Family Of 4 Lives “Off The Grid” In DesertBy: Tina Volpe - January 15, 2014
In the 60s and 70s many communes were formed for groups of “hippies” who no longer wanted to be in society. Many were nudist, others were love-ins, but one thing is for sure, the majority were completely “off the grid”.
Off the grid has become a term given to those who choose to forgo modern conveniences and live closer to nature, essentially. As of late though, it could mean many things to many different people. Some who live in big beautiful homes that use only solar and wind energy can be considered off the grid. Others can live in a cabin with no electricity or heat other than wood can also be considered off the grid. It’s all perspective and up to those who chose this lifestyle.
This family chose to take it quite a few steps further than many.
“I’ve always enjoyed rural life, and the thought of sustainability and home-scale energy production intrigued me,” says Abe, who grew up in New Mexico and Texas. “On top of that, I wanted to see how integrating systems to reduce waste and improve efficiency would affect the architecture and other components of this lifestyle.”
This adventure started 12 years ago when Abe Connally left his 9 to 5 job in an advertising firm, to seek the simple life. Purchasing 20 acres of pristine desert in Brewster County, Texas was the catalyst and after he met his future wife, Josie Moores, the couple decided to start building a home for their future.
Although living off the grid wasn’t their main motivation when moving to their desert paradise, it eventually became necessary to fulfill their dream of becoming completely self-sufficient in their wilderness home.