GRATEFUL DEAD! 50 YEARS!

GRATEFUL DEAD! 50 YEARS! “What a long, strange trip it’s been!”

GRATEFUL DEAD * 50 YEARS!

GRATEFUL DEAD * 50 YEARS!

50 years ago, Dec 4, 1965: Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill & Pigpen first played music as the Grateful Dead, the house band for Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s Acid Test in San Jose, California!

Can You Pass the Acid Test? Nov 27, 1965 in Santa Cruz, CA

Can You Pass the Acid Test? Nov 27, 1965 at Ken Babbs’ Chicken Farm

“This is a One-of-A-Kind Poster, hand drawn, and not mass distributed for the event. It is likely the only one made, or at least, the only one that survived. At this point in the early acid test days, Posters and handbills were not being used to advertise events. Instead, small Posters were placed up in local coffee shops and hangouts around town, of which there were several up and down the bay, but the most prominent of these was a little place called the Catalyst. At the time, it was a lively coffee shop, but now it has moved up the street and small bands play there, as it has been turned into a club. This particular item was taken down by someone from the Catalyst Coffee Shop at the time. I spoke to Lee Quarnstrom, who worked at the Hip Pocket Bookstore in ’65, and lived at the Spread, and attended the event. Lee stated something extremely revealing to me in a private conversation when I visited with him. Lee stated, “The Hip Pocket Bookstore and the Catalyst were connected together. A person could walk from one to the other without ever going outside or leaving the building.” This statement reveals a lot. What it means is that this Poster could be the main advertising and only advertising for the first Acid Test event, besides the sign Norman Hartweg tacked onto the board that belonged to Babbs. Or maybe this was the sign? Either way, in my opinion, this is the most important piece of Acid Test history to survive. Truly Miraculous!”

From Postertrip.com: The Acid Test Chronicles
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http://www.postertrip.com/public/5572.cfm

“Never Trust a Prankster!”

The next acid test took place fifty years ago in the wee hours of Dec. 4, 1965 at Big Nig’s house, a rambling old Edwardian near downtown San Jose, after the Rolling Stones had played a show at the San Jose Civic Auditorium, a 3000 seat venue built in 1934, with the Dead and Kesey’s gang in attendance. After the Stones’ concert, the Pranksters passed out Crayon-lettered handbills for a house party. Their cryptic message was a street address and the words: “Can YOU Pass the Acid Test?” About 300 to 400 people showed up and the Grateful Dead played until the police broke up the party.

“NO LEFT TURN UNSTONED!”

The First Acid Tests in 1965
    • 27 November; Santa Cruz (Ken Babbs’ Chicken Farm in Soquel), California (first performance by the Grateful Dead, still known as the Warlocks)
    • 4 December; San Jose (Big Nig’s House near downtown), California
    • 11 December; Muir Beach, California
    • 18 December, Palo Alto, California
    • 24 December; Portland, Oregon

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Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary! Wave that Flag!

Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary! Wave that Flag!

 

Dancing in the Streets - Haight Ashbury 1967

Dancing in the Streets – Haight Ashbury 1967

The Grateful Dead early 70s

The Grateful Dead early 70s – What’s Jerry holding?

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York July 28, 1973

The Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York July 28, 1973

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia - Egypt 1978

Jerry Garcia – Egypt 1978

From "High Times" 1980

From “High Times” 1980 – Warfield Theatre & Radio City Music Hall

KLOS 95.5 FM - UCLA Pauley Pavillion 1982

Grateful Dead KLOS 95.5 FM – UCLA Pauley Pavillion 1982

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop San Francisco Civic Auditorium 1983

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop 1983 at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Great Shows! Some of My Grateful Dead Ticket Stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Remember cassette tapes?

Good Ol’ Grateful Dead! Remember cassette tapes? Still have these…

Grateful Dead Twenty Years So Far 1965-1985

Grateful Dead Twenty Years So Far 1965-1985

Jerry Garcia 1991

Jerry Garcia with the Grateful Dead 1991

Happy Jerry Day!

Dio de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2015

The Dead - Live at the Forum in Los Angeles 2009

An Evening With The Dead – Live at the Forum in Los Angeles May 9, 2009

UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library - Grateful Dead Special Collection - Jerry Garcia's Hand

UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library – Grateful Dead Archive Special Collection – Jerry Garcia’s Hand

UC Santa Cruz McHenry Library - Grateful Dead Special Collection

University of California, Santa Cruz – McHenry Library’s Grateful Dead Archive Special Collection

"The Fiddler" Stained Glass at the UCSC Grateful Dead Special Collection in Santa Cruz

“The Fiddler” Stained Glass at the UCSC Grateful Dead Special Collection in Santa Cruz

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Travel Answers about Yosemite: Best Camping Sites in Yosemite Valley?

Yosemite National Park: Best camping sites in the Yosemite Valley area?

Sunrise on Yosemite Valley (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Sunrise on Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Hi, I am looking for a camping site around the valley area. We are going to visit in mid June for 2 nights and are looking for a good spot to camp. Thanks!

A: Do you have a reservation? Most of the campsites in Upper, Lower, and North Pines Campground for summer are “sold out” before May! If you don’t have reservations, you can try to get a campsite in the valley on the day you are there, or there’s “Backpacker’s Camp” (Camp 4) which is “first-come/first-served”.

From the National Park Service website:

“Yosemite National Park has 13 campgrounds, of which up to seven are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come first-served campgrounds often fill by noon from May through September.

Campground Reservations

Reservations are required from about March 15 through November for Yosemite Valley’s car campgrounds and summer through fall for Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Wawona, and half of Tuolumne Meadows. Campground reservations are available in blocks of one month at a time, up to five months in advance, on the 15th of each month at 7 am Pacific time. Be aware that nearly all reservations for the months of May through September and for some other weekends are filled the first day they become available, usually within seconds or minutes after 7 am!”

Here is the link to the nps.gov site:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm

If you can’t get camping in the valley, there are campgrounds in the park on the rim (about an hour from the valley) and just outside the park as well.

Yosemite Valley (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

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And a Follow Up Question:

Q: Hey Josh! Thanks so much for the super insightful answer. I found out that as you said, most campsites are fully booked. I found availability in the following: 1. Camp Wawona, 2. Silver Lake Campground, 3. Soquel Campground, 4. Crane Flat Campground. Do you know any of these ? Any thoughts? Thanks, Yaniv G. 

A: Check and see if Housekeeping Camp in Yosemite Valley is still available!

Camp Wawona is on the rim near the Wawona Hotel, Yosemite’s Badger Pass, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point. Wawona is also close to Oakhurst which is a real town with markets, laundromats, restaurants, etc.

Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree - Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, CA (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree – Yosemite, CA (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Soquel Campground and Crane Flat Campground are farther away.

See my other Yosemite post for Hotels in the Valley.

 Half Dome - Yosemite Valley, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley, California – Spring 1985 (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Half Dome from across the valley - Yosemite, California (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley, California – Fall 2011 (copyright 2011 Joshua Weisel)

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