The Place where the Music died.....

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Entrance to the path leading to the Memorial site
I was stuck in a hotel for several days due to being sick!!! Not fun! It was raining outside and it might as well have been raining inside with the way I felt!

Finally, on the last day we were staying in Clear Lake, I began to feel much better. Well, good enough at least to venture out for some light exploring of the area before driving to Fargo and crashing like the dead into another unknown bed.

The sun had finally came out after a few days of hiding and I had decided to find the Memorial set up for the great Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper just north of Clear Lake.

It was easy to find. Take N 8th Ave North for almost 5 miles. The road will at some point become Grouse Ave.
When Grouse makes a sharp curve to the west you turn east onto 310th St, A gravel road. Make first left onto Gull Ave and drive less than 1/2. You will see some grain bins on your left and just past it the Buddy Holly glasses marking a short walking path along a fence to the crash site/ memorial.

The ground was sopping wet still from all the rain, but the path has several grassy spots to walk on preventing some slippage in the mud.

The walk was rather peaceful and there was no one else at the site when I was visiting. Possibly because it was a chilly October day :P. The memorial was a cluttered with random objects left behind by previous visitors paying their respect to American Rock Legends. Many people left business cards, pennies, a few driver licenses, music cds, concert tickets and some jewelry. I chose to leave my artist business card with a small message written on the back. It as all I had. This past year marked the 50th Anniversary :(.

The visit was peaceful and I wish I had someone there with me to pay respects with. Its the kind of thing that one wants to reflect on with another soul..

I also went by the Surf Ballroom located in Downtown Clear Lake. They were closed for tours during the winter months so I couldn't go inside but I could see that the concert venue was still in use with a few music shows planned for this month.

R.I.P Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper. Hope your still making music where ever you may be!

esterrene says:
Thanks May!!
Posted on: Apr 15, 2014
cotton_foam says:
Congrats, Amber on your featured blog!!
Posted on: Apr 15, 2014
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