On the Road July 2013

 I seldom travel north on the coast in summertime. I prefer the dark and tourist-light winter. I like it up here. I’ve got roots: my dad used to fish the Gualala river in the early 1900s.

Lots of camping cyclists on the roads, most of them awkwardly, non-aerodynamically loaded down. (By contrast, check out Rick Huffan’s gear here (I photographed him up here last year).

Marin county is soft and gentle and as such, has a trace of the — dare I say it? — insipid. As I head north, the men and women seem tougher, stronger. Life is tougher (colder, wetter) the farther north you go, and people have to deal with that. It’s more country. On radio, going down a country road yesterday, Merle: “I’ve got everything I need to drive me crazy…” Some times when I’m on the road: the music, road, trees, sky, the moving through space — it’s a movie!

Swinging Doors by Merle Haggard on Grooveshark

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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