Sunday, December 2, 2012


I'm here in my hotel room in Carson City, Nevada, where it is pouring rain and windy.  This is the halfway point between Palm Springs and Fruitland, ID where I have my next show. The ride to get here was really horrible. After I left Palm Springs I went over to Anaheim and met my fellow children's musician and pianist and entertainer extraordinaire, Jamie Shaheen, at Downtown Disney.  I didn't shop; that's not in the tour budget!  But it was fun to be there and to catch up with Jamie, and she treated me to a GREAT lunch at Storytellers.  Thank you, Jamie!

But when I last left off here I'd visited the Stand By Me locations and that evening I had a really fun show at the Lebanon Public Library.  It's just a gorgeous library and the Library Director, Carol Dinges, was very gracious and lovely.  Lots of people came, and I recognized folks who had been at the show at Paul Aziz's house the night before. I think it is safe to say a good time was had by all...especially me!

The next day is the day I have had marked in my date book as "BIG LONG DRIVE."  I started out at 7:30am in Albany, OR (where my hotel was) and drove all the way to Beamont, CA...a 15 hour drive.  With stops along the way I made it to Beaumont before 11:30, so my Garmin, Sidney, was right on the mark!  Sidney is my Australian Garmin friend and my constant companion on the road. I just love to hear him say "Recalculating" over and over in his "put another shrimp on the barbie" accent!

The BIG LONG DRIVE was beautiful.  Here are some photos:

I stopped halfway on the drive to find Pancoast Pizza, which Emma had found a few weeks ago online.  It was really fun to meet a Pancoast "cousin" and eat his delicious pizza!  If you are ever in the Walnut Creek, CA area, please stop in.  You'll see what I mean!

Mt. Shasta .  I stopped to take this.
don't worry, I'm very careful when I do this. There are no other cars around. But isn't that cool?

last mile of Oregon                 


I stopped to take this one.      

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