February 28, 2014 – Hookslide Concert at Rancho Mirage High School

Today, under threatening skies, we head south to the Palm Springs area. Jon’s band, Hookslide, has a benefit concert at Rancho Mirage High School on Friday and are opening for Joan Rivers on Saturday at a nearby casino. The wind is howling and the skies are dark as we depart I-15 at Nipton Road and head off through the Mojave Desert Preserve.

Stormy skies at we enter the Mojave Desert Preserve
Stormy skies at we enter the Mojave Desert Preserve

After a while we reach the Kelso Depot, an historical train station built during WWII. It is our plan to eat lunch at their 40’s lunch counter. Unfortunately the lunch counter has closed and we are now hours away from anywhere we can find some lunch. We take a few pictures and look at their small museum. Back in the car, we pass the singing sand dunes of Kelso. They should be singing in all this wind but there is too much sand blowing around to open the car windows.
Kelso train staton
Kelso train staton

Another view of Kelso train station
Another view of Kelso train station

Kelso "singing" sand dunes
Kelso “singing” sand dunes

Finally after wind and rain we reach our hotel in Indian Wells. In short order we head off to the concert. The venue, a new auditorium in a new high school, is impressive. The high school kids sing a couple of songs and then Hookslide takes to the stage. They do an amazing job and the kids are really receptive. They follow up the concert with a Saturday workshop for the choral groups which goes really well. Their opening for Joan Rivers on Saturday night is equally impressive. But we must be on our way home early on Saturday.
Hookslide on stage
Hookslide on stage

Hookslide at Rancho Mirage High School
Hookslide at Rancho Mirage High School

The view out our hotel window in Indian Wells
The view out our hotel window in Indian Wells

February 23-27, 2014 St. George

The rest of the time we are in St. George, we play tennis, get the house ready for Ryan, Jon, Nathan and Sam’s visit at the end of March and go pottery shopping. We have been looking for a pot for a particular spot in Pleasanton. Finally we find one at Worthington Gallery. it is a favorite of mine to shop at. We also loll around a lot watching the birds out the window. Towards the end of our stay the weather turns stormy.

Ducks on the pond
Ducks on the pond
Ducks in the backyard
Ducks in the backyard
Our new pot
Our new pot
Stormy skies over the pond
Stormy skies over the pond

February 16-22, 2014 – St. George

We leave for St. George on Sunday, February 16. Since there is no reason to rush, we decide to stay over in Barstow, CA and complete the trip on Monday. We have fun having dinner at Chili’s at the bar while watching the Olympics.

Reaching St. George the next day, we go to the grocery store. Luckily, though, we had made some lentil soup and frozen it before we left last time so dinner is taken care of. The next few days are filled with puttering around the house and one afternoon of playing our limited mobility tennis.

On Thursday we have an off-road adventure going on the Joshua Tree Loop Road. Everything is so dry here much like at home. But we have a good time and get enough fodder for a Clark and Lewis adventure story. I have written two of these now and they contain pictures of what we have been doing.

Adventuring Again At Last

Off-Road Adventure

February 15, 2014 – Joe’s 70th Birthday Party

Our dear friend, Joe, is turning 70 today. It is hard to believe but I guess none of us is getting any younger. Karen and Joe have had a tough year with both Karen and Joe falling ill. It is great to have a happy occasion to celebrate. All of our close group of friends are here at Castlewood Country Club to celebrate the event. Here are some pictures –

Mary and Joe
Mary and Joe

Karen with granddaughter, Ayla
Karen with granddaughter, Ayla

Karen and Joe
Karen and Joe
Diana and Peter
Diana and Peter
Karen and Joe
Karen and Joe
Joe with his cake
Joe with his cake
Joe wearing the "Old Geezer" hat that gets passed amongst our group
Joe wearing the “Old Geezer” hat that gets passed amongst our group

February 9, 2014 – Hookslide at Club Fox

It is always exciting for us to go to one of Jonathan’s concerts. On this rainy Sunday evening we head over to Redwood City for the concert and dinner beforehand at City Pub. We are seven for dinner – John and I, plus Sarah and Ryan and also Karen and George and Allison. They have great hamburgers at City Pub and I am glad that for once I actually ordered what I wanted instead of what might be the least caloric.

At Club Fox we get seats right up front.

Mary, Karen, George, Allison and Ryan at Club Fox
Mary, Karen, George, Allison and Ryan at Club Fox

By the time Hookslide takes the stage the venue is pretty full. I have been concerned that since it is raining that people might stay away. The group is doing two sets with an intermission. They bring back some old favorites and also sing some new songs. They are always amazing.
Hookslide (l.to r.) Jon, George, Bud and Mayank
Hookslide (l.to r.) Jon, George, Bud and Mayank

Of course, a favorite part for me is when Jon does his beatbox solo. The crowd is always so appreciative of this unique skill.
Jon doing his beatbox solo
Jon doing his beatbox solo

They are singing down in the Palm Springs area at the end of the month. Joan Rivers has asked for them to open for her again and they are also doing a benefit at a local high school to raise money for their choral program and to encourage boys to sing. John and I are hoping to make a side trip from St. George to see the high school show. (Joan Rivers tickets are waay expensive.) We are very loyal fans.