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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #16.6: MONTANA FOR A HAT

THIS MAP CANNOT EXPRESS the SPLENDOR

Heading to Red Lodge to replace a hat.

Purple or red depending on who's looking.

It was supposed to be gray but when purchased the hat was inside out.

It's been that way ever since.

I don't remember which shop I got it in but here's hoping there will be recognition.

More soon...
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #16.5: LOST HORSE in SANDPOINT, IDAHO

POETRY POETRY POETRY

It is said (in my Atlas) that Sandpoint, Idaho is the prettiest town in America. If it's not #1, it's right up there. The train across the lake, just as Marilyn Robinson says.
ANYWAY, I had fun there thanks to my pal Christine Holbert of LOST HORSE PRESS -- who I met while teaching at U of Montana Western a few years back -- who is a literary bad-ass -- who is responsible or at least has her hands in all things cultural in Sandpoint, as well as many others literary fancy things in Idaho proper, as well as over in Spokane and Montana -- for inviting me to the Sandpoint Library to read with the fantastic poet and lake swimmer DEVIN BECKER winner of BOA's A. Poulin Jr Poetry Prize -- who drove up from Moscow -- and for summoning such a robust and interesting crowd despite the fact that all the bars  Read More 
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #16.4: A GOOD CAMPGROUND IS HARD TO FIND

ok getting tired now

Out of Seattle: Stampede Pass / Soap Lake / Ritzville

A little parade of black cows -- nose to tail, nose to tail

A billboard: "Wouldn't you be happier if your car was clean?"

Rathdam / Spirit Lake

Farrugut Campground: FULL / Round Lake Campground: FULL

The Ranger said, "Where you from?"

"How long you been driving? You tired?" Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #16.2: PIRATES

Shipwrecked / Decatur Island, Wa.

On the Beach: whole cedars drowned and bleached.

Other sundry driftwood.

A single sandal, men's size 12..

A 20-foot whip of seaweed with a bulb as a float.

Patches of pebbles washed away leaving only sand.

A portly man who wanted a tour.

Forts made with driftwood.

Wind battered houses.

Another island. Another island. Another island.

A pirate ship. A skull and crossbones. A small cannon. A poop deck. A prow.

A "Play at your own risk" sign.


Has book tour has gotten lazy? Soft?

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Next stop: Sandpoint Idaho Library with LOST HORSE PRESS on July 29th at 7 pm.

See you soon Christine at Lost Horse. There are a whispers that DEVIN BECKER winner of the A. Poulin Jr Poetry Prize-- might be joining me there as a surprise reader.  Read More 
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NEWS FLASH: REPTILE HOUSE KICKS HARPER LEE'S BUTT.

BEST BOOK STORE IN THE LAST FRONTIER

Reptile House is the week's #1 BEST SELLER in PALMER ALASKA.

Alaska has good taste.

The stack of books was huge.

Harper Lee has had more then her share already anyway.

I told Palmer to READ IT SLOW...

I took a lot a care with those lines.

See THE TOP 10 LIST here.

Thank you FIRESIDE BOOKS, David Cheezem, and readers of the Mat-Su.

xo Alaska... Read More 
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #16: SOUTHWARD

IT'S A BIG WORLD


Here we go again... heading SOUTH...

Goodbye, Alaska for now!

Next stop. Sandpoint Idaho Library with LOST HORSE PRESS on July 29th at 7 pm.

See you soon Christine at Lost Horse. There are a whispers that DEVIN BECKER winner of the A. Poulin Jr Poetry Prize-- might be joining me there as a surprise reader.  Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #16.1: DETOUR #1 --DECATUR ISLAND, WA.

DECATUR ISLAND IS JUST NORTH OF LOPEZ--

Google Maps says one cannot get to Decatur Island, but that is not true:

1. No shops.

2. No restaurants.

3. No gas stations.

4. Several boats.

5. Docks. Seagulls.

6. Trees.

7. 50 residents.

8. One deer eating grass.

9. Nice moon.

10. At least one hot tub.
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Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #15.9.5: READ ALASKA

I don't know how I will ever have a book bash as great as the one I just had in my old stomping grounds in Sutton and Palmer, Alaska -- kind of overwhelmingly wonderful.

Thanks all of you for coming out at the new SUTTON LIBRARY, at Turkey Red last night for an awesome dinner, and at FIRESIDE BOOKS today for book signing that pretty much wiped out Fireside's originally HUGE pile of books. Thank for sharing my party for Reptile House.

THANK YOU Nancy Bertels at the Sutton Library for inviting me.

THANK YOU Mike Dunham of the Alaska Dispatch News for the fantastic article.

THANK YOU especially and most to David Cheezem at Fireside for having faith we could pull this off. And we did.  Read More 
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SINDWINDER BLOG POST #15.9: CHICK RESCUE -- PALMER, ALASKA

RESCUED CHICKS -- PALMER ALASKA

Palmer was just the same as always

Though the mountains were taller now, 1000 feet taller at least. 3000.

New England has had this effect.

On the Glenn Highway, you never getting anywhere.

The mountains make your miles inches.

You try transit anyway.

Construction -- the same as always -- mud, dust.

Wait for the Pilot Car, turn off the engine, wait. Read More 
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REPTILE HOUSE MAKES FRONT PAGE OF ALASKA CULTURE


This is a really nice article from the Alaska Dispatch News.

Thanks much to Mike Dunham for being interesting and making me sound so good.

I am really excited (a little teary already) about reading in Sutton and Palmer tomorrow:

July 24, 2015. Reading at the SUTTON LIBRARY 5:00pm then Dinner AT TURKEY RED FIRESIDE BOOKS in Palmer at 6:30 pm.

July 25, Book signing FIRESIDE BOOKS, Palmer at 11 am.  Read More 
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