The Establishment, an aptly named 19-person community that was founded in the 1970s, was the only community we contacted in SLO. The 19-bedroom house used to be a hotel and was originally located next to the railroad that runs through town (it was moved — rolled on logs and pulled by oxen — in the early 20th century). Jack Kerouac is said to have stayed in the hotel during his famous train hopping days. The Establishment’s community members, all in their 20s and 30s, seemed to be a fun-loving family; interests included roller derby, bikes, and Burning Man. There weren’t any all-community events during our stay, and community rooms were small so people seemed to spend a lot of time in their bedrooms (which were also quite small), so we didn’t get to spend much time with too many people. The folks we did chat with were very welcoming; one told me I should “feel free to walk around the house like it’s a weird museum.” I did.