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Strictly Cool

Gillian Welch. John Prine. Merle Haggard. Robert Plant. Patty Griffin. Steve Earle. Punch Brothers. Bela Fleck. Emmylou Harris. Buckethead. Can you imagine a festival that brings all of these amazing talents together? For free? In gorgeous Golden Gate Park? It’s real. It’s the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Music is so important to me and has been such a big part of this trip, we figured such an event would be a great way to bring our journey to an end. I was amazed. Although there were grips of people there, it was a very friendly event. At the end of each night, the moderator reminded everyone to pick up after themselves and take care of each other. And everybody actually did.

Thank you, Roger and Kim for letting us loiter around your place for the weekend. Viva California!

Gillian & Dave

Gillian & Dave.

mighty ducks

Mighty Ducks?

old friends

Not only does the guy tear it up on guitar and look good wearing a bucket on his head, he has sweet robot moves and nunchuck skills.



The Real Full House Opening Credits

Is that Uncle Jesse in there?

Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

Spending the week in San Francisco, I was reminded of how awesome old friends are. High school friend John and his wife San were completely hospitable, and we enjoyed many breakfasts at their yummy cafe in Mountain View. As an aside, if you ever went to John’s basement in high school, you will delight in knowing that his shuffle board table has been seriously upgraded!

A Good Morning Cafe

A hopping little place with delicious food.

Terry channeled his college self, attending a Salesforce class all week. So I invited my sis out and we bounced around the city together. Here are the CliffNotes from our time in San Fran.

  • Chilled on the beach in Pacifica, where despite the massive fog, Elizabeth got a good pinkish hue.¬†George Costanza would be enamored.
  • Reds v Giants in the 8th row behind the Reds dugout. More old friends to reference, thanks Tricia and Kim!

Agreed, fellow Reds fan. But I think we can do better than Rice-a-Roni.

  • A classic walking tour with Roger, our tour guide extraordinaire. First rate sights and stories all day long from another long time friend, and no less than one unmentionable I wish I could erase from my memory.
San Francisco Tour

Adventures in the city with Roger & Elizabeth

  • Enjoyed possibly the best massage ever with Liz and San. What was so great about it, you ask? It was $25/hr and they literally karate chop your ass. Nuff said.
  • Rented a vintage 1977 VW Bug convertible to ride to Napa “Thelma and Louise” style. No, we didn’t drive it off a cliff, but there are many stories to tell with that car. Let’s just say it’s a trip I’ll never forget.
love bug

The Love Bug. Or is it?

blackbird inn

The adorable Blackbird Inn, our sanctuary


wine, wine, wine!