Against our bodies’ protests, we are still pressing forward with our aggressive start-up schedule… Yesterday, we successfully brought the PV system on-line and fired up the Internet in the yurt! HOORAY!! This was a critical element in putting together our master plan, and everything worked like a charm.
After 10 days straight of traveling and labor, it is unfortunate that this ever-important accomplishment had a very anti-climatic celebration. We were too tired to turn on Netflix!!
We’re going to be running some tests over the next few days to monitor our power usage and wi-fi reliability so we can be ready for prime time telecommuting next Monday morning. This was not a back-breaking chore per se, but the results are no less satisfying (or tiring). We look forward to furnishing our home and finding a new routine to make this transition to off-grid living comfortable and productive.
Now that we are starting to activate our ‘first-world’ amenities, I again found myself in a complete state of disbelief in realizing that this IS our home now. I actually chuckled out loud over the whole thing when I found myself pulling on the horsehair ropes to fix the urgh (outside skylight cover) before the sun set and the wildlife sang their evening songs.
Keeping me grounded was a nice little break from chores when we hiked to the Northwest corner of the property earlier in the day, affectionately referred to as “Yo Phooey Point.” This was Radar’s first real all-terrain walkabout, and she did great! She kept up under her own steam all the way downhill, across the arroyo, and back up again. It wasn’t until the rugged downhill over the tumbled boulders to cross back that she conceded to being carried in the pooch pouch.