Dan lives in a pine-paneled hole in the ground in the Northwest United States

By on Dec 23rd

I really love imagining what it would be like to live in completely different ways. When I was a kid, many of my favorite books had vivid descriptions of offbeat homes; my favorite comes from My Side of the Mountain, in which a boy runs away from home and builds a life living in a hollowed-out oak tree with a pet hawk.

This is the book I thought of when I learned about Dan Price, an artist who lives in a hole he dug.

That room. That miniscule place of peace. That circle filled with heavenly light, is only 8 feet from side to side. The golden pine ceiling is 4 feet off the carpet near the door and rises like a miniature amphitheater on the back side to 5 feet. On the roof lies 2 feet of soil where weeds, wild grasses and deer hang out. Being underground it's a cinch to heat. On hot summer days the room stays at a crisp 58 degrees.

Dan dug out his Hobbit hole and spends half the year there — the other half he's in Hawaii surfing.

He is an ascetic, interested mainly in living life simply. He also draws journals about his life and sells them as zines and books.

I cannot tell you how much I want to go to there.

Thank you for joining me on today's fantasy daydream home.

Learn more about Dan, his art and his home at Moonlight Chronicles.

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About Cat Rocketship

I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.