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Week 3, August 29th- September 4th, Cour D Alene Idaho, to Sisters, Oregon 

 
Grande Ronde Wine Cellars - Friday, August 29th, Spokane, Washington

Great ambiance with beautiful old wide-plank wood floors and rock walls. Very tasty wines - owner Dave Westfall was a pleasure to work with and the acoustics in this old cellar were superb!
    


The next day we played our 2nd  home concert of this tour in a lovely backyard setting - like a secret garden, hosted by our friends Jill & Griff.

We really enjoyed playing for and meeting friends, former students and neighbors of Jill & Griff''s.

We also learned that Jill prepares excellent natural potions for skin using essential oils & creams including a natural insect repellent that works great.

Not one mosquito bite since leaving Spokane! 
( elaromatherapy.com )

Next gig - Sisters, OregonWe remember Sisters, Oregon and surrounding area with great fondness for it's natural beauty.
We met up with several of Chris' friends from High School who have relocated to this area, lucky them!

Both of us have hiked and back packed this part of the Cascades in our earlier life together.
Lava flows, lakes, meadows & beautiful peaks make this a great place to take some time to explore.

Old McKenzie Pass Hwy, just west of Sisters, is only open in the summer. 
Not much traffic on this pass, so traveling this road is an even better choice if one is looking for incredible views, a winding road thru the lava flows and places to stop and choose any number of hikes, including connecting with the Pacific Crest Trail.



We played at Cork Cellars in Sisters on September 3rd - it may look like we only played for the wine, but, there was a nice crowd who came out and enjoyed the music, ambience, good food & wine.  Jennifer, the proprietor of Cork Cellars treated us like family.  We look forward to returning to Sisters & Cork Cellars.

"Two for the Road Tour " Week 2, August 21st - 28th, Helena MT - Couer D Alene ID 

Helena, Montana

Ahhh Montana, we love our travels through Montana. 

The folks are kind and there is enough room for everyone!

On to Helena for our performance at the Montana Club in Helena, the oldest private club West of the Mississippi.

This beautiful building was built in 1885, but burned down and was rebuilt in 1905.

The room below is the dining room where we played on August 21st.

Wonderful room to play in with great acoustics, great listeners and great staff!

And yes, we did dress up a bit for this one.



Then, we were escorted by Brinn to the best private campsite anywhere - the rock quarry just south of downtown Helena, up on a hillside, looking over this beautiful small city.

Brinn shared the history of the quarry which had been purchased by his family.

He has a vision of making the quarry into a city park complete with stones from historic Helena arranged as rock sculptures. 

We awakened in the morning to see some of the present rock / stone sculpture in the quarry. 

We thought we might be in ancient Greece. 

Certainly this was the most unique and best overnight stay so far! 

The quarry has functioned as an outdoor amphitheater due to it's impressive acoustics hosting music and theater events. 

We look forward to returning to Helena to explore this beautiful little city further and hope to play in her quarry next time around.

We also discovered that the quarry contained a "graveyard" for old pianos, may they rest in peace.


On to Sandpoint Idaho to play a home concert on a nice sunny day outdoors.

Colleen's cousin Mary and her husband Jeff live in a beautiful home on 5 acres near town.

It was great to spend time with Colleen's cousins and meet neighbors and friends who came to listen to the music.


Thanks to Mary & Jeff for hosting this event and for being such gracious hosts & many thanks to cousin Dian for the above video, the laughs and general all around support for our time in Idaho! ( and for showing us where to pick huckleberries. )

More R & R @ Priest Lake Idaho -

Priest Lake is a Primal Mates Pic for favorite lake.
Located in northern Idaho, just south of the Canadian Border, this lake and it's surroundings were the perfect setting for a few days of swimming, relaxing on the dock, kayaking, picking huckleberries with cousin Dian and our new found activity.....paddle boarding.

Let the pictures speak for themselves.


Time to move on to Spokane WA to play at Grande Ronde Cellars and another home concert hosted by good friends Jill & Griff - next post, Week 3 of our tour!

 

A little R & R @ the Confluence of Rivers 

Our friends Ann and Nick took us to this most beautiful place to swim and catch the current at this confluence of 3 rivers.
The Jefferson, Madison & Gallatin Rivers join here to become the headwaters of the Missouri River. 
We were gently swept down river while taking in the scenery and enjoying being refreshed by these waters!

Bozeman Library 

Bassist Kelly Roberti hosts a weekly event called "Jazz & More" at the lovely Bozeman Library.  This is in the 7th season and was the 97th presentation.
We presented music from our poetry project and we were delighted by the witty & fun interview by Kelly during this performance.
Very nice to meet some of the Bozeman folks who attende.d  This community is quite fortunate to have such a nice library with great programs as presented by Kelly Roberti.

"Two For The Road Tour" Week 1 / August 14th - August 20th, ELDORADO SPRINGS TO BOZEMAN, MONTANA 

Rabbit Ears Pass & Strawberry Park Hot Springs near Steamboat Springs, CO

We took this Double Rainbow as a good sign as it followed us for many miles over Rabbit Ears Pass while driving to our 1st stop at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, just outside Steamboat Springs Colorado.  This was a very welcome respite after all the preparations, and moving all our worldly belongings into storage before 'hitting the road'.  

Strawberry Park is one of our favorite hot springs in Colorado. ( photo below rainbow )

The next day, we drove to Saratoga Springs in Wyoming for our 1st gig at Bella's Bistro, a Primal Mates Pic for great food & ambience.  Our luck did not hold to play on their outdoors patio as a thunderstorm came through and caught us under an umbrella with our instruments and gear while a torrential rain seemed to develop into a deluge of biblical proportions.
The lightening just over head & the loud booms of thunder made us wonder ......hmmm, what we will do to play a little music.

We eventually were able to make our way inside to set up again and play in this lovely restaurant.  
Thanks to Cassi & Tommy for their graciousness, the excellent food & wine and for having us!

Next stop - Thermopolis MT. 
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