We had an amazing week up in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in July. We camped at Lodgepole and had a sweet spot right on a river bank (next to a nice family from Palm Springs.) On our first night, we saw mother and cub rooting around in the river bed below us.
After spending last spring break in Vancouver, BC, we resumed our desert adventures and camped in Joshua Tree National Park for 5 days at the Blackrock campground near Yucca Valley. (For prior desert adventure, check out Death Valley - my personal favorite.)
Heat 9 (my boys Simon and Henry, ages 10 and 8) perform ACDC's "Back In Black" at the Lum School talent show. The above video is from the early show for K through 2nd Grade. I know some of the kids were confused when Simon incorporated a looper for the lead section. Some of the kids accused him of cheating (old skool music fans I guess?)
Our family is, and always has been, very involved with swimming. Because my younger brothers were so fast (I wasn't), much of my childhood was spent schlepping around the midwest for weekend swim meets. Hello Holidome! Centered out of St. Louis, we were all over Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and even down to Memphis…. an armada of station wagons with electronic football gadgets and towels over our heads… in pursuit of more regional records for my bros' all-star relay team to destroy. One of those 4 went on to be a swimming star at Stanford.
This is a catchall from just hanging out in the San Francisco Bay Area Fall/Winter 2011. Includes some #occupyOakland action, hanging around the San Francisco Waterfront, the Alameda waterfront trail near our house, Berkeley, and Coyote Point.
We took the night off from swim practice to take the kids to a cultural night at the museum last month. Okay, maybe it was mainly to see Deerhoof play in the entrance of the SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) but there were many bonus surprises.
For Henry's 8th birthday, we surprised him with a cruise aboard the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien in the midst of San Francisco's awesome Fleet Week. The Jeremiah O'Brien is a very famous Liberty Ship that is the only current seaworthy ship that took part in the D-Day Invasion in 1944.
I just can't do it, and perhaps never again. I attended the first 8 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festivals in Golden Gate Park and have many times sung the praise of Warren Hellman and his glorious event. But we barely survived #7, and we peaked at #8 with access-passes (thank you BAD LIVERS!!)
They are predicting 750,000 attendees this year, and I don't think it's an underestimate. It's simply too much humanity for us to deal with, so this will be the 3rd year I'll miss it.
Just for shits and giggles, I'm going to create an imaginary itinerary here in case I was kuh-razy enough to go. And I'm going to be realistic. Gone are the days when you can navigate between stages to cherry pick your shows like a smorgasbord. Unless you are 6 1/2 feet tall and don't mind bumming out other people, your best bet is to pick a spot and stick with it.