Welcome to Far Out Living. My name is Deron Kazmaier, and my wife Marna and I live way out on the prairie in north western South Dakota. I have always been interested in renewable energy, conservation, gadgets and gizmos, and substainable living. So moving to this remote part of the country where we are miles from anyone (our nearest tree is two miles away, our nearest neighbor is 9.5 miles away, our nearest gas station is 18 miles away, and our nearest town is 45 miles away)!
Electricity and traditional land line phones are $150,000 away, cell phones don't work here, and if you want drinkable water you bring it from town. They say if you can drill the 2000-3000 foot well, you probably won't get anything out of it you would drink.
The soil does grow a nice prairie grass that is incredibly fast growing in the wet spring, but it is much like clumping kitty litter that is "affectionately" called Gumbo around here. When it dries you get cracks deeper than you can see, but when it is wet it sticks to your feet and gives you an easy 2 extra inches.
That said, we love it here. Where good folks are plenty, quite is not something you have "heard" about, the stars shine brightly, and the air is clean.
So explore with us as we adapt to living a low-impact life style that is still modern and "connected". We are just getting started, but we are striving to be modal citizens of earth and ambassadors for Christ.
Our projects are:
Our Small House
Our Wind Mill
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-- The Far Out Living Team
"No one on their death bed every said 'I wish I had worked more'!"
- Deron Kazmaier
"The night of my ignorance is longer than the day of my knowledge and I shall never see the equinox."
- Philip Russell
"He who has no inclination to learn is apt to think he knows enough."
- Colin Powell
"When injustice becomes law, Resistance becomes duty."
- Thomas Jefferson
"Draw from your past, but don't let your past draw from you."
-we heard it on Stargate Atlantas
"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."
- Dr. Robert H. Goddard
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming-----WOW--What a ride!"
- Author Unknown
WINTERS HERE IN SD
It's winter in South Dakota
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below.
Oh, how I love South Dakota
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave South Dakota
I'm frozen to the ground!