Skating the mountain at sunrise this morning

There’s a 1.3-mile stretch of curvy downhill road on our mountain that’s closed to cars from dawn to dusk. There’s been a local tradition dating back to the ’70s of kids skating it on full-moon nights. Since I can’t skate as well as the kids (can’t slow down enough on steep parts to avoid getting out of control), I use a Carveboard, a very large skateboard with pneumatic tires and a deck that tilts way over so that you can carve deep corners and slow down. I’ve done it before, but not for a few years.

Fall seemed to arrive yesterday, after months of fog, and skies were clear all day long. I got up at 4:30 and drove to the bottom of the hill. I tied a rope around the Carveboard and towed it up like a dog on a leash. The moon was one day past full (left of center in pic above), and going down over the ocean, as dawn lit up the hills. There was a cottony blanket of fog over the ocean and San Francisco. At one place the side of the road looked like it was painted a vivid yellow. I took off and immediately wondered why I don’t do this more often. It doesn’t cost anything. It’s just right here and available all the time, like the mountain trails and waterfalls and the beach.  Towards the bottom, a car was coming up and I was, um, on the wrong side of the road, but all was well.

I may get my GoPro camera more securely attached to my helmet and do it again tomorrow. Fun!

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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