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40 Foot Waves At Mavericks Invitational Surfing Event 1-24-2014

Barns of Skagit County, Washington

Unfortunately, most of the photos here (55 barns) are quite small. But it's a great guide for any barn lovers in this neck of the woods.
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Sent in by Rich.

Help us choose a cover for Tiny Homes on the Move

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What do you think? Choose the one you like best, or give us an order of choices. Feedback welcome.

Tiny Homes on the Move News

We are coming to the end of a long haul, a year or more. We've been putting the book together two pages at a time, and a week ago we started printing it out. Boy, is it exciting! To see it in full size color after all this time. Lookin good!
The subtitle is: "Wheels and Water."
Wheels: Vans, pickup trucks with camper shells, house trucks, school buses, trailers, and cycles
Water: Sail boats, houseboats, and tug boats
There are some 90 nomadic homes here; about half of these are lived in full-time, and the other half are used part time or for trips of varying length upon life's highways and waterways.
We've put together five prototypes for a cover, which are in the above post. What do you think?

San Francisco Graffiti


Beach Graffiti


227 Sq. Ft. Tiny House in Vermont by Yestermorrow Design Build School


By Deek Diedrickson
See Yestermorrow here and here.
From Mike W

A Kayak Trip, An Outrigger Canoe Trip to the Farrallon Islands, The Drake's Bay Oyster Company, The Lunny Farm

Friday I took off early with my old kayak (a 12' Scrambler sit-on-top) and drove up to Drake's Bay Oyster Company, where I got ready to launch on a trip out to the mouth of Drake's Estero. A big van pulled up with a couple of kayaks on top, and I started talking to the driver, Seth Harvey. Turns out Seth was taking out a couple of kayakers; he was also the chef of what sounds like a very fine restaurant in Forestville (California) -- Backyard -- that serves strictly local produce and meat…We started talking about paddling and he told me a guy named Chris Starbird has paddled a Huki super lightweight carbon fiber outrigger canoe from San Francisco out to the Farallon Islands and back in something like five hours. That's a 64-mile round trip out in the open ocean!
    I set out in my little kayak heading for the ocean (about 5 miles), and it moved along surprisingly well, not being a super slick expensive ocean kayak. The wind was blowing a little. A beautiful place, this estero with with multiple nooks and crannies and inlets, birds and seals. As I got maybe half way out to the ocean, the wind started to pick up -- it would be blowing against me on the way back -- so for once I did the mature thing and turned back. I'll do it again when the weather is calmer and make it all the way out.

Big wave surfing: 'Massive' Mavericks Invitational expected to get green light for Friday

"The waves breaking at Maverick's on Tuesday were big enough to deliver a beating to some of the best big wave surfers in the world. If forecasters' predictions are correct -- and surfers' prayers are answered -- they'll be even more ferocious Friday, the day organizers are eyeing to hold the 2013-14 Body Glove Mavericks Invitational.
Organizers gave the Mavericks Invitational the yellow light Tuesday and are expected to give the contest the green light early Wednesday. That means the 24 invited surfers and alternates will have about 48 hours to get to Princeton by the Sea in time to compete for the $50,000 prize purse and valuable Big Wave World Tour points Friday morning.
'It's on on Friday,' said three-time Maverick's champion Darryl 'Flea' Virostko of Santa Cruz. 'There were some really heavy waves up there today. Guys got some beatings and some pretty huge waves. The next swell is supposed to be bigger than this. If that's true, Peter Mel told me there's going to be some massive (waves)'…"
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Photo: Dan Coyro

Shadows on Beach

3rd Eye Vision by Mishka

3rd Eye Vision by Mishka on Grooveshark

Down a Coastal Canyon





Thursday I hiked, hopped, jumped down a steep canyon… The entire west coast has rivers and creeks that run down to the ocean. Anywhere from Washington down to San Diego, it's the same, clear water heading to sea, running perpendicular to the coast. In Baja, it's arroyos…This canyon, with a good water source running even in this drought, isn't much traveled; it's makable, but not easy…so beautiful…at one point I slipped and fell down a slope; luckily hit no rocks…gotta be more careful.

Tiny Houseboat in Oregon


"…a tiny houseboat bobbing in the Willamette River. Studio Hamlet Architects, PLLC designed the 433-square-foot water abode for owners who needed a place to live while their main house was being constructed on the Oregon Yacht Club marina.
   Now the compact structure with a corrugated metal ceiling is a guesthouse, with kitchen, bathroom, dining and living space. In the sleeping loft, there is just enough headroom to crawl into bed.
   Architect Russell Hamlet had to adhere to the marina’s strict rules about the size of a concrete float – 18 feet by 34 feet – and elevation restrictions of 15 1/2 feet. Also eating away at the footprint was an exterior deck and a fire code that requires paths and access on all sides. Still, the tiny house can accommodate five guests when a couch is opened up. …"
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Tiny House Village to Shelter Homeless in Texas

". . .In Austin, Texas, a project to offer affordable housing to some 200 chronically homeless citizens is on the move.Community First! Village, which has been in the planning stages for nearly 10 years, is set to soon break ground on a 27-acre property sprinkled with tiny houses, mobile homes, teepees, refurbished RVs, a three-acre community garden, a chapel, a medical facility, a workshop, a bed and breakfast. . ."
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Million Dollar Tiny Home in Santa Barbara

"Tucked between Montecitos Upper and Lower Villages, this historic adobe retreat rests on 1.09 acres, privately hidden amongst a forest of mature oaks and the symphony of bird songs. Located on coveted Coyote Road, this home exhibits the perfect balance of privacy and proximity, historic style and natural elements. Never before on the market and only 1 of 3 remaining original Mountain Drive Colony…"
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