Texas and Back Again

In April I took a trip to Texas for a wedding/music festival.  It was another one of those trips that I planned on taking alone and not meeting up with anyone.  One of those “eh, I’ll make friends or run into someone I know I’m sure, just buy a ticket and see what happens” kinda trips.  Those trips always turn out to be the best and this one did not disappoint.  It turned out that my Muddy family could go and I was excited to see them and camp with them again!

On the way out I stopped at as many Park sites as I could.  I visited Walnut Canyon National Monument, El Morro National Monument, El Malpais National Monument, and Chemical National Memorial.  Walnut Canyon was, by far, my favorite.

Walnut Canyon features 800 year old cliff dwellings with 25 that you can walk right past on the Island Trail.  The Island Trail is only a mile loop, but you decent 185 vertical feet to get to the dwellings and have to climb that 185 feet back up.  273 steps on this trail and it is worth every single one.

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The Inscription Rock Trail Loop at El Morro National Monument takes you past hundreds of Spanish and Anglo inscriptions, as well as pre–historical petroglyphs.  It was cool to see all the inscriptions and think about the people who wrote them.

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Chamizal National Memorial commemorates the diplomatic settlement of a long-standing border dispute between the United States and Mexico.

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The main event of the trip was the Walk this Earth Music Festival and Liz & Jareds wedding.  Liz and Jared put a lot of hard work into everything and it showed! The ranch was beautiful and amazing and no detail was missed.  The music was awesome, the food was amazing (even though I didn’t eat much of any of it with it being meat and all), and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowed during the wedding ceremony.

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It was a fantastic trip with music, friends, and celebration!

5 Favorite Things about Muddy Roots

There are a million things that I love about Muddy Roots Music Festival, but we will stick to the very basics today for this post.  Muddy Roots is an amazing music festival that is held on Junebug Ranch in Cookeville, Tennessee every year on Labor Day weekend.  It is a weekend filled with music, fun, mud, and the best people in the world.

1.

The Artists

Muddy Roots 008I love all the artists that play at Muddy Roots.  Every single one of them have so much talent and produce amazing music.  Every year at Muddy Roots I find a new band to fall in  love with.

2.

The Love

Muddy Roots 137There is so much love at Muddy Roots, especially when James Hunnicutt is involved.

3.

The Location

296769_4451939902319_2103653587_nHow beautiful is this??  I love this field and everything in it!

4.

The Audience Participation

Muddy Roots 045You can stop by any stage, with any musician playing at Muddy Roots and you will see people singing, dancing, and getting involved with the music.  It is a beautiful thing.  The picture above is of the crowd listening to The Dad Horse Experience.  If you have never heard of him, check out his Facebook page and this video.  I missed his set the first time I was at Muddy Roots, but I was lucky enough to catch him at a show after.  I made sure I was under the tent when he played this year at Muddy Roots!  He is one I look forward to hearing every year now.

5.

The Music (duh, that is what Muddy Roots is all about!)

I don’t have a good picture to post here to show music at Muddy Roots, so here is a video of J.B. Beverly performing at Muddy Roots 2012.

Be sure to com back next Wednesday for more favorites from our travels and head on over to Moxie Wife to see more 5 Favorites.

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Columbia, Missouri

We had an awesome time in Columbia, MO.  I’d have to say it was the best night of the trip so far!

When I found out that Deke Dickerson was touring with The Reverend Horton Heat I figured I would check out the tour schedule and see if we could catch a show.  Turned out that we could catch the show in Columbia Missouri, which just happens to be Dekes hometown (just a little bit of random trivia for you).  It also turned out to be part of the 9th Street Summerfest shows and was free!

After the show, we headed over to Mojo’s where there was another free show.  We discovered another great band called The Flood Brothers and then got to see Hillbilly Casino play.  It was an awesome night of music.

We also met lots of interesting people.

While on 9th Street, just before we were getting ready to head over to Mojo’s, we stopped to watch the encore of Deke & The Reverend Horton Heat and a guy walks up to me.  This is how it went:

Guy:  Is this your friend? (nods toward Lacy)

Me:  This is my sister

Guy: OH, this is your sister? (Looks at Lacy, then back to me, then back to Lacy, then back to me) Y’all look nothin’ alike.

Lacy & Christy: Yep

Guy:  Y’all been told that before?

Christy & Lacy: Yep

Guy:  (turning back to Christy) I was just going to come over here and tell you how smokin’ hot your friend was.

Christy: My sister….my LITTLE sister.

Guy:  She’s your younger sister?  (turns to Lacy) How old are you?

Lacy:  How old do you think I am?

Guy: Oh no, you guys get mad at that kinda thing.  You go first and then I’ll tell you.

Lacy:  I KNOW how old I am!

Guy: Ah, your too quick for me.  I’m Ken, what is your name?  (We introduce ourselves) I used to be married to Barbie, but I had to divorced that bitch.  HA!

Ken:  Where y’all from?

Christy: California

Ken:  What brings you guys up here?

Christy:  We just came to see Deke play with The Reverend.

Ken:  Oh, you guys follow these guys.

Christy:  No, we are traveling the U.S. and were passing thru.

Ken: OH, California the State! (Lacy & I look at each other thinking, this guy is REALLY drunk) There is a California here in Missouri.  I thought y’all were from there.

Christy & Lacy: OH!

Ken:  Well, I just thought I would come say hi and see if y’all were interested in old guys, but you guys are cool, so I’m just gonna move on.

The best encounter was at Mojo’s.  We had gone outside to get some fresh air and this guy stumbles up and stops next to us.  Lacy looks at him and quickly looks away.  I, being who I am, turn around and say, “Hi!”

Guy:  I just got this new phone (Pulls phone out of pocket) Can you do me a favor?

Christy:  Uh….sure

Guy:  Can you press the microphone button and say (tells me address).

I do this and then the guy says:  Wait, call Taxi Terry first.

Christy:  Ok.  (Presses button and says to call Taxi Terry.  It doesn’t bring up anything) I don’t think it is working.

(Guy looks REALLY upset and disappointed)

Christy: Don’t worry, we’ll get it.  (I try it again and get the number to come up and hit dial and hand him the phone.  He talks to the dispatcher and makes arrangements for them to come pick him up)

Christy:  Are you all set?  Do you need help walking out?

Guy:  No, I got it (as he stumbles in to Lacy)

Lacy:  Are you sure?  Are you okay?

Guy:  Yes, and thank you both, you are both beautiful.  I’m not trying to hit on you, I just really need to get home.

We make sure he makes it to the gate and look at each other and I tell Lacy, “I seriously thought he was going to say, I jut got this new phone and it doesn’t have your phone number in it.”  Lacy bursts out laughing saying she was thinking the exact same thing!!

On that note, I will leave you with a few pictures of the evening…

Well, I WAS going to leave you with a few photos, but the internet connection  at this hotel is TERRIBLE!   I’ll do a photo post another day, hopefully soon, to make up for it.

Higher Grounds

On April 20th (yes, 4/20) we headed to Pozo Saloon for the Higher Grounds music festival

The Poster for Higher Grounds

The Poster for Higher Grounds

The only performers we wanted to see at Higher Grounds were Yelawolf and Travis Barker, who were performing together, and they weren’t scheduled to go on until 6:05. Since we weren’t thrilled with the rest of the line up we decided to take our time getting to the concert since once we went in we were stuck in there.
Despite our best efforts we ended up getting there earlier than we would have liked. We had four hours before Yealwolf and Travis Barker were to hit the stage. Even worse, the first thing I heard when we walked up to a stage was, “We are running a little behind schedule.”
We wandered around the festival for a bit just to see what we could see. We were bored but really trying to make the best of the situation. Things got better when Vokab Kompany came on stage. They were a band that we were happy we were there early enough to discover. You should head over to their website or Facebook and check them out too.  Even more exciting; I found out today that they will be playing in at a local venue on May 3rd! We will be going to that concert for sure!
After Vokab Kompany was Rappin’ 4-Tay, which we enjoyed as well. After that the main stage was set up for Yelawolf and Travis Barker. A reggae band set up on the 2nd stage and took FOREVER to get started. I swear they stood up there and talked and handed out give-a-ways for what seemed like hours. They finally got started and we knew once they were done we would get to see what we came for…or so we thought. I was so excited when they announced it was their last song and finished up. Yela & Travis were going to be on stage soon. I even saw them walk across the backstage area and got super excited. Then over at the 2nd stage the MC started introducing another band.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
We wanted to cry. We were sun burned, hungry, tired (tired of standing, tired of waiting, tired of people being too close), and getting cranky from all of those things. We sat down in the grass and waited for yet another band to get thru their set.
Finally it was really time for Travis Barker & Yelawolf. They walked on stage and I was so excited. This was our second time seeing Yelawolf but the first time seeing Travis Barker. Travis Barker is AMAZING on drums. I already knew this, but when you see it live, there are no words for it. The man will blow you away. His performance alone was worth waiting 4 hours for and getting terrible sunburns. Yelawolf was the icing on the cake. They performed all the Psycho White tracks as well as quite a few of Yelawolf’s music. It was an awesome performance.
I wasn’t sure if they were allowing cameras into the event so I just stayed on the safe side and left all the cameras in the car. The only pictures I took in Pozo were the three below. That’s ok, sometimes it is nice to just enjoy everything and not capture it all on film. Although in this case, a camera WOULD have made the time go by faster.

Beautiful tree at Pozo Saloon.

Beautiful tree at Pozo Saloon.

Parking lot of Pozo Saloon for Higher Grounds.

Parking lot of Pozo Saloon for Higher Grounds.

Another view from our car at Pozo Saloon.

Another view from our car at Pozo Saloon.

Mud(dy) Roots Theme Thursday

This Thursday’s theme is Mud so I am going to make it a Muddy Roots theme!

Our trip to Muddy Roots last year was the trip that changed it all for us (You can read about if here).  If you are not familiar with Muddy Roots Music Festival you should do yourself a favor and check them out.  Muddy Roots promotes everything from roots blues, bluegrass to punk rock and everything in between and spending the weekend on the ranch in Tennessee will change your life.  For one, it is beautiful there.  It is held at the June Bug Ranch in Cookeville, TN every year on Labor Day weekend.  Just the drive to get to the ranch is beautiful.

Rainbow over June Bug Ranch.  Told you it was beautiful there.  This was a view from our tent.

Rainbow over June Bug Ranch. Told you it was beautiful there. This was a view from our tent.

Then there is the music.  The beautiful, stomp your feet, dance around, and holler music.  One of my favorite memories was laying in my tent drifting off to sleep listening to The Reverend Horton Heat play live.  Yeah, yeah, I know you are wondering why I wasn’t at the stage watching The Reverend Horton Heat perform, but I was exhausted and I have seen them quite a few times and figured it was a good time to get some rest so I could catch the bands I had NOT seen yet.

And finally there are the people.  Everyone we talked to was wonderful.  We had neighbors on one side of us that were from Tennessee that came to the festival every year.  They had their awesome cars in the car show on Sunday.

One of our neighbors cool cars

One of our neighbors cool cars

When they set up they told us that if it rained we were more than welcome to take refuge under their canopy and when Lacy wanted to take a nap and I had no one to hang out with, they let me hang out with them by the cars and watch the bands.  They were awesome, laid back people.  Matter of fact, there was an incident that made Lacy and I laugh so hard.  On the second night Lacy took the flashlight and went to use the port-a-potty.  She came right back out and I said, “Well that was fast.”  She said, “Someone shit ON the seat!” So we decided we better inform our neighbors since they usually didn’t take a flashlight with them and it was dark and that was NOT a surprise we wished on anyone.  Now, we are from Fresno.  People are jerks here, which is a lot of the reason of why we are leaving.  If we were at a festival here and were in this same situation our neighbors would have be outraged.  I went and told our neighbors at Muddy Roots, “Hey guys, FYI, you don’t want to use that port-a-potty.  Someone shit on the seat.” to which we were greeted with roars of laughter.  You just don’t meet laid back people like that in Fresno.  Our neighbor on the other side was Clay.  He was from Missouri and came down all by himself and had the time of his life.

The thing about Tennessee in the summer is, it’s hot.  Not just hot, a sticky gross hot.  We knew at some point during the weekend it would rain and when that sky finally opened up and dumped the glorious rain we were waiting for, we rejoiced!  We ran thru the rain, we stomped in the puddles and mud, and we danced to the music.  Which leads us to our theme for this Thursday.  Enjoy these pictures of rain and mud at Muddy Roots.  I even included a video at the end.

Lacy playing in the mud

Lacy playing in the mud

Dancing in the rain

Dancing in the rain

I'll throw this one in there too just for the heck of it, just because it is hilarious.

I’ll throw this one in there too just for the heck of it, just because it is hilarious.

Don’t forget to head over to Clan Donaldson to see the rest of the Theme Thursday Mud pictures!

It’s a New Month!

 It’s finally February!  We are VERY excited about this.  January was too long! 

 This month brings two out of town road trips to see some awesome bands.  One to see The Pine Box Boys and The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit in Modesto and the other takes us to San Francisco to see The Dirty Hand Family Band and The Phenomenauts at Slims.   We are looking forward to both of them.  While, Lacy got out of town a couple of times in January, I wasn’t able too and I’m starting to go stir crazy! 

 Another exciting thing happening in February is; I’m starting an online photography class! I can’t wait.  I bought myself a nifty new camera last month and haven’t done much with it.  Hopefully that will be changing as of next week!  I would love to take better pictures of all the bands that we see and when we are out on the road I know there are going to be lots of amazing opportunities for great pictures.  I really want to take advantage of it all. 

 And finally, February means that we only have 5-1/2 months left until we leave!!!!