Shack Life

We’ll that was fast. I’ve been living at the shack for almost a month now, an end date in sight as I recently booked my ticket to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for the end of the month.

Shack Life

Shack Life.  Note the burrs on my jeans

House on the Rock

House on the Rock

Morning mist

Morning mist

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Straw bale ultra-green barn in construction

Straw bale ultra-green barn in construction

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Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells

I need some sort of money pouch. I think something simple like this may work, just a nylon pouch with a shoelace tied and around my neck. Anybody know a good solution or suggest improvements?

I think I found a reasonable way to lock up my electronics in a pelican micro case.

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Sunny September

I’m feeling especially inarticulate today so pictures it is!

Starting the internship - drawing up a survey

Starting the internship – drawing up a survey

In Chicago for the weekend

In Chicago for the weekend

Wisconsin River panorama

Wisconsin River panorama

Wisconsin River

Wisconsin River

Sunset on the Wisconsin River

Sunset on the Wisconsin River

Night Light

Night Light

New electric lighting

New electric lighting

Kitchen shot

Kitchen shot

 

Lots of rain means I'll have plenty of shower water

Lots of rain means I’ll have plenty of shower water

 

Boundary Waters trip - about 35 miles on this track (probably more like 45-50)

Boundary Waters trip – about 35 miles on this track (probably more like 45-50)

Finland geography is similar to the Boundary Waters/Quetico as they were both formed by icebergs during the last ice age ~17k years ago. Native Americans inhabited the area shortly thereafter.

Finland geography is similar to the Boundary Waters/Quetico as they were both formed by the retreating icebergs during the last ice age ~17k years ago.

Endless Summer

What’s to be said?  The Great Bike Trip is over.  I’ve been flying under the radar for the past few weeks, visiting people and dealing with minor logistical items that define my adult life.

I’ve decided to stay in Wisconsin until the end of October, which will give me plenty of river time.  I got a small taste the other day on the Wisconsin river.  Living away from my home certainly made me appreciate the activities available in Wisconsin that I didn’t take full advantage of.

Sandbar

Sandbar

Sunset in Wisconsin

Sunset in Wisconsin

I’m living in a shack in the driftless region of Wisconsin, an area passed by glaciers during the ice age.  Heavily forested with rolling hills, it’s a beautiful reminder of where I grew up.  Now, to the shack:

Top-secret location

Top-secret location

No electricity or running water.  You can see the rain bucket and screen which collects wash-water, the one-room shack and kitchen.  An outhouse/pantry is situated a handful of meters away.  I’m sill learning the logistics of living in a shack, working in an office, and playing on the river.  The trend has been to move all of my belongings to the car to be sure I have everything available.

Kitchen shot. I added the guitar.

Kitchen shot. I added the guitar.

I’m not completely isolated, of course.  I’m interning for my mother in the Architectural Design business.  I will learn some interesting design guidelines and follow projects, and in return I will perform cost-analysis, technology consultation, and general grunt labor.  The office (obviously) has electricity and internet access.  The Spring Green area is vibrant – live music, American Players Theater, and an amazing Astronomy Club.  The other night, I gazed at Messier objects with my own eye I had previously only seen on APOD.  I told bad science jokes and puns late into the night, feeling right at home.

Wisconsin winter is long and dreary; my plan is to escape to Asia for the duration of the winter.  Maybe this is my take on Endless Summer.