True Color, Part 32
In conclusion of my story on alternative energy, I always have wanted to impart the advice I got from a lifelong do-it-yourselfer about harnessing gensets. The lodge/resort where he worked was inholding to a wilderness section of the Rogue.
If I had more time on earth to share my scant wisdom about alternative energy, I would emphasize the need for skylights and other natural lighting when building in the rain forest clime. Many people will tell you that skylights always leak. That may be an overstatement, but goes to the importance of flashing.
I was 23 years old when I walked away from the grid. I am 65 years old now. Three years ago I learned that I have cancer. The radiation treatments I sought controlled the cancer in my prostate.
I live in a big, warm, dry house that I built myself, under the roof with skylights built by Brian Moody. Rain is currently falling on that roof. The same rain that falls on my creek.
92 percent of the blood that is pumped by my heart is water. The brain that conceives these closing remarks is 75 percent water. The rain falling on the roof, the stream that powers the computer, the creek water that served me caffeine in the form of coffee, my blood and even my thoughts are of the same rain on its way to the ocean.
I stand in awe of myself. With so little innate ability, against such ignorance, with such reluctance to read a book on the subject and with so little invested in professional help (but more than a little help from my friends), I built a farm that powers itself.
The other side of the coin, is knowing when to throw in the towel and sell the farm. This is the side of the coin that landed face up last week with a needle through two-thirds of my body. It was a biopsy to confirm the concentration of cancer in my lymph glands.
FOR SALE – 18½ acre farm, 10 miles from Forks, two miles from Olympic National Park. Powered by two micro hydroelectrics and 1.2 photovoltaic scheme. All cedar, 3,000-square-foot house is 4 bedroom, two baths. Two rental cabins, two wells, two septic systems, three large barns, two greenhouses, two ¼ acre fenced gardens, ¼ mile of Hemp Hill Creek, meadows, old-growth forest, truck bridges, large shop. Wildlife habitat protected by Conservation easement. MAKE AN OFFER.
Quitting a farm is one thing and quitting a column is another. But by whatever wind that is left in me and not pure flatulence, I wish to convey my world view.
Read the entire story of True Color at http://www.chiggersstokes.com/Chiggers__Writing.html. Chiggers is available for free consult on alternative energy or to receive offer on Flying S Farm at 360-374-2444 or email@example.com.