Wild Fires, car-talk, and the rest of California

Hey! The last few days have been kinda all over the place! We had a day off but spent most of it on a crazy 7 hour detour due to a wildfire. It is definitely a weird thing talking to local folks in California about wild-fire's because the people we talk to are super lax about it. It's almost like you're talking to them about a light rainstorm that just won't leave. One fun conversation with someone was at a starbucks when we were just trying to re-route around the giant mass of burning trees in front of us, and the barista casually said that he would just take the 5. When we told him the 5 was closed he was like, "well then take the 596" (something like that). When we told him that it was also closed he said, "Well. Do you have an iPhone?". We ended up taking 36 as well as some other super windy, high cliffs with no edge, "I wonder if this is really a road" roads. One of them was seriously a one-car dirt road ON A MOUNTAIN. People thought we were crazy for not driving 55 but holy hell. I don't know how anyone drives 55 on any of that....

Needless to say our brakes got messed up and we spent most of our time in Arcata at the car shop getting them fixed. All is well though, and they actually weren't that damaged. Incase you ever find yourself on a 10 percent incline going down for 45+ minutes, I recommend (Rachelle and Daisy recommend) doing it in small portions. In retrospect we should've pulled over on the side of the road (when it had sides..) a few more times than we did. Also, if the brakes are burning, it's usually just the brake-fluid burning at first, and not the pads- SO GET THE HECK OFF THE ROAD and let it cool down!

Yesterday's show in Arcata ended up being really fun. We played with Cybernator 2 (keyboard, experimental, occasionally ambient, occasionally super pop-y) as well as a band called Ms. God. Ms. God was a three piece band consisting of a saxophone, drums, guitar and vocals. They sounded like the emotional love child of Modest Mouse and Grizzly Bear's album Yellow House. They don't have anything recorded yet, or I'd send you to their page. Keep your ears out for them.

We crashed at our friend Sarah's (from the Austin band Bell Curve) Dad, Gilbert's, house. He had a porch cat, beautiful art, and it was SO NICE to get good sleep after camping in the car the night before. 

I'm writing this blog entry from a Barnes and Noble (free wi-fi!) in Medford Oregon. There is a HUGE forest fire that we drove past that has engulfed the entire town in smoke. It is the most bizarre thing to see what you think is fog, and then realize that it is smoke. And then you start noticing everyone other than you is wearing a gas-mask. Wish we had gotten the memo. After chatting with a nice stranger, I learned that the cheap air-masks don't really do anything, and that you really have to get the air-filtration masks if you want to be able to breathe at all. SO! We are definitely making the hike after the show tonight to Eugene Oregon where they will hopefully have deliciously breathable air. Looking forward to tonight though! We are playing at Johnny B's. If you are in the area and reading this, head out. Show starts at 9!

 Oh but we did get to see the Redwoods. Absolutely gorgeous. 

Oh but we did get to see the Redwoods. Absolutely gorgeous. 

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 Arcata's square

Arcata's square

 Ms. God

Ms. God