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Nov11

A beach sunset and a campfire concert with Twisted Pick

Posted by admin on 11/11/11  ~  Posted in: Galleries, Cape Blanco

Today was an interesting day indeed.  We started off with a pretty deep clean of the van, pulling out all our food items, organizing, scrubbing, etc.  After two weeks on the road things were getting a tad funky, and I?m not talking James Brown funky.  So by mid afternoon our hands were beginning to freeze from working in cold water all day, but the upshot was that our new campsite neighbors sounded like they had some musical talent and kept us interested as we scrubbed, their bluegrass tunes coming through the trees.  Finally, we decided to take a walk over to their site to see where the groovy tunes were coming from and sure enough, they were a bonafide bluegrass group out for a weekend camping trip.  We chatted for a few and offered to bring some firewood by in exchange for an impromptu fireside concert later in the evening ? they were excited to have the audience, and us the show.  We headed back to our site, cleaned up our mess and hopped on our bikes for a short ride to the ocean.  A thousand yards from our site we approached an overlook high above a beach that stretched out for a few miles or more.  We descended the rough road on our mountain bikes down to the shore and rode out onto the sand.  After an hour or so on the shore, the sun was dropping low, the full spectrum of the rainbow visible above the waves, we decided to head back up to our site.  Returning to the van, Shannon got to cooking something wonderful (as usual) and we proceeded to stuff ourselves with a hot quinoa salad that tasted like?well, deliciousness.  Bellies full, we grabbed our chairs and headed ?next door? for a much-anticipated show by the fire.

Joe was on harmonica, John on the banjo, Erik on the ukulele, Alan on the guitar (in this case it should most definitely be pronounced GIT-tar) and Kim on the upright bass.  Superb vocals by all.  And man did they rock!  These folks could jam with the best!  They proceeded to put on a twenty-plus song set list at the fireside and when the rain started we all moved under the awning of their RV and kept warm with a propane heater, Jack Daniels honey whiskey which they generously shared with us and more jamming.  So into the night we sat, feet tapping, humming along to John Denver and Bob Dylan, and a plethora of original songs that were CD-ready.  They played tight, they harmonized perfectly, and they were downright good people ? the best kind.  On and on they played as the full moon popped in and out of the clouds and the whiskey began to set in and slow us all down to a peaceful calm, and the music kept on.

Finally, it was time to turn in ? they?d been playing all day and we were all ready to get horizontal.  We listened to a few last songs, said our good-nights and headed back to the van.  Shan and I each grabbed our PJs, headed to the bathrooms for a nice hot shower, and then back to the van for bed.  All and all, today was pretty awesome.  A beach sunset and excellent live music with some great folk.  If you?re ever in Roseburg and you have a chance to see Twisted Pick, don?t miss it.  But I?ll tell you this, it won?t be as good as our campfire concert.  The venue just doesn?t get any better than a good campfire with good people.  As best I can tell, that?s something that will never change.