Back to Cali! No cross-country roadtrip this year, but lots of fun on the horizon nonetheless :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

On the road again

Following my own footsteps, I went back to SFO in the morning to pick up my car and proceeded to take the 101, then the 92 to Half-Moon Bay, where I finally connected with the Pacific Coast Highway. I don't know if I'm particularly lucky or if it's the usual weather at this time of year, but once again I got a very sunny day and driving to Monterey was a breeze.

Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

Lone Ranger
Bird on Rock

Pacific Coast

Here's my ride for this year.

Pacific Coast

Can you believe I found the exact same spot to take the pic?? Hehe... It's a Pontiac G6 and the nickname for that one is "Nelly".
New for 2008: Sunroof upgrade! Yay!

More rocks and waves from that gorgeous coast

Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

Another lone ranger
Another bird

Approaching Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz

Pacific Coast

Just before arriving in Monterey, I decided to stop and go to the beach
Beach

Beach

Beach

Beach

And once in Monterey, I discovered that my adapter wouldn't fit in the motel's plugs because they used antiquated ones with no ground pin. Cheap bastards. Thankfully, I had recharged the camera's battery in SF so there was plenty of juice to cover the festival.

Which will be the subject of the next post. Stay tuned.

MJF 51, day one

With the motel just 5 minutes from the Fairgounds and remembering the lesson learned last year, I was able to enjoy much more of that first evening than in MJF50.
Just after the gates opened, and having 30 minutes to kill before the first show started on the Garden Stage, I stopped by the awesome New Orleans cookery and had some mighty hot jambalaya. I'm thinking this could become a kind of ritual...

Festivities kicked off with the George Young Quartet
George Young Quartet

I couldn't catch their names, but here they are:
George Young Quartet

George Young Quartet

George Young Quartet

George Young Quartet

George Young Quartet

Sue Downs was still playing beautiful pieces by the pond
Sue Downs

I then headed to the Night Club to hear that guy called Spencer Day
Spencer Day

Check it out, he's really good.
Here's the rest of his band
Spencer Day Band

Spencer Day Band

Spencer Day Band

And the evening ended (for me) with the beautiful notes of Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen

And band
Anat Cohen Band

Anat Cohen Band

Great start for a memorable week-end, in more ways than one.