adventures (132)

Night Vision Binoculars

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Foster Huntington was arriving after dark Tuesday and I texted him, got a flashlight? He texted back … got something better than a flashlight.

When he got here we walked out into the dark. He said, “Close your eyes.”

Whereupon he fitted this helmet with night vision binocs on my head and said “Open your eyes.”

The dark night was alight! 10 times as many stars. I could see a galaxy. Trees, road, paths, animals all bathed in ghostly light.

It’s like a third world: formerly I had day and night. With these you have lighted-up night. Sure, you can see at night with a flashlight, but it doesn’t light things up 360°. Also, people and animals aren’t aware that you can see them. Foster says he’s been out at night with them, and he can walk right up to rabbits.

Surfing in primo spots at night (they are waterproof, but you sure wouldn’t want to lose them); hunting for mushrooms in secret spots; mountain biking at night without visible light — possibilities are endless.

The only problem is that apparently, the good ones are really expensive.

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A Night on the Beach

Spent first night after Equinox on beach in this beautifully constructed little shack. Had a wooden floor!
I like the ephemerality of beach shacks. It’s always a surprise to see them, and they’re never there for long.

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21-Day Trip Through Southwest in Sprinter Van


We recently got this email from Paul Jensen, who builds beautiful hollow wooden surfboards on Kauai:

We got back a few days ago from a 21-day road trip in our Sprinter…

Eastern Washington, Eastern and Central Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming … Amazing…!!!…

Mostly drove scenic byways with virtually no traffic…

More time on dirt roads than interstates…

3,800 miles with an average speed 37 MPH…

Just right…

–Paul

I asked Paul if OK to post, and he replied:

Hi Lloyd…

“First, awesome article in the Surfers’ Journal…!!!… I’m a Bay Area kid who learned to surf in Santa Cruz in the early ’70s, then moved there to surf and work as little as possible … Still as stoked about the good days as when I was a teen…

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Housetruck in Siberia

Lloyd,

A tiny house on the move — Russian style — sited along the “road of bones in the Kolima gold fields in Siberia. Bones referencing the Stalin-era prisoners who built it — millions were sent, few left.

Maybe useful for your blog? … I honestly don’t know much about the house. The truck is a Ural 6×6, ubiquitous in this part of the world.

I’m passing through with twelve baby bison in transit from a farm in Denmark to Pleistocene Park near the arctic coast. We made it to the end of the last dirt road in Asia and are now floating down the Kolima river on a river barge piloted by the local mafia boss. 11 time zones from Denmark, already more than a month on the road. Drive, hay, water, shovel bison shit, sleep, drive.

–Luke Griswold-Tergis

(Luke is a filmmaker, sailor, and world-wide adventurer. His backyard chicken coop shack complete with model train in San Francisco was in Tiny Homes, and his sailboat was featured in Tiny Homes on the Move.)

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Bernie Harberts On the Road Again with Two Mules

Bernie Harberts’ 2500-mile odyssey in a mule-drawn covered wagon from Canada to Mexico was featured in our book Tiny Homes (pp. 188-190). Here’s the latest from Bernie:

Dear Lloyd and Shelter,

Just wanted to let you know I’ve started a new journey.

It’s called Mules West and I thought you’d enjoy following along.

So far my mules Brick, Cracker, and I have traveled 400 miles and encountered snow, snakes and fascinating folks that have helped us along the way. We’ve been heading from western North Carolina toward Idaho. Right now we’re in Indiana.

Traveling is more fun when you have company so come “ride along with us” at RiverEarth.com.

I hope all is going well with you.

Happy Adventuring!

–Bernie

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