We recently took a trip to Northern California. Destination: Ferndale. It’s a small town. For a while I grew up there. Daniel is from there as well. The population never changes and familiar faces age with grace.
Russ Park is a gem tucked away among the many cemeteries in Ferndale and it’s where the legends live. 6 foot high ferns? Check. Zipporah’s Pond Swamp Thing? Check. Talking Sitka Spruce? Check. Trails to the edge of the world? Check. Russ Park is a place where the imagination runs wild and you can experience how hard the trees are working with every breath.
It’s 2015 and wifi is crazy strong these days so I know you have an internet connection up there.
I recently found this picture and I’m pretty sure it’s the last time we hung out. Like many times before – late nights, aimless tours, long drives, and groggy mornings, I’m sure it was another good time filled with silly laughter. We probably talked a lot about music, movies, life, and starting some sort of music project. Highly likely Cory was there too. Damn you two could write songs!
You were and still are an inspiration. Thanks for turning me on to so many great bands and giving me so many fond memories. Without you, we likely never would have started Parks and Records. You always embodied encouragement and artfully used music as a means for liberation. I benefited from both.
Thanks to all who visited our booth, made conversation, attempted to negotiate a hug, and most importantly bought some records. Special thanks to all at B.A.R.F. and all of the other labels and booth inhabitants – we were on the outside with the grease collector, but you treated us like one of your own.
For those of you unable to make your way to the Fair, you will be pleased to know our booth won “Best of Show”.
Happy Birthday to California State Parks! 150 years and still look’n good.
“California State Parks commemorates the 1864 establishment of the first state park in the world. On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting 39,000 acres of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California. Never before had land been set aside to protect its natural state for the public to enjoy. This historic legislation was the beginning of not only the California State Park System, but the national park idea we know today.” Learn more and check out the Cal Parks timeline.
Looking for a park? Check out the Cal Parks finder. No two are the same and the seasons give them all a little something different. Explore!