05|16|09   US Tour: Nebraska to Washington (April 12th-15, Day 10-13)

After playing in Columbus, Nebraska, Evan and I had a few days to press all the way to the West Coast. It was going to be a ferocious drive, for sure, but we had kept just enough time aside to take in the famous Yellowstone National Park. A pity, then, that once we got within a few hundred miles, that we found out that almost all of the park was still closed, due to snow. Of the many entrances to the park, only one was open, and after talking to a few locals, we decided it wasn’t going to be worth going at all. Aside from the fact that only a small portion of Yellowstone was open at all, the weather was so rainy and foggy, that we wouldn’t have been able to see much of anything, even had we tried.

Instead, I remembered a conversation I had with a barber back in Indiana, who strongly urged us to visit Montana’s other famous park, called Glacier National Park. Of course, that park, too, was mostly shut, but we researched the local weather conditions ahead of time, and given it was supposed to be rather sunny up there, we opted to give it a go and take a bit of a detour up north. It took Evan and I two full days to get from Columbus, Nebraska to Montana’s Glacier National Park, but it was a stunningly scenic drive that lead us through some of the most isolated and desolate parts of the western United States, so it was well worth it.

Glacier National Park, itself, was gorgeous. We didn’t get to see much of it, but what we did see was worth the effort. We saw deer close up, a wonderful lake, a dead forest, and we watched the sun set in pink and golden hues upon snow-capped mountain tops. See our dedicated flickr set for Glacier National Park here.

After visiting the park, Evan and I couch-surfed with a really cool woman, who was house-sitting a luxurious forest mansion. Right on! After catching a good night’s sleep, I got in touch with Colleen from Polka Dot Dot Dot, who not only invited Evan and I to stay with her for 4-5 nights, but had also promptly booked us in to play a house show that very night. No rest for the wicked, then.

Evan and I drove all the way from northern Montana, through Idaho, into Washington, and down to Olympia to play the same night at a house venue called the Finger Complex. The show was quite fun, and would usher in a lovely period of five days, during which we played a second show, visited Seattle (see our Seattle Flickr set), and hung out and rested up in Washington’s capital of Olympia.

Yay! Check out the new Enright House Shop I just finished making! Even if you’re not the type of person who buys music anymore, do take a look at how pretty and shiny it is! :)

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