The newbie goes West

If you have been following my escapades, you have probably noticed that I’m touring quite a bit this fall.  (“Touring,” of course, is a fancy word for “advertising a trip and praying hard that people book you.”)

I went to Michigan for a few days mid-October, and I’m returning from Nov. 14 - 17 (and that tour is almost fully booked, so if you want to see me, you should book post haste!)

Why Michigan, you ask? Because I had a family function in the Detroit area, and — as I do so often in my life — I thought, “what the hell. Might as well dip my toe into the Michigan market.” 

I adore the Midwest, and trading my Metrocard for a rental car (and drinking in Michigan’s crisp air and fall foliage) was a blast.

Thank you, thank you to the gents I met on my inaugural tour — you’re the best. I plan to keep visiting Michigan, and expanding my Midwest tour to other nearby cities — Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison, Columbus and so forth. 

Next up, I’m going to DC from 11/9-11/13 with my ravishing friend Lucy Bordeaux, then back to Michigan (Mich-again?! Yes), and in early December I’ll be touring the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you live in any of these areas, I would love to see you! (And as always, if you want to bring me to you, please inquire.)

Personally, I see touring as the perfect way to visit or revisit cities or areas I love. I want to give mid-size cities their due, and not limit myself to the biggies like DC, SF and LA.

High up on my list are Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Louisville, Denver, Boulder, New Orleans and San Diego. (What am I forgetting? Please let me know.)

As I mentioned on Twitter, I would love to see all 50 states in my capacity as a companion — either for tours, Fly Me to Yous, or as a vacation partner. I would LOVE to spend a winter weekend in Florida or Sedona with a suitor, or to enjoy Yellowstone or Zion together (I absolutely love hiking and being out in nature, and I'm quite handy with a travel stove).

International trips are great, but I will always love roaming around the ol’ U.S. of A. 

 

(Apropos of not much, here's me in a bathing suit.)

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Shae Ashbury