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  1. Do you remember that? Than you are probably as old or older than me. I never really got it until I stopped touring and set out on my own adventures.The first glimpse of it was on Amtrak from LA to Seattle. The train stopped right in behind the Oakland Coliseum. The parking lot in full view I felt total excitement. Buses everywhere! I wanted so bad to just get off the train, the opposite of getting on the bus I guess. I was with a girl who was a great travel companion, lover, friend, but not a head at all. We were on our way to Alaska for an amazing adventure so I let the moment pass by. The next year we stop in Seattle on our way from Hawaii back to Alaska when this brother looks at me and says "Are you here for the shows?" I thought, no fucking way. Sure enough. 2 nights at the tiniest little stadium in downtown Seattle. I thought to myself, "of course, You Can Run But You Can't Hide." I was so fucking broke I spent both shows in the parking lot where I managed to make a few dollars. At one point I scored a ticket and later sold it for the same face value price when I realized I didn't have enough money to take the ferry back to my camp and then to SeaTac the next day. A very rare moment in my life at the time when I didn't just say "fuck it, it'll all work out, it always does." Those were the only 2 shows of the 30 plus that I saw where I didn't get in. The show was around '93 or '94 I guess. There were no giant mobs of people scaling fences and walls. Just a relatively small crowd of dedicated fans that were more than happy to get a chance to spend the evening Dancin' in the Street while listening to the Greatest Rock Band of all time continuing to Keep on Truckin On, So Many Roads and No Simple Highway, Staying in Cheap Hotels along the Golden Road, on that Long Strange Trip to the Promised Land. The Highway The Moon The Clouds And The Stars. It was then that I realized that even though I was no longer following the Dead that they'd be Right There With Me. They were Always Awake Always Around, Whether I Walked Alone By The Black Muddy River or was Standing On The Moon, They'd be Right There Beside Me. With Wings Spread Wide They Would Move Me Brightly, Sing Me Back Home and Make My Old Memories Come Alive. I Have spent My Life Seeking All That's Still Unsung, While Lady Lullaby Sings Plainly Through You, Love Still Rings True. When The Secrets All Are Told And The Petals All Unfold, Let The World Go By, Through the Transitive Nightfall of Diamonds. Jerry and many of my friends now look down on us from heaven. As Darkness Falls And Seasons Change, You Know Our Love Will Not Fade Away! He's Gone, Let Your Life Proceed By It's Own Design. The Story Teller Makes No Choice, Soon You Will Not Hear His Voice. His Job Is To Shed Light, Not To Master. I
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    Black Mountain - Camping

    I'm doing the KOA because of the convenience. You can actually catch an Uber ride. The river runs thru it and there is a small lake. They do make you feel unwelcome when you come in. They are super worried about nonregistered campers coming in so they have the Sheriffs department at the entrance late into the night. As long as you're chill its a nice place. I actually have been searching all over for some land owner to open up their property for camping and have found nothing. One of the best times of my life was in 1990 in Tinley Park Illinois for a 3 night run of the dead playing at the World Music Center. Some local hillbillies had a sign out in front of their land offering camping for dirt cheap. There had to have been a thousand or more people camping out for 3-4 days just living the good life. The camping was just as much fun as the shows. RIP Brent Mydland
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    Black Mountain Roll Call

    Wouldn't dare miss it. Some grateful grooves right after Soul shine!
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    upcoming Black Mtn. Weather

    Good chance of thunderstorms but having lived in the area for 15 years I've learned to never let the forecast poo poo my plans. Storms seem to be around all of the time but like to stay on the mountain tops. It'll rain somewhere at some point but often times you'll just get awesome breezes that make you want to dance all night.
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