work-from-home.
    • Exterior trim.
    • Shutters.
    • Finish interior paneling.
    • Interior trim.
    • Electrical system.
      • Shore power.
      • Solar.
    • Final furniture build and anchoring.
    • Interior and exterior decor.
      • Get my cousin to paint chickens on the shutters.
      • Paisleys and curlicues everywhere.
    • Mobile internet.
    • Optimized workstation.
  • Begin investigating properties.
    • Desert base.
    • Northern base.
  • Get 100% remote work job. (Would love it if this job and the first job are the same job.)
  • Begin travel.
  • Begin buying properties.

Medium Range Plan – Establish Desert (Winter) Base

  • Acquire property.
    • Water rights. Catchment at the least. Groundwater + catchment optimal.
    • No utilities.
    • No zoning.
    • Access by serviceable road. No easement-required land.
  • Improve property.
    • Garage to park the waggon inside.
      • Earthbag construction. If not practical for large-scale with earth-sheltered, then concrete or other alternative.
      • Earth sheltered to the north, east, west, and top.
      • Large, wide door(s) to the south.
      • Ample ventilation.
      • Rocket mass heater.
      • Cool food storage.
    • Rainwater catchment.
      • Land needs sufficient slope to provide single location for catchment.
      • Ditches and gutters.
      • Filtration and purification.
      • Pump.
    • Outdoor living area.
      • Firepit.
      • Shade.
      • Workbench?
    • Strategies for dealing with critters.
    • Solar and/or wind power.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism.
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Medium Range Plan – Establish Southern (Spring/Autumn) Base

  • Property already acquired.
    • Utilities available as self-install.
    • No zoning.
  • Improve property.
    • Concrete RV pad for the waggon.
    • Wooden deck.
      • Between RV pad and garage.
      • Water and shore power for waggon.
    • Garage.
      • Reclaimed materials.
      • Includes bathroom.
      • Septic system.
      • Possibly outdoor cooking area.
    • Gravel drive.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism.
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Long Range Plan – Establish Northern (Summer) Base

  • Acquire property.
    • Water rights. Catchment at the least. Groundwater + catchment optimal.
    • No utilities.
    • No zoning.
    • Access by serviceable road. No easement-required land.
  • Improve property.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism.
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Long Range Plan – Establish Overseas Base

  • Evaluate whether to acquire property and/or nomadic dwelling.
  • Make it so.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism?!?!
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

The family over at mylittlehomestead have been video blogging their projects for some time now, and I was enchanted upon discovery a few years ago with two of their rocket mass heaters. Now the’ve built more, refining the design each time. Here’s a playlist of rocket mass heater videos from their site. 

What? Oh, what’s a rocket mass heater? Well, a rocket heater uses a special design to extract maximum heat with minimum exhaust from burning wood. It burns so much hotter than regular wood stoves that very few particles ever make it up the chimney and out into the air. A rocket mass heater feeds lots of heat into some massive object so that it radiates slowly into a space over time. The exhaust pipe runs through the mass, shedding heat, so that very little heat makes it to the outdoors. Super efficient!