Took off in the van for about 9 days to clear my head. Drove all night to Palm Springs from San Francisco to meet up with Mollie and Beamer. Camped in Joshua Tree where it snowed and I had to break out the propane heater. (Last time I used them I almost burned the van down.) Bought a poncho and a dream catcher with a coyote face on it. Stopped in the Salton Sea which by driving alongside a yellow train painted with an american flag. Headed towards the Encinitas coast where I didn’t have enough time to see Ed and Reis but saw Cyrus. Sat in Los Angeles traffic, picked my brother from New York up at the airport, saw some friends in Laurel Canyon, jumped up to Big Sur where I paid 6 dollars a gallon for gas and ran home after that. Took the dogs. Didn’t get much writing done. Even though waves back home were head to double overhead high, I got skunked every step of the way. Zero waves. No big deal. Plenty back home at Ocean Beach.