Living off the grid can be illegal
Rolf and Mari von Walthausen at their 12 x 16 square-foot cabin in Cedar, Michigan
The von Walthausens sold their house, quit their day jobs and built a tiny cabin in the woods with no running water or electricity. They got new part-time jobs teaching yoga and tuning pianos, they were living in the woods, getting their water from a stream nearby, gathering wood to heat their wood- burning stove, and using their compostable toilet outside.
Rolf von Walthausen said living off the grid is hard work, but he and his wife love it.
“This way you get to be out in nature 365 days a year and really get into those natural rhythms that we in modern society have lost,” Rolf von Walthausen said.
And they started getting closer to their neighbors. They trade things like tools for eggs and syrup. Mari von Walthausen said they began spending time with people around them more than they ever could before.
“Most people in most neighborhoods have no idea who even lives next door because you get home after dark and you just collapse,” Mari von Walthausen said.
Living off the grid was illegal
Life was good. Until the local zoning and health officials found out. Turns out there are two major problems with the von Walthausen’s lifestyle.
Clay McNitt is with the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department.
“A habitable dwelling should have running water to it and should have a means of sanitary disposal of the sewage. That's what our code requires,” McNitt said.
The second problem is that their 200-square-foot house is actually too small to be considered livable in their township.
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Black Blade: It is always about "control" over the people. Regardless if it makes sense or not, the people must conform to the desires of the ruling elites. God forbid people ever figure out they can live their lives without the guiding iron fist of government to beat them into submission.