Storm Damage on Beach/Dusky Footed Woodrat Nests

We’re in our 6th day without electricity. We’ve been running the office on a Honda generator, careful to have only essential appliances running. All 5 of us in the office dress warmly. We run little (860 watts) radiant heaters with ceramic panels once in a while. I’ve gotten into layers, up to 8 of them now, to keep warm.

There were almost a million people with power knocked out in this storm. We have a propane stove and propane water heater in the house, with wood heat, so it’s not too bad. It’s really hard on people with electric heat, hot water, and stoves; they’re suffering.

I went down to the beach yesterday and the level of sand is about 8′ lower than normal.

Local beach. On the right is the “Jefferson Airplane House” (so-called because Grace Slick and Paul Kanter lived there in the early ’70s). There’s been a huge movement of sand, maybe 6-8′ has been washed out. You can see the normal sand line just below the graffiti on the sea wall in front of the house. All those rocks below the ramp down to the beach are usually covered with sand. I’ve never seen it this low before.

I also went out yesterday to shoot pix of woodrat nests. They are called Dusky Footed Woodrats and they build these twig lodges in inaccessible spots in the woods. Inside the nests are chambers and often frogs or mice may move in to share the shelter. Some of them are very nicely designed and constructed, perfectly symmetrical cones.

They are similar in shape to some of the California Indian structures.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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