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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.

Good Sea Ranch House Design

I don't care for most Sea Ranch architecture. Too sterile, and no overhangs, which is just dumb here on the west coast. Landscaping at SeaRanch, by Laurence Halprin, however, is brilliant; he just left everything as was, coyote bush and all.

This house, however, looked good to my eye.

Surfer Out On Windy Afternoon at Pt. Arena Cove

It was a gnarly, cold, windy day yesterday. Pt. Arena surfers are a tough breed

Trip to Mendocino County This Week

I've shot photos of this tree over and over. Sculpted by the wind.

Heritage Salvage in Petaluma

If you're a Northern California builder, I highly recommend you stop in at Heritage Salvage in Petaluma. They have tons of used wood, hardwood slabs, and all manner of recycled and soulful building materials.
Shown here is a walnut slab that is 8' 3" long, and 60" at one end and 43" at the other. Think of the walnut tree that this came from.

Zooty Thunderbird in Petaluma


11 Photos of Nomadic Homes on Wheels in USA

"Gordon Hempton. Fort Warden, Washington 2012. 'For my most important work and the best times of my life, I take the VW bus. The journey is not just about getting there. The trip starts now. Slow down and enjoy what’s going on immediately around you. I didn’t want to start my journey to success in life with the suspicions of others, so I ripped out the key and put in a push button starter. Just push that button and off you go. It begins with trust, it begins with happiness, and what you get back is joy.'"
Photo: Andrew Waits
https://www.hcn.org/articles/boondocks
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