Day 11: Turning East

Good evening all you adventurer followers! Today we made our turn to the east for the first time in 11 days.

The boys woke early this morning to load the bus, enjoy some breakfast and head to the wonderful traffic of Los Angeles. First, we had to tell our fearless navigator, Camden, farewell, as he flies home for work. He will see us again at the homecoming concert. Charlie says he already misses him!

We departed the hotel near San Diego for the smog and heavy traffic of Los Angeles. Charlie did an outstanding job of dashing and braking and dodging and slowing as the crazy drivers around him wove their way through the lanes to get one car ahead in the thick traffic. We arrived at our destination a bit early so the boys balanced their spending money, updated their journals and wrote letters.

At last the time for our tour of Warner Brothers Studios was upon us. We watched a short film on the history of WB and then boarded three different limo style golf carts to tour around vast property housing facades of buildings from ER to Batman to Fuller House (which was filming while we were there and some of the boys saw the dog from the show).  There were tons of studios and much, much more. Here are some of our photos…

Following our journey through the campus of Warner Brothers Studios we headed toward Ontario, CA for lunch/dinner. To my fault, the timing with traffic and the tour threw us off our normal schedule so we missed out on lunch and took an early dinner at the Golden Corral. I don’t think they left anything behind. Here’s what took place during code green today (code green means they can do pretty much anything they want)…

 

 

We finally made it to the hotel and spent a little time letting the food settle before hitting the pool.

Once again, at the end of the night, the boys got their mail, we had some cupcakes to finally celebrate Henry’s Birthday (formally), and now the your little cherubs are sleeping.

We have a late start tomorrow since we only have to drive 240 miles. That’s a really short drive for this year’s tour. Las Vegas is our next stop. The boys seem to be excited to see Blue Man Group. Should be a great day and evening tomorrow.

Lastly, here is the latest episode of Jake and Sam’s Vlog.

Don’t forget…our Homecoming Concert is just one week away!!! June 28 at 7:30 p.m. hosted at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Maple Grove.

 

To be continued…

 

Day 10: The World Famous San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Beach

Good evening all those who have been following our journey to the west coast!

Today was a busy day. We started off with a great breakfast here at the Best Western in Miramar. The boys lined up to make their own waffles, eat scrambled eggs, toast, cereal, pastries and more. The eating area is rather small so the boys carried their things back to their rooms.

After breakfast we headed for the world famous San Diego Zoo. Charlie delivered the boys right to the front and dropped us all off. He ended up parking the bus clear in the back of the parking lot. The boys don’t know how good they’ve got it having Charlie as their bus driver. He’s makes a lot of sacrifices for them. Not only time away from his business, but time sitting on a hot bus waiting for them to finish their adventure for the day. This day, however, Charlie was able to come into the zoo with us. That is always a treat.

We split the boys into five groups and off we went in separate directions. The San Diego Zoo is massive! There are so many things, plants, animals, etc. to see. Some of the groups chose to hop on the Guided Tour Bus right away to get a flavor for the zoo and then determine what route they wanted to take the rest of the time. The boys spent time seeing the  insects, reptiles, elephants, birds of all types, lions, koalas, tigers, bears, jaguars, hippos, rhinos, etc. Several of the groups took the tram ride from one end of the park to the other. From high above the zoo you can see all the happenings below as well as the beautiful San Diego skyline. It is definitely worth bringing your family to see. I hope to bring my family some day.

We spent about three hours exploring and discovering before departing for lunch. Today we ate at IHOP or IHOB or whatever they call it now (marketing nightmare is what I call it). Anyhoo, there was one waitress and one cook on duty when we arrived. I walked in first, as I typically do, to let them know we had a group of 31 and then explained how we work things on our end. She laughed, like she didn’t take me seriously. Then she said, “noooooo” with a laugh and a smile. The boys entered the restaurant quietly and took their seats. Then began the menu distribution and ordering of beverages. There were lots of ‘please’ and ‘thank yous’ handed out during our entire meal. The boys ate up breakfast meals, burgers, unlimited fries, pancakes and so much more.

As I was paying the bill, the waitress told me this was probably the most well-behaved group she has ever had in the restaurant. She told me about a youth basketball team that had come in the week before. Those boys were running all over, shooting straw wrappers at each other, being very loud and offering no ‘pleases’ or ‘thank yous’. In fact, one of the team members bumped into her and knocked an entire tray of food on out of her hands. I must admit, our boys are pretty extraordinary.

After lunch, we headed back to the hotel (it was pretty much across the street). There we changed into our swimming gear and headed over to La Jolla Beach! The day had been mostly sunny while we were at the zoo but became rather cloudy and cool as we landed on the fine sands of the beach. Those overcast skies are called June Gloom here in San Diego. It happens in the mornings and in the early evening. The temp was right around 64 deg. as we hit the water. Many of you joined us on Facebook as we streamed from the beach. You saw how we run things at the ocean and saw how cold it might have looked. It really was that cold. The water temp was right around 67 degrees. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!

After drying off a bit and spraying the sand off our feet we boarded the bus to return to the hotel. We ordered in pizza and the boys are now in bed. We have an early morning tomorrow needing to be on the road by 7:30 a.m. as we journey through Los Angeles traffic to get to Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

Have a lovely night! We’ll chat again tomorrow.

To be continued…

Day 9: Difference in Temp

Good evening all you who music and boys love! Today was a great day of sight-seeing, eating, driving, sleeping and performing. We hope many of you were able to join us for the live stream of a portion of tonight’s concert. The boys did a fine job and receive many, many compliments. More on that in a moment.

The morning started with a cool swim in the pool at Palm Canyon Resort. Remember, the front manager allowed us a late checkout. The boys gathered around 9:00 a.m. after enjoying some cereal in their rooms. The water was cool and refreshing and quite a treat for the boys. They splished and splashed and zoomed down the water slide (it had closed down last night before we hit the pool).

Following the pool we changed into our travel uniform and loaded the bus. We were delayed slightly as I had roped Charlie and Joseph into attending a time-share meeting. Hey! Don’t laugh! They scored two 7-night stays at any Diamond Resort and $250.00 for the choir. That’s almost 1 tank of fuel! Once they joined us we were off to the Palm Springs Aerial Tram.

When we arrived, the temp was approximately 97 deg. When we ascended this picturesque tram ride the temp was 62 deg. at the top of the ride. It felt very refreshing. Once we got to the top, the boys dined at the Pines Cafe where they had salad, two vegetable sides (mixed veggies, mashed potatoes, roasted fingerlings or corn on the cob) and a main entree (vegetarian lasagna, BBQ ribs, or baked chicken). It was delicious.

We then ventured out to view the scenery. The view was magnificent. We know some of you were able to see us live for a moment or two. The boys love it when they have viewers interacting with them, so thank you for tuning in. I have pictures of the Tram Ride, but I left the camera on the bus. I will try to include them tomorrow.

Following the tram ride down we boarded the bus and continued west toward L.A. and then south to San Diego. As we were driving the temps continued to climb. Then, uh-oh, the A/C stopped working. You know it! I tell ya we need to stop coming to California. Luckily, the boys were sleeping and didn’t really notice. The further south we went the cooler it got and then the A/C started working a little. The temps began to dip into the low 70’s so by the time the boys awoke it was fairly cool. More on this in a bit…

We checked into our hotel, headed to Carl’s Jr., its right next door, changed into our concert uniforms at the hotel and then headed to Torrey Pines Church in La Jolla. Although the audience in the church was small, our viewership online was a nice size and both were very appreciative. While we were performing, Charlie was talking with alum dad Alan Carlisle, who helped Charlie with the A/C issue. As of now, all is back to working. Thank you, Alan! It’s so great to have folks like you willing to help the Choirboys out!

I spent a little time this evening interviewing a few more boys. I hope you enjoy their responses to the question of the day: If you could open a store, what would you sell?

And, lastly, here is the most recent episode of the Jake and Sam’s Vlog. Enjoy!

 

To be continued…

Day 8: Driving, Desert and Darkness

Good evening all you wonderful Choirboy fans! This evening’s blog will be rather short for a couple of reasons. 1) We are having poor cell and wifi connections and are just trying to get something up for you all and 2) we pretty much spent the day on the bus.

We depart the great state of Utah and drove through Nevada, passing our hotel where we will stay during our night in Las Vegas. They boys even saw the Luxor with the large mural on the outside of Blue Man Group, the show we are seeing in a few days. We made a few stops along the way to get out and stretch and to make our lunch.

We arrived at Palm Canyon Resort around 5:30 p.m. PDT and checked into our rooms. The rooms are all two bedrooms with two bathrooms and a full kitchen. It is also a time-share resort. It’s rather nice! We ordered pizza from a local joint and gathered in one room to enjoy the pie! Just before the pizza arrived, we walked down to the lobby/registration area to sing for the staff.


The boys were a big hit and the Front Desk Manager asked if there was anything we needed. So, I asked if we could get a late check out since check out is at 10 and we don’t really need to leave until later. He said, “Sure thing. I will mark your rooms down for a later checkout.”

Following our dinner we headed to the pool to swim in darkness. The pool was open until 10:00 PDT so we let the boys stay in the water as long as possible. As I type, the boys are showering and getting ready for bed. They will get a good night’s rest as we head to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a tram ride and lunch at the top. We will then make our way to San Diego for a concert. A portion of this concert will be live streamed on Facebook. The Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. PDT (That’s 9:00 p.m. CDT).

Jake and Sam appreciate your suggestions for their blog and are trying to incorporate them as best as they can.

To be continued…

 

Day 7: Hoodoo and Horses

Good evening all you western settlers! We are so glad that you are joining us this evening to learn about what the choirboys have been up to. Today was another relaxing day and the boys all said it was a GREAT day. We started with a great continental breakfast here at the hotel. The boys enjoyed pastries, pancakes, fruit, English muffins, orange juice and a variety of cereals. After all had eaten their breakfasts we prepared to embark on our trip to Bryce Canyon.

Upon arriving at the Visitor Center, the Choirboys explored an exhibit area and took in an educational film about the creation of and story of how Bryce Canyon came to be. It’s a pretty amazing phenom as to how this great national park came to be. We then returned to the bus and Charlie dropped us off at Sunset Point.  Here we began our decent into the amphitheater.

We all hiked for about 50 minutes seeing some amazing formations along the way. This blogger highly recommends this national park if you are ever traveling this way. It is my favorite national park.

As the boys ascended the final few paths we could see the end was coming. Everyone made it down and back up the Navajo Trail. Charlie was there waiting for us and, once the bus was loaded, it was off to pick up some groceries to make sandwiches for lunch. We returned to the hotel for lunch and we split our group into two to head out toward the stable for our trail ride.

It seems as though everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time on the horses. Thank you to Above and Beyond Senior Services for their matching donation and to all who donated online. The trial ride was slow and steady but the choirboys were ready to go.

After both groups had completed their trail ride, we headed for dinner at Ruby’s Inn where everyone enjoyed a great buffet! Then, some shopping at the General Store. We made a hefty investment in Ruby’s General store and some boys were interviewed for the question of the day, “What is your favorite thing to do with your dad?”

We headed back to the hotel and many boys had some code green in their rooms. That is all, except for the Bus Crew! These boys, Aiden, Connor, Steven, Louis, Josiah and Jake headed to the bus to do some cleaning. They did a thorough job sweeping, taking out the trash and evening dumping the toilet and refilling it.

The boys all gathered in Camden and my hotel room where the Bus Crew handed out some advice for doing a better job of taking care of the bus, we talked about how tour was going and how we were getting along with our tour partners. On every tour it is fairly consistent that about a week in the boys start to get a little testy with their partners. We took some time to talk about how to work through our misunderstanding, differences and preferences so that we have a great rest of tour.

Finally, the boys cast their votes for Choirboys of the Year. We currently are narrowing down a field of six nominees: Braeden, Sam A., Luke, Tristan S., Anthony and Archie. Tomorrow, they will narrow the list down to three and then cast their final votes. The recipient of the Choirboy of the Year award will be revealed at the Homecoming Concert – June 28th at St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove.

The boys are now snug in their beds and looking forward to arriving in California tomorrow. We will enter Pacific Time so the blog will be posted yet a little later than normal. Thank you for all the comments and feedback from our fans.

I’ll leave you with Episode 6 of Jake and Sam’s Vlog…

To be continued…

Day 6: Travel Day

Good evening all you great fans! Today’s blog entry will be brief as we mostly just traveled on the bus today. The boys were awakened by the calming voice of our prefect where they were urged to ready themselves for breakfast. At 8:30 this morning the boys enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon and orange juice. By 10:30 we were on the road from Grand Junction, Colorado headed west toward Bryce Canyon, UT. Actually, our hotel is in Tropic, UT a small town about 10 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park.

During our travel we talked about what we would be doing in Bryce Canyon and horseback riding was brought up. We had talked about this during our tour planning months, but, due to budget constraints, we had to drop from our itinerary.

After some further discussion, I was able to contact a business owner to ask if they would be willing to make a matching gift of $1,000 so the boys could have the experience of riding the trail through Red Canyon, a trail used by Butch Cassidy! They agreed and we were off. We posted on Facebook earlier today and within a few hours we were moving toward our goal. We are so grateful to those of you who took time to make a donation.

Entering into Utah, we saw some beautiful sights. But most of the sights were on the bus…

We stopped for lunch at a McDonald’s and then made our way to Tropic, UT where we checked into our hotel. The boys had some time in their rooms until dinner. We ate dinner at Rustler’s Restaurant.

The boys just gathered together and we read some information about Butch Cassidy, handed out mail and are placing their votes for Choirboy of the Year. They are now headed for bed for tomorrow will bring hiking in Bryce Canyon, horse back riding in Red Canyon, and shopping at Ruby’s General Store.

Jake and Sam’s Vlog post for Day 6…

To be continued…

Day 5: Trigger, Bucko or Bucky?

Good evening all you super fans out there in the blog-o-sphere! The boys are all checked into their hotel rooms for the evening after a busy day of sight-seeing, traveling, eating and swimming. This morning the boys all gathered from their host homes around 8:00. We took some time to load the bag lunches, print off some “mail” and then board the bus. As we were ready to leave, our wonderful accompanist was busy talking to some friends of his parents so we decided to scare him a bit by starting to drive away. He hustled to the bus and his mom, Paulette, got quite a chuckle out of it. Off to Denver we went.

We arrived at Mile High Stadium around 10:30 a.m. and started our tour. We visited a special box seated area where we learned that to rent this space you had to pay for 5, 7 or 9 seasons at $300,000 per season and that didn’t include food. A single pizza costs $70!!! That had better be one very special pizza, if you ask me. We learned about the special turf that was placed on the field and about the Rocky Mountain Thunder, where the fans would stomp their feet to create a booming sound to distract or interfere with the opposing team. We, later in the tour, learned about the various signs posted all as ways to play psychological games with the opposing teams. Signs like – WARNING ALTITUDE SICKNESS or YOU ARE NOW 5,280 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL – these are all placed strategically so the opposing team is confronted with this around every corner they have to walk.

Our tour guide told us about the owners suite. We couldn’t see it, but apparently it is pretty amazing inside. We also saw things like: the press box, the broadcasters’ booth and finally made our way down to the field. We also learned about were the statue of the Bronco comes from. It is a replica of Trigger, Roy Rogers’ horse. However, they were not allowed to name it Trigger so the first called it Bucky and now call it Bucko. Apparently the fans are not thrilled!

Around 1:00 the boys invaded the gifts store. Interestingly, they didn’t have a Minnesota Vikings section nor a Chicago Bears Section…hmmm. The boys climbed on the bus after offering their financial support to the Denver Broncos and we were off for a drive through the Rockies. Today’s movie choice was, School of Rock, one of the tour favorites. We were able to see some amazing scenery as Charlie set the cruise through the mountains.

We landed in Grand Junction around 6:00 p.m. The boys made it to their rooms to drop of their luggage and then we headed to dinner at the Golden Corral. One of the tables, made up of Tristan S., Aiden, Sam A., Reece, Jake and Louis managed to drink one glass of pop for each of the choirboys. So, that’s 25 glasses of pop between the six of them. They are quite proud of this! The boys hit the desert bar and completed the evening meal with chocolate fondue with strawberries or marshmallows, ice cream, cake, cookies and so much more.

Back to the hotel we went were the prefects gave the boys some time to let their dinner settle before hitting the pool.

Is that a ghost in the last photo? No, that’s my exceptional photography skills! After some water time the boys retired to their rooms for the evening. Tomorrow we will get up and have breakfast together before heading to Bryce Canyon for two days.

Oh, Jake and Sam just air dropped me their latest episode…enjoy!

 

To be continued…

Day 4: Hiking, Camels and Chapels

It was a great morning! We got to sleep in until 7:00 a.m. They boys reassembled at Mountain View Methodist Church in Woodland, Colorado to begin their day. Some of our host dads met us and served as guides for our hike up into Pike National Forest. The hike was not too strenuous, but served as a great way to burn off some energy and some calories – uffda! The skies were slight hazy due to some forest fires here in Colorado. The boys were definitely noticing the thinner air. One boy even commented, “Where’s the air?” The boys were well-hydrated all day today and had a great adventure hiking their way into the forest and back.

As we were coming down from our hike we encounter a group of fellow hikers. They were asking the boys questions about who they were and what they were doing. The hikers request a song and, of course, we obliged.

 

Upon the completion of our decent, we boarded the bus and head back to the church for lunch.

Following lunch, we had a uniform check. This is when the boys bring in their garment bags to have them checked for the proper hanging of their concert uniform. The check did not take too long, so one is to assume they are doing a good job of caring for their concert uniforms. Once their uniform was checked they had free time. Some boys hit the playing field while others played some games on the bus.

We then boarded the trusty bus again and headed out to the Garden of the Gods. On our way, we stopped to fuel the bus – only 139 gallons this time! That gives us about 4.6 MPG coming across Kansas. If you’d like to contribute to the fuel fund…just kidding. But, seriously, during this stop I took some time to interview John, our last of the three first-year tour boys.

The Garden of the Gods is a beautiful place! And, thanks to alum, Chris Hess’ trivia, we now know there are 336 parking spaces. Stewart lead the boys on a short hike where they saw some amazing natural structures, including the kissing camels. We really confused Thomas with this one. After he realized the kissing camels were a rock formation he told us, “you need to clarify that these are rock camels and not real camels. I’ve been looking for real camels!”

After a brief visit we, once again, boarded the bus to head to the United States Air Force Academy. The short, 30-minute drive, brought us to the North Gate and then to the Barry Goldwater Visitors Center. The boys went directly to the store to spend some money. After hat pins, coffee mugs, hats and more, we walked the paved trail to the glorious Cadet Chapel. This chapel is the most visited man-made tourist attraction in Colorado and you can see why…

Choirs are not allowed to sing in the Cadet Chapel, but we could only imagine how wonderful it must sound.

With growling tummies, we boarded the bus and headed to our first restaurant of tour – Cracker Barrel. This has become one of the favorite places to eat for our choirboys. They especially like to get Stewart’s Root Beer! We like taking the boys there because there seem to be more healthy food options for them.

With full tummies, now, we headed back to the church in Woodland Park to…one second…just got and email…”Your choir performed at our church last night, and it was incredible! You all can be so proud of what you are doing! Hope the boys had a good time relaxing and having fun today. Sure hope you make a return trip to Woodland Park in the future.” WOW! Thank you for that email, Rusty! Folks, we hear this so much when we are on tour. All of our parents should be very proud of what their sons are doing! These are some pretty EXTRAORDINARY boys!

We arrived back to meet our host families around 7:30. The boys are now “home” and spending time with their hosts. Tristan and Louis were the last to leave. A deer was grazing in the field so they found an apple and tried to get the deer to eat it. It was pretty cool to watch as the deer are so tame here.

That’s all for tonight. Doesn’t look like there is an episode of Jake and Sam’s Vlog. Oh, wait, what’s this in my messages…Episode 3 just came in. Hold on folks, this is riveting vlogging…

To be continued…

Day 3: We Aren’t in Kansas City Anymore

Today, we find our super singers rising early, early in the morning. Many of the boys were treated to breakfast at McDonald’s (I mean who even cooks this early in the morning) and arrived at the KCBC Headquarters ready to load the bus and go back to sleep. Actually, the boy were really awake this morning. They were very gracious to their hosts for all they did for them. One group of boys helped take out the trash at their host’s home. Way to lend a hand, gentlemen!

Mr. Robinson and the KCBC Family welcomed us with open arms and treated the boys like kings. There are many similarities between our organizations and we hope they can be our guests soon!

After loading the lunches, lots of chips, juice boxes, slim jims and more, we hit the road ahead of schedule. We did have to make a stop to get the staff some breakfast and COFFEE! Finally, we hit the road and set the cruise control to surf upon the amber waves of grain across Kansas.

We hit a rest stop for a quick break, but were back on the road in not time. The boys got to choose a movie to watch. Their choices were: Nacho Libre, How to Train Your Dragon, Nacho Libre, Happy Feet, Percy Jackson, or Nacho Libre. To much relief, they did not choose Nacho Libre (one of Stewart’s faves). They choose Percy Jackson! For the next hour and a half the bus was calm with a  quiet murmur as they enjoyed the entertainment.

 

We stopped for lunch at another rest stop and enjoyed the goodies from the KCBC. It was a bit windy so there was some dashing and diving to save their wrappers and things from blowing away. They boys are doing an outstanding job of remember napkins on their laps, by the way. They are making Tristan, Camden and Stewart proud!

 

Back on the bus we went and down for rest period. For those of you who don’t know, the boys have a rest period every day on tour so they can be well-rested when we arrive at a destination. They are able to listen to their music through their headphones, but their eyes are to be closed. That certainly wasn’t an issue today. After about two hours we woke the boys for another rest stop and were now just short 35 miles to Woodland Park. We could see the mountains in the distance.

 

We arrived early for our stop at Mountain View Methodist Church in Woodland, Colorado. Charlie kept the bus cruising down the interstate to get us to the church on time. Tristan S. and Luke met our contact and learned all what needed to be done to prepare for our concert. The Head Chorister and Assistant Head Chorister always go into the venue with me to find out if we need risers, a keyboard, where the dressing room and bathrooms are and other important information they need to convey to the other choirboys. They then return to the bus and instruct the choirboys on what they need to do. Then, things move into action!

 

We had a little time before dinner to work on a few logistics and some spots in our music that need some attention. After that, we were off to the social hall for sloppy joes, french fries, vegetables and lemonade. With full tummies, we return to the church for some additional rehearsal before we changed for the concert.

 

Our audience was very receptive. After singing Psalm 8, one of our favorites, you could hear the gasps from the audience. After the final chord, they erupted into applause! We continued on with the program as the audience continued to be awe-struck by the sounds of the choir. The was one young gentlemen in the audience. We chatted a-bit and then he was invited to director the choir for one of their songs. Alec did a wonderful job!

One audience member approached me and said she was so impressed at how focused the boys are when they are performing. Others were very impressed the LOLCB teaches more than just music. We had several relatives present this evening so it was nice to see the boys connect with people from their families.

Following the concert, the boys were treated to ice cream and cookies. They were then introduced to their host families and off they went. Tomorrow we have a day of hiking and sight-seeing. Here’s hoping they get some rest tonight so we can enjoy our time together tomorrow.

We are very thankful to those of you who are commented on here for the boys. They appreciate your support and knowing they have a fan club following their blog. Keep spreading the word!

 

For you fans of the Jake and Sam Vlog series. Here is the newest episode. Riveting, I tell you!

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Day 2: Mr. KCBC

Good evening, all you avid followers of the LOLCB! We are so happy you are following our journey during these next several days. The boys love hearing your comments and finding out how many shares and views they are getting!

Today was a GREAT day! The drive was a pretty typical one for our travelers and who doesn’t love having ice cream for breakfast? Unfortunately, all the preparation our head chorister, Tristan, was doing to inhale the great Goliath at the Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor was for naught. The worker at the parlor said they had to discontinue it because too many people were getting sick. WHAT???? So, the boys each inhaled their ice cream and cones (some even wore a bit on their face and nose), we did a little shopping and were back on the bus to travel toward Kansas City.

Archie S. was our Officer of the Day. This honorary officer position gives boys the chance to set the tone for the day. Archie offered a weather report, gave us the word(s) of the day: Code Red, and some words of wisdom, “don’t talk so much so we don’t have code red.” He then selected the song of the day, “Generations” by The Who.

Luke offered the Joke of the Day – What do you call an alligator with GPS? A Navi-gator. In addition to this wonderful moment each day, alum, Chris Hess, sends the boys a voice message where he asks a trivia question. The boys then get a chance to guess the answer. It was something Chris had been doing when he was a choirboy. It’s great to have an alum staying so connected to tour. Other alums are welcome to send any kind of note to the boys. You can email us at mail@lolcb.org.

After more code green we continued our journey crossing into the State of Missouri. We arrived at the Kansas City Boys’ Choir headquarters and met their director Mr. Ah’lee Robinson. The KCBC has really extended some wonderful hospitality. We are very gracious for their work in preparing for the boys to arrive. We spent some time hanging out, watching some YouTube videos of the KCBC and some of our own YouTube videos. Speaking of YouTube videos, here is Jake and Sam’s Vlog post for today…

Dinner was KC BBQ, baked beans, cake and cookies. We then headed to Unity Temple Church to prepare for our concert. Tonight we shared the stage with the wonderful boys of the Kansas City Boys’ Choir.

Following the concert we shared with each other different things about our programs – the similarity and the difference. We are hoping some day soon the KCBC will come visit us in Minnesota. The KCBC are amazing and are very good ambassadors for their program and their community. The LOLCB is proud to share in this friendship.

 

Lastly, here is our interview with Eddie, another first year tour choirboy.


Tomorrow the boys are up and to the bus by 6:00 a.m. We have a very long drive from KC to Woodland Park, CO (who plans these things). This blogger needs to get to bed so he can get up and be ready in a few hours.

 

We’d love to hear from you! Post a reply, a note to the boys or post on our Facebook Page.

 

To be continued…