Aloha and I hope you have had a chance to relax this August before the hustle and bustle of the Fall season begins! I recently traveled to Kansas City and Springfield, MO and Seattle, WA and wanted to share some moments from my trip.

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A man in the Salt Lake City Airport talking on his cell phone in a pay phone booth! LOL!
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Why can’t we all just get along?
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I love the expanse of the Midwest! You can see for miles. Growing up there I took it for granted and thought it was boring but now it’s awe inspiring.
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Love the country!
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Made some friends on a walk!
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I think this pretty much sums up the meaning of life.
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If only I was a girl…
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Driving my new boat up to the check stand at Bass Pro Shops 🙂
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OMG! Breathtaking!
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Land anyone? Hmmm how much would that cost in Hawaii???
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Looks good enough to eat! They have a machine that makes bales of hay like this for the livestock during the winter months.
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World famous BBQ! Went there before the Kansas City Royals baseball game!
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Royals Stadium just like I remembered it as a kid!
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Learning to play Croquet in Seattle! Look there’s the sun!
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The most amazing drum shop in the Seattle area for sure. It’s a must for every drummer for every visit!
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So many cymbals and so little time!
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One of the great Elvin Jones, drumsets! OMG!!!!
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Hangin’ with my dear friends Eduardo Ana Paula Mendonça. Eduardo’s one of my Brazilian music mentors and an incredible guitarist and singer living in the Seattle area.
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I got to play a gig with Eduardo like old times with his fantastic Brazilian band Show Brazil! I played, recorded and toured with Show Brazil for several years before moving to Hawaii in 2000.
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Jeff “Bongo” Busch! He’s actually an incredible percussionist/drummer and we played together in Show Brazil! Got to sit in at his gig and watch him shred on them drums. Such a ham!
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Home of the world’s most incredible Gyros in the heart of Northeast Seattle!
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Abdul (center) and the gang at Aladdin.
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The night I came home we went out for sushi. Just couldn’t find good sushi on the Mainland and one of the many reasons I am so happy to come home!