Family Of 4 Lives 'Off The Grid' In The Middle Of The Desert

By Poet on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 - 5:57pm

I'm gonna post a link to a Yahoo! Finance feature article (with pictures) on this guy, Abe Connally (34) and his wife Josie.


Very inspiring late Gen-X, early Gen-Y couple with two kids who managed to homestead in the Texas desert on very little. They grow most of their own vegetables, raise pigs, chicken, rabbits, etc. Rely on solar power and store their own water, etc.

How this family of four lives 'off the grid' in the middle of the desert (January 15, 2014)
"At a time when we carry computers in our pockets and our cars practically do the driving for us, a certain subset of people have willingly chosen to cut the cord on modern American life - for good.

"Off-the-grid living - that is, using natural resources like sun and wind power to provide amenities like heat and electricity - has become commonplace in places like Terlingua, an isolated community in Southwest Texas. What was once a bustling mining town is now a veritable ghost town, tucked into the foothills of Big Bend National Park in the north Chihuahuan desert."

Here's Abe on Reddit, posting as /u/VelaCreations, answering questions about his homestead:

Here's his blog and how-to web site:



Wendy S. Delmater's picture
Wendy S. Delmater
Status: Diamond Member (Offline)
Joined: Dec 13 2009
Posts: 1988
resilience in action

This was awesome. I love how the guy welded sheet metal to make a rainwater catchment tank and built the house out of adobe bricks. Nice house inside. Built IN a hill to get a usual temperature of 70 F - in the desert. Nice terraced garden.

My favorite takeaway was his suggestion that when becoming resilient you should allow yourself to make mistakes.

pinecarr's picture
Status: Diamond Member (Offline)
Joined: Apr 13 2008
Posts: 2259
Very inspirational

Thanks for sharing, Poet!  It is wonderful to see how this young family has been able to create a life from scratch, and in the desert of all places!  The pictures of the kids are great (love the elementary kids dressed as "banditos" or whatever!); they couldn't look happier.  Truly inspirational.

jtwalsh's picture
Status: Gold Member (Offline)
Joined: Oct 1 2008
Posts: 268

Thanks for the links.  Very encouraging to see folks really doing it and doing it well.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Login or Register to post comments