What are the chances, really, of us arriving in Telkeetna, Alaska for the first annual Joes Fest, a weekend of bluegrass music in the beer garden at the historic Fairview Inn? We awake on Saturday to pouring rain and lots of aches and pains (Dave’s head cold seems to be spreading its way through Philomena’s passengers.) The only one totally healthy is Kim, who has become instant pals with Nova, the 7 year-old-daughter of Holli “the hostel owner.” Eventually we – including Nova – made our way to the Telkeetna library (where the periodical section is housed in the unisex restroom) to wait out the storm by checking emails, watching movies and reading the newspaper. We stopped for a hitchhiker on our way back into town. Wearing a sports coat, carrying a suitcase and looking rather desperate for a ride, he hardly appeared threatening. It turned out Steve (the hitchhiker) is the Master of Ceremonies for Joe’s Fest (the weekend of music in celebration of local musical hero Joe Page’s 50th birthday.) Well, to make a long story short; the sun came out; Dave & I went to the festival and enjoyed the Simple Tones (Alaska’s best string band) and the kids each did their own thing somewhere in Telkeetna. Good music, good times had by all. Tomorrow we leave town and hope to canoe a little in the Nancy Lakes region north of Anchorage. Stay tuned for more updates from Anchorage, where we should be later in the week XOXOX Sue & crew.