Today’s post is dedicated to all of you who live in cities (we call it the “front county “) and take hot and cold running water and electricity for granted.
The Mt LeConte Lodge is pretty much “off the grid”—especially in the winter time! Water comes from a spring located on the Trillium Gap trail about a tenth of a mile down from the kitchen. I fill five and seven gallon plastic jugs and carry them back up the trail to the kitchen where they are stored stored to prevent them from freezing. For hot water I heat the spring water in a large pot on the store in the kitchen.
The only electricity that the lodge has comes from a solar panel and is used to power a cell phone. Light is provided by kerosene lamps.
The restroom is a pit toilet located about a tenth of a mile from my cabin.
My ancestors came to the United States from northern England to homestead on a farm in Kansas. I grew up in a small farm house that was built on the farm in the 1860’s. When I was young the house was heated by wood stoves and wood stove in the kitchen. Water was pumped out of a well by a windmill. No television until after I went off to college—and then only one channel. We had a radio, but could receive only two or three AM stations. For “entertainment “ we cared for dairy cows, hogs, and chickens every day in the winter.
I feel that all of this was excellent training for living alone on top of the mountain for several months at a time in the winter. In addition to this early training, I hiked the Continental Divide Trail is 2007 and was alone on top of the Rocky Mountains for four months in the winter time.
I enjoy being winter caretaker immensely!
I hope that you have a great day!
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