Here I am with Tom Rush

Here I am with Tom Rush

So last weekend, as I mentioned, Tom Rush was the featured artist in our concert series. Back when I was just getting started, Tom was one of the Big Dogs… having already made several albums for a major label. We wanted to follow in his footsteps of course… and all these years later, here we are.

Zach between the scoots...

Zach between the scoots...

The weekend over, Zach and I did a boatload of riding, and there’s more to come.

Two men with guitars

Two men with guitars

Of course there was and is plenty of time for guitar picking… the way it was meant to be.

What was left of the class at the A frame

What was left of the class at the A frame

Zach was sitting on my class at the Fur Peace Ranch but by the time we got around to taking the class picture on Monday morning, some of the guys had already returned to reality. Good times anyway though…

The bridges of the Ohio Riover Valley

The bridges of the Ohio River Valley

Zach and Jerry Bayha and I went on a 250 mile ride up river out of Marietta to Hannibal from Rt. 78 to 536. Twelve miles of demanding twisties… Just beautiful… Ohio’s cousin of the Tail Of The Dragon. You bikers gotta do this one for sure. Lot’s of covered bridges and beautiful uninhabited roads on the way to 536.

Can't have too many covered bridges

Can't have too many covered bridges

A peaceful moment

A peaceful moment

Flow gently...

Flow gently...

The bridges just kept coming

The bridges just kept coming

My son and daughter have been riding with me… a biker dad’s dream come true. Yesterday, Izze and Zach and I went on down to the Meig’s County Fair on Rock Springs Road in time for the Tough Track last night. Mud flyin’ and engines roaring… trick pro machines as well as ‘run whattcha brung’ units. Good times with corn dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and the whole nine yards…

Sunset at the fairgrounds

Sunset at the fairgrounds

So far so good… Izze starts second grade tomorrow and Zach goes back to school the Tuesday after Labor day… still a little time for fun.



  1. Comment made on September 6, 2013 by John B

    Most of Them are Cat. The one in Salisbury is sand painting. I called and spoke to someone there. I haven’t yet looked to see how far Salisbury is from me and weather or not I can make the trip but I would like to see it. @Cat

  2. Comment made on September 4, 2013 by Cat

    looks like some dates are music and dance ritual. no sand painting.

  3. Comment made on September 4, 2013 by Cat

    hey john b~~i didn’t see that part of the site. very very cool. awesome in fact. thx.

  4. Comment made on September 3, 2013 by John B

    Cat I clicked on the link that you provided and it took me to their tour schedule. The sand painting will be in Salisbury Maryland Sept 18th thru my birthday on the 21st. @Cat

  5. Comment made on September 3, 2013 by Cat

    seems like a few different groups do this. when i first saw it, they took a month. the next time, two weeks. now it seems they do it in days. the first time, nothing commercial about it. the next time, they sold stuff in the middle of the ritual. could be different monks. just curious about the group currently touring. maybe they’ll be nearby. thx.

  6. Comment made on September 3, 2013 by Cat

    @John B
    right. which monks? do they have a website? i’m not seeing anything.

  7. Comment made on September 2, 2013 by John B

    A link for where they will be performing in NYC when Tuna is here this November? @Cat 2

  8. Comment made on September 1, 2013 by Cat 2

    if you take a sacred secret ritual, like sand painting or sweat lodges, and make it public, does the whole nature of the ritual change? what is lost? gained?

  9. Comment made on September 1, 2013 by Cat 2

    i have 1 giant silo
    + 0 ideas

  10. Comment made on September 1, 2013 by Cat 2

    i plan two hours extra drivetime on my mini tuna fall tour to see the kaleidoscope that inspired silodelia at the ranch. (syracuse, jay, cn)

  11. Comment made on September 1, 2013 by Cat 2

    the monks do that chord-singing thing. someone said anyone can do it. hmmm…

  12. Comment made on September 1, 2013 by Cat 2

    hey john, i think they will be there for some time, not just the night. do you have a link?
    hey kathy, alabama can be isolating, but just across the border you have some relief. maybe you can make some cool contacts.
    if i didn’t know fpr was up the road when i returned to the back of beyond, well, i’d be very blue. maybe the farm can boost your spirits.

  13. Comment made on August 28, 2013 by John B

    That looks really cool Cat. I just googled it and I will try to catch the Monks when they come through my area again. They will b e around here in November but on the same night Tuna plays their acoustic show in NYC. @Cat

  14. Comment made on August 28, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Kathy: Just google: King Cole Bar St Regis hotel.

    You can find many photos of the mural:
    Old King Cole (and his fiddlers three).

  15. Comment made on August 28, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs


    You don’t have to even step inside the King Cole Room lounge.
    You can stand outside the doorway and just look inside.
    It’s a very small, narrow little space.
    No need to have a drink to enjoy looking at it.@Kathy

  16. Comment made on August 28, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Cat: You are welcome to join us, in what is becoming a nice, friendly Art-loving, group of Jorma/Hot Tuna fans.

    We will work out the logistics of meeting (perhaps we can print-out a tag to be worn on our hats, shirts or just hold them up; identifying ourselves while sitting on the steps of The Met, or outside at The Frick).

    The Ruben Museum is the place to go for Asian/spiritual art. It’s small and doable in a few hours.

    The Tibetan monks create the mandala every year. It is a painstaking, meditative project and the sweeping-away finale is the visual representation of Buddhist belief.@Cat

  17. Comment made on August 28, 2013 by John B

    Just quit for today that’s all. Losing everything is one thing but when you lose your self that is quite another @Kathy

  18. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Kathy

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Manhatten, Is that where they GOT the name of this drink? I dont have a set idea on how long im going to quit. I still just want those pills that make you sick if you drink because im trying to lose weight. So fasr i have lost 25 pounds but its probably closer to 30 now. I started this diet like three years ago when i cut out certain foods in my diet. The concept of sitting at a bar to look at art sounds fun in theory. Ive been to bars and not drank many times. But IDK. Thats why i don;t go to inter mettings or whatever because im sure i’d bail on everyone and let them down. IM just like went through a phase the last few years, but before that i never drank at all. But money was a factor. lol. I have more now than i did then. Ihave listened to the peopel on here and I hope i havent offended anyone, The one staement that i keep hearing that rings true to me living in a low income area, , is the thing Jorma said about losing everything. I keep heearing “youll lose everything in my head” and it feels like im going to lose my mind in alabama. Alabama getaway, But im not afraid cuz i grew up here. The next time im in manhatten I may have one and look at the painting and then leave. Or not I don’t know. Cool sugestion. Murals, So thats what they were. Illuminating murals. YOu are full of wisdom. Thank you.

  19. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Cat

    @Barbara Jacobs
    coolest exhibit i ever saw at a museum was sand painting tibetan monks:
    one of the ones i saw took a month to create (and moments to sweep away).

    would love to meet up and take in a museum before a show. FPR has the right idea, museum feet away from the music.

  20. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Kathy

    Cars can be considered art too. We had an antique car from the 30s that sat in our driveway for many years in mint condition. It was black and looked like and oversized volkswagon in my opinion, and the doors opened backwards in the back and regularly in the front. My grandfather had a department store in Memphis back in the 60s. cars were all cool back then.

  21. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Apology accepted, johno.@johno

  22. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Maxfield Parish was one of the greatest illustrators and muralists.
    If you enjoy a great mural: check out The King Cole Room, at Manhattan’s
    St. Regis hotel. It’s a nice lounge on the lobby-level.

    You don’t need to sit and order a drink, just say you’d like to see the mural
    (you can’t miss it, as it fills the entire wall space behind the bar.

  23. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by johno

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Sorry if I come off a tad snarky from time to time. I think I’m going thru male menopause. Sorry for being a bitch. We’re all here for our love of HT. Anybody know what Jack drives? I’m a car nut too.

  24. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Kathy

    Ok, yeah. Not Maxwell but Maxfield Parish. It’s not really my taste now, but for some reason I liked it back then. I think it was one portait he did that i saw in an art store that was an original and was highly valued.

  25. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Kathy

    I went to the louvre in Paris. The one thing i remember is that the ceilings were at least 50 feet high, the paintings were lined along the Hallways which were probably 100 feet wide. They were very lifelike and it was all people doing various godlike poses in robes and the detail was what left and impression on me. I was amazed at how large painting were that come from so long ago. Art did seem to be a central theme among euopeans. In Cologne Germany I think Or Bonn , somewhere along the Rhine. I walked past a man that was doing a sidewalk chalk
    picture and was still there at later that day finishing a portrait of someone and it looked meauseam worthy to me but I’m not an expert. The first time I went to San Francisco I got obsessed with an artist that I can’t remeber the name of , but his pictures were everywhere in art stores and old antique shops and went I came back to Austin where I was living then I bought copies of his paintings and framed them. I wish I could remeber who he is. IM going to have to sit and think A minut. I saw the statue of “The THinker” which reminds me of other Statues all over Europe that I guess qualifies for art. One of Byrom I think In Rome. Music is art so I was exposed to classical artists home that were influenced Frederich Nietrchie Whom we were studying with a philosophy teacher that brough the dwindeling 6 of us down from 50 60 , probably more when he used to go in the 60s.
    So we went to Wagners house and summer home and I took a great picture of his piano. Nietschie was also A classcal composer so we went to all of the places he went as well an d listened to a phongraph album in a classroom when we all met for the first time before we left for the colledge summer 2 month trip to Europe. Here in the states I have been to The Builtmore MAnsion which sort of reminded me of the louvre. It was a mans summer home/ mansion. The art there was elaborate and lofty and the ceilings were all painted elaborately as well. I’m going to try to remember the more current Artist I became interested in and If I do I’ll mention him here . I think his last name was Maxwell? I don’t know. Art is cool . I did’nt know it was a main topic of discussion. Sorry about the Brit comment I have residual bad humor tendencies. I like the all inclusive music history of music and it’s roots in Europe. I heard some jazz over there at times in Germany. People really seemd to like quincy Jones. I became an admirer after listening to him. People were intelligent their and everyone we met always wanted to discuss books and philosophers. Not so much music > I had Dead bootlegs on cassette that kept me entertained a lot of the time , but met one bartender in Germany and asked if he woulf play one of mine , he said “Wolfgang” which after several attempts Could still not pronounce to his satisfation, that he most definately did not like The Grateful Dead . Other than that he was a nice Guy and was playing other music.Thats my first recall of art. And ecompasses most everything I know, which is not really that much. lol

  26. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    That’s the point, to just relax and take it in.

    As my friend from Telluride: “FaceOnMars” commented here, a few months ago:
    “This seems to be a very friendly virtual place.”

    It was his first Jorma blog comments section post. He’d been reading for a long time but didn’t lay down comments until that day.

    We are here because we all have at least one thing in common: We love Jorma and Hot Tuna.
    However, each of us is an individual with other commonalities:
    interest in Art, Photography, Movies, Books,…

    It’s all good and it makes this comments section interesting, as we discover our mutual interests. That is how friendships are formed in real non-cyberspace life.

    So, John B. and I will go to visit museums, pre-Hot Tuna show.
    johno didn’t like the idea of planning here for jumping-off of this blog comments section into real-life fraternization. Not long after that, he commented that he shared our interest in Art, Painting and Museums.
    You are invited to join us, johno.
    So is anybody else on here, interested in sharing visits to Art Museums.

    @John B

  27. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by John B


    yeah yeah johno we were there togeather! Enjoying Tuna ; never missing a note- someone correcting my friend as he mispronounced Jormas first name as Joorma. The guy was walking past quickly and just heard that tiny snippet of conversation and pronounced the name correctly by saying “its Jorma” and he was gone ! I remember that big guy though bringing out the guitars checking on everything. I drove home thru a different tunnel – the Lincoln and thank goodness there were no twists and turns in there . The only sharp turn was when you came out of the Lincoln there was a very sharp turn to the left as we drove the Helix in reverse from our trip into the city. The skyline of the city rolled past us the horizon showing the first signs of dawn. And you know what johno? This November we can enjoy Tuna again. We can enjoy new experiences with new friends and enjoy Tuna as they are now… I think they have never sounded better. I asked a wise friend of mine once why he thought they didn’t play Feel Sso Good anymore and he said “John it really doesn’t matter does it?” “Just sit back relax and enjoy the beauty of it all.”

  28. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Photography, Art, history, Art History, Books, Movies, Astronomy.
    A friendly discussion.

    Tom Rush and Jorma together: What’s not to love?
    Jorma and his kids riding together: What’s not to love?
    Covered bridges: What’s not to love?

    Jorma enjoyed “The Passing Show: The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane” documentary.
    He was supportive and gave it high praise.
    It was all about Brit music and British musicians.

    Carlo lives in Italy. He can probably tell you that in Europe back in the 60’s, American popular music (born of Folk music, Bluegrass music, various styles of Blues music; itself born of Civil War era slave songs and African music) was as popular as British Rock which was born of American Blues music and Jazz, which was introduced to Paris in the 1920’s:
    Post WW1 Paris was THE place for ex-Pat American writers and Artists to live.
    Gertrude Stein hosted “Salons” at her home where writers and poets hung out to
    socialize. The Jazz clubs were where they went to hear music and watch Josephine
    Baker dance and perform.

    All this activity resulted in an enlightenment that lasted until The Great Depression (although many American Artists and Musicians returned to America, some
    stayed in Paris.) WW11 resulted in everybody running for their life.
    Post-WW11 America brought in a wave of immigrants from around the world, who came here and added their own European Folk music into the mix.
    Big Band music.

    My father’s opinion was that music was tamed-down during the Korean War and popular music was influenced by Movie soundtracks Country-Western(my Dad’s favorite, along with Big Band music)) and Pat Boone.

    The Beat Generation and Folk music became the alternative to “Beach Movie” music.
    The Civil Rights Movement injected Americans with a sense of empowerment.
    Then Elvis shook things up.
    Ahmet Ertegun signed Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and other greats to Atlantic Records (although Jazz was Ahmet’s favorite music).
    Motown introduced Soul and R&B music into the mix.
    The British Music “invasion” took America by storm with The Beatles.
    The war in Viet Nam politicized Americans and American musicians.
    Both the Brits’ and the Americans’ music was influenced by that and the “Psychedelic Sound”, which originated in San Francisco and that sound influenced Brit music of that decade.

    I’m not a musicologist, so I can’t explain how all of that led up to 1970’s Punk Rock and Glam Rock, Heavy Metal; the 1980’s music, Madonna and the 1990’s music,
    the revival of various forms of music in the first ten years of this century,
    to what the kids are listening to today: Hip-hop, Rap, Boy Bands (which aren’t actual “Bands” but rather are “Groups”),young female vocalists (only a few of whom actually play an instrument or write their own songs)and all of the crazy stuff that was televised last night on the VMAs.

  29. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by johno

    I think I remember the mustached guy, his name was Ron Dudley. Though there was a guy named Chic as well. Boy it was so long long ago. I remember coming out onto E. 13th street after the late set and the sun was starting to brighten the sky. I sure glad it was a quiet Sunday morn with no traffic as I drove home thru the twists and turns of the queens-midtown tunnel.
    @John B

  30. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by John B

    The smell of the chestnuts ,Union Square , the giant clock just across the way from the Academy. The chill of the November night air when they played there in the fall. Back then there was a roadie – great big guy- handle bar mustache . Was that Chic ? I thought it was sacrilege when they turned the Academy into a disco. What an undignified end to a beautiful music hall where I had been witness to so many fine shows. Hells Angels headquarters directly across the street. Is it still there ? I haven’t been back to Union Square in many years. May be time for a roots tour.

  31. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by John B

    Amen johno. I find myself off on a tangent now and then. Remember the show at the Academy where Jorma came out with the red white and blue vest and Tuna played a Feel So Good that went on Forever? That show might have been broadcast on the radio. . Not sure. There was one show – cant remember the one – it may have been the same show as I just mentioned ; where A women , a very well dressed women came out on the stage and I think it was her birthday. For some reason I want to say it was Jormas mom or Jacks . But again I can’t be sure. That was my favorite place to see the band. It was a building in decline but it has beautiful acoustics. The mirror ball . Look back with fondness and forward with anticipation. @johno

  32. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by carlo pagliano

    Don’t quite remember if i already said this on Jorma’s blog, “If This Is Love I Want My Money Back” hath the right requested Brit spin, dance along with it and open to the sounds, You’ll shine the Brit way for sure.

  33. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by johno

    @John B
    Jorma didn’t do anything except give us Tuna fans a blog to talk about our experiences and share information on shows etc.etc. Just because a few want to go out on tangents – it’s not up to Jorma to fix. It’s up to us to keep it together. Thanks Jorma

  34. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by John B

    Can you bring all of this together for us Jorma ?

  35. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Cat

    the kaleidoscope guy has major credentials:

  36. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Cat

    the telescope people glossed over the whole 60s movement. one of the most important, probably the most important, art movement of the 20th century, psychedelia, started in the 60s within the counterculture. (look at beatles before san francisco (revolver) and after (sgt pepper).) what one song/band would you choose to represent the 60s? what image?

  37. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Cat

    sorry, dustin, i sound mean and arrogant. sorry. my apologies. just my outspoken opinion. sorry. peace out.

  38. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Cat

    dusty dusty dusty, sweets, san francisco was the sun, brit rock was the moon. nothing wrong with being the moon. just don’t think you’re looking at the sun, k?

  39. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Cat

    The Full Sturgeon Moon, the Blue Moon, the Full Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon; the Grain Moon.
    blue red green moon.

  40. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by Dusty

    One thing is for sure: this one will not be straying from the theme/ subject matter. Furthermore, it is quite possible that you did not compose the FPR News, Spring of 2013, Psylodelic Dreams?

  41. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by kathy

    Yeah Jorma whats the deal with the Btrits eh? What’d they ever do to you. I never knew this. I was thinking the other day about a tour of europe and we went to london for 24 hours from germany like fools on a ship from ipschich, gee , took the train back from there , but met an extremely friendly englishman that wanted to talk and he talked really fast and he was the only person I have had a conversation with in weeks because no one else spoke english anywhere else, so we were talking at the train depot and barely missed the train back to ipswhich to take the ferry back, byjust thinkninghg about this last night to.. wow what a a coincidence, Sorry for the typos im using my sons school laptop pc and i can see well.seconds! I was k

  42. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by kathy

    @John B
    Ha ha . lol. As many as possible. time lapse photo.

  43. Comment made on August 27, 2013 by kathy

    No, not two moons, like that. two moons as in mars is supposed to be as big as the moon this month and tomorrow night you will be able to see it if you look up in the sky. I read this on msn earlier. I was thinking about nature, and jealous that some people have the freedom , time, money ect. to go on peaceful road trips with loved ones all that, makes me want to go out in the back yard and chew on a bone. so i saw this and it made me feel better. I haven,t had a decent vacation in eons. But thanks. Yeah. I can feel better tomorrow when i see this epic event.

  44. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by Dusty

    It is apparent that you have a deep disdain for brit rock. Care to elaborate?

    • Comment made on August 26, 2013 by Jorma

      and county fairs have to do with British Rock?

    • Comment made on August 26, 2013 by Jorma

      Furthermore… what is this comment doing attached to this entry? I don’t get it. What does Tom Rush, corn dogs and county fairs have to do with British rock? I get some odd ass questions from time to time, but this one really has me scratching my head…

    • Comment made on August 26, 2013 by Jorma

      Dusty… I have no idea what you are talking about.

  45. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by John B

    The super moons are impressive when they occur. It has been said that Dean Martins hit “That’s Amore ” was inspired by a super moon. The moon like a big pizza pie bit I suppose. Remember back in the day when people would holler out “say something Jack ” or “speak to us Jack” and Jack never said a word. He is quite talkative today compared to back then.

  46. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by John B

    I thought there were two moons this month. One was this past Friday. When was the last one ? @johno

  47. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by John B

    I used to pay good money to see two moons but not anymore. @kathy

  48. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by johno

    Yes, there were two moons this month August 2013. One of them was a Blue Moon. Did you ever hear the expression ‘once in a blue moon’…meaning a rare occasion…or something like that. Jorma’s blog is really enlightening especially memories about stuff about Jorma and Jack, JA, Hot Tuna etc.

  49. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by kathy

    I love to read and write. I like Jorma’s blog. Their are going to be two moons this month. google. Mars.

  50. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by jim hitchcock

    Samuel L. Jackson cracked me up in the movie, and I liked the low key job done by Robert Forster, but, yeah, the books are better.

  51. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by John B

    I haven’t read Rum Punch in quite a few years or watched the movie Jackie Brown in awhile either. I do remember the excitement I felt upon learning that Rum Punch had been made into a movie. Think I was disappointed with the movie though. What about you? Elmore could definitely make me laugh. I enjoyed all of his books. The Bounty Hunters was terrific. @jim hitchcock

  52. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by jim hitchcock

    I’ll have to go back and read Rum Punch, Barbara. And have really enjoyed Justified, with Timothy Olyphant.

    Saw Leonard on Book TV not longer ago, where he said his favorite review of all time came from a London music magazine, which described him as the `Poet Laureate of assholes with guns’.

  53. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by John B

    are you going to do the Jormall this year Jorma?

  54. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by John B

    One day at a time kath or one or hour at a time . Cravings come but they also go. Be Well:


  55. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by Joey hudoklin

    Kathy, if you look up your local intergroup, your journey can be beyond your wildest dreams. Just a suggestion, you can do it. All the best.

  56. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by John B

    I loved Elmore Leonards work. I have read all of his books , a few several times over. I agree with you Barb ; fiction ,mystery,humor. Much enjoyment reading his books and many laughs. I will miss him and his wonderful work. We still have Larry Mcmurtry . @Barbara Jacobs

  57. Comment made on August 26, 2013 by Barbara Jacobs

    Elmore Leonard: my favorite fun, fiction writer! (although I describe his books as: “fiction/crime/humor.”

    Which is your favorite Elmore Leonard book?
    So many great books, it’s difficult to choose just one.

    We can discuss Art History to Literature, here on Jorma’s blog discussion section.
    @jim hitchcock

  58. Comment made on August 25, 2013 by Kathy

    What an inspirational journey. I like the picture of you better from the last post but you still photograph well. I was inspired to quit drinking because I asked my Dr. to give me medicine so I wont drink and she said I should just stop so I did and so far im doing well but want those pills that keep you from doing it. No rocky Mountain High here. lol. I guess I am on a journey too. Aren’t we all.

  59. Comment made on August 25, 2013 by johno

    Round Up went belly up about 10 years and Doc is not making a killing – he’s pushing up daisies. We got a new Ranch – Fur Peace in town!
    Jorma, Zach looks like a fine young man. I have a son who’s 18 and is really nice young man also. I got him an ATV 4 years ago, he wants a dirt bike. 175 or 250cc. Just got him a Volvo. If Zach talks cars – think used Volvo.

  60. Comment made on August 23, 2013 by jim hitchcock

    Elmore Leonard, the Jorma of mystery writers.

  61. Comment made on August 23, 2013 by Dusty

    Duh…answer my own question. Pulled up Roundup Ranch; still in operation but looks to be under different management. Doc Markert made a killing back in the day when he started it.

  62. Comment made on August 23, 2013 by Dusty

    Johno: Hasn’t changed a lot? That’s hilarious; if there ever was “a sleepy little town”, that is it although I thought I heard there was a McDonalds there now? To the best of my memory, Hancock was on the West Branch? The reservoirs were being built when I was born. Tells you how old I am. When speaking of pillars, my father and grandfather were successful businessmen, town leaders if you will- directors of the bank and hospital, etc. These are their laurels, not mine. Mine were more along the lines of a hippie bootlegger. Pillar of a different brand.

    I saw a video of the latest flood, showing Delaware (Main) St. Looked like Webb’s Clothing was still there. Unbelievable; that business is ancient. My best friend’s father worked there but before he came to town he had played trombone in Les Brown’s and Count Basie’s bands, sung with Doris Day. How about the Roundup Ranch- still going? It was near Downsville, a country club of sorts.

    What are you pulling out of the streams? For me it was trout and pickerel.

    Maybe one day soon I will return. Just a heads up……………

  63. Comment made on August 23, 2013 by johno

    Went to New Paltz and loved the area, went to Woodstock or nyc a lot. I also like fishing. Went up to Roscoe a lot fished the famed Beaverkill. Then in ’95 found a nice valley up from the East Branch of the Delaware, bought some land – built a house. Walton got hit real hard from floods. Downtown is still beat up, but up by Breakstone’s is fine. I’m closer to Hancock, and go there mostly. Walton hasn’t changed, what changes up there! What do you mean by pillars…do you mean town fathers. Every town has them. They’re OK, just leave them alone.

  64. Comment made on August 22, 2013 by Dusty

    Hey Johno: Yeah, I was going to ask you about your circumstances and history of living in the area but you know how that goes; too much info or whatever. I graduated from WCS and went to college, bumped around Syracuse until 39 years ago last week (1974) when I moved south. I was curious about how long you had been there. I have not been back to visit since 1981, which I presume to be a serious crime. Notwithstanding, the area and people are probably a transcended crowd of which I would not know many. Without appearing standoffish, my lineage were pillars of the community, if you can throw that back. Too bad we can’t communicate through a different venue, ’cause this is JK’s space. To stick to the subject, it is a great place to wet a line, don’t you know?

  65. Comment made on August 22, 2013 by johno

    I moved up there for the fly fishing. You have the Beaverkill, the Willowemoc, the Delaware and the resevoirs. Did you move out of the area?

  66. Comment made on August 21, 2013 by Carole Eastham-Shera

    Jorma and @John B– I just returned to reply to John’s question to you Jorma re: the wearing of a helmet and to comment on your pics you shared with us. Well,, the photos were delightful to view! I especially enjoyed the bridges and that feeling of joy and freedom riding thru them with a splash of nostalgia following right behind you. @John B– when you had asked about the helmet,,, something inside of me felt that Jorma’s reply would be the affirmative because of his stories behind the photos. It seems Jorma that you have yet to see many more Mid Summer Visions down the road and ‘Golden moments’ awaiting you around the bend to not wear a helmet. I’m glad that you do! Always remember that ‘A peaceful moment’ can bring many a reflection as captured in your pix above. Nice shot of yourself and Tom Rush!! One of my favorite tunes of his is Child’s Story. I remember from my ‘younger’ day how I could never get it straight with Tom Rush/ Tom Paxton and who was who,, until they began to sing. Tom Paxton many times would use his wit in his music. OK, time to rest the head on my pillow so I can have some energy to pack for the trip to Maine this wk-end. Bring on the tranquility– Carole

  67. Comment made on August 21, 2013 by John B

    Do you wear a helmet when you ride Jorma?

    • Comment made on August 21, 2013 by Jorma

      Of course I wear a helmet… so do my kids… always… I do not wear flip flops, shorts, tennis shoes… etc. When I ride I wear motor clothes. I do not wear a helmet when I take pictures.

  68. Comment made on August 20, 2013 by Ben

    Some covered bridges could be fun for Pick n’ Putt Weekend…. Just sayin’. And anything that is likened to the Dragon sounds good to me!

  69. Comment made on August 20, 2013 by Jerry

    Jorma, it was a glorious weekend at FPR and I feel honored to have shared it with you, Zach, Izze and Vanessa and everyone else who was there. And playing in the A-Frame was amazing. Glad I stayed for the class picture in my white shirt and shorts. Hope to be back again soon.

  70. Comment made on August 20, 2013 by Cat

    we could make the rivers the roads they never end

  71. Comment made on August 20, 2013 by Cat

    the bridges just keep coming
    and the rivers they don’t end
    but in my heart and in my dreams
    i’m back home again

  72. Comment made on August 20, 2013 by Cat

    summer, time to play. here’s a good time right in your wheelhouse. peegio. kimock and bobby made us weep at the peach. love to have some hot blessed tuna peggio. nevertheless have a playful “visit” at home before, wait for it, fall tour!

  73. Comment made on August 19, 2013 by Brett

    “The bridges just kept coming…” hmm….sounds like the first line of a song

  74. Comment made on August 19, 2013 by Dusty

    Very small indeed, considering the size of Walton. I would do most of my fishing on East Brook and Launt Pond (Bear Spring Mt). But that was a long time ago.

  75. Comment made on August 19, 2013 by johno

    It’s beautiful country up there. And there are quite a few covered bridges up there also. Some of Jormas shots reminded me of Fitch bridge, I fish just down from that bridge. More up route 10 and in Downsville. That’s what I like about it – peace and quiet. It’s a small world – eh.

  76. Comment made on August 19, 2013 by Dusty

    Johno, that’s as about as wild as it gets; I was born and raised in Walton, N.Y.

  77. Comment made on August 19, 2013 by johno

    That bike of yours is a real red beauty! I love go to the Delaware County Fair in Walton near my country house. I like to do everything you said and then just sit and watch the country folk. And then go to the demolition derby at night. Gotta love it!

  78. Comment made on August 19, 2013 by John B

    Great pics of the covered bridges Jorma. I have never really explored Ohio like you have been doing but have spent plenty of time in Vermont driving the backroads and checking out the covered bridges up there. Nothing like a good road trip to soothe the soul and reenergize the spirit. The pictures are terrific and you have a beautiful family there . Isn’t it all just wonderful?

    See you in a couple of months Jorma ! Be well.

    John B:

  79. Comment made on August 18, 2013 by Cyndy Consentino

    Dear Jorma,

    Thank you for the great pics, and for sharing your summer with us!
    Can’t believe it is almost Labor Day! Where does the time go?

    Enjoy the rest of summer!

  80. Comment made on August 18, 2013 by mikie

    JK – for some more amazing Ohia scenery, try the area just west of Powhattan Point on Rt. 148; the area is known as the Switzerland of Ohio. Also, just NE of St. Marys WV at Bens Run, CR 5 / 7 is just like the Dragon on your way to Arvila – just a bit shorter. enjoy! m

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