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Norma's Floating Store in British Columbia

Built by Bruno Atkey in Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, in the ’70s, and towed 26 miles to Hot Springs Cove, where Norma Bailey ran a “…great floating store selling emergency supplies, esoteric items, and Wild Coast history books,” according to Godfrey Stephens, who just sent this photo.

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Jumping off the Cliff At Steamer Lane In 1956

That’s me jumping (age 21). I’m wearing an old-fashioned wool bathing suit underneath my first wetsuit, a vest from the Dive ‘N Surf shop in La Jolla, Calif., in 1956. This predated O’Neill’s wetsuits. I sent my measurements to Dive ‘N Surf and they mailed me the cut-out parts along with a can of Black Magic glue; I glued the edges together and then glued strips over the seams.

This was an improvement, but we still tried to stay dry as long as possible. On certain swells, we’d jump this 6 to 8 feet down to the water and if done properly, the upper body would stay dry.

 Chris Thompson is a filmmaker working on the story of Northern California surfing during the 50s and 60s (a far cry from surfing in the warmer Southern California waters). Recently I loaned him a bunch of my old photos, which he scanned; this is one of them.

A post 9 years ago about that time period in Santa Cruz: https://lloyds-blog.theshelterblog.com/aloha-dave-devine_14/

Photo by Spike Bullis

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Man Quits His Job After Visiting Burning Man, Spends 10+ Years Drawing In The Sand

“Imagine if the art you spent hours making was destroyed soon after completion. For 44-year-old San Francisco-based artist Andres Amador, who creates sand-paintings up to 100,000 square feet (~35,000 M2) in size, this is a reality.

Amador received a BA in Environmental Science before joining the Peace Corps and then starting a regular career, but it was a visit to Burning Man in 1999 that changed him. He quit his job, and in 2004, in the hours been low and high tide, started doing sand art.…”

https://www.boredpanda.com/sand-paintings-earthscape-andres-amador/

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On the Coast Today

Left at 5:30 AM, made about 12 photo stops, got to Gualala at 9 — 3-1/2 hours travel time, from pitch black to blue-sky/blue ocean morning sun.

Three planets are lined up in pre-dawn skies right now, about 4-6:30 AM in these parts. Power girl Venus, Jupiter, Mars.

After breakfast, Louie and I took a long walk on the Guala beach.

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