The Sportsman Channel gave us another double-header of America Unplugged last night. Cade Courtley introduced us to two couples whom have chosen the self reliant lifestyle. First up was Josh and Rachel Jackling from southern California, followed then by Tom and Lucinda Baker from central Kentucky. For the Jacklings, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 was their wake-up call to prepare for any natural or man-made disasters. For Tom Baker, he chose his path of living free and independent nearly 30 years ago after a successful career as an aerospace engineer. He believes that we are far too dependent on technology, especially with the current threats of cyber attacks, and that over population will eventually crash The System.

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About 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Josh and Rachel live on a small farm with their two daughters. They also have an older son who is currently stationed in Japan while serving with the United States Navy. Following the the natural disaster in Japan, leading to the Fukashima nuclear reactor crisis, the Jacklings decided that it was time to make sure that they are ready for any disasters in California. Aside from their farm, which they hope to eventually have set up to be completely off the grid, the Jackling family has a 30-by-10 foot stainless steel bunker which Josh built. Made from corrugated sewer piping, it has all of the comforts of a home, or at least those of a decent RV. Josh makes bunkers for sale and business is booming with many clients. Rachel runs a retail store for selling survival gear, like long-term food and ready-made ′Go-Bags′. Five other families share in the work on their property, especially with an organic garden and aquaponic system. They even hold classes at the store, teaching others on how to become prepared and self-reliant.

Ted Baker grew up at a time when his family had no electricity, nor a television, until he became 11 years old. So he has a long background of rural living, hunting, fishing and general outdoors skills. After being drafted in the Army at 19, where he was trained as a sniper, Ted got his engineering degree and worked in the aerospace industry, mostly on designing and testing jet engines. But the life of working in a city and an office without windows did not agree with him. So, 30 years ago, he purchased a 306 acre lot in central Kentucky. With land for grazing cattle and plenty of forest, Ted designed and built his home over a period of 8 years. Today, he is living totally off the grid thanks to his very own natural gas well. Ted gets about 80% of his energy needs from the well, with the remainder supplied by photovoltaic solar panels. He lives mostly isolated with his wife, Lucinda, who was born in Columbia and appreciates their laid-back lifestyle. A few years ago, Ted allowed a coal company to mine a piece of his property, which now provides some 100 jobs to locals. So Ted is not anti-social, he just enjoys his independence.