I found this forum while doing some research on solar energy and really liked it so signed up. I'm retired, been involved with survivalism since I was a kid as Dad was a WWII combat veteran and had me out humping my own ruck in the boonies ever since I was big enough to stuff my teddie bear into it. He believed in being able to pack his car in 10 minutes with everything needed for a long term wilderness stay, could do it, and that was back in the 50's. Grew up kind of poor and learned how to fix all kinds of broken stuff, or make do with raw materials and make it myself for a lot of things I wanted but couldn't afford. I am an experienced hunter, fisher, wild food gatherer, reloader, bullet caster, gardener, bowyer, fletcher, archer, slingshotter, blacksmith, welder, tracker, carpenter, plumber, electrician, emergency medic, hiker, camper, auto and bicycle mechanic, primitive skills teacher, brewer, vintner, tobacco grower and processor as I smoke a pipe, and bla, bla, bla, pretty much do everything myself. I retired 2 years ago and moved onto 3 acres with 2 springs and a seep in TN adjacent to a huge State Park in a 40 year old run down double wide that I made habitable. Looked for this place in earnest for 2 years before I found it. Been working on this rock infested soil and finally got a method worked out to produce a substantial part of my own food. I'm mostly a vegetarian but will consume meat if I harvest it from the wild. I hardly ever watch TV, and then only to watch a DVD, no broadcast or cable. Working on getting off the grid, and being totally self sufficient. Here's a pic of my place as I found it a couple of years ago.