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Baby Boomers are Living Off The Grid, Using Alternative Energy, and Building Strawbale Houses
By: Luise Volta
There is a lot to be said for the new crop of environmental-friendly, retiring Baby Boomers that are refusing the canned retirement
solutions that are out there aplenty. Many have had to live in the cities that created their employment...complete with smog and
crime. Years have gone by, the kids have been protected as much as possible in gated communities and the day has finally dawned
when it's time to take a look at "what's next."
The idea of travel that so held the attention of their elders has less appeal to our Baby Boomers. Cruise ship horror stories and the
risks that have become part of RVing have taken the shine off of what their parents were satisfied with. Also, many have traveled
extensively in their work and have added expensive vacations to far away places with strange sounding names to the mix.
Freedom doesn't even have the draw that it had for earlier generations. Many Baby Boomers have been connected with web-
oriented businesses and have been able to work at home some of the time, following their own pace. This usually meant longer
hours for most of them, but more personal freedom was involved.
As a result this new breed wants to get the heck out of Dodge and do some kind of physical work. That's right, they don't want to be
taken care of or sit around the campfire, they want to address the challenges that correspond with their ideals.
Peace and quiet rate high on many Baby Boomers' lists of priorities. Living more simply calls to them. "Off the grid" was not a
phrase most of us were familiar with even ten years ago. If we had heard it, it would have been with fear and loathing that we would
have considered living without being connected to a reliable power source. However, these up and