Scottsdale, Below the Rim Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe,San Carlos Mexico
Adventrapaneur, International Investor, Acclaimed Writer/photographer Famous Adventure Guide,Professional
Vacationeer,Birdwatcher, Girl watcher, Pseudo Surfer,Souvenir Addict, Famous Foodie,Recovering Cervezaholic, aesthete. Now guzzles Pinot Noir. Senior Manager in the corporate world for 32 years. Seventeen years ago took his pager and cell phone into the desert and blew them apart with a colt 45. Spends his day listening to surf music, playing tennis. eating bon bons, watching soap operas, and playing tennis with doctor's wives that resemble Nancy Sinatra in her go go boots.
Married 48 yrs ago for fun, not parting until he has some! 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. Studied linguistics at ASU. Se Habla Espanol.Travel resume includes over 60 countries, all US States, most Canadian Provinces and Mexican States. Visited 44 of 58 US National Parks.All wonders of the world. He has been everywhere! Logged over 6500 miles in the Grand Canyon. Climbed most of the highest peaks in each of the Western States.Attended 590Rock Concerts. Memorable was Billy Joel and Elton John in Dublin Ireland, The Who in Vienna, You're So Vain was written about him not Warren Beatty.
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed." - Mohandas Gandhi
Larry The Mountain Man
El Lobo H. Grande
The Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, close to Sedona is relatively unknown and seldom visited. The defining feature is the canyon itself, which cuts through the Mogollon Rim, and winds for more than 20 miles. There are dozens of place names in Arizona containing the word sycamore, and when you find these places you find their name sake tree, the ghostly, pale barked Arizona Sycamore.
We chose to "cowboy up" and hike the remote, obscure, 11 mile(r/t) Dogie trail, where back in it's day, cowboys drove cattle through this spectacular Wilderness.
"Dogie" is cowboy for a motherless calf.
We caught magnificent views of sandstone ramparts and had a nice lunch at the junction with the Sycamore Basin Trail. The Dogie dips in and out of many drainages . Cottonwoods and willows lined the banks of a very dry Sycamore Creek. Little wildlife, were out in the heat of the day, only a couple of King Snakes.
We hiked for about 6 hours and ended it with our traditional camp chair/cerveza ritual at the trailhead. The back road (525C) to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle.
Our plans include returning for a winter backpack skirting the entire Wilderness.
LARRY THE MOUNTAIN MAN & DINGOLITTLE DOGGIE ON THE TRAILSYCAMORE WILDERNESS
RED ROCK SANDSTONE FORMATIONS
QUITE A VARIETY OF WILDFLOWERS
CAN YOU IDENTIFY THESE WILDFLOWERS? OF COURSE LOBO CAN, BECAUSE HE IS A WORLD FAMOUS GUIDE.
MEN BEHAVING BADLY: (NOW THIS IS FUNNY! I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE!")
-DINGO FOR CALLING THE NATURE LOVING LOBO A "QUEER" BECAUSE THE SENSITIVE WOLF WAS ENJOYING THE DESERT WILDFLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES.
-LORENZO FOR MISSING THIS TRIP AND SNEAKING OFF TO MEXICO WITH SECRET HIS PAL TONY. (NOTE IT IS RUMORED THAT ZO HAS A MEXICAN GIRL FRIEND IN SAN CARLOS THAT DOES NOT EXACTLY PUSH HERSELF AWAY FROM THE COMIDA. LORENZO HAS HIRED A RODEO CLOWN TO DISTRACT HER WHEN HE BRINGS GROCERIES BACK TO THE CONDO.)
-MOUNTAIN MAN -LARRY, THE EASTERN LIBERAL FOR TORMENTING AND NEEDLING DINGO (OF THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY) THE WHOLE TRIP, " REPEATING "ITS HARD WORK" "LET GET ER DONE"
-LOBO FOR SINGING "GET ALONG LITTLE DOGGIE' FOR 3 MILES AND THEN "A PONY NAMED WILDFIRE" FOR 7
-LOBO FOR HAVING CONSTANT ANXIETY ABOUT MISSING THE CELTICS/HAWKS GAME AND THEN HALUCINATING, HAVING A VISION JOE JOHNSON'S FACE IN A ROCK FORMATION.
-DINGO FOR TALKING SMACK ABOUT JUAN DA JACKAL'S BAD, INCONSIDERATE PRACTICE OF PROLIFIC TRAIL FARTING WHILE RIPPING THEM HIMSELF, ALL DAY.
-DINGO WHO ALWAYS WANTS TO GO EXPLORING AND PUT IN MORE UNNECESSARY MILAGE AND THEN COMPLAINED ABOUT THE LONG UPHILL HIKE THE WHOLE WAY BACK.
-THE TRES AMIGOS FOR WOLFING DOWN HUGE PORTIONS OF MEXICAN FOOD IN COTTONWOOD AND THEN WASHING IT DOWN WITH A PITCHER OF MARGARITAS.
Dave and Joe probably don't know each other. Both are legends.
Gerry and I spent an evening with jazz pianist/icon Dave Brubeck accompanied by his talented rhythm section of Chris and Dan Brubeck and horn player Robert Millitello, at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.
It was an evening to remember, an exquisite performance. Refined and perfect.
Dave is 87 years young, but his joy of performing continues to excite his audiences. Dave grew up on a 45,000 acre cattle ranch in the Sierras, managed by his father. The lure of piano and Jazz had him playing professionally by his early teens. In 1942 he entered the army where he served under Patton in the European Theatre.
Brubeck and his trio cut their first records in San Francisco in 1949 and launched what later became known as "cool jazz" By 1954, his popularity was such that his picture appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and his recordings were being played throughout the world.
In 1959 the album Time Out was released and became the first instrumental jazz album to sell 1 million copies. The single, Take Five, remains the best selling jazz single of all time. When I was 12 years old, listening to my transistor radio on the way to basketball practice, I fell in love with that song. It remains my favorite jazz piece.
During his long career, Dave has recorded with many legendary jazz artists. His musical contributions over the past half century as both pianist and composer have earned him many honors including, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award for public diplomacy presented at the White House by Condoleeza Rice.
Dave Brubeck-Concert number 491-El Lobo Life long list
Concert Joe has absolutely no affiliation with the music business. Concert Joe has won no awards. Concert Joe simply goes to concerts. He lives in Manhattan and is a "mostly unemployed" construction worker that has been going to college for 3 decades. In 1989 he claims to have spent 15 grand on concerts.
Concert Joe tried to get into the Guinness Book of World Records -- something like Most Concerts Attended by Someone Outside the Music Industry -- but Joe says, "I called them and they laughed. I think they're more interested in people who can throw cow turds the farthest. They told me to call them back if I ate more than 176 snails."
A highlight of his two decades of concert-going, a night he remembers fondly, he saw a Grateful Dead concert then caught Ella Fitzgerald, then Kitaro, and finally closed the night with the Butthole Surfers. Only in New York can this be achieved!!!
Concert Joe, went out 350 nights last year and saw over 730 live shows. He has spent more than half his life running around clubs, bars, theaters, and arenas, catching some 6,000 shows and documenting his presence at each one.
"I'm getting older. I can't keep this up any longer," Joe says
Like Dave Brubeck, Concert Joe is also a legend and deserving of White House recognition. His life's work serves as a fine example for the youngsters of this country. Select a goal and "Get Errr Done!""
Note: El Lobo's lifelong list of concerts does not include performances at clubs, bars garage bands etc. I mean, if I included the Justus Five and all the other stuff I have seen, God only knows what my number would be, taking nothing away from Joe. My list is exclusive. An artist or group must have had at least one hit on the Billboard Charts. Also, Concert Joe does not have a wife that saw the Beatles in Candlestick in 1966.