Meet The Man Who Literally Lives Under A Rock

A Mexican man has been living under a rock for 30 years. Seriously.

1. For over 30 years, Benito Hernandez has lived under a rock with his wife and seven children.

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2. Hernandez built walls of sun-dried brick and wood around the 131-foot boulder that serves as the house’s roof.

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3. As the house has no running water, plumbing or electricity, the family cooks on a wood-burning stove and uses a nearby spring for fresh water.

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Santa Martha de la Cruz Villarreal ® looks on as her husband Benito Hernandez pours hot water into a cup while standing inside their home near San Jose de Las Piedras.

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4. Their unique dwelling in the arid desert of Coahuila is located outside the town of San Jose de Las Piedras, about 50 miles south of Texas.

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Adan Hernandez, son of Benito Hernandez and his wife Santa Martha de la Cruz Villarreal, holds a flashlight inside the family’s bedroom.

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5. Hernandez first visited the mountain range of San Jose de Las Piedras as an 8 year-old boy.

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Santa Martha de la Cruz Villarreal looks into her family’s bedroom at their home near San Jose de Las Piedras.

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6. It was then that he found the rock that would one day become his home.

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7. Omar Hernandez, Benito’s son, enjoys jumping from rock to rock near the family home.

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8. Although he staked a claim to the rock as a young man, it took Hernandez 20 years to legally obtain the land.

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The initials of the Family Hernandez de Cruz are seen over the door of their home.

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9. He and his wife Santa Martha de la Cruz make a living by working in candellila fields nearby, tending and harvesting the plants for their wax, which is used in everything from chewing gum and chapstick to cough syrup.

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10. Six of the Hernandez children have moved out into homes nearby, but Benito and his wife have no desire to move to a more comfortable home.

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11. Despite the hardships, Hernandez will remain. “I started coming here when I was 8 years old to visit the candelilla fields and I liked it here,” he told IBTimes TV. “I wasn’t married and I didn’t have a family yet, but I liked it.”

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