the earthship

3:24:00 PM



One of the coolest parts of visiting New Mexico is getting to see our good friend, Judy.
Judy is an amazing woman - she's traveled absolutely everywhere, is full of belly-laugh-inducing anecdotes, and makes a mean lamb roast.

But all of that pales in comparison to her house...er, I mean, ship.





In case you haven't heard of them, earthships are a ' ...unique type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tires)...'

Essentially:

"Earthships are primarily designed to work as autonomous buildings using thermal mass construction and a natural cross ventilation that is assisted by thermal draught (Stack effect) to regulate indoor temperature. Earthships are generally quite often considered to be off-the-grid homes, minimizing their reliance on both public utilities and fossil fuels.

Earthships are built to utilize the available local resources, especially energy from the sun. For example, windows on sun-facing walls admit lighting and heating, and the buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize natural light and solar-gain during winter months. The thick and dense earth-rammed tire walls, through varying amounts of sunlight and shade, provide thermal mass that naturally regulates the interior temperature during both cold and hot outside temperatures."

In other words, they are AWESOME.



Adorned with treasures from all of her travels, Judy's earthship is unique down to it's plug-in fixtures:


Admittedly, it's a little odd to step into a house that has plants literally growing out of the floor, but after a few seconds you start to wonder why all houses don't have that added feature!










Once in a while, you'll find a friendly bug, but they're (mostly) of the harmless variety 




The outside is super efficient, saving solar energy for heating water, electricity, and more.

She even has a pool!


Not to mention, you can't beat the view...

The next day, we said our thank-you's and goodbye's to Judy, Shasta, and the earthship...





...and promised to visit again soon!





And off we went, back to Colorado...



Thanks again Judy for having us!

xxxLena

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