Los Angeles- Rented a car and borrowed Kevin's friends car (a convertible with a top that went up even on the interstate). Spent a bit of time checking out Grauman's Chinese theatre, HOLLYWOOD sign, walk of fame, Kodak theatre. Headed down to Orange County to Kevin's house where his parents made an AMAZING dinner and drinks. We sang around the piano (in a perfectly in tune "Happy Birthday" and went swimming. What a fun night! We ended up in Kev's old Halloween costumes. On our way out of Cali our bus driver took our huge bus through In-N-Out! Ha ha!
Yuma, AZ- stayed in a motel where Tavis had a scary run at night. Right on the Mexican border and all that was in town was a courthouse. Got to perform in a crazy space where we had to go outside to get from our "dressing rooms" to "backstage."
Wickenburg, AZ- a really cool wild west town. Took a walking tour around led by Kevin and listened to the statues tell us the history of the town. Enjoyed good Southwest food and fun shops. Beautiful theatre with the NICEST people. The next day we went horseback riding where Kevin ended up on a donkey, we were led on a trail that was far too dangerous for our experience, and Katie Mitchell's horse, "Dixie/aka Sassy", certainly lived up to her name. Ha ha! Katie ended up getting bucked off and almost rolled over. Oh my word. Scary, but AMAZING moment.
Prescott, AZ- We only had a day here, but tried to make the most of it. Stayed in one of the top 20 Best Westerns in the country... we couldn't tell why it made that list. Walked into town and worked out in a cool old gym in an old bank. Enjoyed walking around Whiskey Row. After show went out on Whiskey Row. Had to leave way early in the morning and me and Tavis fought over bathroom. Katie Mitchell's taxi ride was funny that night and waking up with lettuce in the bed from food... Ha ha! OH MY HECK!!!!
Grand Canyon- Next day was Super Bowl and we started the day by stopping at the Grand Canyon. Not feeling well, we still walked a couple miles around the canyon when we realized we didn't have any way to get back, but walk... quickly. Kevin looked over and saw the Canyon spinning, so he sat for a minute. Got back on bus without having lunch and ate our Super Bowl party foods instead. Went through the Vail Pass- one of the dumbest decisions our company made. SOOOOO BAD!!! We got stuck in the snow (Kevin tried to have pizza ordered to the bus while we were stranded) and we ended up being on the bus in the snow with no heat for hours and hours.
Kearney, Nebraska- AKA the tundra of the USA. This was the coldest weather I can ever remember experiencing. We stayed at a hotel with one restaurant next door and that five minute walk was TERRIBLE. Katie Mitchell, Tavis, and I also did a workshop with some kids at the theatre. It was so fun!
Denver, CO- Didn't have a show in Denver, but got to stop over for a couple days. Headed down to Larimer St. and Ted's Montana grill. Then to Katie's house for a great Valentine's dinner by the girls, dance party and slumber party. Woke up and made breakfast with the guys, went to the Y, had dinner that night at Maggiano's.
Durango, CO- Gym next door with class being taught, went to grocery store where they were doing a huge chocolate celebration with TONS of samples. Then walked into town along a nice path by the river. Durango was SO FUN! Great mountain town with TONS of restaurants and shops. Would love to go back there. Caught a bus up to the college to do our show.
Pueblo, CO- Really nice hotel with gorgeous, big gym. Wanted to go to church so badly. Found a good place, but got a nose bleed that WOULDN'T STOP and I literally missed the service. Ended up going somewhere else and met Tavis for an AWESOME Mexican lunch. Show with family and friends and we went out afterwards.
Alamogordo, NM- Just about one of the most dead little towns on tour. Basically one strip where I trekked to Wal-Mart after a gym visit. The show was on a concrete stage with two huge staircases going down to the dressing rooms practically on stage with us. Chocolates were served during the show to celebrate that it was Valentine's Day. Afterward we went to Applebee's to celebrate our "Secret Sweetheart" game with our final gifts.
Kingsville, TX- Stayed a few miles outside of the college campus, but Tavis and I walked the whole way in town to workout at the brand new beautiful gym on campus. Then had a great lunch at a shack restaurant. The show was in a huge, cavernous space with about 30 people scattered around the auditorium. I pulled a muscle in my neck during "American in Paris." When we left the next day for Stillwater, OK we had to pick up our new driver in San Antonio and had to get a blown tire fixed. Great to stop there for a bit and enjoy seeing the Alamo and walking around the riverwalk. MUST go back to San Antonio!!!
I'll continue and finish up very soon!!!