07/26/14, a Saturday:
We made it back through the border without incident, unlike last year. Showed up late to sound check at a dumb bar, but it was filled to the brim with tight buds. Stayed up late listening to Mallory’s new recordings, then slept in with the windows open. Ate a co-op bagel brekkie at Green Lake & watched people hesitate on the high dive. We checked out the Friendship Trail through the Arboretum; Clyde put a bunch of bands at points on the trail, folks canoed towards the songs, truly magical.
Now we’re driving towards Portland. Gonna try to “take it easy.” After Portland we head through California, then home, home, home. Spending six weeks on the road takes up a lot of emotional space, looking forward to freeing that up.
Vancouver was super pleasant, got to see the whole friend buffet. Got to hold a baby. Got to eat veggie dim sum. Got to sleep in a bed two nights in a row. Got my feelings hurt kinda bad, but I think I’ve moved past it. Being a lone woman on a bro-heavy tour, I’m surprised it took so long to happen.
Tour losses to date:
Phone charger (4)
Leftover food (……)
Instrument cable (2)
Pedal power adapter (2)
07/22/14, a Tuesday
I still can’t upload pics from my phone, I’ll try to figure it out once I’m out of Canada. So get ready.
It’s been so nice not having cell service.
Yesterday was Whit’s birthday, we celebrated in Edmonton with a vegan cake & (lol) manicures. AJJ did a cover of that Beatles birthday song. Last night I was working on a journal post but then caught a guy stealing CDs off the merch table & I got hella sidetracked grabbing him by the shirt & telling him to go the fuck away. We got to spend the night at old Phoenix bud Brianna’s cool comfy house, she whipped up tofu scramby & avocados & chocolate tea this morning.
Now we’re in Calgary, I’ve been feeling weird today, being in a foreign country without maps or gps is stressful & requires a lot of planning. I cried when my veggie burger order was screwed up & felt so dumb.
Tomorrow is a scheduled day off that we are filling with a twelve hour drive through the Rockies & an all-ages house show in Vancouver. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of my friends there, & heading back down the coast towards home.
Anyway, I have an abundance of photos I can’t wait to stop hoarding & I’m having a cool time in Canada!
Every time I jfc try to make a photo post on tumblr the app crashes & I’m just like what the shit am I paying you for tumblr.
Could Wisconsin Dells be “what’s up”?
I’ll (probably?) flesh out a journal entry for our time in Omaha and Chicago, but right now I’m on the edge of a van nap. Rockford tonight, Minneapolis tomorrow, then a week across the border.
Hefty drives, wild crowds, funny friends, high ceilings, toll booths, a trip to the doggie beach, full tums, photos, flannels, Pavement, patch kits.