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Monday, April 17, 2017

you're lookin' too good and darlin' sometimes, two wrongs make a right...


Hey Hey y'all, 

If you've been following along, here is PART THREE (covering our time in beautiful Oregon and California) of the Two To Be Lonely Tour. Honestly, we barely have any pictures of us performing any of the seven shows we played throughout California and Oregon. Kinda hard to take pictures of yourself while you're on stage performing, but it was SO INSANELY GORGEOUS that we took a ton of photos on the travel days when we got to go out and explore a little.

Some of the most beautiful sites I've ever seen. For reels. 

Enjoy!
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Our first stop after we left Washington was Whirled Pies in Eugene, OR for the Whirled Pies Concert Series. Eugene is such a cool city and we met so many nice folks at that show. After the show that same night we drove straight to Coos Bay, OR where our next show was the next night. We decided we wanted to wake up in Coos Bay so that we'd have a little time before the show started to explore a bit. I am SO GLAD WE DID because it was one of the prettiest places I have ever seen in my life. 

We also both destroyed our cell phones that day. So there's that.
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Hey Hey, Coos Bay.


Take a photo of me sitting on the edge of the worrrrrld. 


Hi. :)


But how pretty can one place be though?!?



We went out early before the tide would come in later that evening and we got to walk super far out into the ocean. It was radical and I took so many photos.


Though I would not recommend climbing rocks and hiking out into the middle of the ocean in Converse...it was TOTALLY worth it once we got out there. 


I mean.


When we got out there, Justin decided to try to give me a heart attack and climb a bunch of cliffs. 


Made for some pretty Epic photos though. 


Then we decided to walk the beach a little farther down. After a while we rounded a corner and this was the first thing I saw. <3


Justin managed to capture my excitement the exact moment a huge wave came over the rocks.


Just leave me here. I'll be fine. I can live here now, thanks.



The waves were huge.



Speaking of huge waves, we decided to venture way out onto the cliffs to get as close as we (safely) could to the waves. It was mostly my idea. I really wanted to get just close enough to feel a little mist off the waves when they crashed. 

Whelp, I definitely got to feel a "mist" off the waves because we got out there and right when we did a MONSTER wave came in...when I say "monster wave," what I mean is that this wave was the size of a house, no joke. We both realized pretty quickly that we were in trouble. Remember that thing I said earlier about destroying our cell phones. Yeah...the ocean attacked and SOAKED us completely. We saw the wave coming in and before we knew it a HUGE amount of water hit the rocks, flew up over our heads and came gushing down on top of us. The water came down so hard that both of our hats were pushed down over our faces. Like, the inside of my pockets were drenched. Head to toe. Completely soaked in salt water. 

I couldn't stop laughing for 5 minutes straight. Seriously. It was the best and funniest way to ruin a cell phone ever. Of course I didn't want that to happen, but honestly, it was one of the coolest things to ever happen to me so I can't even be that mad. Will I go out that close to the ocean again? Probably not, mostly because it truly is not that safe and we're lucky we didn't get washed away into the ocean...so yeah kids, don't try this at home, ok? 


ATW (after the wave). Bye cell phones and dry clothes.
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After the "wave episode" we decided it was probably time to get back into the city to change before our show that night at Seven Devils Brewing. Oh man, we loved playing there. Some of the nicest people ever. We were so well received and everyone was awesome to us. I wish we could have stayed a little longer. I feel like I probably say that a lot.

After a quick couple of days in Oregon, we hit the road to California. We had two travel days off to get to L.A. so we decided to take our time and make a couple stops along the way.
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One of those stops was to see the Redwood Forest which we both had never seen.

It was SO PRETTY, you guys.


There are a lot of places in the world that will remind you just how small you really are, this is one of those places.





Then we decided to be super touristy and do a tour (in little bucket/cart things I can only equate to the carts you sit in on a big ferris wheel) through the tops of the Redwoods.



We were verrrrry high, sitting in a little cart attached to safety by only a few cables. I was only a little terrified though, don't worry.

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We left the Redwoods and kept driving. Eventually we had to stop and get out again because we finally came across some California salt water and sand. 

You know, flying places is great. You get there quicker and sometimes those long hours on the road are rough, but I would chose the road over flying again and again for the simple reason that you get to stop along the way, put your feet on new ground and enjoy how beautiful our world is. 





Pretty, pretty little coastline in California.
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For instance, this lovely little farm market and fruit stand we were able to stop at. I tried to make friends with the Peacocks. I try to make friends with pretty much all the animals we find anywhere we go and Justin always manages to capture my failed attempts. 

The Peacocks were not having it.


I'll share these pears with you though...ok bye.
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Finally we made it to L.A. and played a show at Republic of Pie. It was even more fun because we got to see some of our really good friends and family at that show and we got to spend some time with them afterward. 


We stayed in Los Angeles that night and woke up early the next morning to have some coffee and explore Santa Monica before we had to head out again.


Again, just trying to make some friends, guys.


 A girl, A Seagull and A trash can on the Santa Monica Pier. 


Our next string of California shows were farther north in California. We decided to take the long way. Had to make a stop in San Fransisco, duh.


Also had to take the Pacific Coast Highway and stop in Big Sur, CA. One of the most beautiful spots on the planet y'all. 


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After another long day of traveling, we made it to Santa Rosa, CA where we played a winery called Cellars of Sonoma. Having a few days off here and there was nice because we had four shows in a row, Thursday through Sunday, before we left Cali for our next destination on tour.


After the last show of the California run, we figured it was only proper to celebrate with some Sonoma Cider. We had such a good time playing in California. Sometimes some of the best shows you play are in the small towns where you don't know what to expect. We found this to be true over and over again in California. We played shows were we felt like we actually got to know people and share a special evening with them. 
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This part of the tour felt like a blur while it was happening. We spent so many hours on the road in such a small amount of time and somehow managed to pepper in seven shows, find new cell phones, do some laundry and spend time with friends. I really don't know how it all fits in sometimes looking back at it all, but I'm so happy that we take the time to adventure when we're out on the road because even when we're tired, it's always worth it. 

Stay tuned for PART FOUR, the final blog post covering the last leg of The Two To Be Lonely Tour in Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas and Virginia, coming attcha this week. Whew! 

Thanks for reading y'all. 

Nothin' but love


xo - Kari 





























Wednesday, April 5, 2017

two too many drinks will only make us two good liars...

Hey Hey y'all,

I hope you enjoyed PART ONE of what will be FOUR blog posts covering The Two To Be Lonely Tour. :)

PART TWO covering our time in Washington is below. I love Washington and we got to spend two weeks touring there while we were out on this tour, basically playing Washington from top to bottom. It was so great! Hope you enjoy!
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On the road again...


The drive from Montana to Washington was not too shabby.


Montana is so beautiful in the fall!


Being tourists along the way and checking out the Grand Coulee Dam...massive and super cool!


Our first show in Washington was at one of my very favorite places, Old Schoolhouse Brewery in the cutest town ever - Winthrop, WA. I am so fond of this little village. It's a bit of an extra trip to drive up through the mountains to find it, but so very worth it every time.


You know this had to happen at Old Schoolhouse Brewery...


 Seriously. Winthrop, WA could not get any more adorable if it tried. Love this little village and the people here so much!


The next day we definitely left Winthrop and TOTALLY forgot to fill up on gas beforehand.

Whoops.

Yeah, there aren't gas stations in the mountains. Because you're in the freakin' mountains. This meant that we had a fun adventure coasting an hour and a half through the mountains trying to conserve fuel and got to the gas station, where we made it within about 2 minutes before we would have totally run out gas, JUST in time.

Buncha amateurs. 


That night we played a show in Tacoma, WA and got to see some friends from our home state of Michigan. My good friend, Liz lives out in Seattle now and I love getting to see her every time we venture out west to play. 

While we were in Seattle, we stayed with my other good friends, Derrick and Tina. I feel so grateful when I think about all the friends we have and that we've made as we've travelled on these different tours. When you're out on the road for months, it truly is nice to see a familiar face once in awhile. Liz, Derrick and Tina make us feel so at home when we're away from home. I can't thank them enough for the kindness they show us each time we visit! 
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Luckily we had a couple days off after the Tacoma show and one of them happened to be the Sunday that the Packers were playing. We didn't have to miss the game. Justin was very happy about this. 


After a couple days off we were back at it! 

We played in Olympia for the first time at a cool little spot called The Pig Bar. The folks and staff here were so sweet. These are our new friends, Mike and Jamie. They were adorable. They danced, they sang and they made us feel so welcomed in Olympia!




This was also the day before my birthday, so we decide to celebrate a little after the show by hanging with the locals and eating BBQ and the best corn bread ever. It was a good choice.
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On the day of my birthday we played a show in one of my favorite places on the map - Union, WA. 

This little village is a GEM. The people are wonderful and the beauty is unreal. Seriously, you feel like you're in a scene out of a movie when you're here. Folks in Union could not be nicer. It is full of wonderful musicians and those who appreciate music. Every time I've had the opportunity to play here, it has been a lovely experience. I always look forward to coming back!  


B-E-A-UTIFUL.


I'm not kidding when I tell you that half the town in Union are musicians. We played all weekend in Union and it was one giant friends/love/JAM fest. And Justin got everyone in the place to sing me Happy Birthday at midnight. :) 


This guy has been at every show we've every played at Robin Hood. He's such an awesome supporter of music AND pretty darn good on the harmonica too!


HI! :D
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We had one day off in-between shows at Robin Hood so we explored Union and then played an open mic near Olympia later that night. It was a good day. 


Lovely - Union, WA.


Found a super weird (in the best way) thrift/vintage shop while we were out and about. 


Robin Hood Resort is SO DANG ADORABLE. 

AND I found a swing in the forest while I was going for a walk. SO happy. Just so happy you guys.


Also found this swing. Can this just be my backyard please? Thanks. :)


More Union. I couldn't stop taking photos.


Making friends with Seagulls. 


Oh yeah, we also went kayaking and saw some seals. They are so cute! None of them would swim over to us while we were out on the ocean though, probably a good thing. We were wishing to see a whale too though, Justin especially, but no dice.
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After the weekend playing in Union, we grabbed a ferry the next morning back to Seattle for the show we had in the city that night. This was my first experience taking my vehicle on a boat. It was interesting and I only panicked a little. First time for everything I guess. :)

We got out and walked around a little during the duration of the trip and WE FINALLY SAW A WHALE. It was a little far off, but we could see it and it was shooting water up. It was so cool and I was really happy that Justin got to see his whale. Everyone on the ferry was freaking out. I wish it would have come a little closer to us. Maybe next time. 


First time taking a ferry to a show. Neat.


The venue we played in Seattle was adorable and had all kinds of wine and pastries. Sign me up for all of that please.
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The next day, I was so happy we had a day off in Seattle to walk around a bit. I really love Seattle. It's such a unique and interesting city. We also caught ALL (and I do mean ALL) of the Pokemon while we were out exploring. Seattle has more Pokemon than I have ever seen anywhere else in my life. It was nuts. (yeah, we're nerds)


Seattle. <3


Take me back.


Pretty day in the city.
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After our day off spent exploring and catching Pokemon in Seattle, we had two more shows before we headed onward to Oregon. Our first show of the two was at Soul Food Coffee in Redmond. It was out first time playing here and we really enjoyed playing that stage!


Such a neat little spot in Redmond. We can't wait to play here again!


While we were in Redmond we got to see even more friends! It was so nice to spend some time with you, Grace. :) Thanks for hanging and coming to the show!
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Our last show in Washington was at The Black Dog in Snoqualmie. This was our first time here and they had the coolest stage. My friend, Liz and her family were able to make it out to this show as well. Her kids were our number one fans and even helped me set up my merchandise that night! It was a wonderful send off to the next leg of the tour. 


Justin warming up.
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I already miss Washington. For reelz. If I could play out that way more often I totally would. I am thankful that I've been able to visit and play at least a couple times a year though, and I'm thankful that we got to spend so much time playing throughout the state during this particular tour. It's a beautiful, beautiful part of the country.

Stay tuned for PART THREE covering the Two To Be Lonely Tour coming attcha over the next couple of days! The next post will cover our adventures in stunning Oregon and California. I'm having the best time reliving this tour and remembering how much fun we had. It's making me want to hit the road back out west soon something fierce though!

Thanks for reading y'all

nothin' but love


xo - Kari