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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Off the Grid: Life On The Mesa

"...Twenty-Five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of eco-pioneers, teenage runaways, war veterans and drop-outs, live on the fringe and off the grid, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream…"

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If you read through the comments, several people mentioned that the documentary only looked at a small portion of the mesa. According to those commentators there are about 1400 residents of the Mesa, most of them living green, environmentally conscious lives.

As a side note, the term, "off the grid," originally referred to living without public utilities such as water and electricity. Many of the negative comments were bashing the community because they still rely on society for many necessities.

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  1. Awesome! Look forward to watching this one when I get home from work tonight.


  2. I have watched that. Isn't that bizarre? Reminds me of a sort of apocalyptic hog farm.

  3. Steve, you'll have to let me know what you thought!

    Michael, Now I have vision's of "Animal Farm" in full metal jackets with nuclear weapons floating in my head.

    Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

  4. Sounds like a cool site, and that's a movie I need to check out.

  5. Scott, Thanks for stopping by! The movie raises a lot of questions and dilemnas, in my mind.

    I love the concept behind SnagFilms! there are some REALLY interesting viewpoints and experiences being documented

    Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

  6. It sounded like they were describing the slabs. There's quite a mix of folks there.

    Where is this place? I would love to watch it but there's no way I can D/L a movie that size for at least two weeks. :( Gotta find me some free wifi in a big city.

  7. HH, I thought it sounded even a little grittier than the slabs. Granted, it's been 25 years since I've been out that way.

    I did a little googling and here's what I came up with

    "...the mesa is located west of Taos New Mexico between state highways 64 and 285..."

    another site says, "...Takes place east of Tres Piedras,NM, the Two Peaks area ( w HWY 64) West of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge..."

    I keep meaning to ask many Wheels Bri if he is familiar with the place.

    Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

  8. Cyndi, what is your email. I am going to try and mail you my settings and help you set your blogger up. I'm at

  9. I watched it. There's a lot of stuff I liked and disliked about it. I enjoyed the personal stories of each of the people they focused on. We'll talk later and compare notes.

  10. You know I never tire looking at this blog. Stumpy well hes just so darn cute, And such a good host!! When are you going to post updates!!!!

  11. Thank you for dropping in my place, I'm a PFA to be exact...that's Person From Away I'm told. I love Maine, never stepped foot in NE until 4 years ago, fell right in love with it and all.
    You are living another dream, NM,RV- best buddy Stumpy, what a character. Thanks for the info here, love docs- don't watch TV so you taught me a thing or two...hope you get this and your lovin' life attitude pays off big dividends in savings so off you can go.
    Take care-