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Mud Huts and a California Castle

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Though I can't quite understand why, a crazy@ss 20-mile hike is not for everyone.

Many of my weekends now center around shorter hikes (under 10 miles), bike rides, and active outings. This change is jeopardizing my maintenance a bit and I'm again rearranging and fine-tuning.

Life is a balancing act and I understand that if I want to continue trekking and climbing peaks all weekend, every weekend, I probably won't be able to maintain my current relationship with my awesome guy. So I chose to compromise.

Luckily we both agree as far as nutrition goes, and we're both eating mostly clean and healthy. (Dark chocolate included.)

We also agree that exercise needs to be part of our lives, but we have different approaches.

This concludes the SparkPart of my blog.

What I wanted to share today is last weekend's amazing outing. We visited two rather curious places, each one different, and each one unique.

Our morning/lunch outing brought us to the high desert to a place called the Cal-Earth Institute.

There they build adobe houses and shelters from sustainable materials, say "dirt" :), through a very unique process.

It's definitely an unconventional and back to basics kind of place. This has always resonated with me. Going off the grid has always fascinated and intrigued me.
We went for a tour and a lecture and ended with a very yummy potluck lunch. Google them if you're interested to learn more.

The afternoon was spent visiting and touring Rubel Castle, the brain child of Michael Rubel, a quite eccentric individual.

In a nutshell, over decades he built a castle out of stone and junk. It comes complete with drawbridge and tower.

It cannot be described but must be seen to believe. (I have never seen so much junk in one place, but at Rubel Castle it's all part of the overall design.)

We had a marvelous time on our mini road trip/sightseeing tour.
Next weekend will need to be a bit more active though. Planned are a Saturday morning hike, and a Sunday afternoon bike ride.

Keep moving SparkFriends.

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    Our eccentric in this area built White Otter Castle. Fascinating and sad. Aren't people interesting?
    1500 days ago
    I take it the new guy isn't into crazy@ss 20 mile hikes? Do you go hiking with a club?

    YIKES! Doing about 13 is the most we've ever done -- you are a beast! (And I mean that in the best way!)
    1523 days ago
    Very unique places that you went to - pictures were interesting.

    Comprise is good - this way you can still do your hiking and spend time with your boyfriend.


    1530 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    So nice that the two of you are working on a compromise while keeping your healthy goals at the same time.
    The houses and castle do look intriguing. Love seeing things that are out of the box.
    1530 days ago
    Always a balance. Just remember what is most important and keep putting it first. It sounds like you had good chats about it.
    1530 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Compromise is good, and you still get out to climb just not as much as before. Love the pictures of last weekends adventure.
    1530 days ago
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