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Snowshoeing With Bob Anderson in Rocky Mountains

Yesterday I got up at 2:30 AM to catch a 6 AM Southwest flight to Colorado to visit my longtime friends Bob and Jean Anderson at their home in a small town near Colorado Springs. They are the authors of our best-selling book Stretching and the purpose of my visit was to work on our forthcoming 30th anniversary edition of the book. Their home is on the eastern edge of the Rockies, where the mountain range tapers down into the plains going toward Kansas. Bob is a mountain runner, cyclist, hiker, snowshoer and explorer, and spends maybe 10-15 hours a week in the mountains. Each time I visit, we go out in the mountains for a workout. We invariably stay way longer than I would on my own, and it's always an exhilarating experience. Yesterday an hour after I arrived we went out snowshoeing (my first time) in the powder snow along with Bob's dog Martin. The terrain in the photo at left is a lot steeper than it looks. Bob took me along secret trails, pointing out mountain lion tracks in the snow.

Off-the-Grid Two-Story Montana Cabin

Designed by Architect Jeff Sheldon, Lewistown Montana: "A lot of recycled material was used to accomplish this. Corrugated metal roofing from a barn being demolished down the road. Beams, flooring and decking were recycled from an 80-year-old trestle, recently dismantled. The stone came from the site, and rock flooring was quarried in Idaho. In contrast to the exterior, the interiors are archaic, but light, and anything but rustic. The ground level provides cooking, washing and storage, with sleeping for two. The upper level provides the connection to the views, with windows in every direction, and a six-foot square skylight at the peak of the roof to insure even more light to the space. On the second level, there is also sleeping for two, and storage between the floor beams and in the furniture.
The cabin is powered by two fifty-watt photovoltaic panels that provide twelve volt direct current power to outlets, lights, and the well pump. That power lets the client have a stereo, a TV/VCR, running water in the sink, and water to fill a wood-fired hot tub. A composting toilet… provides sanitation."

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Architectural Excellence in Downtown Oakland

This building is on Broadway in Oakland. I drove by it earlier this morning. They don't make 'em like this any more. Look at all that lovely turreted work at the top. Would any architect do something like this these days, strictly for (non-functional) beauty? No way, José!