For the first time in as long as I can remember I was having a bad allergic reaction to, I’m guessing, all the pollen in the air. So when we arrived on April 6th in Gig Harbor, Washington, just outside of Tacoma, I went straight to bed for an hour long nap. I woke up feeling a bit better, but my nose was still running and I was constantly sneezing. Despite the allergies I performed with Gustaff at our friends home that night, and it seemed like it went well. I ended up heading straight to bed afterwards, but from what I heard the feedback was all positive.
The next morning I woke up feeling a hundred times better. Our friends took us for a walk around downtown Gig Harbor and I was blown away by how pretty it was for such a small town. I guess you can’t go wrong in this area of the country with the Puget Sound and all the luscious green trees around.
Just before leaving town I got to stop in at our friend Russ Salton’s studio and really quickly we laid down my new single Humble Miles, which you can listen to here.
Our next and last stop in Washington was Seattle. To get there we ended up catching a random ferry across the Puget Sound. The ticket we paid for however was to an island in the middle of the Sound and not the mainland of the Seattle area. Luckily we figured this out minutes before our boat made it’s stop on the mainland to drop off the passengers going to Seattle (as it was going to leave from there and head to this random island), and with the help of a few workers we were able to maneuver the van out of line and reverse off the ferry!
That night I got a surprise visit from my Auntie Tina, who made the trip to Vancouver the day before and knowing that I would be in the Northwest, made the drive across the border to see me. Together we went to a Fundraiser for my dear friend John who is experiencing such heartbreaking injustice in the Bahamas at the moment (John was my cave-mate during my stay in the Bahamas last year). Afterwards my auntie took me out for coffee and snacks to catch up.
The next morning we linked up with our friends Chelan and Noah from Portland and their awesome friends from the Seattle area. Later on that afternoon my parents from Edmonton, Alberta arrived after 16 hours of driving. Together all of us were one big giant family.
Gustaff and I played one show in the Seattle area at The Unity Museum, and the rest of the time was spent with all our friends and family. We had such a blast exploring the city and its surroundings.
Like always our stay was way too short and it was difficult to say goodbye, especially to Chelan and Noah. Thankfully my parents were continuing on with us as we left Washington State and made our way towards Livingston, Montana on April 11th for another full day of driving.