I too was a witness to Hank's legendary train hop. Your train cred is madcap and corroborated. Q's birthday party, 7th grade if memory serves, crawling several hundred feet through an underground drainage pipe with nothing but a few paper matches to light our way. The muck and the mire got deeper, nerves began to fray, there was even talk of turning back. We slogged on. After spilling out the other end and basking in the adrenalin, Whispering Steve was there, with quarters, so's we could wash our mudcaked clothes and play some vids. RIP Steve.
Chanting down the proposed Harwood biomass plant. "Harwood not gonna burn our wood... if ya wanna burn, YA CAN BURN IN HELL!" repeat chorus. I like to think we made a difference that night.
Don't know if this one technically qualifies since it occured at Lake Mendocino, but the players definitely qualify. How about the whole damn crew backing me up when Ripper and Hambone tried to snake my sleeping bag! Sluts! Don't know if I ever thanked y'all for that, so thanks for that.
Willits is developing in a fairly groovy manner, maybe the tide turned when, a number of years back, the sherriff announced that dope growers were not a priority for law enforcement. Seems like it took the edge off the scene and allowed it the legitimacy that it deserves. What shocks me is that Willits doesn't have a good indoor music venue or a micro-brewery, it seems more than ready for both.
I'll leave you with a good view. The top of Red Hill after a long hard rain, seeing the valley in full flood is stunning.
I just looked up info regarding the Creamery exhibit at the museum.It is the entire interior of the Creamery on display and it is a permanent installation. I highly recommend a visit.
A quarter for an ice cream cone... how could I forget!!! The dresses were out of this world and if I recall correctly the ladies made all of them.The last time I visited the museum in Willits there was an entire exhibit dedicated to the Creamery, really worth checking out if it is still on display.Go Willits!
I figured I had to go with that name to keep with the nostalgic theme.Yes, Willits is a far cry from the growing up days we all experienced and I raise my glass to those who have stuck around and to those who have returned to help make it happen.As for the eats, I am partial to the Sev which is still on the Burrito Exquisito menu. Ardella's, while under different ownership from our youth, still makes a great breki. Let us not forget a personal favorite Mariposa Market. All you need to do is stop in, go to the far back of the store and sneak a peak and the photo montage that has shots from before I was born to present day to conjure up some memories.Go Willits!
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