We drove down the coast Wednesday afternoon; there were practically gail force winds flattening the waves, swirling the sand on beaches. When we got to Davenport Landing, the wind had dropped, and in Santa Cruz, it was glassy (and flat).
I love Santa Cruz. Even with all the heavy duty changes since I lived there off and on in the ’50s, it’s still my kinda town. The temp and the water are 5-10 degrees warmer than San Francisco, just a touch of SoCal…makes me want to get on the beach, in the water.
That evening, my son Will took his 3-year-old Maceo on one of his (Will’s) longboards, and the 3 of us skated down a gentle slope. Will put a pic of us on his Facebook page, here. A couple of his neighbors were out watching us and Will told them, I don’t know if I’m more worried about my 3-year-old son or my 79-year-old dad.
About 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:
Santa Cruz has a special place in my heart, too.
Santa Cruz was always a place of magic. You too, Lloyd. You too.