Every venue is different. Some have big stages, some have small stages, and some are a big open area with no stage at all. We travel with our own curtain and backdrop system so our backstage always feels like home. We have everything back there to get set for all aspects of the show.
Eli, of course, has better arrangements than the rest of us:
The crowd for this show was awesome. They packed the place with folks from multiple surrounding counties:
Every time we hit the road to bring the show across the nation, I love to look at the final numbers. Faith is our statistician- she keeps a notebook with records of starting and ending mileage, where we ate each day, where we stayed, and tons of other info.
For this trip we logged a total of 11,216 miles over 54 days, traveling to 31 states! For most states, we were only there for one show- but this time we did multiples in Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida.
We ate at a total of 19 McDonald's, 5 Burger Kings, 8 Taco Bells, 7 Pizza Huts, 7 Subways, as well as 38 additional restaurants (most more than once).
Hotels- there were 16 different hotel chains where we spent our nights. Most were awesome but there were those few where you get settled in for the night and then you discover the french fries that someone spilled behind the bed last month. Usually, though, by the time we arrive at a hotel, we're ready to get some rest- so those things aren't as big a deal as they might be otherwise.
We made sure to allow time to see the sights along the way! This time we got to see the Rocky mountains, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone national park, Craters of the Moon national park, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Shoshone Falls, a baseball game in Milwaukee, an amazing reptile zoo, Appomattox in Virginia, and so much more! We visited every imaginable landscape, from the mountains of Colorado, to the giant hills of South Dakota, to the deserts of Utah, to the beaches of Florida, and the list goes on and on.
I really hope the kids know how amazing this is, that we've been so blessed to have this opportunity to see every part of our country over and over. We have friends in literally every state. The kids are always asking when we're returning to different areas so they can see the friends they've made!
So, last night we stayed in southern Kentucky. This morning, at an exit off of I-75, we met up with the youth group from our Cincinnati church and dropped off Faith, Clay and Silas:
So, as I've said so many times before, this truly is a beautiful country we live in! I would highly encourage everyone to travel and see the amazing sights out there. Just find a way- because a short time later, the expenses will have been worked out and forgotten- but the memories will last forever. My children are growing entirely too fast, so I want to spend every moment I can with them. We really are blessed that we get to spend this time together!
To those in Cincinnati- we'll be performing there in the coming weeks and months, so make sure to come say hi at a show soon. To our friends across the country- we'll be in your neck of the woods within the next year! We're booking the fall tour right now so keep an eye on the tour dates section of this site.
Thanks again America for a fun filled summer tour!