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I Remember 9-11-2001

September 11th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments
My friend, David Weiss

My friend, David Weiss

Another year has passed, and here it is September 11, once more. My friend Jerry and I usually ride a memorial run at this time each year. This year we drove. Jer’ wasn’t feeling up to snuff. David was the first name with a face for me on that fateful morning… I use his name, but I honor them all. In some respects it seems like yesterday that the world turned that corner… and yet it is thirteen years ago. It is up to us who remember that fateful morning in the first person to take special care to carry the tell to those who were too young to remember that day…

I remember in 2003 I was on a Rt. 66 motorcycle trip back and forth across the country with Jerry. We stopped in Oklahoma City to pay our respects at the Murrah Memorial. It is a very powerful memorial indeed. Anyway, we were talking to one of the law enforcement officers stationed on site. ‘Some people say we need to forget this and get past it,’ he said… paused, and then continued. ‘We need to remember this every day!’ I couldn’t agree more.

As for the victims of 9/11/2001… may they rest in peace. They, and their families are often in my prayers.

Normally, Jerry and I ride our motorcycles as I intimated. Jer’ had some physical issues today so we did it in my truck.

We both remember, and I hope you do too.

Onward!

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A Trip To Lynchburg With Lockn’ In The Offing

September 6th, 2014 Jorma 15 comments
Sunset before the drive

Sunset before the drive

A beautiful evening at home before the drive to Virginia… The hot Ohio weather has returned, and you know… that’s OK. The Farmer’s Almanac says it’s going to be another harsh winter so we’re enjoying this as long as we can.

Izze and Maverick... post dinner

Izze and Maverick... post dinner

The big Mav’ was hanging with us after dinner… as always. We love this dog, plus… when he barks the windows rattle.

Coffee on the porch... with Mom's old Flag

Coffee on the porch... with Mom's old Flag

Beatrice’s old flag from Talmont in Tahoe… keeps us company every morning at the pergola.

After a beautiful ride from Ohio, through the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia, we arrived in Lynchburg in time to dine at Ty Thai.

This place rocks!

This place rocks!

Tonight, Hot Tuna plays at midnight on the Triangle Stage after Tom Petty’s show on the main stage.

Jorma on the steps of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

Jorma on the steps of the Beatrice Love Kitchen

That’s about it for now… thinking about the coming Fall at home…

My front yard

My front yard

Yeah, it’s a trick shot I know, but I like it anyway. Filters… I love them!

Northeast Weekend

September 1st, 2014 Jorma 19 comments
Cool stuff at Mille's

Cool stuff at Mille's

I was able to snag my son Zach, for the last week of his vacation… we got a couple of motorcycle rides in and got to eat at Millie’s in Rutland, Ohio.

The ride home...

The ride home...

A nice ride home back to Hillside Farm… and ready to leave on Thursday for New York.

On our way to Amagansett and Stephen Talkhouse we stopped for the night in Riverhead and on Friday morning for breakfast we went to Anthony Meras’ Star Confectionery for breakfast.

Zach outside Star Confectionery

Zach outside Star Confectionery

If you’re ever in Riverhead… you gotta stop by… at least for a shake.

Very old school!

Very old school!

Next stop… Montauk Point.

The young man and the sea...

The young man and the sea...

A perfect day… not too hot… not too cool… no fog!

Then… the Talkouse.

Barry, Jorma & G.E.

Barry, Jorma & G.E.

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here is our set list from Friday night:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 5, 2014
Stephen Talkhouse
Amagansett, New York
Friday, August 29, 2014

1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Children Of Zion
3. Full Go Round
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
7. In My Dreams
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Barbeque King, GE joins us
11. Hesitation Blues
12. Long Gone From Kentucky, GE sings
13. Good Shepherd
14. Let It Rock, GE sings
15. Come Back Baby
16. That’ll Never Happen No More
17. I Know You Rider
18. Encore: Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

G.E. and Barry backstage at the T'House

G.E. and Barry backstage at the T'House

Great hanging with G.E., picking some tunes with him and enjoying Peter Hohnerkamp’s domain… filled with delightful eccentrics.

Phil and Zach in the Jaguar

Phil and Zach in the Jaguar

On the way to Hudson, Phil let Zach drive his Jag giving the young man a taste of exotic machinery and NY traffic. Good times.

The we pulled into Helsinki… in Hudson N.Y.

Helsinki Hudson

Helsinki Hudson

What a beautiful club. We can hardly wait to get back to this one. Here is our set list:

Jorma Kaukonen & Barry Mitterhoff 6, 2014
Helsinki Hudson
Hudson, New York
Saturday, August 30, 2014

1. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
2. Children Of Zion
3. Second Chances
4. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
5. How Long Blues
6. I See The Light
7. Heart Temporary
8. Hesitation Blues
9. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
10. Come Back Baby
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. In My Dreams
13. 99 Year Blues
14. The Terrible Operation
15. Bar Room Crystal Ball
16. Water Song
17. Vicksburg Stomp
18. Barbeque King
19. Good Shepherd
20. I Am The Light Of This World
21. Nine Pound Hammer
22. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Good job Jorma!

Good job Jorma!

Early Sunday morning, Phil and I went over to Tanzy’s at 223 Warren St. in Hudson. We were meeting some folks there to present a surprise Fur Peace Ranch Gift Certificate to this cool gentlemen whose extremely thoughtful wife gave him a session for his 50th birthday. What a woman.

Tanzy's rocks!

Tanzy's rocks!

The food was delicious… fellowship outstanding!

A weekend of old school... Tanzy's

A weekend of old school... Tanzy's

Then it was time for the drive home.

A young man and a truck... Pennsylvania truck stop

A young man and a truck... Pennsylvania truck stop

I dropped Zach of with his Mom in Hagerstown. Tomorrow is his first day as a Junior in High School. Boy does the time fly! Seems like only yesterday that… oh well.

We beat feet on down the road and before you know it, we were in West Virginia.

Sunset on Rt. 50

Sunset on Rt. 50

Foto by Myron Hart

Home by 2230… Nessa waited up for me… Izze was sound asleep.

Great weekend, but there’s no place like home!

From The Norksi Nook To The Bluegrass State

July 26th, 2014 Jorma 2 comments
Osseo, Wisconsin

Osseo, Wisconsin

So we beat feet out of the Twin Cities and headed south to Pomeroy, Ohio for a night at home. On the way, we stopped at the fabled Norske, Nook in Osseo, Wisconsin.

Yummy... meatballs

Yummy... meatballs

It’s not exactly health food, but it sure was good.

Thinking about this for a summer home

Thinking about this for a summer home

We left the North Country behind and headed to Pomeroy for a night at home and then off to Northern Kentucky for a great gig at Greaves Hall at Northern Kentucky University.

Scene of the crime

Scene of the crime

Foto by Phil Jacobs

An almost sold out show… more than six hundred people. We love you guys!

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 59, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Greaves Hall,
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky
Friday, July 25, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. I See The Light
4. Children Of Zion
5. Come Back Baby
6. Hesitation Blues
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Second Chances
9. Prohibition Blues
10. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
Second Set:
11. Things That Might Have Been
1. The Terrible Operation
2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
3. River Of Time
4. Walkin’ Blues
5. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
6. How Long Blues
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Good Shepherd
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. I Know You Rider
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

What a great evening for… and this close to home too! We can hardly wait to come back. Thanks to WKNU for bringing us here!

Beautiful Hall

Beautiful Hall

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Now we’re headed back north the the Fur Peace Ranch and a weekend and the 2014 Arts & Minds Festival. Tonight, Jack and I will play… I’ll be out at the gazebo tomorrow, weather permitting and tomorrow night a concert with It’s A Beautiful Day.

That’s about it… gotta load the truck. we let the bus go.

Onward!

Two Nights In Minneapolis…

July 23rd, 2014 Jorma 6 comments
Zach and I wait for the bus in Iowa City

Zach and I wait for the bus in Iowa City

After the great gig in Iowa City, we burned it on up to the Twin Cities for two nights and four shows at the Dakota in Minneapolis.

A yummy meal at Jerusalem

A yummy meal at Jerusalem

We wandered down Nicelolett street and stumbled across the Jerusalem eatery where we had… well a really great dinner!

Nick... from Time For Three

Nick... from Time For Three

On our way out of the hotel to the Dakota, we ran into Nick from Time For Three. The guys played the night before us and are on their way to the East Coast for the Ram’s Head in Annapolis and the Birchmere in Arlington. Cool guys… cool music!

The mighty Dakota

The mighty Dakota

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Here are our set lists from the two nights… and four show:

Hot Tuna 57, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Dakota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Monday, July 201, 2014

First Show:
1. True Religion
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
3. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
4. Hesitation Blues
5. Second Chances
6. More Than My Old Guitar
7. How Long Blues
8. Goodbye To The Blues
9. Sea Child
10. Full Go Round
11. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
12. Come Back Baby
13. I Know You Rider
Second Show:
1. Too Many Years
2. I See The Light
3. Heart Temporary
4. Children Of Zion
5. BBQ King
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of The World
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning
12. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Men at work

Men at work

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Hot Tuna 58, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Dakota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First Show:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. River Of Time
3. Serpent Of Dreams
4. The Terrible Operation
5. Come Back Baby
6. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
7. How Long Blues
8. Hesitation Blues
9. Things That Might Have Been
10. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
11. Goodbye To The Blues
12. Good Shepherd
13. I’ll Be All Right Someday
14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burnings
Second Show:
1. I See The Light
2. Second Chances
3. Search My Heart
4. Prohibition Blues
5. BBQ King
6. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7. Vicksburg Stomp
8. Bar Room Crystal Ball
9. Water Song
10. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Walking Blues
12. True Religion
13. Nine Pound hammer
14. Encore: Genesis

Faces on the wall

Faces on the wall

Good times in the Twin Cities… left early this morning. Sleeping in Hammond, Indiana tonight and home for a night tomorrow, then off to Kentucky to Greaves Hall, Northern Kentucky University. Then Jack and I are back at the Fur Peace Station on Saturday for show and I will be performing Sunday during the day at the Arts And Minds Festival… free folks… at the good old Fur Peace Ranch

That’s all folks… badea badea badea (Looney Tunes)!

Milwaukee To Iowa City

July 20th, 2014 Jorma 19 comments
Cool building in Milwaukee

Cool building in Milwaukee

So we pulled into Milwaukee on a ‘day off,’ aka ‘travel day,’ and had time for some good food and a nice walk.

View from the bridge near the hotel

View from the bridge near the hotel

We were here to play the extremely cool Pabst Theater.

The plaque says it all

The plaque says it all

The Pabst is one of those extremely cool beautifully restored and maintained historic theaters that dot this great country of ours.

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

Not only was it a great place to play, but the catering was out of this world. Now we need to thank Chef Lou Lou and her gang for the unbelievable and classy feed they fixed for us. Check this desert out.

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

And check this menu out:

The plain menu

The plain menu

The artistic menu

The artistic menu

OK… we came… we ate… and we played. Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 55, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Friday, July 18, 2014

First Set:
1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Been So Long with Zach Kearse
4. The Terrible Operation
5. I See The Light
6. Sea Child
7. Second Chances
8. Barbeque King
9. Children Of Zion
10. I Know You Rider
Second Set:
1. Serpent Of Dreams
2. Candy Man
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. How Long Blues
5. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
6. Vicksburg Stomp
7. Bar Room Crystal Ball
8. Water Song
9. Walkin’ Blues
10. Keep On Trucking Mama
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
12. Encore: Come Back Baby

My son Zach joined us for Been So Long… cool beans.

Zach joins the boys on stage at the Pabst!

Zach joins the boys on stage at the Pabst!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

The scene of the crime in Milwaukee

The scene of the crime in Milwaukee

Then it was off to Iowa City and the Englert Theater.

The lovely Englert Marquee

The lovely Englert Marquee

Foto by Phil Jacobs

In Iowa City we were greeted by a myriad of old friends… and it is always good to see old friends.

Zach sets up the stage with Myron

Zach sets up the stage with Myron

Here is our set list from the Englert last night:

Hot Tuna 56, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
The Englert Theater
Iowa City, Iowa
Saturday, July 19, 2014

First Set:
1. Too Many Years
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
3. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
4. More Than My Old Guitar
5. Hesitation Blues
6. Things That Might Have Been
7. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
8. In My Dreams
9. Barbeque King
10. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
11. Follow The Drinking Gourd
12. I See The Light
Second Set:
1. Re-Enlistment Blues
2. Vicksburg Stomp
3. Second Chances
4. Children Of Zion
5. Prohibition Blues
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball
7. Water Song
8. Good Shepherd
9. I Am The Light Of This World
10. I Know You Rider
11. Encore: Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Years roll by… but old friends will always be old friends.

Downstairs at the Englert

Downstairs at the Englert

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Speaking of memories... check these names...

Speaking of memories... check these names...

That’s about it for now… off to the Twin Cities and the Dakota for two nights… four shows.

Who could it be now?

Who could it be now?

Foto by Phil Jacobs… self portrait… sort of…

Onward!

Good Start At Common Ground

July 13th, 2014 Jorma 13 comments
A happy Jack getting ready to leave Baltimore for Common Ground

A happy Jack getting ready to leave Baltimore for Common Ground

We headed out from Ohio, got to Baltimore, picked Jack Casady and Phil Jacobs up and met Barry Mitterhoff over in Westminster at Common Ground. Before our set I got a chance to catch Mary Flower’s set.

Mary and me at Common Ground

Mary and me at Common Ground

After a bit I headed over to the Main Stage where Jack and I were the recipients of a great award… the Robert H. Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts. Here are the previous recipients:

Doc Watson – 2000

Pete & Toshi Seeger – 2001

Odetta – 2002

Etta Baker – 2002

Roger McGuinn – 2003

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – 2004

Joe Hickerson – 2005

Richie Havens – 2006

Jean Ritchie – 2007

Guy and Candi Carawan – 2008

Tom Paxton – 2008

Ralph Stanley – 2009

Hazel Dickens & Mike Seeger – 2010

Stanley Dural, Jr. “Buckwheat Zydeco” & Jesse McReynolds – 2011

John Hammond – 2012

What heady company and what an honor!

It doesn't get much better than this!

It doesn't get much better than this!

Foto by Phil Jacobs

WE received a beautiful hand made Native American flute while shall reside in honor at the Psylodelic Gallery in Darwin, Ohio.

As twilight wrapped us, we began our set, which was as followed:

Hot Tuna 52, 2014
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
& Barry Mitterhoff
Common Ground On The Hill Festival
Westminster, Maryland
Saturday, July 12, 2014

1. True Religion
2. Children Of Zion
3. Hesitation Blues
4. Heart Temporary
5. I See The Light
6. Barbeque King
7. Prohibition Blues
8. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
9. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
10. Good Shepherd
11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down An Out
12. I Know You Rider
13. Encore: Genesis

Now, we’re on our way to Evanston, Illinois to Space… for a gig on the 15th.

Had a great Mexican dinner… now… to bed!

A Trilogy Of Nights

June 22nd, 2014 Jorma 39 comments
ceilings, I'm painting ceilings...

ceilings, I'm painting ceilings...

It’s always better when I can do these blogs the same night… not the case here, so I’m just doing the best I can with nights… set lists and fading memory. I’ll write more about this little run when I get home. We’ve been having a heck of a time though…

The first night in Portchester...

The first night in Portchester...

Foto by Phil Jacobs

Justin and Pauly work on the kit

Justin and Pauly work on the kit

The view from the stage in Portchester

The view from the stage in Portchester

Larry and eight strings...

Larry and eight strings...

Here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 48, 2014
The Electric Quintet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
& Justin Guip
The Capitol Theater
Portchester, New York
Wednesday, June 19, 2014

1. Second Chances
2. Children Of Zion with Teresa
3. Angel Of Darkness with Teresa
4. Can’t Get Satisfied
5. I See The Light
6. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Teresa
7. Water Song
8. Bowlegged Woman
9. Wade In The Water with Teresa
10. Rock Me Baby
11. Chauffer Blues with Teresa
12. Sugaree with Teresa
13. Funky # 7
14. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Jason documents the night...

Jason documents the night...

Angel Of Darkness with the angel of light...

Angel Of Darkness with the angel of light...

Then off to Westbury…

Pick it Jorm'

Pick it Jorm'

The set list from Westbury:

Hot Tuna 49, 2014
The Electric Quintet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
& Justin Guip
Theater At Westbury
Westbury, New York
Friday, June 20, 2014

1. Hesitation Blues
2. Children Of Zion with Teresa Williams
3. Bar Room Crystal Ball
4. Water Song
5. Come Back Baby
6. A Little Faster with Teresa Williams
7. Angel Of Darkness with Teresa Williams
8. Wade In The Water with Teresa Williams
9. Hit Single # 1
10. Crazy Bout My Baby with Teresa Wlliams
11. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning with Teresa Williams
12. Funky #7

Teresa burns the place down!!!!!!

Teresa burns the place down!!!!!!

After the show… the gang relaxes on the bus!

Good times!

Good times!

Then off to Bergen.

The scene of the crime in Bergen

The scene of the crime in Bergen

Light'em up Larry!

Light'em up Larry!

The set from Bergen:

Hot Tuna 50, 2014
The Electric Quintet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
& Justin Guip
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Englewood, New Jersey
Saturday, June 21, 2014

1. I See The Light
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Bar Room Crystal Ball with Teresa Williams
4. Water Song
5. A Little Faster with Teresa Williams
6. Crazy Bout My Baby with Teresa William
7. Angel Of Darkness with Teresa Williams
8. Wade In The Water with Teresa Williams
9. Children Of Zion with Teresa Williams
10. Rock Me Baby
11. Sugaree
12. Funky # 7

OK… three great show… we’re more or less up to date. Off to the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River.

And here’s the Toms River Set:

Hot Tuna 51, 2014
The Electric Quintet
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams
Pine Belt Arena
Toms River, New Jersey
Sunday, June 22, 2014

1. Hesitation Blues
2. Children Of Zion
3. Bar Room Crystal Ball
4. Water Song
5. Come Back Baby
6. A Little Faster
7. Wade In The Water
8. I See The Light
9. Angel Of Darkness
10. Bowlegged Woman
11. Big River
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
13. Rock Me Baby
14. Funky #7
15. Encore: Hit Single # 1

Better late than never…

Founders Day 2014… Brief Recap

June 8th, 2014 Jorma 14 comments
The adventure begins

The adventure begins

So Jerry B., Mutt and I left our little corner of the state to take the back roads to Akron… no Interstates for us. Our first stop was in Zanesville at Fink Harley Davidson.

After borrowing the restroom for a moment and looking at lots of stuff none of us could afford, we continued north towards Akron.

Small marker net to Dr. Bob and Annie's grave

Small marker next to Dr. Bob and Annie's grave

The Four Absolutes

We got in on Thursday, the day before it all officially started so our first stop after the hotel was the Mt. Peace Cemetery and Dr. Bob’s grave site.

First meeting...

First meeting...

The next stop was at the Gatehouse on the Stan Hyet where Henrietta Sieberling arranged the first meeting between Bob Smith and Bill Wilson.

Then a run to Dr. Bob’s house on Ardmore before the weekend crowd.

How many steps to the porch I wonder...

How many steps to the porch I wonder...

I missed this last year… it recharges my batteries for sure.

In the lot by the Infocision Arena

In the lot by the Infocision Arena

I found, as always, the weekend to be unbelievably powerful.

Beautiful night... for a meeting... or anything

Beautiful night... for a meeting... or anything

Hard to see… but there are fifteen thousand people surrounding me!

Our friend Maria V. joined us for the Big Meeting and the Run To Dr. Bob’s Grave this morning.

0700... ready to ride

0700... ready to ride

If you don’t tear up when you hear Amazing Grace payed on the bagpipes… you’re never going to tear up.

Jerry and Maria at the service

Jerry and Maria at the service

Mutt, Hillbilly and Harley

Mutt, Hillbilly and Harley

Yep… these are some of my dearest friends and it was an honor to share the weekend with them.

A ride home in the rain today… and back to ‘reality.’ Off on the road later this week.

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Honor Memorial Day

May 25th, 2014 Jorma 10 comments

Here it is Memorial Day again…This is a hallowed day and we might take this time to enjoy our freedom… we might also invite our fellow Americans to ‘Honor Memorial Day.’ Let me start today’s entry with a very short film I am very fond of. Please take the time to watch this… and then move on if you will.

Reveille: Watch it full screen.

This is a day when we honor those who have served and paid the ultimate price for that service. Now, when I was of that age, I did not hear that call to service, and that’s just how it was in my story. Those who serve, (whether it be in the Armed Forces, or as a first responder, or a Doctor… or a teacher… well… this could be a long list) deserve our respect and our love. Those who have paid the ultimate price, deserve to be honored, and most importantly… remembered!

‘We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.’ (There are many sources for this quote. This one is attributed to Winston Churchill.) In any case, I sleep peacefully on most nights and would like to share some of the blessings that my family and I enjoy thanks to to these men and women.

The first camp out

The first camp out

My daughter Izze and I enjoyed our first camp out together…

By dawn's early light...

By dawn's early light...

When we woke, our world was intact and breakfast awaited us in the kitchen.

Before the David Lindley show

Before the David Lindley show

Getting ready for a show at the Fur Peace Ranch is done with the knowledge that were are going to be safe, and a wonderful evening will be had by all.

John and Vanessa introduce David

John and Vanessa introduce David

We take these moments for granted. We are safe and loved… this is not Nazi Germany, this is not Bosnia in the 90’s… this is not a lot of things. This is American where we expect one day to follow the other with a minimum of afflictions!

Jerry looks for a fuse

Jerry looks for a fuse

My friend Jerry and I decided to hit the road for a Memorial Day Run. He put on his big flags and off we went. We left Millie’s in Rutland, Ohio about noon after a delicious breakfast and pointed our bikes south down Rt. 7 towards Gallipolis. Past Gallipolis, down river till we crossed the Ohio into Huntington, West Virginia. In Huntington, we sought out Ritter Park where our old friend Butch Frazier placed his final sculpture, Earth Portal. Butch has been gone now fifteen years… he passed two days after dedicating the sculpture.

Jerry looks through Butch's Portal

Jerry looks through Butch's Portal

I sit on Butch's Portal

I sit on Butch's Portal

Foto by Jerry Bayha

Children playing in the Park were climbing on The Portal… just the way Butch would have wanted it. We our respects, talked about the good times we shared and got back on our bikes, heading up the Ohio River on the West Virginia side… and of course, stopping at Hillbilly Hotdogs in LeSage, West Virginia. Too crowded with bikes to wait for a dog… Good for Sonny and Shari… bad for me and Jerry.

Hillbilly Hot Dogs

Hillbilly Hot Dogs

You can’t make this stuff up.

At the end of the run back home, I just had to take a picture of the gloves Vanessa bought me in 1992… that I’m still wearing when I ride.

Twenty two years old!

Twenty two years old!

What does all this have to do with Memorial Day? Lots!

None of the trivial things I wrote about would have been possible without Those brave souls who put service before self. In my own small way, I take this opportunity to thank those men and women. We can never repay you, but we can remember.

Love, honor and respect to those who have made these simple little life journeys possible!