Having just recently seen the play of The Buddy Holly Story, it was fresh in my mind as I went to visit family in Northern Iowa. It is such a tragic tale and could have been avoided with a more experienced pilot, or just a little less storm. The memorial in Clear Lake near the Surf Ballroom where he performed his last concert, has grown over the years.
There is now a restaurant called Surf District Rock and Roll Grill
which hosts some rock and roll artifacts, along with this fun image.
While dining at this nostalgic cafe, my sister asked if I would like to go to the crash site. Of course I said yes. It’s not far from Clear Lake, IA on a couple of country roads and if you have proper directions, you can’t miss the trail head. . .
marked by the signature glasses. There is no admission fee, just the risk of muddying up your shoes from the 1/2 mile walk on a path that can present some challenges this time of year when the ground is soaked.
If you are/were a fan of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, or Richie Valens, it does offer a touching tribute.
Fans leave behind tokens (even a full beer) to show their love of these rock ‘n rollers.
But if you don’t have an old pair of shoes handy, you may just want to stick to the tribute in the Surf District of Clear Lake.
My two favorite things about Iowa are: the tenderloin sandwich
and the sunsets.
Cellphone photography doesn’t do it justice, but don’t you love the clouds?
Special thanks to my sister and brother for hosting me while my bathroom was being remodeled. It’s always fun to hang out in my home state.