If given the opportunity could you live like this? Would you want to?
We tried several years ago only to find it's not as easy as it appears here and truthfully, in the end, we didn't want it. I'm sure Mr. Coffer struggled from time to time etching out this lifestyle in those 25 years. Turns out we enjoy the company of others too much and we truly like entertaining. Having friends over for a comfortable dinner is important to us and, I'm not going to lie, I enjoy the smell of a bath towel fresh from the dryer.
The challenge has always been finding the balance between the two worlds.
We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to build new, and for our area, our neighborhood—these woods—this is the best I could come up with. "Life ain't perfect and neither is my cabin." I do think we personally hit a nice middle ground between being off grid, using natural building materials, and still having most of the comforts of any modern home (we don't have a dishwasher).
For Mr. Coffer, his balance is found between his 19th century agrarian ways and his wind generator, solar panels, and laptop computer — "blending the old, timeless things in with the latest technology to do the things that need to be done in life." For him it can be that simple and I admire that.
Hats off to Lost & Found Films for showing us what starting over can look like and how someone like John Coffer can find that healthy balance and thrive. We should all be so lucky. At least we'll try right?
Happy Earth Day!