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Back today after a week away…Carol and I took a road trip down to the Monterey area to Pacific Grove, location of the beautiful Julia Morgan-designed conference center Asilomar (which means refuge by the sea).  Built originally for the YWCA, it now functions as a site for a variety of conferences in a continuous rotation.  We were there for the West Coast Uke Festival, but other groups were mental health professionals, Mathematicians, etc.  The drive from Lincoln City reminded us anew how terrific the Oregon coast is…

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First night at the Crescent Beach Motel…cute 50’s motel with every room right on the beach…

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on we go …the curvy road thing…

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and a stop in Fort Bragg to see Carolyn and visit her studio (her new show opens in June…)

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and then we headed on to Sonoma for the night and to see a quilt show there the next morning…

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before the final leg or the journey south to Asilomar.  Built between 1913 and 1928, seven or eight of the original buildings designed by Morgan still stand…and are in use.  Here’s the Lodge (check in, bar/cafe, store)…

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and the place we stayed is called Stuck-Up Inn…

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where we had a GREAT room…

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There is a lot of wood and windows and light pouring in…fireplaces everywhere…

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and the classes and meetings were fun…here are the “chordettes” in the chapel before the first night performance…

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and our teachers, left to right: Heidi and Daniel Ward, Paul Hemmings, Kevin Carroll, Del Rey, Jim D’Ville, and Dave Egan.

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My favorite class was Del Rey’s Memphis blues class…

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We played and played, met some terrific people, took two hours off for lunch in Carmel one day…

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and then packed up and headed home…tired, calloused fingers…a few new things in mind…

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We stayed in Grants Pass one night with Judy, and met Denzel and Bubby

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and then headed home the next morning AFTER finding and photographing Lopuis Bunce’s 1938 “Rogue River Indians” mural in the post office…

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We Passed the San Luis Reservoir and Lake Shasta, and the drought is real…

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Good to go, good to come home…