A Travel Journal - Part 1

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hello from sunny California! My goodness, I've only been away from Blueberry Barn for a little over two weeks yet it feels like a month already! And I am so sorry Dear Reader that I haven't been able to write to you thus far, but the first part of our Alaska String Band tour was quite the whirlwind - and now that we have driven across most of the the US, it seems we're finally due for some down time (hopefully at a nice beach somewhere!). But let me start at the beginning:

Getting six people, two dogs, and a very large truck load of suitcases and instruments "down south" is always a feat, and this time was no different. Yes! We were saying goodbye to cold, snowy Alaska and instead headed for...wait a minute...we're going to Minnesota first?!
We landed in Minneapolis late in the evening, and we were all happy (the dogs more than all of us) to be off the plane. Now we just needed to get to the bus:
We barely fit in the large airport elevators - and we still made two or three trips! Laura, as you can see, was thrilled to finally be on tour. But we weren't prepared for how easily Lupin would take to life in the bus...
 Yes, that's right, Lupin soon understood that if she sat in the driver's seat she was the one that was truly in charge, haha!

So far, we have already been through Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and now we are in the land of the stars, California! I have never been a big fan of the desert, but the charms of ever-lasting sunshine do hold true. It certainly does make a difference for my pale Alaskan skin, which I am trying to keep well covered in shawls or in sun screen! Quinn has already gotten sun burned and paid the price for it, and I am hoping to get out of it this time around (fingers crossed!).

Our shows so far have gone fairly well, and I am enjoying sending postcards to my friends and family far away to keep them updated on all that has been happening. Greta had a wonderful time in Minnesota with the snow, but I don't think she's enjoying the heat of the desert as much (she loves to roll in the dust though, and comes back to the bus looking gray rather than black, the silly girl!).

I shall end my entry for now Dear Reader - I hope you are well and I hope you have enjoyed this small look into life on tour! If you have any questions for me let me know in the comments and I will try to answer them in my next Travel Journal for you. Until next time, have a great day!


  1. Ahhh, Emily!! There's something about palm trees, now isn't there?? Thank you for sharing your update! What instrument to you play in the band, or do you play different ones? What type of settings do you guys play in (i.e, halls, homes, theaters)? It looks like a crazy fun trip!

  2. Hello, I went by to say hello, since I've been disconnected from everything for a long time. As always I love your work. That I still think that they are not chapucillas, but great works. A kiss.


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