I boarded this flight to Denver via Cleveland this afternoon, rushing a bit, the last one on, my guitar almost getting in trouble for traveling in a soft case, and I got mistook for one of my favorite singers, Ray LaMontagne, by the flight staff. Maybe this WILL be an interesting day after all.
I have nothing against Ohio. In fact, I am pretty fascinated by it. Having driven through it a few times and having played some music there, landing shall be a little different, but I have a feeling the people will be as I remember them. Friendly, logical and cute in an innocent kind of way.
Denver is a town that I've spent next to no time in. Friends go there, they visit or relocate there, they play gigs there and I think Kerouac writes a bunch about it in "On the Road," but, really, it is this mysterious town up in the mountains, and happily, I'll be spending some days playing and just hanging around. FYI peoples, if you have any restaurant suggestions, or ideas on what to visit in my downtime, please feel free to post them below of just send them off to me.
Among the overseas bits this year have been some tremendous domestic running around that, clearly, needed to be done. Last April I snapped some photos of the monuments in DC. June, I flew out to the badlands of southern Oregon, wandering the fragrant sage brushes of Summer Lake. This past fall I made the drive out from NYC to Yellowstone to Mojave National Preserve and back with stops at the Great Lakes, Vegas, Salt Lake, Chicago, Bear Lake, Arches, Zion, and numerous other towns and attractions.
So many people think of me as some sort of international jetsetter, and maybe that is true in ways, but I guess over this past year I have been falling in love with the country of my birth that, even though there aren't as many cool border controls, or language barriers, that the people of this country are different and life is not the same everywhere. Now for the next ten days, it will be the Colorado Rockies, big-assed mountains that will most likely knock me off me feet due to the elevation as soon as I arrive, but I'll be running around a lot of towns that, for a Jersey boy like me, conjure romantic images of snow and elegance, of outdoor adventuring and smiling people. Places like Boulder and Vail, Keystone and Steamboat. It's just me on this tour, as usual, and I've got my little Flip Camera so with any luck, there should be some fun video of it all.
Anyway, I'll be landing in Cleveland, the supposed city that rocks, and it's on to Denver, but I actually filled out the form volunteering my seat later in exchange for a $200 travel voucher (I've got some other flights to book this month, specifically one to Central America, but more on that later), so who knows what the day will bring me?
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