Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Sheep Are Here!

The Sea Ranch uses a rotating group of sheep to do prescribed grazing. The flock, which has about 350 head, rotates from common area to common area to do their work.

There are a dozen goats or so in the mix to take care of the really tough stuff that the sheep won't touch.

They stay in each spot for a day or two, and are they moved to the next by the shepherd and his dog. They are kept in place with a solar-powered electric fence. Finally, the flock has gotten close to our house. We went out twice yesterday to watch them. I had no idea what loud eaters they are, quite the noisy group. Here are a few photos from the outing.

The SF Chronicle actually did an extensive article on the whole operation in 2005. Here is the link if you want to read more.

Real time map of where the sheep are can be found here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Road Trip: Humboldt

This past weekend we made a quick trip 36 hour trip to Humboldt. It's about 4.5 hour drive from here, all quite scenic. The purpose of our trip was the see Frank Warren of the PostSecret project speak at Humboldt State. It was such a great experience, it deserves its own blog post (coming soon!)

I love Arcata. Living there for four years while attending Humboldt State made a lasting impression. When I left Arcata in 1996 to move to San Diego, I literally cried for the first hour of driving. I've been back a few times since graduation, but this was Bob's first trip to Arcata. What is always strange to me is that I feel like I met Bob while I was at Humboldt, and when I tell college stories, I just assume he was a part of them. I didn't meet him until four years after I left Humboldt, but I guess after a while we just weave the love of your life into all the stories of your life ... whether they were there or not.

While in town, we dined at Folie Douce, picked up bagels from Los Bagels, a loaf of Brio Bread and a case of Larrupin's mustard. We took a quick side trip to Trinidad to walk on the beach. That was Tender's favorite part.

On the drive back home, we took the Avenue of the Giants route, which runs through Humbolt Redwoods State Park and parallel to Highway 101. Man, oh, man how I love big trees. There is a nice visitors center along the route where we watched an old-school video of the 1964 Eel River floods that roared through the area. It wiped out dozes of key bridges, rail lines and essentially shut off much of the north coast area for months. Some towns were completely destroyed and never rebuilt.

The final leg of the return was down Highway 1. We were treated to a gorgeous sunset and super calm ocean waters. Just perfect. Bottom line, there is no place like Northern California.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Doing What You Love

We've had a lot of discussion in our house the past couple of months about work and life and making sure that we enjoy every minute of it. I do feel like our time up here at The Sea Ranch has been a gift. So much uninterupted time for reflection, planning and really enjoying each day fully ... all while listening to the sound of crashing waves. I haven't felt this calm in years.

I really find inspiration from people who truly love what they do. I'm not just talking about work/career, it may be their hobby, their commitment to family, or they way they throw themselves fully and joyfully into volunteering or creating things. Enthusiasm is contagious.

I want to share with you this video about a man who makes pizza.  This video makes me smile each time I watch it. It's worth the 16+ minutes it takes to watch.

The Best Thing I Ever Done HQ from MargaretEmily MacKenzie on Vimeo.