|Beautiful Reelfoot Lake|
|The Gloryland Five with Nerd Don on piano - age 12|
In my early 20s, I became the pianist for Impact Records gospel artists, Doug Oldham and Jack Price and worked in music evangelism. These opportunities gave me the chance to travel from Halifax N.S. to San Diego, California and many places in between.
During these years, my traveling/sleeping modes varied from cars and hotels to a customized Silver Eagle Coach, a Twilight Bungalow fifth-wheel, vans and hotels. motorhomes and travel trailers.
At one point in my mid-20s, I bought myself an Aljo 23' travel trailer. But I hardly used it and sold it a few years later. Fortunately, I still have one photo of it
In 1982, I moved to Texas and became the featured pianist at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel in Dallas from 1983 to 1993. At first there was not much traveling except for regular auto trips to my home town in the beautiful state of Tennessee. For a few years I lived in several apartments and even owned a home in the suburbs for three years. But the truth is I am not a house person. To me, taking care of a yard is an unnatural act. Eventually, my perfect little pooch, Shadow, and I moved back into an apartment. Having a yard and doggie door was great for Shadow. But apartment living was more my style than yard work. I clearly do not have a green thumb. During these years every time I would leave the DFW area I longed to be "on the road" again. I love America and enjoy seeing the country on a more relaxed schedule.
Although I was based in Dallas, in the late '80s I had opportunities to work with with Kawai America, teaching my three-day organ seminar and giving concerts mostly in Florida and California. I also had the chance for more travel when I became musical director and conductor for RCA Recording artist John Gary. I performed with and conducted symphonies, orchestras and big-bands all over the country, sharing the stage with Andy Williams, Flip Wilson, Johnny Nash, Pat Boone and many others.
That's when the RV bug hit me again. John Gary planned to open a theatre in Branson, Missouri and asked me to be the musical director. What a great chance to perform many months, then take time off to see the country. Of course to me that meant seeing the country in an RV. Unfortunately, John had some health issues and passed away. Death stole a great voice from the American music world.
|1986 Argosy 32'|
Life is what happens when you are making other plans.
In April 2009 I bought a 36' Nuwa Hitchhiker fifth wheel with three slide-outs. As much as I loved the Argosy, this thing is like a home compared to the Argosy. So now, I have the Argosy and the Hitchhiker.
|Living Room In the HitchHiker - Party Time!|
Enter the Casita Freedom Deluxe...a beautiful, lightweight, molded fibreglass travel trailer!
|A Row of Don Pods - The Casita|
|The Don Pod Rear View|