Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness
 by  Ron Melchiore

Published by Moon Willow Press

Available on Amazon  or  Barnes & Noble

    The true life story of how this city boy came to live 100 miles deep in the Canadian wilderness; how I mastered homesteading and an off-grid self-sufficient lifestyle in Maine in preparation for the move to the bush. Join me for an eclectic blend of story telling ranging from my adventures of bicycling across the United States to my winter thru hike of the 2100+ mile long Appalachian Trail.

    Experience the terror of being surrounded by wildfire and being touched by a bear. Discover what life is like working in a remote exploration camp. Enjoy first hand accounts of some of the most breathtaking wildlife encounters. Entertaining and enlightening, the narrative is at times amusing while at other times harrowing.  Appealing to readers with an outdoors, adventurous spirit; people with an off-grid, self-sufficiency bent, as well as the “dreamers” content to read about adventure, I hope to inspire others to “take the road less traveled." The book is supplemented with about 100 images which have been carefully selected to visually reinforce the text.

    About the author:
Living off grid since 1980, Ron and his wife Johanna have spent the better part of their lives "unplugged." As part of the back to the land movement that originated in the 70's, they have spent their adult years living the homestead dream. Published in Backhome magazine, Small Farmer's Journal, and Countryside and Small Stock Journal, they also appear in Life Off Grid, a film and book about people living off grid throughout Canada.

    Table of Contents:

                             Chapter 1  Which way do I go?
                        Chapter 2  Northbound to Maine
                        Chapter 3  Money does grow on trees
                        Chapter 4  Wandering for 165 days and nights
                        Chapter 5  Sure beats walking
                        Chapter 6  Who’s afraid of a little wilderness?
                        Chapter 7  Smells like chicken
                        Chapter 8  Searching for a diamond in the rough
                        Chapter 9  Sort of homesteading
                        Chapter 10  Do bush planes serve pretzels with the inflight movie?
                        Chapter 11  Cook stove delights
                        Chapter 12  Forest fires burn me up
                        Chapter 13  Dump run swim
                        Chapter 14  Slush makes for poor sledding
                        Chapter 15  Camp life
                        Chapter 16  Daily life and seasonal patterns
                        Chapter 17  Close encounters of the animal kind
                        Chapter 18  Is the wilderness for you?



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          Remote Lake Front Home
                      Aerial view of our wilderness homestead shortly after the big forest fire of 2002 (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness    
                                  Paradise in a Wilderness Reserve!

       Two story home located in the Northern Saskatchewan Wilderness. This one of a kind property is accessible by float plane. If you have a sense of adventure, enjoy solitude and seek a more peaceful lifestyle, or desire a solitary vacation getaway, this is your dream come true.

       This super-insulated, well built home is located in the new Provincial Wilderness Reserve. The area is slated to be forever wilderness. No new development or leases will be granted which makes this existing lease all the more valuable.

       The house is approximately 1,600 sq. feet and consists of living room, dining room, kitchen/pantry and craft room on the top floor. A storage room, bathroom, utility room, bedroom and work shop comprise the lower level. The craft room and workshop could easily be converted to bedrooms for a total of three bedrooms if desired.

        There is a screened porch attached to the second floor overlooking the lake to the South and East. A favorite past time in the summer is sitting in the porch swing while listening to the loons and watching the world go by. The dining room and living room both have large picture windows and overlook the lake to the South. There is wall to wall carpet in the living room and bedroom, with vinyl in the rest of the house. All windows are triple glazed.

        An attached greenhouse allows early gardening. Eat salads before the snow is off the ground. There are separate gardens of established strawberries, asparagus and assorted other berries as well as an herb garden and large vegetable garden complete with removable hoop houses for earlier planting. A young apple orchard is planted. Outbuildings consists of a storage shed and large wood shed.

         Hiking opportunities, wildlife and nature abound. Moose, caribou, fox, black bear, marten, hare and lynx are some of the animals seen. Birds of all kinds are found here including owls, eagles and osprey. This clean, clear water lake has abundant trout and northern pike. Land consists of a recreational crown lease, garden lease and dock. Lease and fees are approximately $ 342 /year and taxes are approximately
$ 600 /year.

                                 EXTRAS AND FEATURES

                               PHOTO GALLERY (click picture to enlarge)

                     The Beaver preparing to dock at our wilderness homestead (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness                    Our off-grid self-sufficient home facing south with attached green house and solar panels visible (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness

                     Modern kitchen, energy efficient refrigerator and deluxe wood stove which also heats the home's hot water (not too bad for being 100 miles in the wilderness) (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness                      Living room of our off-grid home 100 miles in the wilderness (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness

                     Dining area of our off-grid home 100 miles in the wilderness (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness                      Cookstove plumbed to hot water storage tank (hot/cold running water 100 miles in the wilderness) (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness

                     Downstairs in our wilderness home. Note woodstove and wringer washer (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness                      Downstairs and utility area of our off-grid home (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness

                     View down our remote wilderness lake accessible only by float plane (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness                      Northern Pike caught and released on our remote wilderness lake (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness

                     Our wilderness garden. Even at this latitude (north of 56) we can grow corn (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness                     Our south facing greenhouse mainly for tomatoes, peppers and melons (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness

                                                                       Our off-grid self-sufficient homestead in the wilderness (everything had to be flown in by bush plane) (Off Grid and Free:My Path to the Wilderness

                        Yours for only $219,900.                                                                 
   (For those cost conscious wishing to do it themselves, we can offer a basic solid structure with most fixtures removed and you can refurbish as you see fit. Cost $149,000)

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