Hi, everyone. This has been a crazy busy, and mostly wonderful time for Kathy and me.
- Over the Memorial Day weekend we went to Oshkosh to celebrate the marriage of Justin Behnke to Samantha Kosmer. Justin is step-son to…
When most people think about returning from a trip, a 2-3 hour flight or a 6 hour drive comes to mind. For a full-time RVer the mindset is quite different. Gone are the days of loading the family into the motor home and driving 24 hours straight through to Florida for a week on the beach or visits to the home of our favorite M-O-U-S-E. As retirees, when we leave Palm Springs to head for home, it will take close to a month to get there. Our first stop on the way back is Lake Havasu City, AZ for four days, then two weeks in Mesa, AZ, followed by a couple of days in the Ft. Worth, Texas area. Our last stop before Wisconsin will be 4-5 days in Kirksville, MO. As we travel, we seldom drive more than 300 miles in a day, so there are a number of one-night stays along the way home as well.
With the RV, the longer the stay, the more stuff we set up. For every stop along the way four things are done: hook up to electric, (RVers call this shore power) level the unit, pop out the slides, and set up the satellite dish. For longer stays we would hook up our water and sewer lines, put out stabilizer jacks, set up lawn chairs, hang pictures of family, get out guitars to rehearse, and set up our mini recording studio.
On the way to Havasu we saw a couple of burros on the side of the road. Next time we go through that area we'll have carrots along in case any strangers poke their head in the truck window.
Our short stay in Lake Havasu City was too short. Next year we are hoping to stay a little longer. A special hello to Pastor Jon Maki and the congregation at Havasu Alliance Church. We so enjoyed our time with you. Another special hello goes out to the Browns, Bob and Dawn, for inviting us to see their beautiful winter home in Havasu Heights. During the summer, they attend the same church in Wisconsin as us.
A trip to Lake Havasu City wouldn't be complete without a visit to the London Bridge, and a tour on the Lake. We went on a 4 hour tour in a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) with Rubba Duck Safari. Our tour guide, Pablo, was informative and funny. He had a microphone that broadcast to to the radios in our boats, so we could hear everything. If You ever get to Lake Havasu City, check out the Rubba Duck Safari. Keeping with the spirit of the London Bridge, we ended the day with a tasty meal of fish and chips.
I've put some more Lake Havasu City pics at the bottom of this article. You may have to hit "Read More" to get to all the pictures.
We are taking our time re-mixing our first CD. There's no sense of urgency, like with a new CD. It's more a labor of love. We have gone through and recorded extra harmony vocals where we thought they would add to a song. We have also pitch corrected some vocals, and completely re-recorded vocals we thought were beyond saving. All of the instruments are being re-worked as well. I could safely say that we are mixing, but it might be more accurate to say we are fixing.
I'm going to get a little techy here for a minute, and talk about things we know now, but were clueless about when we recorded our first CD.
That leads us in to our download for this week. We did a cover of a song called The Faithful One. It was a song from our first CD that we were sort of disappointed with. At the time, we were advised by people who knew more about recording than us, that listeners would not notice an occasional flat note--but we did. We loved performing that song, and have not had the heart to sing it since shortly after we released the CD. I'm putting them up side by side--the old from 2009 and the re-mix. Once again, this is not a finished re-mix. We are waiting until we get home to our acoustically treated studio and larger speakers before finalizing the mix and then mastering is.
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Well, we went all touristy before we left
the Palm Springs area and took a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. www.pstramway.com A ride with breathtaking views that travels 2.5 miles and climbs 6000 feet in 10 minutes. Elevation at the…