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Previous winners of Dipsea Race at 2010 ceremonies

Left to right: Shirley Matson, Christie Pastalka, Sal Vasquez. Russ Kiernan in black shirt and little girl in pink shorts is 8-year-old Reilly Johnson, spectacular winner of the age-handicapped race this year.

Housebus at Harmony Festival

Lew shot this housebus with the classic VW van sunroof at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa last weekend.

8-year old girl in spectacular Dipsea race victory

Reilly Johnson flew over the course, pig tails bobbing, to win the 100th anniversary Dipsea Race last Sunday. It was stunning to see such a young person with such determination and spirit. It's an age-handicapped race. For example, men over 74 and women over 65 get a 25 minute head start over scratch runners (like 25-year-old men). Girls 8 and under get the same 25 minutes. This pretty much evens the race out so that old and very young are on an equal footing with in-their-prime-age runners. I shot this picture of Reilly at the beginning of last year's race. Look at the joy. She's won everyone's hearts.
News story on race in Marin IJ

This and that mid-June…

The Dipsea Race was Sunday; it was the 100th anniversary of this 7½ mile cross-country race from Mill Valley over a flank of Mount Tamalpais to Stinson Beach. A month ago I was running well, but a trio of little injuries and a week in NYC took its toll. I was really slow going uphill, but still have the timing to go fast downhill. Which I did, and the next day I was on crutches from I believe some torn knee ligament fibers. Ah me. But it's healing as I speak. It was a wonderful race and I'm gonna do better next year. Plus we have a newly-constituted running group, the Pelican Inn Track Club, that has recently been infused with a bunch of blazingly fast young runners, and we are stylin. Last night there were maybe 30 of us the pub after running and the vibes were vibrant.
  • Tonight we had fresh halibut courtesy of our friend Billy, kale from the garden, and Lundberg Brothers organic brown rice. Plus local Lagunitas Brewery IPA Pale Ale. Our bantam chickens are laying so we have a good supply of fresh eggs.
  • There are two quail families running around in our garden with minute baby qualekins. They are about 2" long, maybe 6 in each family. The male with his majestic plume stands guard while the mama clucks and shuffles the babies through the brush. They're a delight to watch.
  • I just got a new iPad with 3G connectivity, which means I can get online anywhere there's a cell phone signal. Hoo boy. To tell you the truth, there are times when I wish for simpler times. I LOVE all the things I can do with my (13") MacBook Pro, iPhone, and iPad — not to mention the big Mac Pro I use in the office. Then there's my Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, my Canon Powershot S-90, my GoPro Helmet Hero,and my new Sony Cyber-shot panorama camera. I extol these things to my old friends, the wonderful things I can do, how I can find just about anything via Google, how I can communicate world-wide instantly, etc. But sometimes I feel like I'm barely keeping my head above water. It'd be fine if everything worked smoothly, but Rick is continually bailing me out of self-created and other types of problems. Well, there's no going back and I'm gonna ride the wave. E-books here we come.
  • There's a 2-mile paddle race in town here this Saturday. I'm going to do it although I haven't trained at all. Surfers, swimmers, water people, I love these guys. I'll see some of my ex-lifeguard friends (Stinson Beach, 1960). Surfers, skaters, kayakers, people who love the beaches and woods and natural forces, kindred spirits.
  • Today my friend Michael McNamara, one of the builders in Builders of the Pacific Coast, sent me photos of the van that Lloyd House just built, and lives in (on an island in British Columbia). Lloyd is the numero uno builder in the same book, my favorite builder of all time, and this van made me smile, it was so elegant and tuned-in. It made me reflect on people that make you smile, positive forces in our lives. Can you think of people like that in your life, people who make you feel good? They're real. They're genuine. Qualities that we're seeking these days. Their energy (chi) is alive and vital, they have auras that project hope and humor and happiness.
  • The hills are rapidly turning golden from green in this warm weather.

Our booth at Harmony Festival

Lew and my son Evan set up our portable booth and sold books at The Harmony festival in Santa Rosa last weekend.

"My yurt inspired by Shelter…"

We have been getting a prodigious amount of feedback from readers of our three major building books in recent months, such as this:
"Hi, My daughter gave me your wonderful book Homework for my birthday. She had no idea your book Shelter was my inspiration for our first house that she lived in when she was only a year old. Thanks for all the amazing stories and photos, which inspire me to build more.…Thanks, Larry Behnke"

San Francisco house by beach #2

I'm doing slide show and talk about homes this Friday in San Francisco

Gravel and Gold is a shop in the heart of SF's Mission district. It's called a "Magical Outpost in the Mission" by SF Station, which writes it's "…where a hand-selected mix of artists and makers exhibit their crafts. You can find just about everything here from things to wear, to write or to work for your home." Someone on Yelp says: "The clothing is really eclectic — natural fabrics, interesting patterns and designs, local artists."
I'm going to show slides from Builders of the Pacific Coast and can talk about mini-homesteads and show some slides from our forthcoming book on tiny houses.
It's at 8PM thus Friday, June 18th at 3266 21st Street, San Francisco.
For Gravel & Gold's writeup of the event, click here.