“Hey DJs! I’m road tripping from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park (staying in Sonoma, CA if that helps). Please DJ my road trip!”
Whenever I hear about someone traveling to California, I think of the song “California” from Joni Mitchell’s Blue album and imagine a lot of twirling and long grassy fields, the dream version of long grass that doesn’t cause itchy ankles or make you think about snakes. I hope you get the chance to pull over and twirl somewhere along the way.
Your trip is around three hours one way, without traffic. Since you’re heading to a National Park, you might enjoy listening to NPR Road Trips: National Park Adventures, a collection of radio essays about parks all across the U.S., including one about Yosemite. The whole thing takes up only one hour and the pieces are short so you can skip around or listen straight through.
One of the best audiobook memoirs I’ve listened to lately is Wild Tales
by Graham Nash, a good chunk of which takes place in California, although there is also a good chunk where the artist and fellow members of Crosby, Stills & Nash probably didn’t know where they were. It’s a whopping 12 hours
, but you can listen to the juicy stuff about how crazy David Crosby is and zone out toward the end when Graham Nash gets really into 3D printing. Bonus: Nash reads it himself in a kicky English accent.
Speaking of trippy, you could also try Age of Miracles
of Karen Thompson Walker (9 hours
): “On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life” (from goodreads
But wait! Don’t forget the music from Tom in S&S
Hope you have a great road trip Brice!