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Eco-Friendly Bee Hive Removal

While trying to install our signal booster antennae on our new house, we heard a buzzing and came across a buzzing mess lurking under the palm fronds. Kim grabbed a plastic bag and I got in place with the camera. … Continue reading

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Mountain Biking to the Real Goods Solar Living Institute

What is this magical product that I found at the Real Goods Solar Living Institute? Watch the video below to find out…

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Building a Cabana in Nicaragua – Walls up and Siding on

The walls are up, the siding is on, and our cute little 18’sq cabana is nearly finished! We had to leave Nicaragua at this point and are very excited to get back down there and put in the details like … Continue reading

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A Tiny House in Hopland

On our standard tri-yearly drive between Oregon and LA we finally stopped in the deliciously named Hopland to check out the Real Goods Solar Living Institute. The Tiny House was obviously appealing – a micro home on a trailer built … Continue reading

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Framing the Octagon Window

Designing the window placement was a fun experience that involved measuring, re-measuring, and measuring again, then erasing, measuring, and changing the dimensions multiple times. Our friendly red-headed framer was smilingly patient as we changed our minds back and forth. Right … Continue reading

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Building in Nicaragua – Concrete Floor, Tile, and Wood Dilemmas

Building in Nicaragua is both much easier and much more difficult than it would be in the States. This project in particular is easier than most since we’re building on Coco Loco property with full access to power (except when … Continue reading

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Designing an Eco-friendly Cabana in Northern Nicaragua

Using the Barefoot Architect by Johan van Lengen to get a few ideas during the design process.

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Camping on the Beach in Nicaragua – with Marshmallow Friends

A few years ago I helped build a camper with the goal of driving from CA to Tierra Del Fuego, Chile. We finished the camper and took it to Baja a few times but never made the big trip. My … Continue reading

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Building in Nicaragua – Palm Fronds for the Thatch Roof

Accessing the palm fronds for the thatch roof turned out to be one of the easiest things we’ve had to do so far. There’s a property nearby owned by a friend full of the right kinds of palms, so we … Continue reading

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Building in Nicaragua – Is Cutting Mangroves ever Sustainable?

Mangle, mangle, mangle! We were told we needed to get some varilla to support the palma (palm thatch leaves used for our roof). So we said “OK, where do we get that”? We could either buy it from a local … Continue reading

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New Ocean View Eco Community in Northern Nicaragua

It’s been brewing for a while and now we’re going for it. We’re planning an eco-friendly community on an amazing piece of land consisting of two ridges, a hilltop, and valley situated behind a bay with great waves and a … Continue reading

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Building in Nicaragua – Eucalyptus Plantation and Roof Assembly Video

The video footage of the Eucalyptus plantation experience and the start of the roof assembly.

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Building in Nicaragua – Eucalyptus Plantation Politics

The house progresses rapidly. It’s amazing how quickly the eucalyptus posts can be assembled into home shape. Our nine supporting pillars were bought, cut, delivered, and cemented into place within four days. For the rest of the roof structure we … Continue reading

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Building in Nicaragua – Shopping for Eucalyptus Video

A video summary of shopping for the eucalyptus posts that will become the pillars for our cabana in Nicaragua.

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Building a Cabana in Nicaragua – Eucalyptus posts

Lately our home base has been a thatched roof cabana at El Coco Loco, the Eco-hotel where we run our women’s surf and yoga retreats. Since the guys at Coco Loco have been letting us crash there in between retreats, … Continue reading

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Cheap Land in Klamath Falls

“There’s the price of your lot, and then there’s the price of your well….” Gary Gardiner, the mustached realtor whose name adorned the most for sale signs in the area broke the news to us that $5k for 2.5 beautifully … Continue reading

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Building with Bamboo – Making Esterilla

Esterilla is essentially flattened bamboo and can be used as flooring, wall paneling, and anything else where you need a strong flat material. In Ecuador we saw it used as walls in many local homes. We happened to come across … Continue reading

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Treehouse Envy

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Bamboo: Hip-E habitat?

The search for a sustainably built home has led us all over the place in the past months.  We’ve been learning a lot about various green building methods and materials, from hay bales, to clay, earth ships and bamboo.   … Continue reading

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House Hunters in Humboldt – the Tweaker Mansion vs. the National Park

Homelessness is over-rated. Sure it’s nice for a little while – no rent, no mortgage, nothing keeping us in one place or another – but after a few months of staying at other people’s homes and constantly having to move … Continue reading

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Searching for Seeds of a Ceibo Tree in Ecuador

Whether you compare the color to Shrek, the Jolly Green Giant, or halloween-costume witch face paint, the color of the Ceibo tree is impressive. We wanted to try to harvest some seeds to bring back to Nicaragua and went on … Continue reading

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Land Hunters Lost in the Jungle

We are constantly on the hunt for good land for sale. When a too-good-to-be-true ad for a big piece of cheap land led us down ever-narrowing roads, we got out and started walking, admiring the plant life along the way.

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When to buy organic, and when it’s ok to save some money

If I had endless amounts of money…. I’d buy organic everything. Unfortunately, I do not have endless amounts of money (very unfortunate), so while wandering the produce aisle, it’s sometimes very hard to choose. A small bunch of organic cilantro … Continue reading

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The Best Beer in Ecuador

Hiking through permaculture farms and admiring bamboo structures makes one quite thirsty. Usually, quality hoppy libations are inaccessible in Latin America, which is why we were so ecstatic to happen upon Cafe Flor and Roche’s Brewery in Canoa, Ecuador. We’d … Continue reading

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Hiking the Jama-Coque Ecological Reserve in Ecuador

While visiting the Rio Muchacho farm we met a silvaculturalist (tree specialist) named Noah who suggested we check out the Jama-Coque Ecological Reserve. He gave us some vague directions and we followed a dirt road through some squishy mud, left … Continue reading

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Rio Muchacho Organic Farm Tour

Holly Beck and Kim Obermeyer tour the Rio Muchacho Organic Farm in Ecuador, milking cows to make cheese, carving mate bowls, climbing huge trees, and checking out the bamboo structures. http://www.riomuchacho.com

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Koh Ra Ecolodge Thailand

Holly and Kim in Thailand, hanging out at the Koh Ra Ecolodge and cruising Phuket.

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Road Tripping

We like to explore. Without endless amounts of time, sometimes the best way to see what’s out there is to drive the coast, hike a bit, look for creatures, and not worry about knowing exactly where we will end up. … Continue reading

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