Migration Isn't Just for the Birds

| 1/5/2015 3:05:00 PM

Karrie SteelyEvery winter we take a break from the homesteading life and migrate south. The main drawback of this lifestyle is that we don’t raise or keep animals. But as much as I miss the farm animals, not having them has given us the flexibility to go where it is warm and come back in time for growing season.


Most of our time is spent on remote Bureau of Land Management Land with no RV hookups. (This is land owned by the federal government - i.e. We The People) and in most areas, anyone is allowed to camp for free in one spot for up to 14 days. We hike and 4-wheel and generally enjoy the solitude and silence. Most of the winter is spent in the desert mountains in Arizona, Southern California and Utah.

tanks and batteries 

Our camper has nine solar panels and 25 batteries. We have a 150-gallon capacity for propane, and enough water to last several weeks if we are conservative. Many of our meals consist of deer that we processed and froze or made into jerky from the fall hunt.

All this weight is pulled by a semi-tractor, which is partially fueled with the soy oil we made last summer. There’s also a 300-gallon tank with the soy oil for the semi and diesel engine in the rock crawler that he built, which rides in the garage in the back of the camper. He is really into 4-wheeling, so he has an air compressor, welder, tools, spare tires and spare parts, making a fully functioning “mini-shop” in the back.

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