Bayard, Nebraska, where I spent two days on my friend Alexios’ farm. Alexios was actually the guitarist in my band on the ship and always felt like a brother to me. It was so kind of him and his family to open up their beautiful home to me. They were such a lovely family that I felt sad to part with them when the time came. I hope they know what an amazing family they are and that I feel honored to have had the opportunity to experience a snippet of their lives together.
On the day I arrived we visited the nearby historic Chimney Rock at sunset before sitting down to a lovely meal with the grandparents.
Day two: down on the farm. Alexio’s mom made a large breakfast of – what else! – steak, eggs, toast, and fries, and then we had fun goofing around on all the equipment!
I have never fully experienced true country living until my stay in Nebraska. I now have a new appreciation for the lifestyle and felt so much warmth and love from all the people I came across. They really do seem to know how to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. I left Alexios’ farm and family with such a feeling of inner peace. It’s hard to explain – it was just such a lovely experience. As I drove away from the farm towards my next destination I pumped country music through my speakers, sang along, and finally felt like I could truly relate to the songs like never before!