Sunday, October 10, 2021

🎵Brass bands and marching bands...

Wind turbines as far as the eye could see on either side of the road, with shorter ones in the front row.

We left Greenfield, CA on Saturday heading south towards Twenty Nine Palms, CA.

The rest stop 2 miles away was closed so we stopped by a James Dean Memorial for lunch.  Dean was killed in a car accident at the age of 24 down the road in 1955.  He was an iconic movie star although he had only made 3 movies.  Interesting fact:  his estate still makes about $5 million per year.

A spray of plastic flowers and the remains of some real ones. The 1973 memorial was put together by a fan in Japan.

I've never seen so many pumpjacks so close together.  It was like this on both sides of the highway.   Must be a lot of oil in that small area.

We are spending Sat. night at the Boron rest area Eastbound.  While it was light out we could see at least 5 others. By Sunday morning there were more, including class Bs, trailers, cars, and  semis.   You can stay at a California rest area if you need to rest, but no longer than 24 hours.

This was behind the rest area and where we parked for the night.  Pat thought it looked like something from a Star Wars movie.   Actually it is part of Edward's Air Force base.   The first couple of space shuttles landed in the flat area in between the hill and us on their return. What else they do there is top secret.🤫

We had a musical day Sat.!  The Somerville, MA Honk Fest is an annual 3 day festival bringing together brass bands, usually from all over the world .  Honk is a celebration of the brass street band movement.  These bands are active, often  playing as they walk around their community.  They play at street level for the people encouraging them to join in the fun. With Covid it was a 1 day event today and decentralized to keep the crowds down. 

Our oldest grandaughter Emma, who is an outstanding saxophone player, was with the La Porte, TX marching band in competition today.  Their band received first place in district 5A and 2nd overall.  Way to go Emma Lou and the La Porte Marching Band! 

Brassterisk (Josh on the tuba) played in Somerville in the afternoon, walking around town and stopping at various spots.

They also played in the evening at Seven Hills Park in Somerville. Here is a link if you'd like to listen, Brassterisk at Seven Hills Park (give it a few seconds and you'll see Josh with the lighted tuba).


Clara, age 4, told me she is going to play the flute and be a director.  Was she persuaded by the trophy?
Where are the Piepers now?  Twenty Nine Palms, CA

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