This section is an archive of yearly "tour journals", created from my log entries, journals, BB/newspages and other stories and information, starting in 1997. This is both a history and the ongoing story of my annual travels and happenings. It is also an information resource as I am including other files that I created as part of the events, like the details of setting up a pc based digital recording studio (DAW). I am trying to keep it in going. I wish I could tell you all that had gone on in the years before this, but you'll just have to read what's here and use your imagination for the rest. Maybe one day I'll try going backwards.. or maybe I'll go for broke and just start at the beginning. People keep telling me I should write a book, well, consider this a few chapters in the middle somewhere.
This initial effort at a tour journal is pretty brief and dry, not like the later journals, but it was a start. In it, I made the trip to Alaska again, flying instead of driving. I performed at only one State Fair, and spent the majority of my time mining gold in the Brooks range of Alaska. I also completed the full size Electric Dulcimer that had been sitting untouched for years.
The big event this year was a return trip to Alaska, flying again, performing at two State Fairs and other places around Alaska, as well as building two new acoustic dulcimers.
Journal Entries 9/98: The Alaska State Fair
In the Spring and Summer of this year I took a small hydrofoil Trimarran across the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Coast and then south to Belize.
In the remaining months of 1999 I built a Digital Audio Workstation. I had a hard time tracking down the information I wanted, so I started collecting it and redistributing it to people starting out like me with questions about how to buy and set up a DAW.
I usually update the BB page every three months, but missed the July update in my hurry to get out of town. Here is the New Year's and the Spring2000 news updates, then the complete 2000 Tour Journal, AK2K. It was quite a year, as I add broadcast quality video gear to my equipment and use it to make a video tour journal, while generally starting to document the life as I make the entire regular circuit up and around Alaska.
New Year's report
Tour 2000: AK2K
I return to Alaska, this time making more stops in Canada and having an unfortunate meeting with the golden girl, otherwise, it was pretty much another round through the extreme routine, or the routine extremes?
Tour 2001: This Road I'm On
I make a whirlwind trip around the entire circuit. In Florida, I pilot a friend's boat to Belize again, then I return to my boats and leave the Keys behind for good, cruising up to central Florida to leave the steelboat in a drystorage yard and the Hurley anchored near Stuart on the east coast of Florida. In Virginia, I spend a a few weeks, and when flightplans fall though, buy a van and head for Alaska again. I make the return trip to Alaska in the new rig, playing the fair, helping build the house, and still almost make my regular circuit, playing a lot of schoolshows. I accept the obvious and become officially a resident of Alaska before I head south again, like the geese and the carribou. In Montana I visit Joe and spend over a month on a planned recording session for the upcoming CD, before heading back to DC for the holidays.
Winter Log 2002
I head down early and but still stay in Florida late into the Spring doing a major boatyard trip on the the steelboat. I have only a couple weeks at 1213 before I head for Alaska. I again do almost all of the circuit. I make some major accomplishments but miss some important parts of the routine. Then I'm back at Joe's "somewhere in Montana" for an follow-up recording session as I start to mix down the first totally self-recorded and produced CD. I end up back at 1213 for the holidays again, planning to stay untill I complete the CD.
Tour 2003: The Sound of a Train
I have to alter all my plans to care for my mother while she goes through chemotherapy for lymphoma. It is tough, but the treatment is successful and ma recovers. I make a high speed trip to Florida to deal with the boats, but otherwise try to take advantage of being stationary to finish the new CD and work on dulcimer building and development. I do get the CD done, but most of my energy goes into taking care of ma, of course. The doctors give ma a green light in mid-July. Ma still has to recover from the chemo and get her life back in gear again, so my work there isn't done. But I am able to take a break, so I jump on a plane to return to Alaska just in time for the State Fair. I only have time to do a few things there and maintain the continuity, but I do it Right. When I get back, I have to change my plans again, when I find out that a boat dragged down on the Hurley and sank it during the hurricanes in Florida. Ma still comes first, so I stay in high gear to finish up things around the house and help get ma back to "normal". I am under pressure to deal with the Hurley before the county hauls it away, so I get a trailer and head for Florida in mid-December, where I raise the sunken Hurley on X-mas day.
Tour 2004: Just Doin' What's Right
I continue the work of raising the Hurley, managing to get it done in time to get back on the routine schedule. I go work the street and keep helping ma get her life back on track after the disruption of the past year, and fly off to Alaska in Mid -July, on schedule. I go gold digging in the mountains twice and play the Tanana and Deltana fairs, then spend a couple weeks camping on my land before it is time to go. I get back to my old routine and stop in Montana and Seattle to visit, though not for long. I am back at ma's early to have time to work around the house and try to leave for Florida on my normal schedule, soon after the Beginning of the new year.
Tour 2005: Life Outside The Bell Curve
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