Scottsdale, Below the Rim Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe,San Carlos Mexico
Adventrapaneur, International Investor, Acclaimed Writer, 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. Twelve 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 46 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. He has been everywhere! Logged over 6000 miles in the Grand Canyon. Climbed most of the highest peaks in each of the Western States.Attended 568 Rock Concerts. Memorable was Billy Joel and Elton John in Dublin Ireland.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.