Sunny Morning, Made-from-scratch Buttermilk Pancakes, and “Look at This!”

I’m having pancakes and a strong latte at one of my 2 favorite breakfast places in the world*, Trink’s in Gualala, a sun-drenched town with a major river, on the northern California coast.

Not only is the food extraordinary, but there’s good-working wi-fi, copper-covered tables, and views of the blue (and this morning) windy Greatest of All Oceans out the windows.

I just gave one of our mini-books of Tiny Homes On The Move to a 5-year old sitting with his parents, and after a minute perusing the book, he yelled “Look at this!” and in a few minutes, “whoa-o-o.” We’ve gotta be doing something right if we are getting through to 5-year olds.

I’m up here visiting my friend Louie. Last night we roasted a wild goose and had it with a salad and Louie’s home-made zinfandel to the accompaniment of ’40s music on Sirius radio. Two old guys havin fun…

Below is a panorama of boats down at the Pt. Arena cove yesterday. It’s been too windy to go crabbing.

*(The other is Bette’s Diner in Berkeley.

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:

5 Responses to Sunny Morning, Made-from-scratch Buttermilk Pancakes, and “Look at This!”

  1. Nice pic… I have a question related to the photograph. Why do the windshield on the first two boats slant in towards the deck, whereas the boats in the distance have windshields that slant back towards the top? It's driving me crazy trying to figure out the purpose of the design… why one is better than the other, or preferred over the other…

  2. Regarding the slant of boat windshields, the arguments for having the windshield slant in toward the the deck seem to be summarized in Basically, if the windshield slants in:

    (1) It is less likely to be stove in by a heavy head sea.
    (2) It reduces glare.
    (3) There is more room for overhead electronics.

    In these parts (coastal British Columbia) most serious working boats have the windshield slanting in because they have to go out and do their jobs in all manner of filthy weather. Recreational boats, that only go out when there is barely a ripple on the water, all have windshields that slant back because the owners think they look prettier that way. However, they do look pretty darn ugly to anyone who loves real boats.

  3. sounds wonderful.

    occurs to me, with all your travelling, blogging about various excellent locations/businesses, etc, maybe the California Tourism Bureau should be paying you a stipend for your services…mmmm

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