North Along the Coast, Fall Equinox, Full Moon

I got off at 3 this afternoon, sunny, windy day, brilliant blue sky, on the road to Louie’s. Country music on radio. Tomales Bay murky, with windcaps.

I love getting out on the road. Best of all is going down a never-before travelled road. In a small riverside village in Laos a couple of years ago, I met a young Serbian guy who said he never goes back to the same place, it’s always new roads, new places.

Driving along, I was thinking of the beauty of the physical world, like the bleached-out whale vertebrae on the beach last night, the windswept tree on the hillside (above), the seashells I’ve been collecting. I put one days’ haul of shells in a flat bamboo basket and just looked at the patterns and the iridescence of the irregular-surfaced rock oysters. Lesley has made a lot of abalone necklaces — the beautiful colors, the way abalone catches the light, prettier to me than diamonds.

Thinking about the tiny houses book that is unfolding. Different than I imagined. I knew the subject was hot, but oh, the material we’ve got! Everyone’s with us on this — photographers, builders, architects some), dwellers, road travellers — the book’s already alive.

When I got to Timber Cove, the reggae got good. Eek-A-Mouse, Yellowman. Reggae goes with Mendocino/Humboldt-land. I like the pop-out window on the house at left.

Met Louie down at the cove, shot below panorama at sunset. Had Lost Coast dark ale, clam chowder, now out in Louie’s shop on the river, in an exquisite little round bedroom looking out on a meadow and redwoods. Will try to post this mañana…

The cove in Pt. Arena at sunset last night.

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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