Veggie Voyagers

Couple travelled 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces between 7/07 and 5/08 running their 1987 Ford truck on straight veggie oil. The blog continues with a focus on the natural world and energy politics from a personal perspective

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Book Loop

We enthusiastically thought that Northern California Independent Bookstores would wildly welcome our book on veggie voyaging but now that idealistic notion is tempered by an acute awareness that one doesn't need to smoke crack to be delusional. We sold 6 books and consigned 23 in our 10 city loop of many of America's "grooviest" towns.
All wasn't bad at all though since a reality check is just that... reality. We got to see friends and camp on the Eel River and enjoy four wonderful days veggie voyaging.
There was some gorgeous fall color in the grape vines and golden trees among the great redwoods of the north country. This photo was from Real Goods in Hopland where we had a warm reception for which I was very grateful.

This shot down to the coast captures fronds of the ever spreading silvery pampus grass invaision against the brilliant reflection of the sea below. We spent last night in Ft. Bragg in public parking when the alternator went out and noted that this plant is really taking over the coast in that region. It was fun getting to know the town better though and luckily, as usual, Michael could trouble shoot and fix what was wrong but it did include a new alternator.

We also spent time in Richardson Grove checking on the great redwood trees that line the two-lane Hwy 101 and also down here at the Eel, visiting the ducks sprung contrasty and bright in their mystery poses just a hundred feet or so down from the forest. The issue of the trees is an important one. 80 trees are proposed to be cut so oversized trucks can more safely speed through this curvy section of highway. (Doesn't stop the logging trucks, that's for sure.) This is a beautiful and ancient grove of elder and ancient redwoods and there is a lawsuit to stop Cal Trans. Anything you can do??? I don't know but you/we can be ready to raise a ruckus and can check out the Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Protection Information Center (which I will do once I get caught up... we just got home, tired.)






1 Comments:

At December 21, 2010 at 8:23 AM , Blogger Jeff Muskrat said...

Thank you for sharing your adventures!

More information about the coalition to Save Richardson Grove can be found at saverichardsongrove.org.

 

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