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Monday, October 9, 2017

On the Move Edwards to Albuquerque Running from the Cold!

On the move and running from the cold. We played Friday night in Edwards Colorado with our drummer for the night Avon City Councilman Jake Wolf. It was fun and what a BEAUTIFUL PLACE...near Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek that area...started getting pretty darn cold. We stayed the night at the brewery and enjoyed some amazing beers. My favorite was Hookiebobb (which mean to hitch a ride up a hill by a car bumper in the pre-ski lift days and the 20 Hop IPA the bartender gave me as a gift...a special beer aged 6 months, with an ABV of 8.6% (alcohol), SRM of 6 (malt color), and IBU of 90 (International Bitterness Rating), $20 a bottle or $10 a glass and worth every drop. LOVE CRAZY MOUNTAIN BREWING.

Balloon Fiesta all week until the 15th
Edwards Colorado
Then on Saturday morning, we hauled ass over the Vail-Summit to Denver... warm beautiful day. Again what a fun jam and our drummer for the night was Carleton Pike, an incredible drummer. Every song was as if he had been playing with us for years. He reminded us of first time we met our good friend and drummer Ron Rando in San Felipe. In any case, great night and we even had a new great friend Sis', a bass player we met in Goleta and later stayed with for a week in Oregon. We shot the St. James Infirmary Blues video in her yard along the river in Corvallis Oregon (Here is that video on YOUTUBE). Well, we have now seen her 4 times on this tour (Santa Barbara and Ojai California, Corvallis Oregon and now Denver Colorado. This time she introduced us to another of her 10 sisters (Sis is the oldest, hence the name) and we really had a great time. THEN to top it off the bartender gave me a 4 pack of Emotional Rescue UNBELIEVABLE! An IBU of 150 and 9% - Yowza. The weather in Denver is 19 degrees today and we knew it was so....

Edwards mountains
Sunday morning we went out to The Breakfast King restaurant in Denver and ran south to Las Vegas New Mexico and hung a little while checked out a little of old town, read up on Wyatt Earp. Today we arrived in Albuquerque, we'll be here for the rest of the week. We have a Blues Against Hunger show on Thursday at Red Door Brewing and then it is Balloon Fiesta all week.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Fall is Coming Quick in Colorado and Bringing on the Cold

Colorado has been incredible, but it is really getting cold. The last few weeks have been incredible. We've found an incredible boondocking location. Helped launch a brand new brewery, and got frozen inside our RV. Why would anyone live any other way?

Once we finished our show at Lazy Boy Brewing in Everett Washington, we headed east through Washington and Idaho with some awesome shows and one our latest in terms of time in Idaho Falls...way past my bedtime ;-). Wyoming was open and beautiful before heading south into Colorado. We stopped at Rabbit Ears Pass above Steamboat Springs at about 9700 feet. It was breathtaking, literally. The first night I woke a couple times feeling as if I were having a panic attack. It turned out to be due to altitude sickness, which we quickly figured out. Then the next morning it started to snow! - We were out of there! We stopped in Steamboat Springs for a dispensary (medicinal) and a local taco shack called TACO CABO. The owner was actually from Jalisco Mexico, but he was cool and let us fill our fresh water tanks from his restaurant, but as a side note...it was the most expensive taco I've had in my life and it didn't come with rice, beans or nada. I think they were $5 each and I had...well that's not important. What's more important is how this week went down - it was all meant to be.