Back to the simple things that really make people happy. This is what El Capitan Lodge on the Californian coast wants to bring to every guest: sinking into a crystal-clear starry sky at night, hiking miles of trails through the foothills, and sitting by a blazing open fire in the evening. Simple cedar cabins or safari tents accommodate guests. Solar energy is used to power lights and heat the pool. For trees that have been uprooted by winter storms there is a rescue programme that saves them from ending up as firewood. Instead, the lodge workshop reserves the wood for other uses.