Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A trip to Eastern Arizona / 500th post!

we had such a great trip - i really needed a recharge.

An Orchid - C. Maculata? seems more yellow & with a wider lip?

We had to get out of the dusty, dry, smokey place that Flagstaff is at the end of just about every June. Off to Eastern AZ we went - it was sweeeeet.

our friends Sam & Christie went with us - thanks for the good times!

I don't know what these are, but they are awesome. I wish i got to see one bloom. Planteo? any clue?

Denise was rockin' the trout fishing. I caught more, but she consistently got some fat little football fish, and the biggest ones.

a bow width one from Moi. Nice cooking size. unfortunately for them, they are delicious.........

Damn beautiful forest out there. camp was at 9,000ft.

A fat pondorosa Pine in camp.

My 1st Apache Trout!!!!! - A species native to only the clear streams of E-AZ. golden-bronze with tiny spots & orange fins. our state fish, and a beautiful one at that.

In the middle of this field of wild Iris we spotted this grove of albino ones. Sublime.

A standard purple one........

And an albino. stunning.

High, Lonesome range. I love Alpine meadows. it rained every afternoon but one. *perfect.*

tons of elk & deer.

Mt. Baldy, AZ's 2nd highest peak.

They have rivers!!!!! Lots of them!

Wolves. too.

Sally pointing out some Penstemmon Barbatus ready to pop. "scarlet buglers"

Lush! Deer's ears & Bracken.

A beautiful detail pic of one of the thousands of flowers.

remember what a moist trail looks like?

Orange Sneezeweed.

THe clouds were rockin'. I kept waiting for this storm to start swirling.

Denise continues her hot streak. nice one!

and another.........

check out this multi-miles high Anvil Cloud. Impressive.

I did a really, really hard trail to one of the wild rivers. six miles of bliss/suffering/rippin'.

getting sneaky on another river.

Our little crew minus Sally sleeping.

down, down, down to the Rio.

It looks kinda sketchy over that way....

Apache trout & wild Browns - oh yeah.

it's very, very steep from that trail sign down there.


Sendero muy Sabroso.


going deep - nice one!
- Back to work - taylor's bike is outta here, pics later, Marzoff's on the table - Garro.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

out of the office until 6-29-10.

taking our annual late-June dust season Flagstaff break. Late June always is a good time for a Flag break, esp. after this week, and I've been in the shop waaayyyy too much lately - see you guys then - the Garros.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

checking in - been busy! taylor's frame off to paint, Jesse's back, some sweet riding.

man, I had a great ride the other day! feeling pretty damn strong, but pretty damn thrashed, too.
boy, this will be sweet with some rain when the flowers finally pop.

welcome to my church.

Sally waits patiently for me to pull a three point turn.

ooooohhhh, aaaahhhh.........

hitting some downright scary speeds descending from 9,800ft.

resting with Sally. way off in the distance you can see the painted desert thousands of feet {almost a vertical mile} below.

Mt, Humphreys, Arizona's highest at 12,633ft. hard to believe how fast 25+' of snow can melt.

Fremont on the left & Aggasiz on the right.

I sure am glad we can get out into the mountains together. that's what it's all about.

Taylor's frame resplendent with a full range of braze-ons. it will be back in black.

Seat cluster detail.

some damn fine fillet brazing.

post-polishing shot. smooth!

Jesse's frameset back from paint - looks sweet! waiting on the parts kit to choose the sticker color. gotta lace the wheels, too.

Hey! that's it for now. just cramming in work getting ready to leave to the White Mountains for a week on the 23rd. get ahold of me in the next few days if you need to. Build list: Marzoff - on deck today. Manzo - waiting for you to show to start. Jody M, Jeff C, Gitty, Bammy, Katie B, Barry W, Lanie J, Mike G, ect......... - Garro.