Well, another weekend flew by too fast. At least it was a crazy and fun weekend! My husband is in an 80s rock cover band and they’re awesome for a group of guys with full time IT jobs. Last night they had a wild gig at a private party and the location was gorgeous.
The gig was actually down by a creek with a makeshift stage, generator power, and a huge bonfire party planned. We piled into 4WD trucks to get down there with equipment, what a wild ride!
Setting up was a huge project testing the equipment, turns out sand is not great for pedals and other audio gear.
But the beautiful back drop was worth it.
By dusk the mosquitoes were in full force and I’m usually their first target, thank goodness there was plenty of mosquito spray!
We got to help ourselves to the party food before the band had to play, but it was catered by a local BBQ place and there wasn’t much for a vegan, the mayo-loaded coleslaw, bacon-loaded baked beans, and mac and cheese sides weren’t very vegan friendly! And there was no salad or veggie side dishes, ugh! I ended up with a plate of bread roll sandwiches stuffed with onions, pickles, and spicy BBQ sauce with a side of horderve nuts – not great. But, I prepared for that with a huge protein smoothie for breakfast and a tempeh salad for lunch to get a lot of protein before the gig. And the singer of the band, who’s also vegan, faced my same predicament and ended up making a pickle BBQ sandwich too. I gotta say they’re not horrible with a tangy and spicy flavor and did the job as a make shift dinner.
The band was not scheduled to start until 9PM and getting decent shots in the dark without a flash was a learning experience for me, but the massive bonfire helped.
One thing crazy about Northern California is the temperature variations, it was in the 80s in the afternoon and hot as we were setting up the gear. But dropped to the 50s and maybe even lower by the water once the sun went down, so we crowded by the fire for warmth.
And I got a couple of decent shots of the fire emders and the moon.
And the impressive fireworks set off for the party too, wow!
The band played beautifully, I love an opportunity to watch hubby rock out and felt thankful to be enjoying such an awesome party and an amazing property. The evening felt like a camping/4-wheeling adventure packed into a couple of hours, my type of camping!
When we got home late, the poor dogs were ready to party after being locked in the house for hours and we were ready to crash. Well, after a hot shower to wash all the bug spray and smoke off – ick! And I was very grateful for my kale-loaded smoothie for breakfast this morning after such an odd dinner.
What’s the strangest vegan compromise meal you’ve ever had?