Day 2 began with an alarmingly loud, obnoxious ring from the telephone to wake us up. Luckily, we were getting up to have a deliciously prepared breakfast from the hotel. After packing our things we embarked on another long bus ride down the western United States. We thought that riding on a bus for nine hours would be dull and boring, but it was truly interesting. Sight seeing the farms and mountains of Oregon and California, spontaneous singing and playing, and talking with our friends kept us occupied on the long ride to San Leandro (Oakland). Our drive was broken up with a couple of rest breaks where we were able to stretch our legs, get some food (thanks to Ryan for some amazing sandwiches), and Earl and Matthew could clean the bus systems. Before arriving in San Leandro, we made a quick stop in Berkeley to visit the Da Silva Ukulele Company. Michael Da Silva’s ukulele shop was stunning and had a really nice feeling to it. Michael showed us all the steps of building his beautiful, custom ukuleles and then he also gave us an entertaining history lesson about the ukulele. To thank him, we played a short concert in our blue tour t-shirts which he and his ukulele students really enjoyed. Then we went out for dinner at Taqueira Los Pericos, a wonderful Mexican restaurant that enjoyed a song from us at the end of the night in exchange for a nice discount on our dinner. After all that excitement we drove to a nice church in San Leandro that allowed us sleep there and use their kitchen facilities that night.
Lots of love, the not so junior girls.