One journey ends, another begins!

Well folks, we started our journey on Ollie (and started this blog) back in November 2010, a whole year and a half ago, and I am delighted to announce that this particular voyage has officially come to an end and we have settled down permanently in Oakland.  We found a lovely house called the Barnyard Collective, a small but vibrant group of rad folks dedicated to urban homesteading, home brewing, dog loving, vegan cooking, dumpster diving, and the queer things in life.  It feels like home.

Ollie is parked in the spacious yard, providing a needed shade area for the chickens as well as a convenient storage space (and perhaps a cheap room for a lucky someone in the future?).  Ivy seems to have taken to house living more easily than I (I haven’t lived in a room in a house in four years!); she still sleeps between us, under the covers, at night, and she has found her favorite nooks and crannies (as well as illicit chewables) around the common spaces.

This doesn’t mean that Max and I won’t continue to visit intentional communities, of course.  There are tons of said communities around the Bay Area, many of which aren’t listed on  We kind of knew we’d have to live here before we even heard about the coolest ones.   🙂

But expect less frequent posting, as we will no longer be driving wildly from Davis to Seattle in the dead of night, nor will we be picking up too many more dead deer along the interstates.  Those days are over… for now.


3 Responses to “One journey ends, another begins!”

  1. Davis Says:

    Running water and electricity whenever you want it! It’s gonna be crazy! I have a feeling Ollie hasn’t seen the last of his adventures yet. I hope to be back in the bay soon to visit. Love and jah,

  2. Laurie, Kaj and Eski from Arcata Says:

    Hi Rachel and Max, It’s good to see you have found a sweet place. We left Arcata in May 2012 and moved back to Lopez Island. Kaj is in Portland going to Reed College, but Eski and his girlfriend Orion are living here on Lopez in the bigger house; I am living in the little bunkhouse. The three cats are with us too. We have 10 acres with pond, food gardens and some pasture. We have an outhouse and an outdoor shower, a woodstove and a nice kitchen. We’re hoping to build a wood fired sauna and a greenhouse sometime this year. Eski has followed your example and learned to brew mead and keep bees. He is building a yurt. Orion weaves and knits and makes incredible breads and pastries. I milk the cows at a nearby farm and write scripts and teach DIY filmmaking. If you are ever up in western Washington come see us, there is plenty of room for Ollie (and Ivy too.)

  3. ollie Says:

    Hi Laurie, Kaj and Eski!

    Sorry about being so slow responding… That’s really exciting that you all are in such a beautiful place! I’ve always really wanted to keep bees and brew mead. We’re sort of city dwellers these days so you’ve got me pining for off the grid living again. There are few nicer things in life than a wood fired sauna and outdoor shower.Thanks for keeping in touch!

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