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Jul 04

July 4, 2005

The adventure continues...The drive from Oklahoma City to Colorado Springs was fantastic. The last bit took us up some beautiful mountains and we were just amazed at what a great drive it was. We camped for a while at "The Garden of the Gods" campground at the foothills of Pikes Peak. Our 'house concert' in Colorado Springs was unbelievable! Great hosts and a crowd of 90!! Thanks to the Lucketts for their hospitality and to all their friends for coming to the show!

Old pal, Rich Benson in Englewood and his friend Nick did a bang up job at the next "private party" in the Denver area and again we enjoyed a packed house with lots of fine folks. Thanks also to "the wives" for putting up with the intrusion on their peaceful homes! The big drive up to Steamboat Springs wasn't as harrowing as we imagined and it was well worth the climb. What a cool town. Had a great guitar workshop at the Hitchcock residence with 6 guys who could really play...and the concert at the Steamboat Springs Arts Center had a good crowd. It looks like my show will be the start of a regular series of acoustic music concerts!

We loved the cool nights up in the mountains and hated to move on, but the road beckoned. The ride thru Western Colorado into Utah was another fantastic voyage. Canyons and mountain passes overwhelmed us mile after mile. Fourteen hours later, we ended up in Eastern Nevada where we settled in for the night at the first casino parking lot we encountered.

We woke to hazy skies. Seems Arizona fires were raging and smoke was drifting throughout the Southwest. On to Las Vegas...We "camped out" at The Sam's Town Casino Resort. We sure do love roughing it! Our campsite had cable tv, internet access and was close to the swimming pool which we used at every opportunity. The temperature reached over 100 degrees every day! (a dry heat though!)

Got to visit with old friends, Tex and Judy Whitson and with Pat and Rio who we met at the Fur Peace Ranch. Had a nice story and color photo in the Las Vegas newspaper which was very cool considering that also in town that week among others, were Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Ruth Brown and Loggins and Messina!

The concert turned out to be a success and we thank the L.V. Guitar Society and the L.V. Blues Society for their joint effort. The Whinchester Community Art Center was a great venue with excellent sound and lights and a very helpful staff.

So...tomorrow we head West again. With our fill of grand buffet dinners, free drinks and lots of excitement at the penny slots, California is now on our mind. Cooler weather will be a welcome change for sure. Lots of great memories for Nancy and I to share with friends next Winter when we are settled in at home among the palm trees around Christmas time...

So my fiends, that's all for today,we watched the 4th of July fireworks and now it's time to 'hit the sack' and rest up for the next leg of the journey.

By For Now,

The Book & The Mrs.