Creative Ways to Get to NQC: Part One


First “Creative Way to Get to NQC”:


Length of Trip: 383 hours at 2 miles per hour – an estimated nonstop walk of 15 days

Caleb Garms (age 8 ) selected a wheelbarrow to be his means of transportation for the trip of 766 miles from Braham, Minnesota to Louisville, Kentucky.  

Caleb’s packing list:

  • a couple books;
  • extra clothes (like my suit); 
  • four pairs of shoes; 
  • some money to buy CDs and just to get there, like for gas; 
  • some pictures of my family;
  • and some magazines like the Singing News.  

Caleb’s food for the trip:

  • beef sandwiches;
  • carrots;
  • and apples.

The people Caleb is most looking forward to seeing:

  • The Mark Trammell Quartet
  • The Booth Brothers
  • Legacy Five
  • The Ball Brothers
  • Triumphant Quartet
  • The Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Caleb’s message to all 2011 NQC attendees:

“If you see me, you’ll know I made it.  If you don’t see me, you don’t want to know what happened.”

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  1. I hope Caleb has a safe journey, although I’m not sure what he’ll need the gas for. 🙂

    • I was wondering the same thing!

      • I took the “like for gas” comment to mean “rather than gas,” seeing as, obviously, wheelbarrows are not gas powered.

    • Brian, Daniel, and Jordan,

      I just meant it to be funny, but the gas is gonna come in handy, so stay tuned! 🙂

      -Caleb for TGF

  2. I felt the same way when I was a kid and would have probably tried that if my Mom weren’t looking. 🙂

    • Stacy,

      Are you going to NQC since you’re grown up?

      -Caleb for TGF

      • Some grown-ups actually can’t go to NQC because they’re in school like me, or they’re working. It’s very sad. 🙁 But they can get the webcast and blog about it! 🙂

      • Yes, and I can’t wait. I have two daughters (8 and 10) that would like to go but have to stay home with Dad and go to school. Are you going?

  3. I meant ‘if my Mom wasn’t looking’. That sounded so stupid! Head hanging low, hand on forehead and in a fainting posistion now. 🙂

    • Way too funny!!!

      • Paul – keep tuned in for the rest of the week! There’s more to come! 🙂

  4. Hope he has some good walking shoes on!

    • David J. Stuart,

      Well, I guess I’ll have to take my cowboy boots off and put on my walking shoes when I get on the interstate. 😆

      -Caleb for TGF

      • Would those be your TRAVELIN’ SHOES?

        Had to work in Legacy Five somewhere here. 😀

      • YGG,

        Yes, I think those are my Travelin’ Shoes!

        Thanks for finding this and sharing it with me. I don’t think I have heard that song before, especially by L5.

        -Caleb for TGF

      • You’re welcome. Consider it a birthday present. 🙂

  5. The only way to travel!

  6. cute! 🙂

  7. Love it!

  8. TGF Typist’s Typo: Caleb is actually still seven years old; tomorrow he will be eight! Opps! :$ 🙂

    • The funniest thing of all is the final word in that comment. (Sorry, I can’t help but laugh at that one! 🙂 )

      • Daniel,

        Which word…”opps” or the dollar sign which was supposed to be an embarrassed smiley face?

        -The Anonymous TGF Typist 🙂

    • Happy birthday in advance Caleb. We love you. 🙂

      • Thanks, YGG…it’s gonna be a great day tomorrow! I better get to sleep, and we love you, too! 🙂

        -Caleb for TGF

      • Awwwww, thanks. Internet high five, little guy. Hope you have a great day today. 🙂

      • YGG,

        I have had a great day! Even though it was wet and cloudy, but I had a lot of fun celebrating inside!

        -Caleb for TGF

  9. I want to see the photo of Daniel Mount clinging to the roof of the Kingsmen’s bus while they take the hairpin curves on I-40 between Asheville and Tennesee.

    • DBM,

      That sounds scary! -Mom for TGF

      That sounds kinda fun! 😆 -Caleb for TGF

      • Y’all know that I avoid danger like … well, like it’s dangerous, or something! 🙂

  10. We like this, and can’t wait for the “more”!

    Will you take you family with you in the wheelbarrow, Caleb?

    Safe Travels!

    • Daniel’s Siblings,

      Well, you’ll just have to wait for the “more”! 🙂

      NOOOO! That would be way too heavy!! 😆

      -Caleb for TGF

  11. Two questions@
    Did he used Mapquest, Google or a text map?
    Where is the Cream for the Cream Beef Sandwich?

    • GospelMusicFan,

      Google Map was used…what type of beef sandwiches are you talking about? Cream?? On beef sandwiches? It sounds foreign! 😆

      -Caleb for TGF

      • Thank ou for being nice.
        It was common during the 50’s.
        Here is a link that I could find that is close to the creamed beef sandwich.

        Now, I have to tell you the rest of the story.
        It really dried chopped beef in a white cream white sauce on toasted white bread.

        I noticed no one else has posted about the sandwich beacause they would have to abmit being old.

      • GospelMusicFan,

        Oh, O.K….I’ll admit it! 🙂 Now, I know what you are talking about. My mom used to make this for a supper meal. It fit my dad’s love for meat and gravy, minus the potatoes. My mom always served this over buttered toast; we never tried it over potatoes!

        And yes, I have made it for my husband and family a few times over our married life. We haven’t had it in a long time and I will have to make it again, so the LAs can enjoy the experience! 🙂

        Thanks for the memory!

        -Mom for TGF

  12. Garms Family,

    Will you all, in fact, be traveling to Louisville for NQC?

    • Jordan,

      Thanks for asking…that would be a resounding “YES” in our dreams, but reality is knowing we won’t be able to attend and yet be happy having fun thinking about it and finding creative ways to still be part of Gospel Music’s biggest annual event. 🙂

      Maybe someyear….!


      • When I can’t go to NQC, the next best thing is to subscribe to it live, online. It is only $60 or so, and SO much fun during the week. Plus, you can watch it over and over for about a month. Well worth it!

  13. Hey remember that “Hands Across America” back in 1986 for hunger? Well why don’t we get together to raise money for Caleb and call it “Hands Across for Caleb?” LOL!

    • Shelby,

      I DO remember that way back in 1986, but I had forgotten about it.

      FUNNY! You know, you don’t need to give Caleb any more ideas than he already has in his (until midnight tonight!) seven year-old mind! 🙂 Besides, he couldn’t go to NQC without the rest of his family…. 😉

      -Mom for TGF

  14. Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear Mr. Caleb Garms,
    Happy Birthday to you.

    Have a delightful 8th birthday!

    (And we had to type it, since we haven’t found a way to make it sing off the page.)

    • Daniel’s Siblings,

      Thank you very much, thank you very much; that’s the nicest thing that anyone’s ever done for me. It isn’t every day, good blessings come my way….I don’t know the rest of the song! 🙂

      But, THANK YOU, I did have a very delightful 8th birthday.

      I haven’t mastered singing words off pages, either! 😆

      -Caleb for TGF

      • It’s called an mp3 player, but you’d have to ask the blog editor to embed it in a post for you. 🙂