The Most Wonderful Day of My Life

I realize that I am afflicted with over-enthusiasm, especially when it comes to communicating my experiences as i move through life. That said, this was just about the most perfect day I’ve ever had.

I was a water person in earlier years, starting at 4 years of age when I fell in a lake and while underwater until my dad fished me out, enjoyed the experience. In high school I swam competitively and one day after a swimming meet at the great Fleishacker salt water pool out at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, a swimmer named Jim Fisher and I went out across the Great Highway to swim in the ocean. I couldn’t believe it. The waves, blue water, invigoration. I was hooked.

Had my first surfboard ride at age 18, then changed my major at Stanford so I was through every Thursday at noon and able to head to Santa Cruz until Sunday night. I was a lifeguard, taught swimming, and then somehow over  the years, drifted away from the beach in comparison with my serious surfer friends.

WELL — I’ve come to this small island of Kauai to get back in the water. Today I was in the ocean 3 times — a little bodysurfing, mostly swimming (the last time in the rain tonight) and in a fresh water pool 3 times..

A barista coffee shop on wheels with wonderful coffee, muffins, and vibes. A hostel on the beach with rates (in this expensive resort area — Kapaa –) of  $40/$80 per night for shared/solo rooms. A guy in the country with about 300 beautiful roosters and tangerine, grapefruit, macadamia and lychee nut trees.  A day of clouds and sun and clouds and rain. This island like a large boat in the Pacific Ocean. A Mexican restaurant that feels like you’re in Mexico with delicious food and 3 TVs with Mexican soccer games.

I’ll try to get around to writing it up (with photos) before long…

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:

8 Responses to The Most Wonderful Day of My Life

  1. Hawai`i is Ono.
    Haven't been to kauai`i – mostly the Big Island and Oahu, Maui and Molokai`i a little bit and none of them for 10 years or so (due to lack of $$ and a decision to not fly). I truly miss the islands deep in my soul.

    Have a great time, sir.

    Have a great

  2. What I'm hearing is, you're stoked! It's a proper affliction to have and can be infectious.

    I was lucky to spend a year of my youth living on the North Shore of Oahu, swimming, surfing, diving, through the cultural upheaval of 1968-69. Utterly changed the course and tone of my life. I have always longed to go back to that very simple and transcendent experience, the song that brings it all back for me is Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James and the Shondells which came out the summer of 69. Whenever I hear it I instantly see again that first time coming down the Farrington highway towards Waialua and Mokuleia, the pineapple and sugar cane fields stretching out before me down to the breaking blue pacific far below.

  3. Thank you so much for this! I'm only 14 years younger than you and live in Taos, but I think I just found the place I'm gonna die. These posts are wonderful. I don't even have to visit first.

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