hey! It's been a few days- and things have been crazy busy! Some highlights from the last few days include playing Santa Cruz at The Crepe Place (w/ Eve's Peach and Shadowgraph) and playing our first San Francisco show at Hotel Utah (w/ The Bassturd, The Lolly Gaggers, and The Slow Poisoner) yesterday evening. Both shows were great times filled with great people. One of them was filled with delicious crepes as well.
I haven't updated this for a minute, so I haven't had a chance to write up on our super pleasant beach adventure. We had a day off in California and decided that there would be no better way to spend it than to spend it camping at the beach! The weather was perfect-kind of brisk but sunny- and we called every campground within a drive-able radius. Everywhere was full except for a camping spot where you could sleep right on the beach. We were stoked at the thought. Midnight walks to the ocean, sleeping to the sound of the waves, and waking up to sea salt air. All we had to do was drive out onto the beach to get there.
It all started out great! Rachelle was driving the van, the sun was setting, we spent our 10 dollars to camp (a fair price for a night) and we all marveled at how gorgeous the evening water was. We got about 3 miles out and noticed a bunch of cars parked...we pulled over. The car made a funny noise and stopped abruptly. Rachelle, unfazed, tried to reverse the van. And then she continued to try to reverse. And then it became apparent that the car wouldn't reverse and was incredibly stuck, wheels spinning hopelessly, in the sand. Daisy and I jumped out treating it as if it were snow- trying to push the car out with physical force....which does not work at all. We were parked right in front of this super outdoorsy couple that spent the entire time laughing their asses off at us, which at the time was not helpful at all but is funny in retrospect. When we asked them how they would recommend us getting out of it, they told us we really shouldn't be stuck, and that we should have let the air out of our tires beforehand. Good news after the fact.
We tried everything//tried digging the van out and padding down the sand, tried to find some sort of cardboard to put under the wheel, prayed to the Sun Gods by flailing sand into the sky..nothing really worked. We ended up lucking out though. A very nice woman and her partner offered to pull us out with their truck and a rope. We have so much gear in the van that we broke their rope, but they kept tying it and finally we got out! When we finally got out of there, all of us (including the van) were covered in sand, super cold (it's cold in the summer there....something I was never told about California..) and ready to sleep. For free. So we spent the night at a Walmart parking lot and I have never been so happy to sleep at a Walmart in my life. Wherever you are, kind women who dragged our heavy gear filled van out of that quicksand beach front, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Right now we are crashing with our friend Amy who has the cutest dog on the planet, and makes the best coffee. That's a bit about where we are at.
All the good vibes wherever you are-
OH! I briefly thought about taking a picture of the van stuck in the sand but then realized that it was DEFINITELY not the time to do that.. Next time we get stuck in the sand I'll document it.