STORIES REACH ME OF A LAND---- FAR BEYOND GAPING CANYONS---Where clever "Hobbits" have retreated to live their lives in underground houses--that they build themselves. A place without power lines--where water and sewer systems are custom built--one by one---a community without stores---where only industrious, creative "Hobbits" dwell. I will go and see---and take you with me.
I drive across a long flat plain---
Perhaps buying this fixer-upper
DEFINITELY NOT TRASH---RESOURCES.
That's me--Admiring a wall of beer cans---hoping a hobbit will emerge.
AH YES---Here's what I wanted to show you. Note the tires are stacked in staggered rows--each is filled with dirt (for firmness and insulation ) and secured with concrete. Chickenwire and concrete will result in a smoothe finished wall. Often they get the tires free.
A particularly well made one! Can you see the dozen others scattered across the landscape? Note that all face south to catch the winter sun.
A Rancho Grande---with scads of solar power---I count 26 panels--each delivering up to 120 watts. Far more than the ordinary household needs. ( I have 3 of that size on my roof --providing all the power I need---even to run power tools and watch tv etc--And I'm Ok even without sun for 3 days---power is stored in 3 AGM batteries)
Community spirit thrives--I am told---but these special people apparantly appreciate privacy.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: My hat's off to these pioneers in alternative housing. But I do not believe it is the wave of the future---just some components of it---I believe the spirit shrinks with this much apartness---from urban density---and from community. I cast my vote for Palo Solari's Arcology--that I visited last year. A "beehive" community of efficiency and connection. And of course I cherish my own lifestyle of mobility---and connection with my community of Nomads.