This Week on the Lost Coast: A Photo Essay

this week on the Lost Coast: 5 inches of rain, for a start!

5 inches of rain.

That’s what Mikey says anyway, and I think that while it sounds like a lot, it doesn’t feel like as much as it should be. I think 15 inches is more like it.

The river is full.

meriah nichols lost coast-2-2 meriah nichols lost coast-3-2The soil is, too. Which has had… interesting repercussions.

landslide cleared
landslide cleared

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    The little creek that runs alongside our yurt is bubbling

meriah nichols lost coast-24Moxie’s the most badass of our kids, and she’s the one who I take hiking with me now. She charges up the hills – just FLIES! And she doesn’t care about getting wet. She’s an awful lot of fun to hang out with.

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no eggs now
no eggs now

meriah nichols lost coast-23The big old fig tree is their playground

meriah nichols lost coast-5 meriah nichols lost coast-3 meriah nichols lost coast-1But I’m pretty sure they have a blast with everything else too

meriah nichols lost coast-6 meriah nichols lost coast-33 meriah nichols lost coast-34 meriah nichols lost coast-22 meriah nichols lost coast-32Our deck is pretty much finished! But when they were working on it, they ripped out our outdoor shower to start building a bathhouse in its stead. Only problem is that right after they ripped it out, it started RAINING and it hasn’t really stopped yet. So they haven’t been able to work on anything.

That means we improvise. And seriously? It’s totally fine.

"the hillbilly hot tub"
“the hillbilly hot tub”

This place has some kinda magic.

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Remember the “Chromosome Shirt” I was making and selling last year? I’ve got them up again on Zazzle, with 100% of the proceeds going to keeping the “A Day in the Life with Down syndrome” Project going. It’s a cool shirt, and World Down syndrome Day is coming up – please support a great cause and gain a cool shirt at the same time!

The awesome thing about this is that YOU can tailor the shirt however you want. Sleeveless, v-neck, white, Kid’s sizes, baby body suit, men’s boxy-T; whatever! And tons of sizes. 🙂

All right, so, there is a break in the weather and I just remembered I need to feed the rabbits – over & out

Meriah Nichols is teacher and artist who lives in a yurt off the grid. She is deaf, has 3 kids (one with Down syndrome) and a lot of chickens. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done. She likes her tea Earl Grey and hot.


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