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Day 3: strategery

So yea… things in the woods take longer than you expect. There's the tomatoes that suddenly exploded out of nowhere and need tending to. There's the thousands of misquoto bites that you have to itch - especially when you get bit in the face. There's the chicken that got out of coop and was attacked by the dog and needed to be chased up and down a hill. There's the stump that looked like it was 1 foot deep and ended up with crazy lateral roots and exhausted most of your energy. There's wet wood that won't light. So this evening is all about strategery. Where to put the kitchen so we can continue to make delicious breakfast burritos without 10 bites in the face? Where is an excellent place for a shit? Will there really not be bears? What does it mean when multiple people tell us that bears ... View Post »

Day 2: rainy day

Waking up in the middle of the night to rain dripping on your "roof" 5 feet above you and being dry and warm in a sleeping bag is awesome. Of course you woke up because you have to pee and that sucks but oh well. It's been raining for about 13 hours here which is excellent for the plants and the ground and the critters. Generally in Northern Cali the rains don't start until November. It's a pleasant surprise to have one good rain in Sept/Oct so that everything isn't so very dry and combustible. Our tent has tiny leaks because we haven't put up all the supporting poles that will keep the canvas taught, but so far it hasn't leaked on our heads. 

I woke up to oatmeal and eventually a good hour of yoga and some stretching. It's quite impressive how much heat the body can generate in such ... View Post »

Day 1: setting up camp

This morning we took a tour of the homestead with our hosts. Karl and Melinda bought the property, some 43 acres in Annapolis, CA, 9 years ago and have been steadily adding buildings and animals and plants every year, 

 We met the goats and chickens, took a peek at the tiny orchard - raspberries are popping up everywhere - and checked out the various buildings they've put up - a shed, meditation room, office, chicken coop, and compost toilet. Then we took a walk through the garden and gawked at the collard greens, the incredibly sweet and tender kale, abundance of cherry tomatoes, squash and pumpkin patches, hot and sweet peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and runner and pole beans. Which really made me miss Mom's garden. Ahhh. But it's amazing to be around growing food again. The kale was ... View Post »