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A month and a half later.... still touring and going strong!

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Writing you from beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico! I've got about 2 weeks left of tour and a few days off here to explore the awe-inspiring landscape of the southwest. 

Let's see... what's happened since the last big update? Well, quite a bit. I had just met up with Dan (Free Rain author) and we were still hanging out in Seattle at my last posting. After that we had 4 stops in Oregon where I got a new drawing satchel from Black Star Bags (pretty big deal for me); spent 3 weeks in California driving all up and down coastal highways, mountain passes, and boardwalk breezeways; cruised the sunset strip in an 80s camaro; camped out on the Big Sur beach and watched shooting stars; had my first visit ever to Las Vegas; visited Meow Wolf; Dan flew back to Seattle from Albuquerque; and today I woke up in Balloon Fiesta Park to see hot air balloons floating across the morning horizon. Blessed? Yes!

Here's the journey in pictures that shows the details. Enjoy!

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Cross country trek (the first 3 weeks of tour)

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So we're three weeks into our 10 week tour. Things have been so good and we are running strong! We kicked off with two days at the Decatur Book Festival. Then had two gigs in Nashville where I got to catch up with friends that I haven't seen in at least 15 years. From there hopped over to Southern Illinois where I performed for 400 students! Caught up with friends in Kansas City. Hit the Kansas Book Festival, then headed to my hometown of Hutchinson, KS. Lucky for me the Kansas State Fair was happening so I got to indulge in some fun memories from my childhood. Then hopped the western border over to Colorado for three gigs and time catching up with friends. Saw my first snow for the trip, rode an old coal train, and spent lots of time exploring the mountains. Leaving Colorado I camped on the canyon's edge for a night. Woke up and drove through the lands where dinosaurs once roamed in Utah. Made my way up to the Grand Tetons where I hiked around Jenny Lake. Cruised on up to Yellowstone where I fell in love with all the bubbling geysers, so much so that I didn't make it to campsite until really late. Woke up in Montana and had a great visit with 140 first graders. Said goodbye to Montana and drove all day to get to Seattle where we've teamed up with Dan, the writer of Free Rain. We only have one gig here, so it's allowed me some time to rest a bit and catch up on some "office" work. 

 
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See you soon...

I'll touch base again after I wrap up with the next couple weeks in Oregon and California. Thanks for following my time on the road!

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Free Rain Tour 2017

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The chickens, worms, and I will be loading up the van and heading out this friday! Hopefully we'll be coming through your town and see you on the road. We're still filling in a few dates along the way, so check back in as we update the map. 

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Free Rain review from The Caterpillar Corner

"Free Rain is an impactful story with a powerful message. I love that Daniel Wentzel and Jose Lucio want to engage kids in a dialogue about the treatment of animals and where food comes from, whether that’s the chickens themselves or their eggs." 

To check out the rest of the review please click on the caterpillar below. Enjoy!

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South Magazine article: The Chickens are coming!!!

What an honor to have South Magazine do an article on me and my children's books! It's just now hitting the stands, so pick up your copy today! This one is the Arts and Celebrations issue, so I get to hang out in the magazine with a lot of my favorite Savannah folks like Clinton Edminster, Britt Spencer, Liz Winnel, and more! Click on the cover below to read the piece.

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Savannah Children's Book Festival extras

It's been a couple weeks ago now, but the Savannah Children's Book Festival was an incredible event! Here are some photos and videos from the event that might not be out there yet. A lot of the photos are from school visits leading up to the event. 

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