My wife and I like to watch this show. It's about people who make their livings by delivering supplies and materials to individuals who live "way out there." I'm talking off grid with a vengeance.
This is reality television, so you expect there to be a lot of unreality and outright chicanery in the program, but I don't get the feeling that's prevalent here. I'm sure the producers set up some situations for drama, but the skills demonstrated are real.
There's an Alaskan bush pilot, a father and son team who use dog sleds to haul freight, an old man and his wife who deliver cargo to the middle of nowhere via snowmobile, and a fellow who uses a jet boat to bring everything from propane to food to lumber out to off griders along Hell's Canyon on the Snake river in Idaho. There's also a couple of old timers who use a horse pack train to bring things out to those that need them in the bush.
They're all interesting people. My wife likes the old couple with the snowmobiles best. She remarked pointedly the other evening that when something happens to them, the husband never snarls at the wife. I chose to turn a blind eye to this observation as I have been known to be guilty of being snappy if I get angry when things are going wrong.
But the really interesting people are the folks they deliver cargo and supplies to. I mean, I live in the middle of a dense forest and I live a fairly secluded life up on this mountain. But these people......
They're living totally off grid. It's a great show for survivalists and preppers, because you see how people are actually walking the walk and talking the talk. What equipment they have, how they feed themselves, everything about a true off grid life in the honest to God way out there. I told my wife we can't hold a candle to these homesteaders in the show and that's true.
Even better, while some of the people living in these completely isolated and wilderness areas are middle aged, a lot of them are older than I am. Many of them have really nice homes out in the forest or up on the slopes of the Hell's Canyon, all the amenities, complete comfort. They just have them configured for an existence where help may be 100 miles away along a sled trail!
My wife says we can't do something like that because it's already hard to keep this place up, and it would be impossible for us in those extremes. But the people in the show are doing it and they don't look to be in a lot better shape than we are.
The grass is always greener, I guess.