Catching Up A Little

On Sunday, we had a real fine lazy day. It was lightly snowing in Denver so we decided to take it easy with our host Jess -- really, nothing much happened except for a trip to a coffeeshop, some walking around, a trip to a diner, more walking around, a trip to Voodoo donuts, more walking around, coming back to the apartment, eating said donuts and watching Raiders of the Lost Ark. Oh, and beer happened. It was a good day. I even had a chance to catch up on some songwriting, and I'm thinking about putting out an EP of songs from the road once we arrive in LA. Just an idea. We'll see, but you heard it here first. 

Our Big Adventure

We knew that there was a big storm coming in on the day that we were supposed to leave for Salt Lake City, so we left early in hopes of avoiding the storm that was headed East while we went West. We stopped by Boulder, CO but unfortunately it was so foggy out that you couldn't really see the rockies. However, Boulder is still really cute and I can see why so many people like it so much. However, we had to head out in order to beat the storm, so off we went. 

The plan was to completely avoid the rockies and go up to Wyoming to take I-80 all the way to Salt Lake City. Once we were in Wyoming, the landscape was a lot flatter which made the snow that was coming in manageable. About two hours into our seven hour drive, right as we're about to get onto the I-80 ramp, we see a sign and then a gate indicating that I-80 was closed down. I didn't even know you could close down a highway!

Greetings from planet Hoth #snowy #dontworrymom #wegotthis

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That being said, we had to backtrack down to Colorado and take a small highway all the way through the state into Utah. I won't give too many details, but it wasn't really the most fun drive in the world. Luckily, I have an AWD Subaru. Unluckily, the drive took us 14 hours. 

Salt Lake City

Somehow, we completely missed the mormons. We didn't spend too too much time in Salt Lake City because we had a 10.5 hour drive ahead of us, but we did make time to go to the gym at our hotel & to grab a really solid breakfast before heading out. Oh man, was the drive outside of the city beautiful. 

Oh man.

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Even a little bit outside of the city, there were some pretty spectacular views. We passed through the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah which is apparently where they do a lot of race car testing. Either way, it's really pretty. 

#nofilter #nofilterneeded #saltflats #speed #history

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It was pretty for maybe about an hour, but after that it just became awful. I definitely have some sort of mild version of agoraphobia because oh my god you couldn't put me back in that barren wasteland if you tried. Deserts are the absolute worst. I hate them. 


After a 10+ hour drive, we finally crossed the border into our final state. I have to admit, it's pretty weird knowing that this is the state I'm going to be living in for the next undisclosed amount of time. I don't even know when I'm going to leave the state next. 

Anyway, we celebrated our west coast arrival by grabbing In-n-Out, and it was magnificent. We arrived in Alameda last night and we'll be here for a few days before our shows on the 5th and on the 6th. So, in the meantime; rest, coffee & a few visits to San Fransisco.