An Off Grid Girl Visits The City
Well, it really wasn’t technically the city. But it certainly felt like one to me! My husband and I took a day and night to visit Eureka Springs, AR for our anniversary. It’s been ten years and we wanted to make it special. We walked and hiked the many streets, gawked at the beautiful houses (one of my favorite things to do) and landscape, and had a great time. We constantly remarked that the location is not the best for building. A lot of dynamite would have been needed and often homes were built on the side of the mountain. Look at these houses that are built right over huge boulders! I have never seen anything like it. The people who built Eureka Springs stopped at nothing. The result is a very charming little town. I’ve been all around the world and I’ve never seen anything else like it. Everything is literally carved out of the rock.
It had been a long time since I spent the night with electricity and had hot water just by turning on the faucet. It took me a while to get used to off grid life, but now that I have I can’t imagine going back to an electric life. You can read about my journey learning to live off grid in Off Grid Living: A Woman’s Perspective. Maybe you’ve wondered what it would be like to live off grid. But here are a few of my perceptions of what it was like for me to revisit an electric life for the day.
- Air conditioning: It was actually nice to step into a cool building after walking around town. We had done a lot of exercise and were really hot. But after we cooled down, I just wanted to go back outside. I’ve grown so accustomed to no air conditioning that I actually prefer it that way. The hotel had sealed all the windows and painted them shut. The only way to move the air around was to use the air conditioning unit. At night, I climbed in bed cold and piled on the blankets. A little later I was hot. I couldn’t find the right temperature because it seemed so fake. I just wanted to turn off the air and open a window. Since the hotel was historic, it was built with air movement in mind. It had two huge windows in the bedroom area which were supposed to allow a lot of air and light into the room. But when the hotel was modernized, an air conditioning unit was added and the windows were painted shut. What a tragedy for those of us who love fresh air.
- Hot running water: I was looking forward to this more than anything. For me, water requires more work off grid than anything else. I was not disappointed. Hot running water felt just as great as I had remembered! It was wonderful to stand under the hot shower and just let it run without thinking about how I was creating extra work for myself to haul more water. My husband and I each took three showers in the span of one day. That’s real luxury for an off grid life!