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You can’t imagine the shift in thinking this entails. Writing in The Telluride Watch, Beth Bailis explains that they have most modern conveniences, but take none of them for granted. "We know exactly how many amps every single appliance requires. The phone recorder 1.2. The kitchen lights, 4.1 And the hairdryer, 44."

Because an appliance that is plugged in sucks electricity, regardless of whether it’s being used, they don’t leave the gadgets plugged in. Further, they don’t run the hairdryer and the toaster at the same time. But, she says, snowmobiling in order to get to town is an even greater challenge.

"I am not a rope-head. I am not a hermit," says Beth. "I am not a religious fanatic who doesn’t believe in power. I do believe in modern medicine."

So why all this lifestyle?

"You need a lot less than you think you do," she answers. "And you should need nature a lot more than you think you do. The harmony of living with nature as a result of being off-grid and taking only what you need from the sun and wind is amazing and a no-brainer once you consider it."

Storm leaves Silverton isolated from the world

SILVERTON, Colo. — A heavy storm that dropped new snow on a sun-crusted base created an avalanche cycle that one veteran observer said was the most fierce in 25 years.

The storm left Silverton isolated for a day on its access to Durango across Molas Divide. Meanwhile, the town’s northern gateway, Red Mountain Pass, was closed more than three days, reports the Silverton Standard. That pass, particularly near the Ouray segment, is known as one of the most extreme avalanche areas along a highway in the U.S.