Quebec Tour: Day One

Greetings from Jonquière, Québec. It’s day one of the tour, and so far, so good.The past few days have been a little rough. Some problems with the charter flight, a couple of last-minute replacement musicians, and an unfortunate scheduling problem that has yet to be resolved. Despite months of planning, there are always things that happen on the eve of a tour that can really ratchet up the stress level.We flew on a charter flight this afternoon from Ottawa to the Saguenay. If you’ve never chartered a plane before, I highly recommend it. You show up at a fancy private terminal, board directly from the buses, you never have to touch your luggage, no photo ID, security checks, nothing. It saves a lot of time and aggravation, especially when the group is traveling with a lot of carry-on instruments.Aidan and Kieran came out to watch me fly off. I think they really enjoyed the experience. We watched a military plane take off, and I think they got a kick out of seeing Daddy’s 737 taxi up to the building. As always, it was hard to say goodbye to Bronwen and the boys. Luckily it’s a short tour and I’ll be home before they forget what I look like.After getting all the musicians checked in to the lovely Holiday Inn Saguenay, I headed over to a party that one of the musicians was hosting at her parent’s home (conveniently located just around the corner). We each had a huge plate of tourtiere and meat pies, with wild blueberry pie for dessert. Some of the guys hung out in the basement watching the Leafs and Canadiens do battle. It was a cool way to spend my first night in Quebec.If you want to follow the tour, just visit www.nacotour.ca for photos, blogs, podcasts and more.

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