The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


West Coast Road Trip: Day 1
August 21, 2009, 5:06 am
Filed under: Art, camping, DJing, Events, J Ross Parrelli, Life, Music, Oregon, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

Just 10 days after a magnificent trip to Sequoia National Park I was at it again, only this time on a grander scale. I was scheduled to DJ at the Northwest World Reggae Festival with my girl J Ross Parrelli. At first I had planned to fly up and back down but thru the wonders of Facebook, I learned that my cousins Kristi & Kelly would be together in Washington at the same time. We coordinated our schedules and it worked out that we would be able to take the road trip of a life time together! I hadn’t spent time with Kristi & Kelly together since I was in 7th grade and I was really excited. The plan: Kelly flies from NY to Seattle to meet Kristi, they drive down to the festival in Oregon to see my show and pick me up. Then the three O’Neills drive from Oregon to Long Beach. The pictures below are what ensued. First off, I was in Oregon for this festival:

Northwest World Reggae Festival

Northwest World Reggae Festival

I flew into Portland Thursday night and my friend Giana picked me up. We went back to her house to pick up her kids before driving down to Marcola where the festival takes place. While waiting for her to pack, Giana told me to look at the paintings her son did. At the beginning of summer, her boys went to a children’s hip hop summer camp and her 11 year old son Baqi painted these!

painted by an 11 year old boy!

painted by an 11 year old boy!

Baqi (the artist) with his painting "The Light Within"

Baqi (the artist) with his painting "The Light Within"

It blew me away! This kid is like a flyer version Basquiat and he’s only 11! I can only imagine how his art will look when he grows up… watch out for Baqi!

The drive from Portland to Marcloa was almost 3 hours and we didn’t arrive at the festival until around 1am. I was tired as hell and it was raining. I snuck into a crowded tent with J Ross, Yanski, Will and Axé. There was a small space between a person and a puddlle so I claimed it as my own and KNOCKED OUT for the night. In the morning I woke up and we went to the local store to get some supplies and phone reception.

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Axé was wearing some fly kicks

The little town was so cute! This was their Community News bulliten

The little town was so cute! This was their Community News bulletin

I LOVE the logo for the Oregon State lotto... fingers crossed!

I LOVE the logo for the Oregon State lotto... fingers crossed!

Axé and Selah met in the little market...

Axé and Selah met in the little market...

I enjoyed an amazing snickerdoodle with my Rockstar for breakfast

I enjoyed an amazing snickerdoodle with my Rockstar for breakfast

The paper had the perfect Orgonian on the cover

The paper had the perfect Orgonian on the cover

Back at the festival I explored our surroundings. It takes place on some property an old man owns, he gets a shitload of money every year and we get a festival. People camp on the outskirts of the prarie right next to the trees. The festival and all its booths take place in the middle. For some reason I didnt take enough pictures to give you all an accurate look at how it was but here it goes:

This field would soon be filled with people watching the show

This field would soon be filled with people watching the show (stage is in the middle)

I cooked up some pasta for our peeps...

I cooked up some pasta for our peeps...

a painting by Derek Leitch, MZK, at the eVocal booth

a painting by Derek Leitch, MZK, at the eVocal booth

These teepees were the green rooms backstage

These teepees were the green rooms backstage

I loved this flower, anybody know the name of it?

I loved this flower, its called a Queen Anne's Lace (thanks Ruff Kuts!)

The festival even had pirates in addition to the mass of hippies

The festival even had pirates in addition to the mass of hippies

Honey Bucket for the ladies only... really!

Honey Bucket for the ladies only... really!

quite possibly the coolest hoodie I've even seen

quite possibly the coolest hoodie I've even seen

Herbal Shakes & Hot Elixers

Herbal Shakes & Hot Elixirs

Tierra Madre

Tierra Madre - Fine Latin Foods

Divine Cupcakes

Divine Cupcakes

Bio Diesel conversion kits were even available at the festival!

Bio Diesel conversion kits were even available at the festival!

some yummy organic fruit

some yummy organic fruit

Conscious Cultivation Honey

Conscious Cultivation Honey

Ethiopian cross in front of Kristafari's tent. I'm bummed I didnt get a pic of him!

Ethiopian cross in front of Kristafari's tent. I'm bummed I didnt get a pic of him!

Turntable art at Kristafari's camp (he had the best camp of the festival)

Turntable art at Kristafari's camp (he had the best camp of the festival)

We were camped right behind the eVocal booth

We were camped right behind the eVocal booth

My cousins Kristi & Kelly arrived!

My cousins Kristi & Kelly arrived!

at the same time my friend dj Counterstryke's sister Laurel arrived

at the same time my friend dj Counterstryke's sister Laurel arrived

Zulu Nation representing at the festival

Zulu Nation representing at the festival

Finally it was time for the show. J Ross Parrelli and I were on right after Queen Omega, she had a live band and  rocked an amazing show. Parrelli and I were caught off guard when we discovered that the turntables were on the side of the stage instead of ON the stage but we still had a great show!

Blowin bubbles and bangin' beats!

Blowin bubbles and bangin' beats!

J Ross blowing everyone away

J Ross blowing everyone away

Laurel and her friends enjoyed the show

Laurel and her friends enjoyed the show

the Mighty Junebugg

the Mighty Junebugg

Yanski rocked it with a bullhorn

Yanski rocked it with a bullhorn

So we played until about 1:30 and then went to check out Kristafari’s set in the Dome. I was about to fall over form exhaustion so I went to bed, the next day would be a big one!



West Coast Road Trip: Day 2
August 21, 2009, 5:06 am
Filed under: camping, Life, National Parks, Oregon, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

We woke up and started packing. Our next destination on the trip was Crater Lake National Park and it was gonna take about 4 hours to drive there. I was sad the leave the festival but excited for the journey ahead. I snapped a couple more festival pics and we were on our way!

place your butts here

place your butts here

carved lion on stage

carved lion on stage

NW World Reggae Festival

NW World Reggae Festival

the Kingsford Charcoal factory was right down the road for the festival

the Kingsford Charcoal factory was right down the road for the festival

our guides for the trip worked WAY better than the GPS

our guides for the trip worked WAY better than the GPS

the Quality Fence Company has some suspicious looking logos!

the Quality Fence Company has some suspicious looking logos!

We stopped at Colliding Rivers viewpoint

We stopped at Colliding Rivers viewpoint

Kristi, Kelly and I dipped our dogs in the water

Kristi, Kelly and I dipped our dogs in the water

Bug Farm Rd!

Bug Farm Rd!

this helicopter scooped up water from the river RIGHT NEXT to our car

this helicopter scooped up water from the river RIGHT NEXT to our car

we took the Rogue Umpqua Oregon Scenic Byway to Crater Lake

we took the Rogue Umpqua Oregon Scenic Byway to Crater Lake

We followed the Umpqua River most of the way

We followed the Umpqua River most of the way

the Umpqua River

the Umpqua River

um... yeah, I'll pass on the Dread and Terror section if the trail!

um... yeah, I'll pass on the Dread and Terror section if the trail!

These dense, tall, skinny trees told me we were close to an ancient volcano

These dense, tall, skinny trees told me we were close to an ancient volcano

ok, really it was the map but I did notice a change in folliage

ok, really it was the map but I did notice a change in folliage

A pumice desert... I should have ran barefoot thru it to soften up my feet

A pumice desert... I should have ran barefoot thru it to soften up my feet

2009 O'Neill Vacay!

2009 O'Neill Vacay!

at last... Crater Lake!!!

at last... Crater Lake!!!

Wizard Island in Crater Lake

Wizard Island in Crater Lake

the O'Neill girls

the O'Neill girls

Junebugg the Explorer!

Junebugg the Explorer!

a mesa on the edge of the lake

a mesa on the edge of the lake

Crater Lake is in a cauldera

Crater Lake is in a caldera

This is where it gets a little crazy. We got to the campground around 5pm and we were dying to take showers. We waited in line to get a campsite and the guy in front of us got THE LAST ONE!!! Well us O’Neill girls weren’t gonna take that for an answer. We drove around the campground looking for people that might wanna take us in. To our suprise, no one looked compatible. We noticed a lot of empty reserved spaces though and couldn’t imagine that so many people would come so late. We found a large site to squat on and no sooner did we set up our tent, than the real tenants of the site pulled up. We bated our eyelashes, pleaded our case and they ended up being cool with it. We had our tent set up in their site and our fire and stove set up in the next site over which was reserved for the fire fighters who had been fighting the fire I talked about earlier. We were so proud of our resourcefulness! Finally we got our well earned showers, cooked dinner and settled in around the campfire.

Cheers!

Cheers!

the Crater lake wine was delicious

the Crater lake wine was delicious

Smores were the perfect way to top off the evening and then it was time for bed

Smores were the perfect way to top off the evening and then it was time for bed

That night we froze our asses off. Kristi wanted to use the tarp and I thougt we didnt need to bother… boy was I wrong. Even though there was no rain, the moisture in the air soaked into our sleeping bags and we shivered all night long.



West Coast Road Trip: Day 3
August 21, 2009, 5:05 am
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Life, National Parks, Oregon, Photography, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

We woke up EARLY and packed up our two campsites. Today our plan was to drive from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon to Redwoods National Park in California.

over the river and thru the woods... (Rogue River)

over the river and thru the woods... (Rogue River)

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Oregon State Parks

after a couple hours we entered California!

after a couple hours we entered California!

And not long after that the Redwood National and State Parks

And not long after that the Redwood National and State Parks

California coast near Crescent City

California coast near Crescent City

Crescent City is susceptible to tsunamis. According to Humboldt State University,[3] the city experienced tsunami conditions 17 times between the years 1943 and 1994. Although most of these effects were barely perceptible, one tsunami in particular extensively damaged the city in 1964. We were lucky to not experience any tsunamis during our visit.

crazy cousins

crazy cousins

the O'Neill 3

the O'Neill 3

California state flower: Poppy

California state flower: Poppy

I got some sand from this beach

I got some sand from this beach

Paul Bunion and his ox Baby Blu

Paul Bunion and his ox Baby Blu

no Kristi the saying goes, "Grab the bull by its HORNS"

no Kristi the saying goes, "Grab the bull by its HORNS"

The Treeeeeeees of Mystery and a big crock of shit

The Treeeeeeees of Mystery and a big crock of shit

Junebugg & Bigfoot

Junebugg & Bigfoot

Check the vertical trees growing from the branches

Check the vertical trees growing from the branches

Somehow they called it the worlds largest tree

Somehow they called it the worlds largest tree

more "Trees of Mystery" crockery

more "Trees of Mystery" crockery

again, can I get some help on the name of this flower

again, can I get some help on the name of this flower

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People actually PAY to get married here

People actually PAY to get married here

The Brotherhood Tree

The Brotherhood Tree

Us cousins at the Brotherhood Tree

Us cousins at the Brotherhood Tree

a fascinating Redwood fact at the Trees Of Mystery

a fascinating Redwood fact at the Trees Of Mystery

this is what made my $14 worth it at the Treeeees of Mystery

this is what made my $14 worth it at the Treeeees of Mystery

halfway up

halfway up

THIS my friends, is the attraction at the top

THIS my friends, is the attraction at the top

a fascinating Redwood fact

a fascinating Redwood fact

this was so crazy to me

this was so crazy to me

some guy carved this with a redwood with a chainsaw

some guy carved this with a redwood with a chainsaw

Digger the redwood dog

Digger the redwood dog

Paul Bunyan's table setting

Paul Bunyan's table setting

oh my God its Eddie Munster!

oh my God its Eddie Munster!

Redwood National Park is pretty low budget

Redwood National Park is pretty low budget

I love this path

I love this path

Whoever owns this bike is probably pretty interesting

Whoever owns this bike is probably pretty interesting

Lady Bird Johnson Grove offers a beautiful nature walk

Lady Bird Johnson Grove offers a beautiful nature walk

in the parking lot we noticed someone with a creative sense of humor had been there

in the parking lot we noticed someone with a creative sense of humor had been there

We saw his work all along the trail

We saw his work all along the trail

he had mice everywhere!

he had mice everywhere!

since it was chalk, I considered it eco-grafitti

since it was chalk, I considered it eco-grafitti

a wild boysenberry

a wild boysenberry

looking UP inside a burned out hollow (and still living) tree

looking UP inside a burned out hollow (and still living) tree

I loved how this moss was hanging from all the trees

I loved how this moss was hanging from all the trees

people are pretty small

people are pretty small

these massive trees stayed standing and living despite massive fire damage

these massive trees stayed standing and living despite massive fire damage

a little tunnel

a little tunnel

Redwood trees are the tallest in the world

Redwood trees are the tallest in the world

Kristi the acrobatic

Kristi the acrobatic

Big trees lay where they fell (unless they are blocking a trail)

Big trees lay where they fell (unless they are blocking a trail)

the mouser strikes again

the mouser strikes again

this guy was my hero for the day

this guy was my hero for the day

Our campsite #65 at the beautiful Atwell Mill campground

Our campsite #65 at the beautiful Atwell Mill campground

We had some curry chicken for dinner

We had some curry chicken for dinner

and settled in for a wonderful campfire after a looooooong day

and settled in for a wonderful campfire after a looooooong day

my favorite Adidas hiking shoes

my favorite Adidas hiking shoes

Ok so maybe the entire campground hated us… but we had a great campfire that night!



Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park: Day 4
August 4, 2009, 7:02 am
Filed under: camping, Life, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Travel

Ok so today we really did have to go home =( On our way out we stopped at Moro Rock. I felt like I was working out on a stair-master getting to the top, but it was well worth the effort. I hear Oscar De La Hoya trained here.

a dead tree on the side of Moro Rock... I bet it has a corny name some explorer gave it

a dead tree on the side of Moro Rock... I bet it has a corny name some explorer gave it

Looking to the right from atop Moro Rock

Looking to the right from atop Moro Rock

Looking to the left from atop Moro Rock

Looking to the left from atop Moro Rock

the view from Moro Rock

the view from Moro Rock

after the rock it was a long, content drive home

a dust devil

a dust devil

a spectacle called a Sun Dog in the sky above a scenic California landscape

a spectacle called a Sun Dog in the sky above a scenic California landscape

the end.



Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park: Day 3

We woke up early because #1 it was hot as hell in the tent but #2 because we were supposed to pack up camp and get on the road with enough time to see Crystal Cave, Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow on our way home. It was Sunday and we all had things to do back home the next day. Over breakfast we were talking about how we didn’t really get to see everything or spend enough time there. We talked ourselves into staying another day and headed out to enjoy the forest…

We took a pic before saying good bye to our neighbors Kristina & Loren who were headed next to Death Valley and then Grand Canyon

We took a pic before saying good bye to our neighbors Christina & Laurin who were headed next to Death Valley and then Grand Canyon

our first stop was Crystal Cave. We had to buy $11 tickets the day before

our first stop was Crystal Cave. We had to buy $11 tickets the day before

the entrance to Crystal Cave

the entrance to Crystal Cave

stalagtites. It was hard to get the camera to focus in total darkness

stalagtites. It was hard to get the camera to focus in total darkness

these formations were called Drapes

these formations were called Drapes

the marble roof of Crystal Cave

the marble roof of Crystal Cave

water still flows from the cave

water still flows from the cave

looking back into the Real World

looking back into the Real World

the gate to the cave was rad

the gate to the cave was rad

awwwww, Renzito y Junebugg (on the hike up from the cave)

awwwww, Renzito y Junebugg (on the hike up from the cave)

Booker T. Washington tree

Booker T. Washington tree

this is called the Auto Log because cars used to park on top to take pictures

this is called the Auto Log because cars used to park on top to take pictures

Everything even slightly food related was bear-proofed

Everything even slightly food related was bear-proofed

the roots of a massive sequoia tree are only 3-5 feet deep. They tend to fall over when they get too big and heavy

the roots of a massive sequoia tree are only 3-5 feet deep. They tend to fall over when they get too big and heavy

Tunnel Log

Tunnel Log

I wanna see them cutting this log

I wanna see them cutting this log

we had the BEST lunch that day

we had the BEST lunch that day

Crescent Meadow

Crescent Meadow

if I was Bambi I would totally frolic here

if I was Bambi I would totally frolic here

Renzo at the base of a giant tree

Renzo at the base of a giant tree

we came across this precious little girl on our walk back to the car, she like to draw

we came across this precious little girl on our walk back to the car, she like to draw

We had quite a bit of time before sundown and decided to take the long drive to Cedar Grove at the other side of Kings Canyon… and boy was it long!!!

Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

Kings River

Kings River

this isn't a painting, its really the way nature formed the rock

this isn't a painting, its really the way nature formed the rock



Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park : Day 2
August 4, 2009, 6:15 am
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Life, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Travel

We woke up excited for all the exploring we were about to do. Its good to have a nice breakfast before a long day of hiking and we started off the day right! After breakfast we headed to Grant’s Grove in King’s Canyon

Breakfast of camping and Hawaiian champions: Spam, Eggs & Rice

Breakfast of camping and Hawaiian champions: Spam, Eggs & Rice

Abigail, Renzo and I at the base of a fallen giant sequoia

Abigail, Renzo and I at the base of a fallen giant sequoia

the view from inside a hollow tree

the view from inside a hollow tree

I didnt take a pic of the stump, it made me too sad.

I didnt take a pic of the stump, it made me too sad.

Knapp's Cabin

Knapp's Cabin

Abigail, General Grant and I. He is the 3rd Largest Tree in the World

Abigail, General Grant and I. He is the 3rd Largest Tree in the World

General Grant from a far

General Grant from a far

Check out the difference in size between the cars and the trees

Check out the difference in size between the cars and the trees

Abi the tree hugger

Abi the tree hugger

Lichen Moss... we use this stuff on Rose Parade Floats

Lichen Moss... we use this stuff on Rose Parade Floats

a chipmunk... I couldn't help but think of Chip & Dale

a chipmunk... I couldn't help but think of Chip & Dale

a beautiful big tree

a beautiful big tree

fire helps keep the forest alive

fire helps keep the forest alive

If I were a chipmunk or small critter, I would definitely live here!

If I were a chipmunk or small critter, I would definitely live here!

Giant tree on the border of a soon to be exciting meadow

Giant tree on the border of a soon to be exciting meadow

the contrast of the red bark and green meadow was beautiful

the contrast of the red bark and green meadow was beautiful

looking up!

looking up!

the trees in the background probably saw this tree die...

the trees in the background probably saw this tree die...

this isn't a path, its a fallen tree being swallowed up by the meadow

this isn't a path, its a fallen tree being swallowed up by the meadow

trees fall all the time here. Ones crossing paths get cut, the others stay

trees fall all the time here. Ones crossing paths get cut, the others stay

look how the boulder and the tree grew together!

look how the boulder and the tree grew together!

bear poo with a cherry on top... an ominous warning of what was soon to come

bear poo with a cherry on top... an ominous warning of what was soon to come

wild pea pods

wild pea pods

the roots of a fallen tree

the roots of a fallen tree

one of my favorite insects

one of my favorite insects

soft green carpet with vibrant red bark

soft green carpet with vibrant red bark

the meadow is breathtaking

the meadow is breathtaking

as I was taking this picture a bear walked onto the path...

as I was taking this picture a bear walked onto the path...

I walked away from the bear slowly but forgot to take a picture

I walked away from the bear slowly but forgot to take a picture

the view from a lookout point on the way back to camp

the view from a lookout point on the way back to camp

we discovered Lake Hume is a wonderful place to spend a whole day (too bad we didnt have a whole day)

we discovered Lake Hume is a wonderful place to spend a whole day (too bad we didnt have a whole day)

bring a picnic, some cold drinks and a swimsuit... you won't be mad

bring a picnic, some cold drinks and a swimsuit...

even little kayaks

or even a kayak...

or raft, the water was simply amazing

or raft, the water was simply amazing no matter how you enjoy it

another look out point

another look out point

our neighbor Loren, a German on a 6-week vacation road trip thru the US. We invited him & his girlfriend Kristina to dinner

our neighbor Laurin, a German on a 6-week vacation road trip thru the US. We invited him & his girlfriend Christina to dinner. They were so excited to eat something besides canned beans

Potatoes were the first ingredient in our dinner

Potatoes were the first ingredient in our dinner

Curry Chicken, the final product. Loren even licked the paper plate after 4 helpings

Curry Chicken, the final product. Loren even licked the paper plate after 4 helpings

a moth landed in my wine!

a moth landed in my wine!

after dinner we roasted marshmallows

after dinner we roasted marshmallows

and made smores... mmmm

and made smores... mmmm

Loren loved smores so much that he roasted 5 marshmallows at once

Laurin loved smores so much that he roasted 5 marshmallows at once, even though we ran out of graham crackers

he wrapped them with chocolate in a tortilla instead, and he exclaimed, "I love America!"

he wrapped them with chocolate in a tortilla instead, and exclaimed, "I love America!"

before bed we roasted some corn to have for lunch the next day

before bed we roasted some corn to have for lunch the next day

Fun photo with Fire

Fun photo with Fire



Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park: Day 1

Its been many many years since I’ve visited this magical place and I was so excited to go back! We woke up at 5am and headed north. When we were about an hour away, we stopped to get our groceries for the trip.

We drove thru farmland

We drove thru farmland

We stopped at a fruit stand on the way to stock up on produce

We stopped at a fruit stand on the way to stock up on produce

Then we arrived in Exeter, got some gas and other grocery store essentials

Then we arrived in Exeter, got some gas and other grocery store essentials

R-N Market was the only grocery store in town

R-N Market was the only grocery store in town

an old AAA tow truck in Three Rivers

an old AAA tow truck in Three Rivers

the local auto repair shop: Pat O'Connels

the local auto repair shop: Pat O'Connels

vote Blue Pig for President?

vote Blue Pig for President?

Biker camping looks rad!

Biker camping looks rad!

FINALLY we arrived in Sequoia!!!

FINALLY we arrived in Sequoia!!!

the giant forest is AMAZING pictures can't really capture its greatness

the giant forest is AMAZING pictures can't really capture its greatness

we stayed at Crystal Springs Campground in Kings Canyon National Park

we stayed at Crystal Springs Campground in Kings Canyon National Park

Bears run rampant. Our campsite had a bear box to store our food

Bears run rampant. Our campsite had a bear box to store our food

Home sweet home for the weekend... Campsite #24

Home sweet home for the weekend... Campsite #24

our backyard

our backyard

I FINALLY got a hammock to bring camping and it was as wonderful as it looks

I FINALLY got a hammock to bring camping and it was as wonderful as it looks

the local market had the right idea... I gladly paid $7.99 for the smores kit

the local market had the right idea... I gladly paid $7.99 for the smores kit

a quick and easy 1st night of camping dinner: pasta with ground turkey

a quick and easy 1st night of camping dinner: pasta with ground turkey

We went to bed tired as hell but happy as can be, excited for the day ahead of us



Random Pic of the Day
July 1, 2009, 4:12 am
Filed under: camping, Funny, Life, Random Pic of the Day

Sometimes you run across people in life that are just so interesting, you HAVE TO take a picture.

Last October I hiked the Narrows in Zion National Park. The canyon is so narrow that you have to hike IN the Virgin River. We turned a river bend and ran into this guy. He stopped and asked us, “Do you like my friend? His name is Karl” in a heavy Austrian accent with a smile. He was such a character it took a moment to resister and then I noticed the praying mantis on his shoulder

I asked if I could take a picture of the bug, but thats not really why I took the picture. hee hee
Karrrl

karrrrrrrrlknarrow



Maui Day 7: My Birthday & Time to go home =(
June 29, 2009, 4:44 am
Filed under: camping, Life, Maui, Travel

We woke up, showered and prepared to leave the Sheepdawg Festival

 

Aaron hanging from the top bunk we called, "The Observatory"

Aaron hanging from the top bunk we called, "The Observatory"

My confidence behind the wheel was renewed

My confidence behind the wheel was renewed

aWe stopped in Paia for some breakfast and met up again with Barikuda, Sassy, Cousin Jimbo, J Ross & Lindsey. Kuda brought me the most delicious birthday cake I ever ate and then we parted ways again. Dinah, Aaron and I went to the beach for a final dip in Hawaiian waters. We had a little spare time after the beach and realized that we smelled and looked like some dirty hippies. It would have been torture to our fellow travelers if we got on the plane like that, but we only had the VW to call home. I drove back to the condo we stayed at earlier in the week and we took turns sneeking into the pool area to use their outdoor shower. We got fresh dressed like a million bucks and grabbed a bite to eat. Then it was time to return the VW and explain my mishap. The guy was fairly understanding and we waited for a cab to take us to the airport.

 

all the luggage for Dinah, Aaron & I!!!!

all the luggage for Dinah, Aaron & I!!!!

Birthday shot

Birthday shot

and Birthday shots!

and Birthday shots!

then a group shot before we jumped on the redeye to come home

then a group shot before we jumped on the redeye to come home

a hot stud I met in Maui

a hot stud I met in Maui

Luckily I knocked out in the first 15 minutes of the flight and didn’t wake until our final descent.

 

!Aloha Maui!



Maui Day 6: Black Sand Beach & other delights
June 29, 2009, 4:10 am
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Events, Life, Maui, Music, Travel

We woke up and decided we needed some beach in our lives. Camp Keanae was beautiful, but perched precariously on a cliff with no beach access. J Ross was set to perform a tribute to Dread I with the Escort Service Band in the evening but we had hours of beautiful daylight before that. J Ross, Lindsey, Aaron, Dinah and I jumped into J Ross’s rented PT Cruiser and we were on our way! Lindsey’s cousin, Chef Tracy, has lived on Maui for 11 years and told us of a black sand beach close to Hana… we couldn’t resist. I was glad to be a passenger because I was able to enjoy the scenery and take some pictures. The road is windy with dense jungle. There are no gas stations, corner markets or McDonalds; as a matter of fact, there aren’t even any street lights or signs. There are however, occasional little shanty huts scattered along the way.

The was our first stop along the way...

The was our first stop...

with all kinds of tasty treats

with all kinds of tasty treats

bananas anyone?

bananas anyone?

We saw a peacock! The is the best shot we could get

We saw a peacock! The is the best shot we could get

Some booths didn't even have workers, just the honor system

Some booths didn't even have workers, just the honor system

After what seemed like 2 hours We saw the only road sign and it was for the beach we were looking for

it took FOREVER to get to Wainapanapa Beach but it was worth it

it took FOREVER to get to Wainapanapa Beach but it was worth it

Wouldn't you agree? Black sand beach at Wainapanapa

Wouldn't you agree? Black sand beach at Wainapanapa

Before getting to the black sand, there are black rocks

Before getting to the black sand, there are black rocks

there were all kinds of danger signs, but we still went in the water

there were all kinds of danger signs, but we still went in the water

On the way back we were starving and couldn’t wait to come across a little shack with goodies. There was one place with like 6 or 7 shacks all clumped together, here is what they had…

Coconut hut

Coconut hut

$1 Noni shots

$1 Noni shots

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay

Feline Goddess

Feline Goddess

a choice of treats

a choice of treats

Island Style tacos

Island Style tacos

Local Super Sweet Corn on the Cob

Local Super Sweet Corn on the Cob

We did find some cool nic-naks but nothing we wanted to eat. On the way to the beach we had seen a lonely Thai buffet in the middle of the jungle and thats what we had our hearts set on. Luckily for us it was worth the extra stop and holding out for it!

Kak's Thai Food Buffet

Kak's Thai Food Buffet

Aaron, J Ross, KAK, Dinah & June

Aaron, J Ross, KAK, Dinah & June

Kak is quite the character, we loved her so much we had to take a picture with her! She also cooked the best meal I ever ate, check it out…

fresh mahi mahi with veggies & noodles. MMMMMMMM!!!

Fresh mahi mahi with veggies & noodles. Only $10 in the middle of nowhere MMM!!!

We got back a lot later than expected and discovered that J Ross’ set got moved up. While she performed, we checked out some of the crazy hippies at the festival

Aima the Dreama, J Ross Parrelli & Dakini Star with the Escort Service

Aima the Dreama, J Ross Parrelli & Dakini Star with the Escort Service

those crazy hippies!

those crazy hippies!

We had a mini car club

We had a mini car club

Today was June 14th, the last day of my 31st year on this planet and the sky was beautiful as the sun drifted out of sight

the last light on the eve of my birthday

the last light on the eve of my birthday

the crowd during Ooklah the Moc's set

the crowd during Ooklah the Moc's set

more crazy Hippies & the Long Beach Gorilla

more crazy Hippies & the Long Beach Gorilla

I dont know why but I wanted to call him Wolfman Jack

I dont know why but I wanted to call him Wolfman Jack

LBG & Wolfman Jack

LBG & Wolfman Jack

The Long Beach Gorilla was on stage with Ooklah the Moc

The Long Beach Gorilla was on stage with Ooklah the Moc

This is where it started to feel like a cross between a rave, Woodstock & the Burning Man Festival. We were afraid to eat or drink anything we didn’t bring with us!

They had blacklights everywhere and luckily we had neon clothes!

They had blacklights everywhere and luckily we had neon clothes!

J Ross Parrelli, Barikuda's cousin Jimbo, Junebugg and Barikuda

J Ross Parrelli, Barikuda's cousin Jimbo, Junebugg and Barikuda

SheepDawg Tie Dye was EVERYWHERE

SheepDawg Tie Dye was EVERYWHERE

the crew minus Dinah Diamonds... I think she was in the shower

the crew minus Dinah Diamonds... I think she was in the shower

Ok so then they had this thing called the Whale Ride. As explained by one of the riders, it offered sonic healing. We HAD to try it!

This guy played synth noises on a keyboard mounted to a surfboard

This guy played synth noises on a keyboard mounted to a surfboard

and he took his job VERY seriously

and he took his job VERY seriously

it was like a giant teeter totter that also rotated

it was like a giant teeter totter that also rotated

the other end had a hammock with headphones to hear the synth noises

the other end had a hammock with headphones to hear the synth noises

Out loud for all to hear, were whale noises

this guy played music too while following the hammock

this guy played music too while following the hammock

There was another guy with a digereedoo too. I don’t know if I got sonically healed but I did get a good share of giggles. Next up we heard the most off beat drum session of all time and went to investigate

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Mighty Junebugg Earthday in Maui

No words can really describe it. Some time after this I went to bed… It was a looooong good day!