|Hiking in Briones in Orinda|
|A new found awesome hiking spot at Mott Peak in Briones|
This past weekend, we accidentally found ourselves at the home of John Muir located in the town of Martinez. We stumbled upon it after finishing a beautiful hike in the Briones Nat. Park. While we hiked, we were saying how lucky we are to be within minutes of all these great natural parks away from the urban vibe and computers. Later, after picking up sandwiches, we drove around to find a nice spot to eat and stumbled upon the home of the man who really made the national park system happen. And guess what? It was free and had picnic benches!
|Click for link about the Muir house|
|Muir's Victorian Home|
|I made a light very similar to this one.|
We both picked up tips on how to make our home more authentic to the period while keeping it updated to modern standards. One of the more astonishing things (to me) were in the attic. There was a table filled with tools of the era including a hand crank drill. Hand-cranked!!
|Tools in John Muir's attic|
|Crazy wheelboard that I could make out of wood if need be|
|John Muir's study is all wood|
These are all enlivening things that I've rediscovered in me just these past 3 years.
It has been far harder but far more rewarding then many of the computer-based work I had been doing up to that time. Our house is about 1/3 the size of Muirs' and our yard 1/10 of his land yet it still seems a great challenge to work with wood and soil year round. Most people would have a gardener and a contractor but we've decided to do all our work ourselves since we have been basically operating on the slogan: 'No Experience, No Tools, No Budget, No Help...No Problem!' lol
|Stones placed around Muir's farm|
Anyway, going forward...perhaps the technology expertise I possess can best be used to help others "rediscover" the values of the past that have been buried by the avalanche of zeros and ones? That sounds good to me. What about you?
|Andrea's favorite room is named 'The Scribble Den'|
|Andrea develops crush for Mr. Muir|