Sunday, April 21, 2013

Back in Texas

Love, love, loved our time in Colorado.

Ok, except the snow. It was dry all winter and decided to dump the lot on our heads. Twice.

Yeah, I'm done with snow. I'm supposed to fly south for the winter now, remember? Next year, Colorado happens in JUNE! I dare it to snow in June. Theoretically it can, and has, but it's rare enough I think I can get away with such a dare.

Yes, yes, yes. It's beautiful. Lovely. Amazing.

It's also cold and makes driving miserable. I loved snow when we lived here and I had a house, fire place, and no place I had to go, but this time we found ourselves often out in the mess, and once after a show on a really bad night with icy roads and terrible visibility. We then had the Erie Cowboy Church cancel, and we were sad, because we love that Cowboy Church. Harrumph.

As you can see by the picture above, not everyone agreed with my snow grumpies. As you can see by the other picture... Wow, Colorado is beautiful, huh? Now those are *mountains*. When we travel to the "mountains" through the Appalachians, I have to admit, I gotta snicker. I also am the first to admit that our "bluegrass" music is not exactly the same as that old mountain music. Our sound is more eclectic, 'cause our mountains are bigger, see? That means we can fit in more variation. Hee!

Despite the snow, we had a wonderful time at our church, where we played the morning service, as well as a special concert that evening. We were so touched by the large number of people that came out to see us!

An unexpected invite to Denver Open Media may result in some fill-in recordings and band interview for their First Friday on May 3rd on Denver Comcast 57. I think they got some good footage and hopefully there is something they can use. Here is one video that was shot.

Towards the end of the week we drove to Salida to visit Michael's dad, then up to Colorado Springs to see friends and play for the Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society. It was our first time there and it's a shame  it will be our last for quite some time, because we really enjoyed ourselves. What a great crowd of people. 
Our final destination was to the storage shed, where we retrieved a needed American Girl doll and remote control truck, then on to bowling with the cousins. When bowling was finished, I took the twins out to meet friends for dinner and had a wonderful dinner with a friend myself.

Good times everywhere.

I am terribly homesick for my bus. I'm not sure why I'm so attached to a piece of metal, but it's our little oasis in a crazy world of travel, I suppose. Lord willing, and with safe travels, we'll be sleeping there tomorrow night!

At least this motel is right next to a Wienerschnitzel with ice cream sundays on sale. Made for one more memory-making adventure before we settle back down to a routine. Routine? That doesn't sound right. Back to crazy bus life, just how we like it!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Quick Update from Colorado!

Well, we made it from Brownwood, TX all the way to Durango, CO in our minivan, in one day. One long, weary, mindbogglingly dreary day. I think, after high winds, slower night temperatures, bathroom stops, lunch and dinner stops, and gas stops it took us around 17 hours. 

Not interested in doing that again anytime soon. I'm trying to talk Michael into a hotel night in Amarillo on the way back.

The extra squished conditions didn't help, but I am quite impressed with how much we stuffed into that minivan. A titch worried about the vehicle suspension, but why not live dangerously?

I should really get a picture of it. Sound system (speakers, stands, mixer, chords, and microphones) is in the back behind the third row. Middle row bucket seat removed for the instruments (2 fiddles, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and yes, the bass). Three kids across the back, including Mary's monster car seat that fits taller kids. (It's a lap-only seat belt so we got her into a 5 point seat that can hold kids up to 80 lbs. She's around 40 lbs, the skinny peanut. Now everyone else can get a shoulder strap.) After that we put a bumper cargo carrier on the rear to carry food, crock pot, and ice chest to avoid eating junk on the drives and hotel stays. The roof has a rack, which now has a water-proof carrier, full of performance costumes and clothing bags. Lap tops, books, cameras, and other electronics go at the feet. Pillows stuffed where they can.

It works, strangely enough. That is, if we don't kill it from overloading. We'll have good traction over Wolf Creek Pass tomorrow, right?

Anyway, we're in Durango until we leave for northern Denver, early in the morning. It was nice that some snow showed up for just a day so my snow-deprived Colorado-kids-turned-beach-bums can have some fun. It just better be gone by tomorrow.

While here we started mapping out our 2014 route when some initial offers came in. We really, really, really hope to make a west coast tour next summer. We're back in the east for 2013, but it would be nice to hit a new route for 2014. We'll see if the opportunities come in.

I did some more mapping out of my e-business, which I have started on a small scale, but have larger scale plans. If time permits, I'll be writing my first ebook around July, putting up the full web site in August-September, while the ebook goes through formatting, (and/or prepares for self-publishing through LuLu or something, if we choose that route), then have work on promotion of the site through the fall in hopes of having the book ready by January.

That's the tentative plan anyway. Life has a habit of getting in the way at times, but if you don't start, you have no hope of success and it's an automatic fail.

Well, catch you in northern CO!