Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ventana and John Denver

I was talking to my friend Kathi who tells me she is going to the Monterey Peninsula for a vacation. As you know, I used to live there. In Carmel. So, one evening a bunch of restaurant people decided we'd all drive down Highway 1 to Ventana in Big Sur and have dinner. In those days you could actually drive down Highway 1 and get to dinner in 45 minutes. From what I hear today, it takes a few hours. :(

Anyway, there were about a dozen of us. So, we get to Ventana. If you've never been to Big Sur, you're missing one of the most gorgeous spots in the country. Ventana sits high in the cliffs overlooking the ocean and is just gorgeous. It was then and I will presume it still is.

So, we have dinner then decide we'll go sit on the huge patio overlooking the ocean and watch the sun set and have drinks. We're there for an hour or so when who comes out but John Denver. He waves at us so we invite him over. He actually came and sat with us!

Now, not only was he a huge star but... what was he doing all by himself? We'll never know.

Anyhow, we ordered more and John went and got his guitar. Ventana closed for the night and all the help came and sat with us on the patio while John Denver entertained us with all his songs. He even sang us Calypso which hadn't been released yet. It was absolutely magical. Talk about a perfect night!

Then it was time to leave. We asked for our bill. John Denver had picked up our entire bill. Dinner, drinks, appetizers, wine, everything. He even left a huge tip. And we didn't know it until he was gone. Another amazing guy.

God bless John Denver!

6 comments:

Caly's Jewelry Creations said...

That does sound like a perfect evening Moe...!!! What a life you've led...! So full of adventures...! Miss ya..!!!

Sue said...

Wow, Moe, now I'm really jealous. He is my all time favorite musician. I thought I was lucky to be able to see him 3 times in concert, but that's nothing like your experience. You have certainly have some wonderful experiences in your life, thanks for sharing them. Hugs, Suze

MoeArt said...

Thanks, you two! It's been a grand life so far. And you're right, I have been lucky. Next story I will tell you all about Killer. Jeez. :D One day I will run out of stories! Oiks!

Melissa said...

That is the most amazing thing! What a fabulous experience. Wow! You are charmed.

MoeArt said...

I is, I is! :D

AlmondJoy said...

I've always like "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" - it gets everyone in the room tapping their toes and slapping their hands on the table no matter they like the genre or not. But it wasn't until last week I realized it was John Denver. Go figure!
Great story!