Maria and Aidan planning the day after breakfast on Marshmellow Farms, their home, which occupies two-plus acres of land in Joshua Tree, Ca., July 2019
Maria and Aidan planning the day after breakfast on Marshmellow Farms, their home, which occupies two-plus acres of land in Joshua Tree, Ca., July 2019
Maria and Aidan deciding where to plant wooden posts for a greenhouse they're building on the farm, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan deciding where to plant wooden posts for a greenhouse they're building on the farm, Aug. 2019
Maria holding nylon wrapping used for the wall of the greenhouse, Aug. 2019
Maria holding nylon wrapping used for the wall of the greenhouse, Aug. 2019
Maria and D.J., a chiweenie, at a gas station in Twentynine Palms, Ca., Aug. 2019
Maria and D.J., a chiweenie, at a gas station in Twentynine Palms, Ca., Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan riding a golf cart on a go kart and mini golf course in Twentynine Palms, Ca., where they have worked to restore the property, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan riding a golf cart on a go kart and mini golf course in Twentynine Palms, Ca., where they have worked to restore the property, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan riding the golf cart, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan riding the golf cart, Aug. 2019
Aidan returning a car battery for cash at Walmart in Yucca Valley, Ca., just west of Joshua Tree, Aug. 2019
Aidan returning a car battery for cash at Walmart in Yucca Valley, Ca., just west of Joshua Tree, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan on Carpinteria State Beach, July 4th, 2019, looking at a sand sculpture they made of Maria
Maria and Aidan on Carpinteria State Beach, July 4th, 2019, looking at a sand sculpture they made of Maria
Maria working on a sand sculpture of herself, July 4th, 2019
Maria working on a sand sculpture of herself, July 4th, 2019
Aidan in the yurt on the farm, which functioned as their bedroom for the first six months, May 2019
Aidan in the yurt on the farm, which functioned as their bedroom for the first six months, May 2019
The yurt covered with a tarp to provide shade from the 100-degree heat in July, 2019. There is no air-conditioning on the farm.
The yurt covered with a tarp to provide shade from the 100-degree heat in July, 2019. There is no air-conditioning on the farm.
Aidan, exhausted from the triple-degree heat in July, 2019, takes a break from working on the farm
Aidan, exhausted from the triple-degree heat in July, 2019, takes a break from working on the farm
Nopal cactus plantings in front of a dipping pool on Marshmellow Farms, May 2019. Plans are to expand the pool into a swimming pond.
Nopal cactus plantings in front of a dipping pool on Marshmellow Farms, May 2019. Plans are to expand the pool into a swimming pond.
Animals on Marshmellow Farms, which includes two goats, hens, a rooster, an African spurred tortoise, two pigs, and a quail bird, July 2019
Animals on Marshmellow Farms, which includes two goats, hens, a rooster, an African spurred tortoise, two pigs, and a quail bird, July 2019
Maria and Aidan debating whether to adopt a litter of pigs from a neighbor's farm in Joshua Tree, July 2019
Maria and Aidan debating whether to adopt a litter of pigs from a neighbor's farm in Joshua Tree, July 2019
Maria holding "Sike," a pig they adopted from a neighbor's farm, July 2019
Maria holding "Sike," a pig they adopted from a neighbor's farm, July 2019
Aidan, in front of the insides of a travel trailer that he gutted with Maria, that they're turning into a tiny home on the farm, July 2019
Aidan, in front of the insides of a travel trailer that he gutted with Maria, that they're turning into a tiny home on the farm, July 2019
The trailer with its interior appliances and furnishings gutted out, July 2019
The trailer with its interior appliances and furnishings gutted out, July 2019
The still-developing tiny home, pictured in Aug. 2019, when Maria and Aidan began sleeping in it
The still-developing tiny home, pictured in Aug. 2019, when Maria and Aidan began sleeping in it
Maria beckoning livestock while Aidan speaks with Heidi, the owner of a family farm in Landers, Ca., May 2019
Maria beckoning livestock while Aidan speaks with Heidi, the owner of a family farm in Landers, Ca., May 2019
Aidan digging in the ground to retrieve a new pet African spurred tortoise, on a family farm in Landers, Ca., May 2019
Aidan digging in the ground to retrieve a new pet African spurred tortoise, on a family farm in Landers, Ca., May 2019
Maria and Aidan planning the day after breakfast on Marshmellow Farms, their home, which occupies two-plus acres of land in Joshua Tree, Ca., July 2019
Maria and Aidan planning the day after breakfast on Marshmellow Farms, their home, which occupies two-plus acres of land in Joshua Tree, Ca., July 2019
Maria and Aidan deciding where to plant wooden posts for a greenhouse they're building on the farm, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan deciding where to plant wooden posts for a greenhouse they're building on the farm, Aug. 2019
Maria holding nylon wrapping used for the wall of the greenhouse, Aug. 2019
Maria holding nylon wrapping used for the wall of the greenhouse, Aug. 2019
Maria and D.J., a chiweenie, at a gas station in Twentynine Palms, Ca., Aug. 2019
Maria and D.J., a chiweenie, at a gas station in Twentynine Palms, Ca., Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan riding a golf cart on a go kart and mini golf course in Twentynine Palms, Ca., where they have worked to restore the property, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan riding a golf cart on a go kart and mini golf course in Twentynine Palms, Ca., where they have worked to restore the property, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan riding the golf cart, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan riding the golf cart, Aug. 2019
Aidan returning a car battery for cash at Walmart in Yucca Valley, Ca., just west of Joshua Tree, Aug. 2019
Aidan returning a car battery for cash at Walmart in Yucca Valley, Ca., just west of Joshua Tree, Aug. 2019
Maria and Aidan on Carpinteria State Beach, July 4th, 2019, looking at a sand sculpture they made of Maria
Maria and Aidan on Carpinteria State Beach, July 4th, 2019, looking at a sand sculpture they made of Maria
Maria working on a sand sculpture of herself, July 4th, 2019
Maria working on a sand sculpture of herself, July 4th, 2019
Aidan in the yurt on the farm, which functioned as their bedroom for the first six months, May 2019
Aidan in the yurt on the farm, which functioned as their bedroom for the first six months, May 2019
The yurt covered with a tarp to provide shade from the 100-degree heat in July, 2019. There is no air-conditioning on the farm.
The yurt covered with a tarp to provide shade from the 100-degree heat in July, 2019. There is no air-conditioning on the farm.
Aidan, exhausted from the triple-degree heat in July, 2019, takes a break from working on the farm
Aidan, exhausted from the triple-degree heat in July, 2019, takes a break from working on the farm
Nopal cactus plantings in front of a dipping pool on Marshmellow Farms, May 2019. Plans are to expand the pool into a swimming pond.
Nopal cactus plantings in front of a dipping pool on Marshmellow Farms, May 2019. Plans are to expand the pool into a swimming pond.
Animals on Marshmellow Farms, which includes two goats, hens, a rooster, an African spurred tortoise, two pigs, and a quail bird, July 2019
Animals on Marshmellow Farms, which includes two goats, hens, a rooster, an African spurred tortoise, two pigs, and a quail bird, July 2019
Maria and Aidan debating whether to adopt a litter of pigs from a neighbor's farm in Joshua Tree, July 2019
Maria and Aidan debating whether to adopt a litter of pigs from a neighbor's farm in Joshua Tree, July 2019
Maria holding "Sike," a pig they adopted from a neighbor's farm, July 2019
Maria holding "Sike," a pig they adopted from a neighbor's farm, July 2019
Aidan, in front of the insides of a travel trailer that he gutted with Maria, that they're turning into a tiny home on the farm, July 2019
Aidan, in front of the insides of a travel trailer that he gutted with Maria, that they're turning into a tiny home on the farm, July 2019
The trailer with its interior appliances and furnishings gutted out, July 2019
The trailer with its interior appliances and furnishings gutted out, July 2019
The still-developing tiny home, pictured in Aug. 2019, when Maria and Aidan began sleeping in it
The still-developing tiny home, pictured in Aug. 2019, when Maria and Aidan began sleeping in it
Maria beckoning livestock while Aidan speaks with Heidi, the owner of a family farm in Landers, Ca., May 2019
Maria beckoning livestock while Aidan speaks with Heidi, the owner of a family farm in Landers, Ca., May 2019
Aidan digging in the ground to retrieve a new pet African spurred tortoise, on a family farm in Landers, Ca., May 2019
Aidan digging in the ground to retrieve a new pet African spurred tortoise, on a family farm in Landers, Ca., May 2019
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