SANTANA-Al Lang Field, St. Pete, Florida-April 18, 2019. 

I had joined the Santana Fan Club and was able to get pre sale tickets for this show. I was able to buy 4 and asked one of my best friends and wife to come. We were 2 rows from the stage. Great Italian dinner at Grazzi. Commish to come later. 

The maestro came out jamming with Soul Sacrifice. Woodstock film on screen.

It was an amazing show and Carlis Santana’s band was top notch. The maestro is a living legend. 

A Love Supreme. John Coltrane. Got Coltrane and Santana. WOW!

The show was a super mix of old and new. 

Carlos Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackmon. She was great. 

The maestro has a new album coming out and expect it to transcend genre and age group. What a show. 

Santana twice in 6 months. Peace out. Namaste Tres

KISS End Of The Road Tour-Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida. April 11, 2019

I want to say it was 1976 and the KISS Destroyer tour came to Richmond, Va. Richmond Coliseum, big deal. I was a college student studying mass communications broadcast news at VCU and I was a DJ at the college’s little radio station WJRB then WVCW. I was criticized for playing KISS. I didn’t care because their 3 chord rock spoke to me and my friends. So here I am. Great KISS crowd. 

Performance artist, David Garibaldi, warmed up the crowd. He would paint a donated, signed KISS portrait for a local Tampa charity. It was fun. He painted a Steven Tyler portrait upside down.

May not be too clear. 

Here we go. 

Here  we go NOW.    

The iconography of KISS seems to be the lasting single driving force that have kept a 3 chord rock band together for 45 years.The makeup, costumes and over the top stage show truly is one of a kind. As they say only  KISS could do that. 

If you go to the show you will take a lot of pictures. 

Old film behind the band. Ace Frehley. 

It is a visual onslaught.

Loud and full of pyrotechnics. 

Graphic novel film type stuff behind the solo performance of Tom Thayer, a very good RnR lead guitarist. He and Paul Stanley riffed out Won’t get fooled again then the drummer smashed it to it as well.  They then  returned to Lick it up. 

Lots of KISS flying around Amalie, 

Did I say the show was visual? 

I am sure my me I phone did not do this justice. 

Finale and anthem. Great show. Peace out Namaste Tres

Paddle Florida 2019-Suwannee Paddling Festival

I left to pick up my good friend and great bowman, Chris Wilkerson, to paddle the wood tandem gem. 

The traffic northbound was awful and set us into camp a little late. 

A primitive supported paddle trip with you doing the camping work and Paddle Florida doing the support of hot food, river planning, shuttles if needed and this weekend they were, staff paddling with you and great evening programs. 

The first night program had ex Paddle Florida board member and present Florida Paddling Trails Association president Jill Lingard. She gave a great talk about what FPTA does and how it can help your community. They are the organization that helps with the CT trail around the state of Florida. 

It really rained, thundered and wild lightning. We woke up with a nice morning and a 12 mile paddle from Madison Blue Spring back to Suwannee River State Park on the Withalacoochee. 

We were the first boat into the water and the river was beautiful. 

Photo credit Chris Wilkerson. 

We were treated to Kathryn Weaver’s folk music. She was great. 

A nice night and good breakfast. We had another shuttle to Gibson Park for a 8 mile paddle back down to the park. 

Great day on the river. 

Takeout, pulled pork sandwich and sweet goodbye. 

Photo credit Chris Wilkerson. Peace out Namaste Tres

Bike Florida 2019-Brooksville weekend

I was to meet my C2C friends Rich and Chrysa in Brooksville for the weekend to get some riding in around this area on Bike Florida. First day short but good. 

It was a beautiful day out to the Suncoast Trial after leaving some of the canopied roads outside of Brooksville. 

Brooksville Hall of Fame. 

Great lunch at Florida Cracker Cafe. The riding and weather has been great. 30 miles with 600 feet of climbing. 

An ice breaker for tomorrow. Papa Jo’s Italian for dinner. Fabulous. Mariella sent me this picture of us at Bike Florida 2012 on St. George’s Island on the panhandle. 

Day 2 had us going 47 miles with 1800 feet of climbing. The start out of camp put us on the Good Neighbor Trail. 

This lead us to going south on the Withalacoochee State Trail. One of my all time favorites. 

We stopped at Trilby Road and I knew what was next. HILLS. It was beautiful. 

On to Myers Rd, three sisters onto Spring lake highway. 

This lead to the second SAG at Boyette Grove or to us old local cyclists “Ice cream hill”.  We came back via the Good Neighbor Trail to Brooksville. 

We had dinner at a local downtown seafood restaurant and it was great. Rainbow trout. 

Day 3 had us going off route a little with a 50 miler on the Withalacoochee State Trail to Inverness and back. 

Vinny Coyle of Wheeler’s Wheelman and SMBC took our picture. Jim Wheeler of the Village Idiots was leading a club ride that day on the trail as well. 

We stopped at the Bike Florida SAG and in to Floral City and Inverness. 

Another Bike Florida weekend in the books. It was such good weather. My friends made it that much better. 

Peace out Tres

Day 4-Gairal Guesthouse-Dhikala and around. 

I awoke after a rough night to tell Mr. Om that I could not eat the breakfast they were having and they fixed me an omelette and butter toast with chai tea. It seemed to sooth me. I was better as it warmed up and Mr. Om talked me into going over to Dhikala for a safari ride through the park. 

I was unable to eat much at lunch. I realized than I would need to do something tomorrow about this and it probably meant not being on my original itinerary. Gairal rest house.

Dhikala is that magical spot on a bluff overlooking a sprawling river savannah with wild West Indian elephants and all kinds of birds and river otter. 

This baby leopard cub was killed according to Mr. Om by this type of owl.

Sambar deer males. Favorite food of the Royal Bengal tiger. 

A very small dinner of 1/2 omelette and one slice of bread. Slept as much as I could. 

Day 2-Old Delhi train station to Ramnagar, India

I slept in as best I could and a quick around my little part of Delhi. 

My driver and bellhop scoop me up and on to the Old Delhi train station. 

It was huge and required a local to get me on the right train in the right seat. A real Indian railways experience. 

The Yamuna River and Delhi our skirts were pretty dirty. 

The people were nice an a young Indian couple had gotten on the wrong train. The train was an hour and a half late and my driver was there scooping me up. The staff made me dinner at 11:00 pm at night. They were great. 

Day 5, 6, 7, 8-Corbett to TAJ Corbett Gateway Resort. 

I realized that being this sick I would do better to go to a town of bigger size. I had seen two doctors available on a sign at the gas station in Ramnagar when I left there for “Jim Corbett” the Indian way the park is called. It made no sense to me to go further away from help at a Himalayan hill station at Nainital. I had asked Mr. Om to take me to The TAJ Resort in North Ramnagar. 

I was able to get a nice cottage room for the 4 nights I needed. The staff was very sympathetic to my problems and made every effort to ensure I was well taken care. I called Mariella for the formulation in a plan to come home when I was better. My med-surgery room. 

My mini hospital for 4 days. I know rough. 

My first day had me eating and drinking but really no better and still really sick. Second day I was not improving and my abdominal cramping continued. The second morning I asked a local physician to see me at the hotel. He changed my Cipro and Imodium to Norfloxacin with Zantac and as necessary medications for the cramping. He also used some homeopathic medications as well. He had the staff start me on a bland style of Indian food and a salt, sugar, lemon and bottled water solution. It began to work. Sleeping quite a bit. Day 2 did have me at the Jiva Spa for a complimentary head massage. It was gooood. 

The grounds helped me relax and not try to do too much. It was the first of the week and there were not a lot of people there. 

The third day after massive amounts of sleep. I was able to go out the front gate and walk 1500 feet one way and 1000 feet the other way and come back to the resort. It was raining a little. 

A better day but still sleeping quite a bit. The fourth morning I felt much more like myself and arranged a car to Corbett museum, small and not that big a deal but I did not see it. 

I regretted not getting a picture of the tiger spotting log book at Corbett. I got it today.

Also, the Girigi Devi Temple. I took off my socks and shoes and made my way up. 

The pilgrims. 

Day 3-Ramnagar to Corbett Nat’l Park

Aura Resort was very nice. 

I was a little early to pick up and watched the favorite Indian sports obsession, cricket. They were having a blast. The Indian national team have a superstar batsman named Kohli. 

My driver picked me up and he did some errands and to the park we went. Downtown Ramnagar. 

Official sign in. 

Immense park and beautiful. 

I was not at Dhikala much to my disbelief. No matter what I said I was not getting in there and was to be at Gairal rest house for 2 nights. A nice spot on the Kosi River. 

My guide “Mr. Om” spoke little English but was a very nice man and was very well liked by the guides. 

The river did not disappoint. Crocs and a gator like thing. After lunch we saw a tigress and her 2 cubs about an hour or so after lunch. Nikon auto focus. 

Along with all kinds of deer and birds. 

We got back to Gairal and I took a 2 hour nap and was starting not to feel well. It was cold and the rest houses were basic. That night I was very sick.