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Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness is the story of the journey Ron Melchiore undertook as a young man from the city, first to homesteading in northern Maine and then to living in the bush of northern Saskatchewan. He has lived off grid since approximately 1980 and speaks candidly about the joys and the tribulations of his chosen lifestyle. In this nonfiction, Ron ...more
Paperback, 1, 272 pages
Published February 7th 2016 by Moon Willow Press
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Donna Mulvenna
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy fast-paced, well-written, and easy-to-connect with books and Off the Grid delivered. Swept away in amusing anecdotes, vivid descriptions, and Ron’s philosophy on life I flicked through page after page not wanting the story to end. From fending off bears, fighting forest fires, and hiking the Appalachian Trail this book belongs on the shelf beside Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson. However, if you are looking to simplify your life, Ron’s entertaining recollections of shopping only ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a lot of questions about what kind of person Johanna Melchiore is, because her presence in this book amounts to little more than helpmeet. Presumably she's just as enthusiastic about the isolated self sufficient lifestyle as her husband, and this book is in no way presented as a personal biography, BUT, there are a lot instances of tone and asides that are supposed to be amusing that kind of make me want to write Johanna a letter to make sure she's still into it up there. All that aside t ...more
Joel Horn
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ron gets it!
As a half a century long off grid person I can say Ron and his wife understand how to be successful.
This is not a step by step how too book, but a book on the general mindset it takes to make it long term.
These are the key points you will find in this book if your dream is to build a long term homestead.
-Have to love outdoor work.
-Do not use drugs.
-Have a spouse that is your partner and friend.
-Do not shun technology to make your life easier.
-Do not go into it believing you can live
Carolyn McBride
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homesteading
I enjoyed this book. It was the memoirs of a man and his wife that live in Northern Saskatchewan, off-grid and very alone. You may think it sounds dry and boring, but I thought it was very open and readable, not dry at all. In fact, I thought it was quite gripping, but then again, I find an off-grid lifestyle rather interesting.
If that sort of lifestyle attracts you, even just reading about it but not wanting to do it yourself, grab a copy of this book. It's almost as good as going off-grid your
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. The chronicles of Ron and Johanna were intriguing. This book will ALWAYS be within reach and help keep me in check. It's so easy as to be a city dwelling, money chasing, rat race living individual. The road less traveled seems so far off. The stories encapsulated in this book will hopefully inspire us all to do something different. Ron details his Appalachian Trail hike, bicycle ride from Washington to Maine, logging adventures, and tremendous move to Hockley Lake.
Ken Morris
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Excellent book, very enjoyable, can set recommend for anyone interested in going off grid. Very envious of his lifestyle! Thanks Ron!
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be very impressed with this book, I recommend it.
Rachel Easom
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insight of building a life off grid

Brilliant read, giving insights of life and adventure, of living off grid and making the most of life. Highly recommend 5*
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