Goodbye Washington

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hello Friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve written. It’s time to give you the big update!

We had an amazing time on our family vacation. We saw the beautiful Grand Forks, Canada. There we stayed with a few classmates from South Plains College. We enjoyed days of reading, hiking, cooking, eating, and picking bluegrass music. While in Canada we were introduced to hockey! We watched our first ever hockey game or “puck” game as I like to call it. We held our first hockey stick and are now traveling with our lucky hockey puck! Erin and Dad saw evidence of a bear while they were on a hike one afternoon! After Canada we headed to Seattle Washington where we met up with our cruise ship the Rhapsody of the Seas! I really enjoyed our week on the boat, AFTER getting over being sea sick! WOW that wasn’t much fun. I read 5 books on the cruise talk about amazing! We enjoyed the 5 star evening dining and the parents bought me a cook book so I can continue the gourmet on the home front! We did some busking in Alaska with Dad, met some really nice folks! We enjoyed playing for our dinner one night on the cruise ship as well! We saw some whales and tons of seals! It was quite the sight. Luke if you’re reading this I DID get a picture of a whale so you can look forward to that.

Our cruise ship docked back at Seattle on Friday morning around 7:00am. By 10am we were live on the radio in Bellevue Washington. All of our hosts in Washington were fabulous and went above and beyond to make us feel welcome! Greg and Clayton met us at the cruise ship, let us stop and get a cup of coffee on the way to the radio show. They then took us back to our van and fed us some amazing lunch. Friday evening we enjoyed a house concert with the Beery family. They treated us So well! Saturday we spent the day re packing the van and doing laundry with Chris Luquett and his family. I’m glad they were patient with us while we went through the explosion stage! Saturday evening we had an AMAZING concert with 2 other bands, Northern Departure and Not Easily Broken. Check out the websites and buy their music, they were so good! All of the proceeds from Saturdays concert went to the Japanese Relief Fund. We were so excited to be able to help the Japanese people in this small way.

Sunday we played for a farmers market in Downtown Seattle. Boy did we get an eye full, there were lots of interesting people walking down the street! There were also many families and we enjoyed our 3 hours there so much. Our Sunday afternoon and Monday were spent with friends in the Seattle area, we got to see some sites like, Pikes Place Market, The troll in Freemont, Dusty Strings Music shop, a BEAUTIFUL park where we could see boats and airplanes coming in, and a little fun shop “Trader Joes”. We managed to stay up until sunrise at least once, and 3:00 am arrived a couple of mornings J OOPS! It’s just so hard to sleep when you can play and talk about music with friends!

A big thanks to our new friends and fans in Washington and we hope to see you again!

Today we are heading to another new state for Erin and I, Oregon! We have a pretty busy week so be sure to check our website for the complete listing of details. I hope that you all have a safe and happy 4th of July. We will look forward to talking to you soon and seeing you on down the road!


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