Tassajara is a Soto Zen monastery, located very much off the grid, in a tuck of canyon off of Carmel Valley. The road is steep, unpaved, and treacherous, so I took the proffered "coach" (a weary, but obedient Chevy Suburban) both there and back.
On the last day, on the ride back to our cars, Naomi asked me "Do you know Keith Laumer? He died a few years ago." I told her I last read A House in November.
"We're friends with his daughter. If I had known you back then, we would have given you Keith Laumer's desk!" Naomi said.