The Hemp Connection in Garberville
Finally, life off the grid. After thirty years in Whale Gulch, Nancy has telephone service, but it sounds like a walkie-talkie because it is a cordless phone ingeniously connected to a base several miles away on a mountain top by two directional radio antennae aimed at one another. She also has a CB radio. Both run on twelve volt batteries powered by solar panels on the roof. The house is wood heated, plus a small propane heater in one bathroom. Lights are twelve volt, stove and refrigerator, propane. Tapwater comes from a spring, and tastes pure and sweet. Water from the sinks and shower water the garden, so all soaps used are biodegradable. The garden is prolific. Nancy, a co-chief of the Whale Gulch Volunteer Fire Department, maintains a tank of emergency firefighting water next to her home. The tank doubles as a swimming pool and fish pond. A sunbathing raft floats in it.
Water tank/swimming pool beside Nancy's house
"I built the guest house so that my daughters would continue to feel a connection to the land," she explained to me as we walked through the forest to the cabin where I am staying for two nights. Newlywed Anna lives near Santa Cruz, and visits often enough to have richly expressed her passion for interior decorating within the cabin. Jessica moved to Portland, Oregon, where she will be interning.
Beginning of the pathway to the cabin
A tiny bridge over a stream bed on the way to the cabin
Solar panels on the roof, and a puff of smoke from the chimney
A comfortable one-seater over a large
deep pit. The green container holds powdered
A wood-heated hot tub on the back porch!
Anna's playful, comfortable, folk-art-filled
living room and kitchen, with
The cast iron wood stove and a small dining table beside it
Fountain at the center of the lawn in front of Nancy's house
All that's left of the Llama
I took a walk for an hour along the
dirt roads near Nancy's land before
Nancy's nearest town, Whitethorne,
nearly in its entirety--down the road is a school.
A brilliant 103 degree day in
Garberville; shoppers outside the Hemp Connection
In addition to stylish natural fiber
clothing, Hemp Connection offers hemp fiber
...including decals and bumperstickers.
Teresa and her mother Marie own and run
I dressed for the heat, and set up my
A group of old and new friends
assembled for my performance.
After the booksigning, Anna Hamilton,
known to her many