Mosquito Mountain Montana HomesteadWe made it down to our wintering spot in southern Nevada. For those who aren't familiar with our blogs or lifestyle, we are snowbirds. Our income from writing frees us up to travel virtually anywhere while still being able to make a living. We never replaced our small flock of chickens after the last one died so other than the dog we have no other critters to take care of (we used to have our daughter take our chickens for the winters).

Our winter home. 

We still try to attain some semblance of self-sufficiency and frugality in our lives even while here. In fact, we're slowly working our way to self-sufficiency in the motor home we live in.

Our wood burning stove doubles for cooking.

Each winter we make a few more changes toward self-sufficiency. This year I built a wood burning stove out of a couple of old propane bottles and installed it in the motor home. We now have wood heat. The firewood is free for the picking all over the BLM and Parks service lands surrounding us. We scrounged enough wood to keep us going the first month we were here then stumbled across someone cleaning out their wood pile who sold us the leftovers for $60. It was a little over a half-cord made up of mostly pine. It will keep us going the rest of the winter here with some left for next year. It was also cheaper than the gasoline needed to scrounge for wood.

It also works for cooking. We make many meals using the wood stove in our motor home. The majority of those meals are from food grown, foraged, or hunted in Montana.

1/25/2015 10:20:28 PM

Steven, my apologies to your wife. Yes, those wild burros are amazing. My sister pointed them out on one of our touristy trips around the area. I still don't know how they can get so high up on the face of a rock cliff and not fall off. ***** Have a great Nevada snowbird day.

1/25/2015 12:26:10 PM

Hi Dave: We're in the Stewart's Point area. The closest town is Overton. The rabbits like the brushy areas most although I've seen them in almost barren desert as well. I wonder about the numerous wild burros roaming the area and how they find enough to eat. It's my wife in the second-to-last photo. I should have used a flash to dispel the shadows. Vegas is not a place we like to be. Love the occasional foray down the strip but the times we go in to shop or for VA appointments it's just too many people!

1/21/2015 9:46:13 AM

Steven, lake mead, huh. I have a sister, daughter, and three grandkids that live in Las Vegas. I know lake mead back up the river for at least a hundred miles so you could be on lake mead and no where near Las Vegas. In fact I would think that you weren't with the kind of life style you like to live. In that second to last picture, is that you without a beard? ***** Coyotes and rabbits seem to be able to survive just about anywhere. I know coyotes eat rabbits and mice but I have always wondered just what a rabbit eats in the middle of desert? Nature all works together to survive. ***** Have a great Nevada winter day.

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