Archive | June, 2011

If your going to San Francisco- you’re going to meet some crazy people there

21 Jun
  • Grace and I got arrested and escaped from Alcatraz- all in a days work

    “Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.” Voltaire-Candide

It is so hot here. Very hot. Like I had beads of sweat running down my face and I never sweat-(maybe glisten at most)- type of hot. Anyway that is all the negativity I will throw at you this fine Tuesday afternoon. Let’s recap the week.
We typically work 4 hours in the morning (8-12) then have the afternoon to ourselves- this is where boredom, vice and need set in. After our break which we spend exploring or laying in shade, we work another 2 to 3 hours around 4-6. Dinner is usually shared and then Grace and I retreat to our mini- RV to watch True Blood– Grace has gotten me hooked on this vampire BS and I kind of like it.

The view from the fields

more view

The vineyard needs a mow

the tail end of the sunset

Some of our afternoon trips have included Ukiah, CA for the Ukiah Brewing Company an CO-OP, Lakeport for some WI-FI and coffee, and then of course Kelseyville for a dive bar and new friends. Yes, I think I had my 15 minutes of fame and I think it was in Kelseyville. This small town in wine country was a random stop on this particular Saturday afternoon. When we stepped into the bar we were instantly the main attraction. Drinks were bought, questions asked, high fives given, and family members names and numbers written down for future favors along our trip. They were highly impressed with our trip and what we had been doing. We also got the bartender hooked on The Avett Brothers. BOOM.
Sunday was our first day off – and possibly only day off – and we decided to spend it romping around San Francisco. I am sure Grace will go into details on this part  of the week so I will only hit the highlights.

do you see what I see? barely?


1. Walking 8 miles from Golden Gate Park to Fisherman’s Wharf. It was a beautiful day and a great way to see the city and how different all the areas can be.
2. Rogue Public House. After Grace asked me about 8 times ‘what the place was called again’ we finally arrived 8 miles, 5 hills, 6 bums, and 1 Forever 21 later. We drank delicious beers ate yummy food and finally put my Rogue Citizenship Card to work- 75 cents off a pint. It was well deserved. Also I got hit on like college style again.
3. Fisherman’s Wharf. Although touristy I thoroughly enjoyed this area. I even ate 2 bites of fried fish! Whaaaa?
4. Ghiradelli Square- is where I consumed the best ice cream I have had in yearsssss
5. Our stop in Santa Rosa at the Russian River Brewery. As Grace says…it was the best pizza she has had since we left NJ. Wow.
So it is Tuesday now and we have been here for a week. The days are hot and filled with work. Maybe thats a good thing cause as you can tell the downtime is filled with money-spending, beer -drinking,  lame boy-dodging (where the good ones at), and food-eating. I think Voltaire was right.

Happy Belated Blog

16 Jun

“A day unemployed is like a bagel- even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good…” – A ridiculous quote from the book Evasion

This blog was supposed to be written about two days ago. I had a new title, new quotes in mind, and all the inspiration and motivation I would need. Then my car started making a funny noise and the rest is expensive history. On the way to the internet cafe we stopped by an auto shop to get the noise checked out and it turned out that my car needed a new air compressor blah blah blah blah blah. So here I am x amount of dollars poorer and not in the mood to blog at all. I feel like all my blogs start out this way nowadays.

Anyway, since we last talked a lot has happened. We left Weed and we are officially at our last new farm of the journey. It is a scary thought- I am ready to get back to all my friends and family but I am not ready for the trip to be over and the money to run out and the real world slap me in the face. Enough about that.

We have arrived in Upper Lake, California and more specifically Clover Creek Family  Farm. There is Thurston and Annelle who own the farm/vineyard, their family friend Rachel, Garlic the dog (I call him Garlique), Carbone the cat ( I call him carbomb), and 5 chickens. Everyone here seems really knowledgeable and more often then not I feel like I lack a lot of knowledge about a lot of subjects i.e. politics, food systems, car mechanics, medicine and health, kickball, current events, etc.

Hmm, what else….since being here we have done a lot……we have worked in our first vineyard of the trip. Vineyards take a lot of work. We spend the first part of the morning, trimming stray shoots, shoot thinning (well Thurston does this), and dodging thistle and weeds. We have worked with bovine blood as a deer deterrent, put up an electric chicken fence, and other miscellaneous tasks around the farm. Its nice to be working hard again- even though its hot as hell.

I have pictures to show you but Grace is done blogging and we need to get back to the farm for afternoon work. Here is one picture I will leave you with…for The Daily Show fans consider it a moment of Zen.

Drinking and Driving......Kombucha that is

Ok bye.

Skydance is Like a Bob Ross painting Come to Life

8 Jun

“I fall asleep with my friends around me, only place I know I feel safe, I’m going to call this home.”- Jimmy Eat World lyrics

I had this overwhelming itch to blog – maybe it was the fresh, clear air, the new company, or the two pints I had at Dunsmuir Breweryworks in the scorching sunlight. Three things I needed to talk to you about…

1. Our friend Cori Cornett has arrived. You may know her as bartender extraordinaire  from the Shepard and the Knucklehead, you may have seen her at the cheese counter at Hell Foods (Whole Foods, right Ryan?), or you may not know who she is at all. For those of you who don’t know her she is a great addition to the crew here at Skydance. She made the trek all the way out here to see… or maybe the mountains- or maybe just to see another part of the country. Either way, she is here and enjoying every second- I can tell. She smiles constantly, drinks beer with me, take lots of pictures, makes guacamole, and keeps saying “wow look at that mountain.”

2. Not only has Cori arrived, Linda is home and with their forces combined they have brought the sun and Summer. That is right. For a second I thought that May 21st might have just meant the end of the sun not necessarily the world- but its back! We have moved our party outside- hiking, planting, mowing, weeding, and generally enjoying the outdoors.

3. I watched the Social Network the other night and it made me mad. I am not going to go on and on about all the things that I thought were wrong about it but I can say with confidence I will never have Facebook again and I am OK with it. Everyone involved in the movie/real life drama surrounding the rise Facebook has issues. So thats all. UGHHH

Thats all for now. Time to eat another dinner I barely helped prepare. I am, however, a good cleaner upper and I plan to maybe attempt dinner- making one night before we leave.

Rain, Rain Go Away Come Again Neverrrrr

5 Jun

“The gentle rain which waters my beans and keeps me in the house to-day is not drear and melancholy, but good for me too.”

I would have to go ahead and disagree with Thoreau on this one. Even as a nature enthusiast – as a person who understands the importance of rain and weather and seasons in general- I cannot help but disagree- and strongly at that. I expected rain in Olympia. I expected a chance of rain and hipsters in Portland. I was not, however, expecting rain and snow and sleet in California- in June!


Truth is we are in the mountains and we are pretty high up- So it can still get pretty cool up here and the weather can be unpredictable. Besides the crappy weather there is nothing about Weed that I don’t love. The views are beautiful, the runs and hikes are new and exciting, I made two new friends- Sophie and Lucy, Janet and Linda are awesometown (still not a word I guess), there are two good breweries (Weed Brewery and Dunsmuir Brewery Works- highly recommended) close by, and we are even getting some paid work.

I am not going to lie to you dear reader- I have nothing to blog about but I missed you so I figured I would give it a try. Grace and I have been doing a lot of movie watching ( I recommend Blue Valentine and The Shipping News). We have been reading a lot to- I am reading the Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey and she is reading A Confederacy of Dunces– I recommend both. When the sun does come out we race outside to weed, dig up, add chicken poop and plant peas, carrots, turnips, parsnips, beets, and radish in Linda’s beautiful garden. In the morning we drink coffee and look at this…




I know the above pictures are not good back up evidence of the rainy weather we are having but look at that view! Anyway, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our good friend Cori and Linda ( who was away in southern Cali for a half marathon). Hopefully between the two of them they will bring the sun and the heat.