One of the challenges of dry camping is healthy eating. The further out into the wilderness you go, the longer it takes to get to a decent-sized grocery store with a reasonable produce selection. This encourages us to over buy on produce when we shop, leading to eventual waste.
I’m not saying the same thing didn’t happen when we lived in a house. I just had different excuses then. Continue reading
Its been quite the adventure since I got distracted, enjoying my new found freedom. (Check out our map to see where 2016 took us!) I’ll tell you all about it soon enough, but today I want to give you the straight poop about our composting toilet! Ba-dum tch!
Brace yourselves people. There will be a LOT of toilet humor in this article. Continue reading
After Wintering in a rural part of Southern Florida, it was refreshing to get back to “civilization” at Stage Stop Campground in Winter Park, a suburb of Orlando. The campground was set back off the road and had a good mix of full-time, seasonal, and itinerant guests, with ages ranging from young Disney fans to sun-seeking retirees. We had our pick of restaurants, grocers, and amusement parks. We practically lived at a cute little boba tea shop called Lucky Straws, which catered to gamers. Continue reading
Toilets, Showers, and Yards
Last week I told you a bit about our new water challenges and how that shapes our water consumption habits. We discussed conservation at the sink and on laundry day. Today, we will continue the water-savings and touch on how to take your first steps towards improvement in your own home.
In the Shower
The shower is by far our largest water hog. We currently have a “low-flow” shower head using 2.5 gallons per minute, the same as most households, these days. If the two of us each take a 10-minute shower, we’ve blasted through 1/2 of our supply in one morning. Clearly we have to be careful in this arena. Continue reading
Sinks and Washers
Our relationship with water changed when it no longer flowed effortlessly into and out of our home. We now obtain water in 100-gallon increments, which is the limit of our fresh water tank. (We can slightly overfill our 90-gallon tank.) Our full clean water tank weighs in at a whopping 834 pounds! It’s not something we can haul from the grocery store, especially as we wander deeper into the wild.
Additionally, we keep our used water with us in a 70-gallon grey tank (shower, sinks, washer) and a 50-gallon black tank (toilet). If these systems were ever to overflow, they would back up directly into our home. There is no wiggle room in these figures! Continue reading