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Over 6 Years Off Grid In Her Tiny House


Ariel has been living off-grid in her 170-sq.-ft. tiny house for over six years. She grows and preserves much of her own food right on the land, which is over 6000 feet above sea level.

She generates her own solar power, carries her own water, cuts her own firewood, observes wildlife, and works part-time on the ranch in exchange for her tiny house parking spot on the land.

Ever wonder what it would be like living tiny and off-the-grid? Take a dive into her life below to learn more thanks to Ariel (Fy Nyth) and Mat & Danielle of Exploring Alternatives. Would you ever consider building a lifestyle like this? Why or why not?

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Ariel’s Off-Grid Tiny House Lifestyle

She’s not connected to any utilities, so she uses solar panels to generate power.

Inside, the tiny house is beautiful as well as functional.

Ariel loves cooking so she uses the kitchen quite a lot.

The living area and entry.

This is her tiny house table.

It folds up and down and has some built-in storage, too.

Ariel does wildlife photography.

Some extra storage up here over the entry of the tiny house.

Going up into her bedroom loft.

Looks pretty cozy, doesn’t it?

Growing her own food.

Isn’t this incredible?

Can you imagine growing your own food like this?

Well, she really does it!

Look at all of this wonderful produce.

This lifestyle is not always easy, especially when one is still learning, but it certainly is rewarding.

When the snow is gone, her tiny house on wheels is surrounded by herbs so you can’t see the trailer-wheels, hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚

A peek into her tiny house kitchen storage pantry… Not bad, right?

Her composting toilet.

She uses propane for cooking.

And yes, she carries her own water to the tiny house.

An evening doing one of her favorite things, cooking… ๐Ÿ™‚

An evening at Fy Nyth… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Joanna Huskey
    March 10, 2021, 7:48 am

    I’ve followed her for a long time. Her place looks amazing.

  • Jade W
    March 10, 2021, 9:14 am

    This is so inspiring. Seems so peaceful.

    • March 15, 2021, 3:14 am

      Thank you! I have very much enjoyed all the years I have lived here.

  • Theresa Perdue
    March 10, 2021, 1:36 pm

    Ok first, I have questions. In the video I saw a dog but I am pretty sure I also saw a puppy? And where does she live?
    Now. I love her home. I love her lifestyle. In my next life I want to be her ๐Ÿ˜‰. Thank you for finding and sharing this.

    • James D.
      March 10, 2021, 2:34 pm

      She did have a dog previously that she had to give up but her present dog has been with her since it was a puppy… She lives in the mountains of Wyoming… She has a website blog if you want to follow her. She doesn’t post as often on youtube since they passed that law that can get content creators fined heavily if their content appeals to kids but they didn’t designated it for children… Very vague, so risky as up to interpretation of content…

      • Eric
        March 14, 2021, 3:27 pm

        That’s bizarre!!! Everybody and anybody could get caught by that. Should be rescinded or clarified. But then the rest of the world knows how bizarre laws are in the States.

        • James D.
          March 14, 2021, 4:13 pm

          Yeah, an example of the progressive movement in the States, but so far they don’t seem to be abusing it, they just can if they wanted to, and she has started posting again, just not as often as she did before.

          Unfortunately, people tend to ignore the problems of such laws until it directly effects them as most either don’t think it will or they aren’t aware that such laws are in place. While the media and politicians keep assuring people there’s nothing to worry about and any claims to the contrary is an unfounded conspiracy theory… Until it isn’t…

    • March 15, 2021, 3:06 am

      Yep, Burley was a puppy and and is now two years old. Exploring alternatives included footage over the time he was growing up. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks for your kind words!

  • March 10, 2021, 5:46 pm

    Real enjoyed watching this. I saw you a few years ago a lot of fun. If you can look at Doug and Stacy. They have 11 acres and grow everything.

    • March 15, 2021, 3:08 am

      Thanks! Doug and Stacy are great friends. I’ve enjoyed a visit to their place and hope they can take time off sometime to visit WY.

  • March 10, 2021, 11:18 pm

    Honey I am thinking maybe you are getting water or creek? There might be a away you can run a hose and a water, battery, or handle pump to get the water from one spit to another. You might be measuring your water storage by how many gallons you are pouring. I have seen videos on YouTube that can show you all the different ways to make life a little easier. Have you read “The Forgotten Arts and Crafts” by John Seymour cost 25 or 35 bucks. Great reference for life on grid. Not sure where you live, but here are some other titles about your way of living. 1.Subscribe to Doug and Stacy YouTube, love these guys Doug says Dont need a mailbox got no bills. Or read the complete Tightwad Gazette great book, or I might have seen this one on your shelf. The Encyclopedia of Country Living my bible. I think young lady you should be very Proud of yourself. You have done a great job and made a good life for yourself. Are you taking class at a College? If not you could teach some people a thing or two. Love what you did with the drawers in your folding table haven’t seen that before. I have enjoyed your Video and god bless the independent Woman ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

    • March 15, 2021, 3:12 am

      Thanks! If you check out the 550+ videos on my channel – http://youtube.com/fynyth or the 300+ posts on the blog – https://fynyth.blogspot.com/ you will find all the details on my water system and everything else around here. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been enjoying life with this setup now for quite a while. Doug and Stacy are great friends. Iโ€™ve enjoyed a visit to their place, speaking at one of their conferences, and hope they can take time off to visit WY sometime. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

    • Kathy
      July 19, 2021, 5:09 pm

      Julie, that folding table with drawers is an Ikea craft table, still available for $100 or so (I imagine the price has gone up some)

  • Lynn
    March 11, 2021, 3:12 am

    My dream is to own my own tiny house. I have been thru rental after rental after Sandy took my home. It would be a dream come true

    • March 15, 2021, 3:13 am

      Best wishes as you work on making your dreams happen!

  • Carrie
    March 14, 2021, 3:29 pm

    Love how sheโ€™s done things. Self reliant!
    I am working in that direction too!

    • March 15, 2021, 3:13 am

      Thanks! Best wishes as you work on your plans.

  • Joyce Rader
    March 15, 2021, 11:56 pm

    Some comment mention photos taken over time. I saw a photo of carrying water containers to fill the house tanks and another of filling containers to water plants. Then I saw garden hose sprinkler system in action. So has the lady advanced to a pressurized water system now and not need to carry that water to fill the house? Having access to a pressurized well or even rural water does ease some of the burden. This lady has a much greener thumb for growing veggies in the containers. I have not learned how to grow anything that well. It is good she can do so well on her own.

    • James D.
      March 16, 2021, 1:31 am

      No, she’s still fully off-grid. There is a well on the property but mind she’s living on someone else’s property right now that she has an arrangement with and she’s fine with the arrangement as it is now. Since it is temporary, and she does plan to eventually move to her own property, which she not too long ago purchased and is slowly developing to get it ready for when she will move there but she’s happy where she is now and is in no hurry.

      There is a nearby river, though, and she has on occasions used a ram pump to divert some water to her garden. While she is living on a mountain and it tends to snow most of the year there. So off-grid living helps avoid issues like frozen pipes, etc. and she enjoys the activities like shoveling the snow, cutting wood, etc. and she also does a lot of cooking, among other odd jobs she does when not doing her photography of nature and trail hiking, and between her garden and canning, she has enough food in her home to last her months if she had to remain there for a long period of time…

  • Marsha Cowan
    April 3, 2021, 10:41 am

    This has always been a favorite tiny house of mine. It is so inviting and cozy and pretty. I love the loft area, and the whole exterior is like a New England cottage. I love it!

  • V Kessler
    April 6, 2021, 12:59 am

    I see you have Old Bay in your pantry! A woman after my own heart as I’m from the Eastern Shore of Maryland where it’s a regular staple! I saw some of your winter days with that mountain of snow. You manage very well.

  • Jim
    July 19, 2021, 8:56 am

    Have been following Ariel for the past few years and find her to be truly inspiring. I am amazed at what she has accomplished, and admire her dedication to living to the fullest! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Kathy
    July 19, 2021, 5:34 pm

    I will echo a few others by saying that I have seen your beautiful tiny house before in another Tiny House Newsletter when there was snow everywhere. I wondered then if all that snow would burden you so much (or frighten you so much) that you would move. I am happy for you and proud of you that you not only โ€œweatheredโ€ the winter, but did remarkably well!! And now seems to be the โ€œsummer of your delightโ€ as opposed to that having been โ€œthe winter of our discontentโ€. Grin. What a remarkable and capable woman you are, and I envy you. Best wishes for future successes! [PS – Thank you Alex for revisiting here. I wish we could do more revisiting with such remarkable people.]

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 20, 2021, 1:26 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, Kathy! I will try to see about circling back to some of the people we have interviewed in the past!

      • James D.
        July 21, 2021, 3:47 am

        End of the year may be a good time to circle back to Ariel, she’s moved to her own property with her significant other and they’re working the land to make it their home… It’s actually not far from where she used to live but being on a different side of the mountain the terrain looks very different… Fewer trees but much better soil and more light should help her gardening a bit…

        Her website blog has up to date details and she’s been posting a few video updates too…

  • Clare Colins
    July 19, 2021, 10:45 pm

    Well done. A fantastic little place you have made.
    I can relate as I am off grid, chop wood and carry water too although I have only been on my land for 2 years.
    All the very best
    Clare (vancamerawoman)

    • Natalie C. McKee
      July 20, 2021, 1:24 pm

      Wow that is hard work! Way to go, Clare!

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