Trip North

Fort Ross, Sonoma County, California

My first trip in a year. Boy, is it good to get rolling again. Driving up Hwy. 1 in my 21-year-old Mercedes 320 E to hang out with my 92-year-old pal Louie, who still rides a 500-foot zipline across a river to get to his cabin.

You know I wish I had more time to prepare decent blog posts, but such is the situation with running a publishing business, doing Instagram and blog posts, Gimme Shelter newsletters, and trying to free up precious time to do layout on ROLLING HOMES — that I’m mainly throwing up large photos here. In a way, I’d like to get paid to document a daily journey through what I find to be an absolutely fascinating world, but for now I have to spread self pretty thin.

I’m not sure that people read blogs nowadays. Are they passé? Whatever.

There are a couple of things I find about blogging now, mid-2021:

  1. It gives me a chance to write — which Instagram doesn’t. Words, words, words.
  2. It gives me a big(ger) screen than a smartphone.

So I’ll keep doing these quick posts when I can.

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:

25 Responses to Trip North

  1. Please keep posting your photos and comments to this site! Many thanks for all your generous work over the years.

  2. Lloyd please keep on with the blog. For us individuals who waive the “Dare to be dull” flag high it is interesting to read about how other people live.

  3. If I could give you a thumbs up for every days post I would. I really look forward to your posts. You are a source of inspiration for our whole family and friends. We would pay for the blog too. We love your books too! Last I tried to order, about 6 months to a year ago, many of the titles were sold out on your website. I need to check again and see if they are available again. Or maybe give us some ideas of independent bookstores that we can purchase your books from online.
    Travel is the best! I realized after this year that I have naturally traveled all these years as a “social distancer”. Its in my nature to try to avoid crowds, and I like being outside.

  4. I’ve been following your blog for years … it’s the only one I look at. Please keep it going, Lloyd. Still find it interesting and totally inspiring.
    Diolch yn fawr, from the land of many Lloyds.

  5. I love blogs! I love pictures too, but more than anything, I want to know what you’re thinking! You’re always interesting, Lloyd! I can’t wait to hear how Louie’s doing! Be safe.

  6. I have a long list of blogs in Feedly…and a few…ok, ok, about 25…more bookmarked on my main computer. Suffice to say I like to read blogs! I also enjoy seeing pictures on the blogs!

    Keep on posting!

    And thanks!

  7. Appreciate your posts Lloyd no matter how brief. You’re amazing at all you accomplish. Please raise a glass with your “92-year-old pal” and remember me. Wish I could be ’round that table.

  8. I always appreciate your posts Lloyd, no matter how brief. You are amazing with all that you accomplish. You & Louie raise a glass with my well wishes. Wish I could be there with y’all.

  9. Please, please keep on blogging! Your posts, even though often “only” a photo, are such a precious source for my daylight dreams…

  10. Add me to the list. Look at your post everyday. Keep the coming. I like my brother liked the picture of the lady in Baja California.

  11. Lloyd! Can’t tell ya how much the blogs/posts mean to me. Maybe you could set up a patreon or paid subscriber situation to keep bringing in a little extra “green energy” for all the work you put in. Thanks for all the freebies!

  12. I LOVE your blog, your books, your photos, your musings….everything. Thank you for blogging, because I am not on any social media.

    Please say “hi” to Louie from Eroca Alden – that is my old name from when I lived at The Land in the 70s. My first daughter was born there. I think of The Land and the people there often. I am in Ashland, Oregon now.

  13. I check your blog almost daily. I would follow you on Instagram if I didn’t have to sign up. I’m not anti-technology, but I hope to see social media go the way of hula hoops (although I do like hula hoops). S.M. has it’s benefits but as far as I’m concerned the negatives outweigh the positives. Instagram must offer you things that a blog doesn’t. If you have an argument to make for Instagram (you must) I’m open to it. Might even overcome my hesitancy to join the social media universe. Keep on bloggin’

  14. Lloyd, I don’t usually comment but I really enjoy your blog and have for years.

    Also, really enjoyed my copy of the half acre homestead.

    Best wishes and thank you.


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