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Viewpoints Best of the West

Folias Best of the West
Viewpoints Tour: Best of the West
30 gigs in 60 days
17 states
12,500 miles
46 MPG trip average
29 nights in a tent
31 nights home stays
Hottest Temp 110 F Walla Walla, WA
Lowest Temp 45 F Champaign, IL
Highest Point – Mount Sniktau Peak 13,240
Furthest North: Stehekin, WA//South: Austin, TX//East: Champaign, IL//West: Yachats, OR
Best Wine – Ridge – Cabernet Sauvignon and Montebello
Second Place – Bethel Heights – Pinot Noir – Clean direct, balanced yummy fruit
Best Food – Portland – drive into any neighborhood, get out of the car, the food is unreal
Best Chilies – Hatch, NM – all local specialty grown to the region, locally sun-dried and processed
Best Coffee – Beacon Coffee in Ventura, CA
Best Bath/Shower  – Bagby Hot Springs, private hollowed out log bath tubs
Second Place – Gold Fork Hot Springs in Idaho
Best Beer – Cellar 3 – Offshoot of Green Flash in San Diego.Over 20 wood aged sour beers, all awesome PLUS and amazing food truck out back.
Best Cheese – Cardoon (wild thistle) Goat Brie from Oak Leaf Creamery in Oregon
Best Scenic Drive – Angeles Highway 2
Best Campsite – Cape Perpetua, Oregon Coast, old growth forest hiking out back, tide pools on the ocean out front.
Best Viewpoint – Sniktau out of Loveland Pass Colorado
Best Grocery Store – Central Market in Shoreline, WA – best fish, asian section, amazing local produce and awesome international cheese selection
Best Vineyard View – Sarver, overlooks the three sisters
Best Service – Amber Restaurant Seattle, introduce themselves, call us by name, skillful navigating through tango dancers
Best Fast Food – Take out tamales and menudo from Que Paisa in Pearblossom, CA
Best Day Hiking – Spring MTs, bristlecone pines, old growth mahogany, lower temps, views of Vegas, awesome camping
Best Trees – Quinault Rainforest, Olympic NP Washington
Best Fish – Giovanni’s in Morro Bay, CA, fresh off the boat
Best milonga – ABQ, all live music, collaboration with QTango
Best audience – Las Cruces, super friendly, good listeners, smart people
Critical Mass award – Champaign, thanks for all the enthusiasm and camaraderie
Thrive in Adversity award – Austin, tornadoes and flash floods wouldn’t stop a crowd from coming to dance at this milonga
Helpful roadie award – SLC Brian and Dave, thanks for winding our cords for us and carrying out the entire PA.
Best Gig Hospitality – Las Vegas, setting up a double-header for us, wow, healthy snacks, drinks, a dressing room, a courtesy call a week ahead from the sound guy to make sure we had everything, sweet merch table.
Coolest Concert Concept – San Diego, pre-milonga concert for dancers
Best Party – San Pedro, Happy Birthday Silvia!
Best overall event – Class and milonga in Ventura, thank Stephen and Deb for all the hard work.
Great Afterparty – Enjoyed a Jazz quartet in Sonoma with new friends and a bottle of wine
Best Music Collaboration  – Eugene playing with Damien
Most chill gig – Drift Inn, Yachats, OR
Best Audience exposure – Portland plus planet tango
Best location venue – Downtown Seattle Belltown restaurant tango dance
Most beautiful gig setting – Stehekin at the North Cascades Lodge 
Best first time gig – Reno with VZTango
Community award – Omaha milonga with all the awesome Nebraska folks

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