Sunny Morning Latte Wi-Fi Coastal Organics Co-op Cafe in Pt. Arena

Here’s my hangout at Louie’s.

These days I shoot pix continually with my Canon Powershot S-90, which is always on me in fanny pack. When I want to get serious, I use my Panasonic Lumix G1; the latter replaced my 5-lb trusty Canon 20D. It’s half the weight. Much the way that the Olympus OM-1 replaced Nikons back in the ’70s. The Lumix G1 is a wonderful camera.

It’s Friday, we had a great breakfast at the Trink cafe here in Pt. Arena. Local eggs, hickory-smoked rough-cut bacon. Last night we had dinner at Bones, a “blues and brews” pub in Gualala. The place was packed. Huge menu. Smoked everything, every dish was good, a restaurant in its own “sweet spot in time” at this very moment. Dark ale from the nearby Eel River brewery, tasted like chocolate.

In Pt. Arena:  Am writing this from the Arena Market & Cafe. Great lattes, working wi-fi. There’s another real good espresso cafe on the other side of the street. Plus an absolute delight world-class bakery run by a mother and daughter. Also lattes down at the cove at a little surfer cafe. And about the best garden supply store anywhere, the Outback Garden & Feed.

Another coastal recommendation: The Timber Cove Inn has been rejuvenated and looks like a great place to stay. Plus the food is excellent. Out on a rocky point, with Benny Bufano’s 90-ft. sculpture “Peace” still lookin good.

I haven’t skateboarded in 2 months, and I’ve been craving it. One of my favorite places is the narrow, downhill road (with little traffic) to the Pt. Arena lighthouse. There’s a half-mile or so run that I love. There are portions of the run when I’m going too fast to be able to get off and stay on my feet, so it’s always a bit risky, thus I wear a lot of safety gear. It’s a thrill. I was going to skate it just once yesterday, but Louie talked me out of it. Don’t take the chance of compounding knee and rib injuries. I am so mature. 

I’m about to head across the mountains (that must be crossed to get to Ukiah) by going on Stewarts Point Rd. , which Louie says goes through an Indian reservation, and some beautiful country.

I love this little town of Pt. Arena. It’s way more gutty than Mendocino, a lot of real people. I have roots here. My dad used to camp and fish on the Gualala river in the 1920s. I split shakes in the Timber Cove area in the ’60s. I was also — ahem — the insurance broker for the town of Pt. Arena in the ’60s. Another life.

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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