Brown is no stranger to modest accommodations. In his first round as governor in the ’70s, he famously slept on a mattress on the floor of his small Sacramento apartment. But his ranch getaway, where he stays in a small cabin—just big enough to hold one mattress, the Times reports—offers more aspirational living: no electricity, no cell service, no indoor plumbing. (OK, that last part may not be so aspirational.)
And like any good digital detox, the isolated ranch offers few distractions:
“They spend a lot of time outside,” said Walt Seaver, a farmer who is one of Mr. Brown’s cousins. “I went up there, and he was sitting on a stump reading a book. I asked him what he was reading. It was like Greek mythology.”
So next time you update Facebook, remember that Jerry Brown is out in nature, star-gazing and reading The Iliad.