Alaska is often called the “Last Frontier,” with an untamed wilderness that is the envy of off-gridders everywhere.
And while most homesteaders only dream of moving to Alaska and “roughing it,” one couple actually did something about it – and they accomplished it prior to cell phones and the Internet. Back in the early 1980s Bonnie Rose Ward and her husband Samuel moved to a remote location in Alaska where they built a cabin, temporarily lived off of a huge bag of dried beans, and even drank unfiltered lake water.
She wrote a book about her experience, Winds of Skilak, and is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.
Bonnie tells us:
- How they found a large piece of land in a state where the government owns most of the property.
- How she used library books to teach herself essential off-grid skills.
- How they battled isolation in a location where they didn’t see other people for months.
- How they learned to survive off of the land despite facing total darkness for much of the year.
Finally, Bonnie tells us all about a harrowing run-in with a huge bear that could have killed both of them.
Don’t miss this amazing show if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to try and tame Alaska’s rugged landscape!