On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 21:50:59 -0700, Fly-by-Night CC
|> Crack open your Edward Abbey books recently? :^)
|Hayduke Lives! (Never read that one, akshuly.) My favorite is A Fools
|Progress - especially when the guy shoots his fridge.
I've got an autographed copy of that one. Henry is Abbey...Abbey is
|With any luck,
|maybe I'll end up on the land where ol'Ed rests...
But few know where that is. [g]
On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 23:46:47 -0700, Fly-by-Night CC
|> But few know where that is. [g]
|Given the signed book, do you?
Alas, no. And I'd be fibbing if I said that I even met him. My wife
got the book for me at a signing.
But in an "It's a small world" story, I knew a guy who knew Abbey
quite well. That was the late Ike Russell, the subject of the book
"Backcountry Pilot." (I have an inscribed copy of this one too,
although as you will see, not by Ike)
Ike flew Abbey into Baja California on at least one occasion, which is
documented in "Pilot" by Doug Peacock, believed to be the model for
Hayduke. Peacock also talks about the burial of Abbey in this
Both my dad and Ike were taught to fly by the same instructor, Skeet
Taylor, at the "old" Benson, AZ airport in the late 1940's. (I have my
dad's logbook that shows his first flight 7-26-46) I don't know
whether they knew each other, but I met Ike and spent a fair amount of
time at his house, because his son, Luke, and I went to high school
together and shared an interest in ham radio.
I bring this up because I *do* know where Ike is buried... in his back
yard. This burial is well documented in the book and has a nice punch
line associated with it.
When the backyard burial was mentioned, people would say, "I didn't
know that you could do that."
The response was always, "You can, if you have a shovel."
On Sun, 24 Oct 2004 23:00:36 -0700, Fly-by-Night CC
|I was born in Cottonwood/Clarkdale area - after college, lived almost a
|decade in Flagstaff; my mom lives in Sedona. When I courted my wife and
|visited her stomping grounds I enjoyed the rural feel along with the
|scrub oaks, knee-high yellow grass, the ruggedness of the Chiricahuas
|and the Dragoons and the eerie, desolate ghost towns of deep southern
|Arizona. I haven't been back for almost 10 years so perhaps the same
|thing that happened up north has also happened down there.
No what's happened down here is Wetbacks. Sorry, I know that's not
politically correct, I should have said )*@^#^ wetbacks---I
mean---poor downtrodden, freedom loving, individuals just looking for
Despite what Homeland Security says, it is completely unsafe for a
citizen of the United States of American to travel in the backcountry
(or even in a national park) within 100 miles of the border unless his
A buddy and I and our wives took a trip over the Dragoons from the
west side over to Pierce a couple of years ago. We took Middlemarch
Road out of Tombstone and on the way down from Tucson passed a Border
Patrol checkpoint at the junction of Highways 80 and 82.
In the mountains we encountered four broken down and alien smugglers,
all clearly had used abandoned vans. At one windmill/water tank,
where we get out to look around, the ground looked like the dump.
Litter everywhere and I got the distinct feeling that some of the
litterers were hiding in the bushes. My buddy, a flaming liberal
notices my holstered .357 and says, "What are you doing with that?"
I said, "Look around you. Here we are a couple of guys with two new
4X4 trucks and two women, do you think we're targets or what?"
He says, "Oh, I see your point."
Note to Homeland Security: Two middle-aged guys and their wives,
while out for a Sunday drive, easily avoided the Border Patrol's
checkpoint. What if we'd been wearing hankies on our heads?
And it goes on. Two weeks ago a newlywed elderly couple, sitting in
their car waiting for a red light to change, were murdered when a
truck full of illegals fleeing from the police went airborne and
crushed them. http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB1MGKGG0E.html
Here's something to make you feel all warm and fuzzy. These killings
occurred on the highway that fronts Ft. Huachuca, home of the Army
Intelligence Center. Yet Ft. Huachuca is a smuggling route for drugs
and aliens! The United States Army cannot prevent invaders from a
foreign country from entering its bases.
So come on down. Bring a gun.
Nope can't see the Power Plant - I'm also an Amateur Astronomer and had
the realtor check if it was visible from here - Me thinks you know the
As to "Big Draw" only area I know of is near Dragoon/Texas Canyon.
Oh and to keep this within the Woodworking realm - to get any Wood
working materials or tools, it's a 60 mile one way trip to either Sierra
Vista or Tucson. But no complaints the Skies are wonderful!!!!!!
Okay, that's it! I read this thread and now I'm officially homesick!
Grew up in Colorado but landed in Tucson at the UofA. Stayed on for
several years after school and still get back there once a year or so
to visit old friends. I've read all of Ed Abbey (actually partied
with him once at an Earth First! gathering) as well Joseph Wood Krutch
and Dave Quammen (another Tucson resident while his wife was in
nursing school). Spent many happy days hiking with my
girlfriend->wife all over So. AZ. Hope to get back there permanently
when the kids go off to school. Sigh.
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