Archive for February, 2006

Lost Valley Pictures - Permaculture Projects

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Pictures of various permaculture projects around Lost Valley - papercrete, strawbale, cob, a solar cooker and solar shower, and more.

A cob construction - resides behind the main lodge. There is a phone booth on the right-hand side behind the bench.

Outside of the cob phone booth (see the stained glass window!).

Inside of the cob phone booth.

An […]

Lost Valley Pictures - The Land

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Here are some pics of Lost Valley’s land, including their creek and meadow.

April’s artistic shot of trees near the creek.

There is a large meadow near the yurts where visitors can camp during the summer.

View of the meadow from the yurt-side.

View up the creek from a crossing bridge.

Downstream at the creek

Path leading away from the creek […]

Lost Valley Pictures - Buildings

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Entering Lost Valley

Coming up the driveway at Lost Valley. Parking lot is on the left, offices are beyond the parking lot. The front cob bench is straight ahead.

The front cob bench where we met for the tour. The main lodge is behind and to the right.
Buildings Around Lost Valley

The main lodge. Along the back of […]

NomadicScribe has a Photo Editor!

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

I would like to welcome my old roommate and friend, Miguel (Chandengui), to the NomadicScribe blog. He has graciously offered to serve as our photo editor, showing off his photo-manipulation skills to make our pictures more professional.

First impressions of Lost Valley

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

I see Lost Valley as a three-fold enterprise: a conference-hosting business, a land-development operation, and a housing co-op. All three projects are hosted on the same land and run by the same people, who live together 24 hours a day. Running this enterprise is by no means a small feat.

When we arrived on Wednesday the […]

car’s all fixed

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

We got the car all fixed up in Mountain Home, Idaho (thanks to Art with Valley Towing, and C & A Automotive). It was the timing belt. Got it and a leaky water pump replaced for $340, and they threw in a free oil change. We’re staying in Portland with April’s friend Maggie. We’ll be […]

picture post!!

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Finally got a chance to upload some pics from the past few days.

Ada, Oklahoma:
Benjamin and April with Karen Jean and “latte” (poking out of Karen’s shirt):

A sunset in Ada:

Driving through New Mexico:
Besides the cool cloud patterns, there were some great gradients in the sky color:

Grand Canyon, Arizona:
Mather Point:

plans vs reality: part 2

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Apparently up here in the north, there is a thing called “snow” and when it falls, it collects on the ground, and stays for the entire duration of cold weather. This “snow” as it is called can be quite a hindrance as it covers everything, and must be forcibly moved to get it out of […]

driving the southwest, backwards

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

We’re running about a half day ahead of schedule thanks to Karen Jean’s hotel donation Thursday night and our failure to reserve camping in Bryce Canyon tonight. We are able to drive till we crash when all we have to do is check in and brush our teeth. We’re in Salt Lake City, Utah at […]

plans vs reality

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Yeah, so things didn’t really work out like that (do they ever?). It took all day for the garage to fix my car (they replaced the boots, not the axle), so we didn’t leave Ada until 5pm on Thursday. Karen Jean generously offered to pay for a hotel room for us Thursday night, and we […]