The Sunny Side

Pics, flicks and notes about my musical friends and family in and around Old Town Eureka, California.
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My front porch in Old Town Eureka is known as The Sunny Side. Southern exposure, protected from the wind, it is an ideal place to sit and play old timey tunes and watch the parade go by.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Graton California






I lived in Graton in 1970 before moving to Humboldt County. I worked on an apple ranch fixing up old horse drawn wagons, spending weekends at Wheeler's Ranch or Morningstar communes, playing music at Phil and Annie's boarding house or Skip's Bar. Skip's is now called the Underwood. The apple trees have been replaced by vineyards. But the little town is still charming.

5 Comments:

Blogger EkoVox said...

Graton is where, exactly? I need to Google it. It looks not unlike the area around Santa Cruz or Half Moon Bay or up by Bodega Bay or there abouts...but, I'm only guessing. I love little towns like that. Well, probably cuz I grew up in one.

6:19 PM  
Blogger EkoVox said...

Just looked it up....Now, I know where it's at. That's definitely apple orchards and chicken ranches. I bought a 1966 Gibson ES-330 in the music store in Sebastopol in 1978. Like a fool, I traded it away for some other instrument.

Those roads around Guerneville and out to the ocean are nice for Sunday drives. I was kind of close by saying Bodega Bay. Isn't that Congressman Mike Thompson country?

6:24 PM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

There were lots of chicken ranches in 1970. I remember eating raw eggs and drinking whiskey as a popular pastime. Morningstar Commune was owned by Lou Gottlieb, the bass player for The Limeliters. He used to cruise around on his Triumph motorcycle.

1:00 AM  
Blogger EkoVox said...

Were there any visits from Glen Yarborough?

6:38 PM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

If so I wouldn't have noticed. There was always so much going on there.

8:19 PM  

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