Northern Germany

Into Northern Germany we went. A short four hour drive from the Netherlands, and you’re in another country altogether! Now that’s efficiency, folks.


Striking a very striking pose.


Currywurst!  Quite good.

IMG_8994Sunning ourselves on the Baltic Sea…




Remnants of the Berlin Wall.


Near Brandenburg Gate a pair of Americans were seen.


Repurposed Birdhouse.


What fancy building?


Ye olde radio tower.


Fields aplenty in Northern Germany!


Sunset over the Baltic as seen from Rugen Island National Park.

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Stralsund, UNESCO World Heritage Site.  IMG_9066

Exquisite brickwork.


This building dates back to the 1500s.  Old timey.


Sunset from Eckernforde.

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Kiel Week!  We just missed it.


Beautiful work of art boat.

IMG_8945 IMG_8941 Ok!  Back to the states we’ve gots to go!  See you there, friends.  🙂


Netherlands in June (Pt. 2)

When last we left our two heroes, the Netherlands was happening to them.  Now, it’s time for them to happen to the Netherlands!  How is that even a pair of sentences?


First things first.  Master Carillonneur Boudewijn Zwart played our song “Slippery Slope” for all of Amsterdam in the bell tower of one of the city’s oldest churches!


Playing a song transcribed to sheet music by Basho!  Quite surreal.


View of the city from the ledge.


I hear ya, bud!


OG Amsterdam.  Pre-OG, perhaps…carbon data is pending on this.


The massive infrastructure of the belltower.  Breathtaking engineering!

Off to the Rijks Museum!


A live art performance greeted us on the way into the building.


Life-size Rembrandts awaited us inside.


Trying to convince all of Holland that 21st Century Lederhosen is the new style!!

And so, there was a ton of artwork seen, hordes of tourists waded through, and partridge family in a pear tree.  Enough about that already.

Of course, it should be noted that we were indeed performing almost every night during this time!


A walk in the marsh lands outside of Amsterdam.


Swaying in the gentle breeze, a Choochie.


Sheep and irises.  Sheep and irises.  Same ol’ same ol’… 😉


What?! Another bike ride in the scenic countryside!?


Happy happy joy joy.


Learning to smoke eel from the master himself.


Talented balloon artist Simon Jong made a Basho Balloon Sculpture!  Most impressive, don’t you think!?


Welcome to Oosterleek!  We’ll be your tour guides for the afternoon.


This here’s your standard windmill shot in the Dutch farm country.

Netherlandia in June (Pt. 1)


We were incredibly fortunate to line up some shows overseas in the Netherlands and Germany for the month of June!  From humble beginnings, as they say…


Not happy people.


Amsterdam’s gables are world renown, not only for their artistry and architecture, but for their leaning into the canals at slowly sagging angles!


I believe this is a public restroom.

IMG_8395A ship built by unemployed people in their spare time.  Oh, to lead such a life of leisure!


What we’ve got here is your standard canal in Amsterdam shot…


An old bike that probably gets ridden every single day without fail.


Our hosts at the In the Woods venue were so gracious!  We found this in the green room upon our arrival.


Working the counter with new friends at Cafe Keerpunt!


What’s this mid-20th century young lady doing?


An old shipping village outside of Amsterdam, where many German tourists congregate.


For those of you easily fooled, this is not a scale representation of the castle or the Basho in question.


Into the Dutch sunset we go!

Maine in May

To Maine!

But first, to Niagara Falls, New York!  We had a great little visit with this powerful force of waterfalls in upstate New York.  Note, objects in pictures are closer than they appear.

IMG_8050Those buildings on the Canada side were practically stepping on our feet, for instance.

IMG_8053 IMG_8054Tiny stairs leading into a tiny pool of tiny water.  What a small geological attraction!

On the way back from the falls, the Cloud King stumbled and fell.  Ouch!

Cloud King Breakdown BuffaloWhat’s a little alternator between friends, anyway?  We were back on the road within 18 hours of this mishap!

IMG_8061The Berkshires of western Massachusetts.  The beginning of rainy days in New England.

IMG_8075We managed to find some sun, regardless!

IMG_8103And had ourselves a little photoshoot picnic in the Maine woods.

IMG_8139Pretty lady. 🙂

A few days later, we ventured onto a friend’s farm for some much-needed horse time.

IMG_8239Owning 300 acres in central Maine has its perks, and a twenty-fice horse herd is but one of them. 😉


Icelandics and Morgans pictured here.  IMG_8316

Happy happy happy!


Here is Deb, one of the owners of said farm.  She and Trudy her partner are great!


Josephine the French Bulldog gets to know her friends.

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Farm girl. riding in the truck bed.


Some homeless dude we picked up on the way back.


The 150+ year old family farmhouse.

We’re ready for the Nederlands and Germany!  Blasting off across the pond in just a few short days now!  See you on the other side… 🙂

Mines of Spain and Root Beer!


This fish was about a mile from the nearest body of water.  On the next Unsolved Mysteries.

DSCF2731We visited the Mines of Spain, deceptively located outside Dubuque, Iowa somehow.  Here we see brave J. Elmo Rawling inspecting some of the stonework.

DSCF2742After conquering the chapel, we leapt for joy.  Note young Max’s perfect leaping form.

DSCF2791An old quarry where bluffs used to be.

DSCF2710Bird watching or defending a fort?  We may never know…

DSCF2774The Rawling and Wulff clans pose for a band photo.  Very graceful!

DSCF2720Chooch and Bev pose in front of the plank things.  This picture was taken right before Chooch put the bunny ears up.

DSCF2756Long legs mcgee.


DSCF2852After that it was off to the prom!  We were all very excited to be a part of Galena’s High School prom later in the day.  Very.

DSCF2836Some elderly boy scouts passed by while we were loitering.  No big deal.

DSCF2842Pasta family reflections.

DSCF2864All of a sudden, it was root beer time again!  Happy days, folks. Happy days.


More soon!  We’re pushing further east now toward New England and beyond!!  Beyond I tell you!

Mid West Music Fest!

Hi Dear Friends,

After a lovely tour send-off show in Portland, OR. we pushed back out onto the road.

Make it Rain!

Make it Rain!

Cully Barn Show

Great crowd for a garage show!  :)

Great crowd for a garage show! 🙂


First stop is Winona, MN for the Mid West Music Fest 2013.

We visited our good friends Sarah Joy and Daniel for a little farm time in Houston County.

Sarah and Daniel's slice of paradise.

Sarah and Daniel’s slice of paradise.




December on the Colorado front range

We left our Thanksgiving winter wonderland of Wisconsin a day after six inches of snow fell. The roads weren’t exactly inviting to the Cloud King, but westerly we must trudge on for the lovely month of Denver in December.  Or as it’s known to us silly folk, Denvember.

Oh the weather outside is only moderately treacherous and therefore not as frightful as it could be.

Oh the weather outside is only moderately treacherous and therefore not as frightful as it could be.

Nail-biter weather!

Cruisin' slow, so everybody sees...uh, hello?

Cruisin’ slow, so everybody sees…uh, hello?

By evening time, Iowa was offering a lovely sunset to gaze at from the highway.

Iowish Sunsetter.

Iowish Sunsetter.

19 hours later, we arrived in Colorado for some front range frolicking!  Everyone in the rockies gallivants around like a band of willow-wisps, you know.  It’s like having a second job, without the income.

Foothills reservoir.  That's pronounced "vwah" at the end, ok?

Foothills reservoir. That’s pronounced “vwah” at the end, ok?

We got to see our pal Mo Valdez of Lastleaf Printing down in Pueblo!  Always such a pleasure to hang for even a little bit with this stellar human.

O'Death.  O'Lastleaf.

O’Death. O’Lastleaf.

Into a Denver of lions we go!

Cap Hill rooftop view.

Cap Hill rooftop view.

Traffic.  Not just a musical group.

Traffic. Not just a musical group.

Somewhere in there we found time to record a song with our friends The Haunted Windchimes!

Layin' track, bud!

Layin’ track, bud!  “Wyoming” recording at Sugar Sounds Studio in Colorado Springs.

The sting of Chooch's belt.  On our souls.

The sting of Chooch’s belt. On our souls.

Later, back in Puebs, we got to spend quality time with Inaiah and Desi from the ‘Chimes.



OK.  Eastern Colorado, that sure was fun!  How about we wait for the blizzard to hit, and head over two massive mountain passes while the storm is in full swing?  That sound good?

Visability is infinite today!

Visability is infinite today!  La Veta pass, southern Colorado.

Five hours of 30mph driving through this.  We got over Wolf Creek Pass to the western slope and were greeted by far more favorable conditions…

Was it ever even snowing? Wolf Creek Pass.

Was it ever even snowing? Wolf Creek Pass.

And on to Durango to wrestle with the kids!

Wrastlin' with Ella & Nils

Wrastlin’ with Ella & Nils

In the blink of an eye, we were already leaving Durango, gone, and in Arches National Park.

Breath of fresh air.

Breath of fresh air.

But more on the return trip in the next post!