This is Petrolia. To say that Monica and Will live off the beaten path would be an understatement. To get to petrolia, you have to exit the 101 and then basically drive through a redwood forest and over a mountain range on a tiny almost 2 lane road where you pass maybe 4 cars in an hour and a half. You drive through a ‘town’ called honeydew. And then 20 minutes after that you are in Petrolia.

Monica and Will live there in this yurt. They grow their own vegetables, have 39 chickens, operate on solar power and both work for non profits helping to restore the king range and mattole river to their original glories. Monica is due any day now so these pictures show her at almost 9 months along. I feel like monica and will are almost always smiling.

About 10 minutes away is the coast where we took a long walk on a basically deserted stretch of beach and I found a rock I liked. I took a picture so that I could leave it where I found it; such is the lost coast.

19 Responses to “petrolia”

  1. jamie says:

    i mean.

    things like this make me really question my life. you know?


  2. jamie says:

    (really. i just emailed ben with the post asking if he would ever consider such a lifestyle shift. also, the first photo? sigh.)

  3. elsie says:

    i love this. inspiring. amazing. to live a life so pure…could i ever do it?

  4. CitricSugar says:

    Gorgeous – I’ve always been strangely fascinated by yurts…

    There’s an irony, I suppose, to living so simply and naturally near a place called Petrolia.

  5. tracy says:

    it’s not the life for me..but i wish it was
    so beautiful
    no donkey?


  6. laure these photos are GORGEOUS. this looks amazing!

  7. Chris Rice says:

    Gorgeous photos. You get better and better.

  8. Linsi says:

    That life looks so liveable! It embodies every fantasy I’ve ever had of running away. Gorgeous area too. Good for them, maybe they’ll have (not very close) neighbors some day…

  9. Desi says:

    this reminds me of home (calaveras county). minus the ocean. i miss people who live in yurts or have them for guest houses. so beautiful and adventurous.

  10. umithepumi says:

    ditto Chris Rice

  11. Elissa says:

    I sighed so hard.
    This is secretly the kind of life I want to live.

  12. modernhaus says:

    You know this is taking me so far back…I lived on the Lost Coast on a goat farm (in an old abandoned goat shack). The label “Lost” has many meanings in that place ;)
    But it was magical.

  13. modernhaus says:

    Also, when was it you said you would start selling your large-format photos?? Hmmmm???

  14. laure says:

    summer, of course you lived on the lost coast! I want to hear all of your stories. And I was thinking about selling the large format for the holidays? If i can get my shit together? What are you saying?

  15. laure says:

    Elissa–when you’re there it feels like you could just slip right in and fall into place…

  16. Anna says:

    We drove to Petrolia once — about twenty years ago — and have always sworn we’d go back. One day! I ache to walk along that beach again!

  17. jill says:

    great pics.

    reminds me of this woman i met in nyc. shortly after i met her, she and her boyfriend left town to basically set up a modern day homestead. every once in awhile i tune in…
    they are always growing and making food and building different things.

    i think i am going to stay in a yurt on a winery in ojai next month, if it looks anything like this, i am golden.

  18. Ah, that light! Beautiful, beautiful photos and since (one of) my nickname(s) is Petrolia I’ll have to go there someday – never knew there was a place called that!

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