Thursday, October 29, 2015

A couple of recent kitchen photos.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Leaping Lizard Earthship Available for Vacation Rental

Well, I finally have it posted. We are accepting guests to experience earthship living and enjoy the beauty that is Leaping Lizard Ranch at Ladder Canyon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stay in the Earthship

We are going to be making our earthship available as a vacation rental. Watch for updates or email me dherald @ for info.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Raising the Panels

The Autumnal Equinox occurs this week which means the sun has hit the point where it is low enough in the sky that the angle of the solar panels needs to be changed to harvest the most energy from the sun.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day with the sun shining and the wildflowers blooming so Rick and our grandson Jack went up on the roof of the earthship to move the panels to their winter angle.

Meanwhile, SophieTom took a dip in one of the rock depressions on the edge of the canyon.

From the front of the house you really can't see the photovoltaic panels because the ground slopes down quite a bit before hitting the canyon edge. If you peer carefully between the two cedars you can see a little bit of the raised panels. The panels visible to the left of the trees are the hot water panels that keep the earthship toasty all winter with in-floor radiant heat. Those panels are not lowered during the summer because we don't heat the floor then.

I love our home!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Status Update

Just realized I haven't posted in a very long time. Money got pretty tight with Rick and me both having jobs that evaporated. Last September I started working out of town and earlier this year we rented the earthship out to a good friend who is planning on building one and we moved into an apartment in an old log cabin.

We will be back. Meanwhile we remain dedicated to the tread lightly on the earth ethos of earthship life and are looking to build a tiny earthship near where I'm working which is about 80 miles away from our canyon, using all the things we learned from our life on the edge.

I will continue posting photos from the dozen years of building and living in our earthship.

One of the cool things Rick did last fall was to build his Happy Tractor Shed. He made it out of pallets and the cut off bark pieces from a saw mill. Good recycling effort.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Earthship Status

It has been an unusually mild dry summer and I got spoiled by the absence of biting bugs. The earthship continues to be very comfortable with night time temps around 70 and day time temps in the mid to high 70s. This last week has been extremely cloudy and we've gotten lots of rain. A neighbor measured .94 of an inch last week and yesterday's rainfall at a full inch falling in 30 minutes. After so many days of clouds with the sun not coming out of the clouds until 5 pm or so, we ended up running out of stored solar energy since the batteries weren't being charged all day, every day. It meant the generator came on this morning. Thankfully it has been a sunny day today so I don't expect the generator to go on again in the near future. Unfortunately this rain has hatched horrible biting flies.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The Heralds' Earthship Adventure

Living the Sustainable Life
We've built our dream home, an Earthship using plans purchased from architect Michael Reynolds, on the edge of a gorgeous Rocky Mountain canyon. Our sustainable home is off-grid, heated by the sun in winter and cooled by natural convection and sheltering from the sun in summer. Our electricity comes from the sun via solar panels and an inverter. We do have modern conveniences such as computers, internet, and a dishwasher. We even have a flush toilet in addition to a composting toilet so this is not roughing it at all. Our experiences with solar electricity were featured on Colorado Matters - to find it put 8-13-07 Off-the-Grid with Solar in the search box.
From the far side of the canyon.

Floors are acid stained concrete. Like most of the house, we did it ourselves.

A little paint and some light fixtures make a world of difference.
Many of the interior walls are made from cans or bottles set in a concrete or papercrete matrix.
Earthship Links
Our house was part of the cover story in the May 2007 Beacon. It looks like the story disappeared when the June issue came out so I scanned it in. You can see it here. The article does have one glaring error, though. where it says "the home's internal temperature ranges from 58 in the winter to 78 in the summer" those are really the lows and highs. Our former conventional house used to drop down to 55 at night because that is where we set the thermostat. This house occassionally drops down to 58 in pre-dawn winter mornings at 7000 ft. altitude. As soon as the sun rises so does the temperature. I usually have to open the skylight and windows by 9am to keep it from getting too hot on those sunny winter days. So the article makes it sound chilly in here in the winter but it is exactly the opposite. Friends in town have been running their furnaces for a month now while we have only had one evening in the last month when we lit up the wood burning stove. In the last month it has usually been right around 70 degrees in the house when we retire for the night around 10pm.
Earthship Biotecture - this is our architect and the inventor of Earthships
High Noon Solar - this is our favorite supplier for solar and sustainable living stuff.
Living Earth Construction - this is the guy who pounded our tires and helped us build our dream.

Rural living does have its drawbacks. Here is a letter I now send off with anything like rebates or catalog orders that state P.O. Box addresses are not accepted. You may be able to tell I'm a little bit ticked off by this discrimination against rural residents.
 send email to me at: dherald at mac dot com