Rock the Folk Out: Orefornia
Photos by Jake Walden
We are excited to welcome Jake Walden,
a multi-talented singer/songwriter (who happens to be gay) from
Northern California as a guest blogger. Jake is sending us dispatches
from the 20-city Rock the Folk OUT tour, that he is part of along with artists Stewart Lewis and Tom Goss. This is his fifth post. Click here to read about his adventures in Montana. Click here for Las Vegas. And here for Boulder. Seattle and Portland.
Some people like camping; others not so much. To me, as a barefoot son of hippies, I couldn't help but to look at every new patch of forest from the tip of Oregon down through the National Redwood forests of Northern California (I call this area "Orefornia," a blend of Oregon and California) and wonder what it would be like to set up a tent with my buddies, build a fire, have Tom strum the guitar and climb the trees naked in the dark under the stars.
Ok, that last part may be stupid, but a man can dream. I come from this part of the world, where the people are earthy and the landscape (especially in the rain) makes you feel as if you were robbing the rich to give to the poor next to Robin Hood. or sitting in a tree with Julia Butterfly for two years as the loggers revved the engines of their saws.
There is something mythical here...and all you have to do is drive. The 101 twists and turns through gorges and ocean cliffs, all the while offering the most random of "redwood" tourist stops you can imagine. Ashland has the Shakespeare Festival and a cool liberal college. Humboldt County buildings of aged wood and history. This is a place to explore nature, and as we passed through, knowing that two days later we would be in L.A., I had to wonder why it had been so long. I didn't get to climb that tree (I am a very decent rock climber and tend to claim to anyone who will listen that I can climb anything), but I met this great hippie couple who teach music and play gigs as they raise their beautiful daughter Ella in the forest. Ella!!! miss you kid.
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