Monday, January 22, 2018

Ramble on the Island, Melia Braco Resort, Trelawney/Rio Bueno Jamaica 2018

   Jill and I had the incredible opportunity to go to our first all inclusive rock and roll show in Jamaica on January 10th -16th.  I was johnny-on-the-spot when tickets went on sale and managed to grab a room at Melia Braco.  This is the 16th time Little Feat has headlined this event and they were joined by legendary singer-songwriter, Jackson Browne, and the incredibly talented Midnight Ramble Band out of Woodstock, NY.  The Midnight Ramble Band was a creation of the late, great drummer for The Band, Levon Helm.  His daughter, Amy Helm, is a great vocalist with the band.
   Since both Jill and I are retired now, this event may occupy a permanent place on our calendar, especially now that we are "insiders" and will get to buy tickets during the pre-sale period each year.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017

Jill and I drove up to Metrolius, Oregon a few weeks ago for the Total Solar Eclipse.  We met with many new and old friends on "Harvey's Farm" and camped out for several nights.  It was a glorious event and very moving for all of us.  Heck, we're even talking about South American in 2024!!

We began our journey by spending the night in Lava Beds National Park near the Oregon border.  We need to get back there again; incredible caves.  Unfortunately, there were lots of fires in NorCal and Oregon but they sure do make for spectacular sunsets.  Finally, Jill flew home, and I met Chris and Bruce on the coast for a few days of fun before the long drive home.

We were the first ones to arrive at Harvey's Farm on Friday, but the next day several friends joined us and by Sunday there were about 60 "umbraphiles" on the ranch ready for the big show.

Here is one of Jill and me in our eclipse uniforms.  I did purchase a special filter for my lens so as not to fry my sensor, much less my eyes.  Anyone need a filter?  I also have about 25 pairs of eclipse glasses that I will send to an outfit that gets them to children all over the world. Seems worthy.


Diamond Ring Effect

 Neskowin, Oregon

Beautiful Oregon Coast