Monday, September 29, 2014

Oh! California

*Posted originally on the site. Moved here and post dated.

September2014 033 (2)

I came from Salem City with my washpan on my kneeI'm going to California, the gold dust for to see.It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dryThe sun so hot I froze to death, Oh, brothers don't you cry.
Oh, Susannah, Oh, don't you cry for meI'm going to California with my washpan on my knee

Last weekend we left the beach house, played for a great crowd at a gospel sing in northern Washington, then headed on down I-5 (minus the hassle of an unexpected stop to replace the tires on our car's dolly), and into the beautiful state of California. Some of the drive was quite smoky from the wildfires and the bus did not care much for the mountains, but we made it to a great park near the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The park had some stunning old growth redwoods, some dating back 14,000 to 18,000 years old and reaching a height of 285 feet.

Many trees had been partly hollowed out by a fire in the 1800s and the ones directly on the path provided interesting tree caves for exploring. It was an amazing experience standing inside of trees that may have seen the end of the Roman Empire.

September2014 026 (2)
We're a bit further south now and on Friday we'll wind our way down towards Palm Springs to play at the College of the Desert Street Fair for the month of October. We'll keep busy on the weekends playing for the street fair, but leave the weekdays free to work out some new music for the winter, as well as take care of usual business, such as booking for next summer, sending posters for winters shows, and schoolin' the younger two.

 Looking back at the summer we just passed, all I can say is, "Wow!" It's been an amazing ride. The west coast most certainly suits us and we can't wait to come back someday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Blessing of Rest

*Posted originally on the site. Moved here and post dated.

July marked the 3 year anniversary of our move into the bus. The approach to the new year will mark 3 years since we left Colorado and hit the road.

 Though there have been more ups than downs, the challenges of life don't just disappear because you head off on an amazing journey. There are days when kids are sick, siblings squabble, when it rains for days and you have no place to stretch your legs. Cold days when you simply cannot get warm, when there is no money to repair things you need, and at times, days when you have simply had it with all of the tiny little things that add up, and you are dreaming of a way back to an ordinary life.

 It is in such times when Grace is the most needed, and therefore the most cherished. Our plans to head into northern California in late September changed when we did not have any solid music opportunities come up. Later, when we were offered an opportunity in Washington if we stayed a bit longer, we decided to take it and head back to our friends' beach house for another 10 days.

 For the last week we've been enjoying good company, beautiful weather, and relaxation from our weary travels, but it's the little details that sometimes stand out - things others usually take for granted, like cooking dinner in a full kitchen with an oven and more than one small, low heat burner. There is access to a washing machine, a table to lay out the winter contracts I'm currently going through to organize, a full sized refrigerator, reliable wifi, and various rooms in the house where a moment of privacy can be found.

 After our previous retreat here, part of me worried that having so many modern conveniences and going back to so little would create further discontent when we had to leave. For this reason, despite the offer from our hosts, we had planned to head to northern California anyway, instead of return to the beach house. Thankfully, God had other plans when he created a need to stay in Washington, so here we are, back at the beautiful beach house. We decided to make this return opportunity a chance to get some work done in a better environment, so school is in session, promotional packets are being put together, contacts called, and plans for a new newsletter launch.

 It's been wonderful.

 We are truly thankful for the moment of peace where we can dream again of new opportunities, new music, and the exciting moments travel will bring when we are ready to head towards southern California by October!

 There will be an adjustment when we return to our reality, but we'll find our groove again, this time with refreshed souls.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Volcanoes Rock, Molten Style

*Posted originally on the site. Moved here and post dated.

September2014 094
Vacation is over and that means the younger kids are back to work on their schooling. That's the perfect time for a FIELD TRIP!

Time for a bit of brushing up on our geology. This week we headed up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory near Mount St Helens. The weather was beautiful and other than a few clouds that hung out at the top, we had a lovely view.

 All work and no play? Well, we already put in our work that previous weekend with a triple header of 3 shows in 2 days, one during a downpour! The deluge continued through most of the show.

 Hey, we're in Washington! We've had so many beautiful days we were starting to wonder about that rainy reputation!

 September2014 051September2014 056September2014 057 
 Huh. Looks like it does rain here.