Coyotes Singing in Full Moon

Actually 2 days before the full moon, but it was bright last night. I headed out on my usual Tuesday night solo run—well, vigorous hike is more like it. Beach beautiful, with a 100-foot long glistening inland pond in moonlight, no one there, I had one of those almost chilling moments, surrounded by such beauty, alone, waves breaking, negative ions up the kazoo, super energizing of chi

I started out in a down parka and gloves, brrrr…I don’t feel like going out into the cold night, but as always, the heart likes to pump, and pretty soon I take off the parka and gloves and climb the hills in a t-shirt. Circulation, circulation, circulation…

As I came back down into the valley, a coyote startled me. It was so close, and so beautiful. There were 2 of them close by and another at a distance. They were singing. Totally. One did a yodel, starting high, then breaking voice down to lower sustained note. Then a distant coyote would respond. Oh my!

I heard this about Australian aborigines: the smoke signals don’t contain the message. Rather, they’re a notice to a group maybe a few miles away to tune into psychic forces and get a telepathic message. Wow!

On the way home, moonlight streaming across the ocean, on Little Steven’s Underground Garage (Sirius): “Beautiful Delilah” by the Kinks, followed by Chuck Berry doing same (his) song.

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:

4 Responses to Coyotes Singing in Full Moon

  1. Hello Lloyd
    you might enjoy this message and pics from Captain Latham Smith
    remember the USS Constellation, CV-64? with offset landing deck?
    "We are dragging this monster to its deathbed.
    Pretty pictures but cold and windy and glaciers everywhere.
    There was 50 kt winds and 25-30 ft seas as flotilla neared Straits and too rough to enter.
    It tows surprisingly well."
    link to pics:

  2. Lloyd, you're a frequent driver/visitor to Canada. Thought you should know about this. Personally, thought it odd.

    Did you know?
    Did you know, if you Hit Wildlife / See Carcas on Road, you only have NINE minutes to clear it/alert others?

    B.C. driver found liable for not warning others about moose carcass on highway

    A driver who struck a moose on the Alaska Highway has been found liable for a head-on crash because he failed to warn others about the carcass within nine minutes

    There are wildlife signs all over northern B.C., even on logging roads, and these kind of collisions with large mammals are a quintessentially Canadian problem: hitting a moose or deer is a possibility from coast-to-coast.

    there was a minimum of nine minutes between the collision of Mr. Wheeler and the moose, and the Walter-Ziemer collision …. Nine minutes was ample opportunity for him to have taken steps to warn other motorists.”

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