travelling with a tiny house

Nice tiny house….and another great video from Dylan Magaster.

I was going to riff on how ridiculous it was to travel with something like this….that you should just get a pop-up camper….but this is so much nicer than any pop-up camper that I’ve ever seen.

This woman saves enough money living in a tiny home to allow her to travel for three months out of the year.

Good plan….

I guess that if you’re going to take the time to do anything… should do it with style.

Do everything with STYLE….or, if you can’t do it with style, at least try and DO SOMETHING!

This is one of the nicer tiny homes that I’ve seen.

Thanks for the nice video, Dylan.


(This is an old post….from about a year ago….that I never published….squirreled away in case I was too tired to write something new. Wellllllllll……I’m too tired…so, here it is….)

Hook a bunch of people up with electricity generating bicycles….at Burning Man….and what do you get?

You get a way to watch movies….powered by people on electricity generating bicycles.

That’s what you get.

At Burning Man.

Now, I have to wonder how “kid friendly” Burning Man would be.

I have to imagine that it probably is a little too “trippy” for little kids…but….maybe not.

Who would be as trippy as a little kid?

If you could keep them safe from the weirdos, it might be a fun environment for a little guy.

Memorable, for sure.

It sure is interesting to see how creative people can be when they come together with creativity in mind.

Creativity….and all these bicycles.

Why does creativity have a place for the bicycle?

Maybe because, for some reason, it’s an “alternative” in the world of getting around.

I don’t know how the car became the norm.

Maybe because it’s so easy to get around when all you have to do is flex your ankle and turn a wheel?

We say that not everybody can ride a bicycle….that some are physically incapable of riding a bike.

Maybe the car is crippling us?

Sitting all the time can’t be good for us.

It’s not very aerobic to turn an ignition key….not good exercise to push the gas pedal.

Maybe if we all rode bicycles…..we could all ride bicycles?

Burning Man and all the bicycles….what a sight that would be.

an extra salted fish

From Stewart Brand’s website called the Long Now Foundation (full article here….) …..a poem written by a woman dying in hospice.

Ostaseski ended with a story. One day at Zen Hospice in San Francisco he was in the kitchen reading a book called Japanese Death Poems. A tough old lady from the streets named Sono, who was there to die, asked him about the book, and he explained the tradition of Japanese monks to write on the day of their death a poem expressing the essential truth discovered in their life. He read her a few. Sono said she’d like to write hers, and did, and asked that it be pinned to her bedclothes when she died and cremated with her. She wrote:

Don’t just stand there with your hair turning gray,
soon enough the seas will sink your little island.
So while there is still the illusion of time,
set out for another shore.
No sense packing a bag.
You won’t be able to lift it into your boat.
Give away all your collections.
Take only new seeds and an old stick.
Send out some prayers on the wind before you sail.
Don’t be afraid.
Someone knows you’re coming.
An extra fish has been salted.

–Mona (Sono) Santacroce (1928 – 1995)

Douglas Tompkins: Wild Legacy

Here’s a couple of films about Douglas Tompkins, who founded the North Face and the Esprit companies.

If that was as far as the history went, it would be a successful but boring story.

Who wants to learn about another businessman?

There’s more to the story, though.

Doug Tompkins took his money….and worked to affect the ecology of Chile (and the world) in a big way by saving large tracts of land and protecting them from development.

Here’s the description of this movie from YouTube:

Douglas Tompkins was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. Co-founder of The North Face and Esprit, Doug spent the first half of his life building successful, global brands, while simultaneously adventuring around the world, completing first descents of the world’s toughest rivers. In 1968 Doug embarked on a trip to Chile, driving with friends from California to the tip of Patagonia. Documented in the film Mountain of Storms, the trip solidified Doug’s place as rock climbing legend. In the early 1990s, Doug sold his part of Esprit and moved down to Chile to do conservation work full time with his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. Together, over the last 25 years, Doug and Kris have protected 2.2 million acres, more land than any other individuals. The foundations under the Tompkins Conservation umbrella, along with their partners, have created five national parks in Chile and Argentina and are in the process of creating five more. A Wild Legacy tells the story of Doug’s incredible life, his lasting impact on the wild landscapes of Patagonia, and Kris and the Tompkins Conservation team’s efforts to continue his audacious mission.
Doug was tragically killed in a kayaking accident on Lago General Carrera, north of Patagonia Park, on December 8th, 2015. Douglas Tompkins: A Wild Legacy was presented to audiences at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival on May 24th, 2016 during the festival’s tribute to Doug.
“If anything can save the world, I’d put my money on beauty” – Douglas Tompkins
The work goes on at

Film from Outside Television.

This second video is one from Tompkins Conservation….a tribute program….a eulogy.

This guy was an interesting character with an interesting life….and he had some good and interesting friends.

It’s long….but worth watching if you have a couple of free hours.


perfect isolation

I guess that isolation can be good.

I guess.

I figure that it’s kind of nice to have some people around, though.

I don’t know that this is really all that “perfect”.

Maybe “good” in some ways, but not perfect.

That’s the tradeoff sometimes for living someplace this beautiful….the places that remain beautiful and unspoiled are hard to get to…and, if they’re hard to get to, the other people might be few and far between.

I don’t know if I’d put my kids through this, either.

That’s what makes the world go round….all these different kinds of people.

Round…and round, huh?

How do you get to the bush? You go to the bush.

Here’s a short film about a couple who live in the New Zealand wilderness.

Every couple of weeks, she goes into the city to play music and buy groceries with the money she makes….so they don’t live completely off the land….but, still, it’s a pretty lo-tech existence.

I’m fascinated by back to the land and living in the woods stories!

I could watch YouTube videos of people doing it all day!

(Kidding….you have to get out and do it. Don’t be a dreamer….be a doer. Lace up your boots….get the kids in the minivan….do it. You have to do it. Right?)

Here’s a link to Miriam Lancewood’s book on Amazon.