Hi. Thanks for taking an interest in our journey from grid to no grid.
We are the Sherman family. Our merry gang started in Oregon where Allison and I got married in 1997.
In July of 2011, we decided to make a drastic change in our lives and we moved from Oregon to Arizona. The reasons were many, but top on the list was Rain = Oregon and Sun and No Rain = Arizona. Do the math. 🙂
I knew a few people here in Arizona, but we chose to settle in Gilbert and the people we knew live an hour away. So, for all intents and purposes, we jumped into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim, intentionally.
Second looks… sour faces… people saying, “WHAT??”… “Are you crazy?”… “Do you know it’s hot there?”…etc. Those were the reactions we got when we announced we’d be moving to Arizona. We had an extensive network of great friends and family there and our neighborhood was probably one of the most community oriented, neatest, close knit neighborhoods in America. An amazing place to live if you have to live in Oregon.
But we moved anyway.
I can site a lot of reasons on paper. Oregon was too cold, too rainy, too liberal, too moldy, too congested, bad roads, and too money hungry for my income. All great reasons to move. But one of the biggest reasons was more subtle and non-quantitative. Life is meant to be experienced, not merely lived. I’m a firm believer in the idea that you need to insert life altering events into your life in order to experience life changing experiences. That sounds kind of obvious, when you think about it. But most people only experience life-altering events when it’s forced upon them. To be sure, those are going to happen and even when they are sad, they make us grow. But for whatever reason, most people abhor and avoid, sometimes at any cost, anything that changes even the location of the objects in their little box called life. The status quo is what most of our society strives for. I can’t live that way, and won’t.
Now, I’m not saying I need to go out on a limb and jeopardize the safety of myself or my family. I don’t need to swim with the sharks or run with the bulls.
But whatever you CAN do to turn over your box, think about actually doing it. Your world gets more colorful and full in the process.
For sure, we’ve missed people in Oregon. But we’ve never looked back on our decision. It’s actually brought us closer together as a family (we were already very close), because initially, we didn’t know anyone so we had to rely more on each other. And we love living in Arizona. The desert life fits us nicely. And the beauty here is astonishingly under rated. I’ve been to almost every state and the scenery here is some of the most varied and beautiful I’ve ever seen.
So that brings us to July of 2012. In May, we purchased 40 acres of raw land up in the boonies of Arizona. No power, no water… nothing. Only a semi passable road maintained by the realty company selling the land. We really just wanted it as a kind of a getaway place. Go there and hike and enjoy the outdoors. But on a journey there this last July, the notion of actually moving there came up. The more we discussed it, the more it sounded like a cool adventure to embark upon.
WE INTERRUPT THIS PAGE TO BRING YOU AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. After much thought and prayer, we’ve decided to NOT move to the property for a year. However, we are embarking on building a few tiny cabins on the property… so continue to follow our journey. It’s just a different journey. I write more about this decision, here.
Welcome to gridrid. We’d love for you to share in our journey. Should be interesting.