“Fall Down & Around Tour” Days 98-104 (of 104)
December 6-December 12
We left Aurora Monday morning, December 7. For me, I left feeling heavy-hearted that I wouldn’t see my sister or niece again until April. For Curtiss, he was bouncing up and down with excitement (if you know Curtiss, you know I’m not exaggerating with “bouncing.”). We were both ready to be “home,” and Curtiss especially was extremely excited to be back with his family and to play with our four nieces & nephews.
Collectively, we were both ready to leave the traffic-hell that Denver has become. (Side note: since 2013, more than 200,000 have moved to Denver. See here. Every hour of the day is like rush hour.) We were also excited to finally spend Christmas together AND with family. In past years we’ve had to choose as tickets home from Alaska over the holidays are very pricey.
The first night we stayed at a State Park in Kearney, NB. We had the place to ourselves! It was great.
The second night we stayed just outside Des Moines, IA. There were only a few others staying there, and our campsite was nestled up against a great trail we took the boys on in the morning.
On our way to Wisconsin I made Curtiss take a detour to The Mall of America. He refused until I told him it was a childhood dream of mine to see Lego Land and an *indoor* roller coaster, as the concept of indoors, blew my my mind as a child. He scoffed at Lego Land until he saw it…and then he understood!
We did a ropes course with a GIANT twisty slide and rode a the spongebob roller coast, which surprisingly was an insane thrill!
The third night we stayed in Eau Claire, WI with Curtiss’s cousin. Most of Curtiss’s extended family is spread across the US so it’s always fun when we get to meet up with them!
Finally, by the fourth night, we made it Marquette, MI. Curtiss played 2 shows, one in Ishpeming at Cognition Brewing, and the second at The Oredock in Marquette. The show he played at The Oredock officially ended our “Fall Down & Around Tour,” which was a 104 day long tour. Here are a few pictures from the show!
It was an awesome last show as The Oredock was packed! Curtiss first fell in love with music at Hiawatha Music Festival in Marquette as a young boy, and went nearly every summer growing up. He graduated from NMU and played music all over the U.P. in college. Between his Hiawatha friends and family who have known him since he first picked up a guitar, to those who followed him all through college, and to all the new fans since he’s gained as he’s continued playing in the U.P. every summer, it’s always a blast returning to his roots.
December 14-January 4
By Sunday evening, December 14, we had finally made it home to Curtiss’s parents house. After being on the go as much as we were from September-December, having covered over 8,000 miles from Michigan to Tennessee to Virginia to Florida to Colorado to California and back to Michigan we had a whole new appreciation for the comfort of “home.”
The holidays were packed full of shows: two at The Stormcloud, one at The Boathouse, one private Christmas Party, two at Crystal Mountain Resort in The Vista Lounge and two shows New Years Eve at the Little River Casino in Manistee. Here’s the first stage Curtiss played on that night for a private dinner party:
While we were home, Curtiss was also able to do an assembly at Frankfort-Elberta Elementary School before the kids went on break.
Given Curtiss’s passion for teaching, as it was the career he stepped away from to pursue music, getting back into the schools is a goal of his. He is able to tailor his presentations to the schools preference, but he mostly focuses on setting goals, chasing dreams, and believing that anything is possible. He chronicles the traveling he has been able to do by playing music, and much to the kids enjoyment, always plays a few songs, as well as shows them how he loops music. This was the third elementary school assembly Curtiss has done. He would love to do more as he continues to travel and broaden it to middle school and high school.
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As the holidays always seem to do, our time with family went WAY too fast. However, we were able to sneak in cookie decorating with his whole family, several walks with the dogs and their dog cousins, a few family dinners, a wonderful Christmas celebration and even practiced making homemade cinnamon rolls! As the days dwindled past, much quicker than we had hoped, we were heavy-hearted knowing that it’d be several months before we were all together again.
On Tuesday January 5, we hit the road!
Nervous, eager, and ready to dive head first into a full fledged winter tour. Between now and the middle of March Cousin Curtiss will be playing 25 shows in 6 different states (with a few potential show additions along the way).