Has anyone seen the reality series Alaska Railroad? I'm not a regular viewer but I happened across it the other night and it grabbed my attention. It's not a "prepper show" and the people featured do not directly claim to be preppers. What hit me is how dependent the "off gridders" (as they call themselves) are. Although they live out in the sticks and have a lot of prepper-like qualities, I see a many holes in their situation. Situation #1: A girl and her baby go to visit a friend who lives "off grid". Upon arrival, mom discovers she forgot her baby formula. The girl then trudges a few miles back to the railroad (with her baby) to go into town and buy formula. She is clearly not well dressed for the weather. On the way back, she comments that snowshoes would have been a great idea. Situation #2: An elderly off grid couple runs out of propane. They too trek out to the railroad and wait for a delivery. I don't know if the threat was real or just dramatized for TV, but they made a big deal out of the fact that they would be in big trouble without the propane. Situation #3: A single guy lives alone in the woods and depends on his mother to bring him supplies and clean laundry. Situation #4: Another elderly off-gird couple radios their son to deliver a generator they had sent out for repairs. The generator is a beat up old Coleman "screamer" mill that wasn't all that great when it was new. They have no other source of electricity. I noticed that a lot of the equipment all these folks have appears very well used and in some cases barely functioning. The theme of the show, among other things, is that the "off gridders" are heavily dependent on the railroad to keep them supplied in spite of the fact that they claim to be self-supporting. To be fair, all of the off-gridders do provide for themselves to a large degree (chop their own firewood, hunt some of their own food, use local water, etc.). They are more prepared than most. But they cannot live where they do without the train. Am I missing something here? Aside from not having any neighbors to loot you when the bubble pops, are these people really any better off than the average suburbanite who runs to the grocery store and Home Depot every week? Is being on- or off-grid just a matter of how often one goes shopping? I respect what they're doing but I can't see how someone can say they are "off grid" when their entire existence revolves around one single railroad route.