The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > Other Discussions > Open Mic

Thread Tools
Old 06-16-2019, 12:46 PM
Cypress Knee Cypress Knee is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: North County San Diego
Posts: 1,450
Default New Acquisition

I am done buying guitars. At least, that is what I tell myself these days – No Mas!

With that mindset, I loaded up the car and headed to the Colorado Roots Music Camp south of Divide, CO (west of Colorado Springs). I planned a leisurely scenic drive from San Diego, getting my kicks on Route 66 over to Needles. From there I would work my way up to Flagstaff and ultimately Monument Valley, then take in Bear’s Ears and Four Corners country on my way to Mesa Verde and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison via Durango and the Million Dollar Highway.

Outside of Monument Valley I dry camped under the stars about three and a half miles off the paved roads on some private property. I was putting my guitar back in its case after a few tunes when a scraggly dog meandered out of the desert and sat down and looked at me. It curled up next to my sleeping bag for the night.

The next morning it left as I packed up. I asked the landowner about the dog and was told that the end of the road was a dumping ground for unwanted dogs and they made their way to the campground because there was water there. But other than that, they were left to fend for themselves.

When I got back to the car the dog was sitting by the door, just looking at me. Alright, I thought, get in. After driving all day through southeast Utah, I finally found a shelter in Cortez, CO and left the dog there.

The Colorado Roots Music camp was great. I met some fantastic instructors and got out of my comfort zone by taking mandolin and swing guitar classes with Raul Reynoso, Sylvia Herold, Dave Firestine, and Gerald Jones. There was a lot of after class (even pre-class) jamming going on, starting at 6:30 in the morning.

I will tell you though, music camp at 9600 feet above sea level is strenuous, even if you are in good shape. The buildings are all built on the side of a mountain. Consequently you are either walking up or down the entire time, and those ups are serious business!

After a week of music camp, I picked up my wife in Denver and we headed back to SoCal. The general plan was to cruise through the Rockies with some sightseeing, then mountain bike in Moab and visit Arches, Canyonlands, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the way back.

I must say that Canyonlands National Park is absolutely stunning. If you haven’t put it on your “must see” list of national parks, then consider adding it. Arches is nearby and also a worthy visit.

I was disappointed at Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon for two very different reasons. In order to visit the cliff houses you need a ticket to a guided ranger tour. I arrived early in the afternoon and the next available tour was at four pm. As it takes forty-five minutes to an hour to drive from the Visitor Center to the sites it just wasn’t feasible since my plan was to reach Montrose for the evening. As it was, I only made it up to Ouray.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is much less congested than the South Rim and will be my preference for future visits. However, there was a large fire that had been burning on the South Rim for several days, and the resulting smoke filled the canyon and obstructed those famous views.

Somewhere along the way my wife asked me, “When am I going to meet Luna?”

“Who is Luna?” I responded.

“You know, the dog that found you in the desert.”

It doesn’t take Carnac the Magnificent to figure out how that was going to end.


Jim Adams
Collings OM
Guild 12 String
Mark V Classical
Martin Dreadnaught
Weber Mandolin

Last edited by Cypress Knee; 06-16-2019 at 09:06 PM. Reason: Spelling
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 12:59 PM
Earl49 Earl49 is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Idaho
Posts: 8,654

That was a kind thing you did to rescue Luna. Better still that you adopted her too. I personally hope there is an especially hot section in Hades for people who abandon animals like that.

I'll have to research Colorado Roots Music Camp. I'm a big believer in the guitar camp experience, but my faves (Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp, and Aloha Music Camp) both require flying commercially. That is a no-go for me for the remainder of this lifetime.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 12:59 PM
Haasome's Avatar
Haasome Haasome is offline
Charter Picker
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 9,149

Fantastic story and great story telling. My attitude is — if a dog finds you, you have to keep it.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 01:05 PM
Tahitijack Tahitijack is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: San Clemente CA
Posts: 2,817

God bless you. You done good my brother.
Happy Sunsets
Taylor 514ce (1999)
Taylor K22ce - all Koa (2001)
Taylor 612ce (2001)
Taylor T5-C2 Koa (2007)
Ovation CS28P KOAB - Koa Burst (2017)
Paul Reed Smith 305 - Sunburst (2012)
Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 - Autumn Sky (2013)
Fender Classic Player 60s Strat - Sonic Blue (2012)
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 01:06 PM
eatswodo's Avatar
eatswodo eatswodo is online now
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4,738

What a lovely tale. How is Luna settling in?
David Eastwood
1963 Martin 0-16NY
2018 Emerald X20
2019 Emerald X20-7
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 03:58 PM
The Growler The Growler is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 7,609

Sounds like a great trip and a lucky dog. Good for you.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 04:07 PM
Borderdon Borderdon is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Vancouver Island
Posts: 1,314

The story, great.
The story involving a week of music camp, even better.
The story involving adopting a homeless dog —- priceless !!
Well Done.
"pouring from the empty into the void "
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 04:16 PM
Mbroady's Avatar
Mbroady Mbroady is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Asheville via NYC
Posts: 4,689

That is a beautiful thing

NDD - New Dog Day
MJ Franks Lagacy OM, Furch D32-LM, Stonebridge OM33-SR DB. Voyage Air VAD-2, Rainsong H-WS1000N2T, Tacoma Papoose, 72 Fender Strat
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 05:11 PM
Ozzy the dog Ozzy the dog is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Lancashire, England
Posts: 1,346

Excellent stuff - Should be a song in there somewhere.

Luna is very lucky and so are you.
It's hard work being a dog.

Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 06:44 PM
Jim Owen's Avatar
Jim Owen Jim Owen is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wilkes County NC and Columbus Georgia
Posts: 5,877

Yep. That’s your dog, Cypress Knee.

Optima dies, prima fugit
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 08:46 PM
Paddy1951 Paddy1951 is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 1,759

Cypress Knee,

Thank you for giving that dog a home. Luna looks like she will be a faithful companion.

It angers and saddens me greatly that people think it is OK to just abandon an animal.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 08:56 PM
Brucebubs's Avatar
Brucebubs Brucebubs is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Eden, Australia
Posts: 13,777

What a wonderful story.
Love it.

1972 - Takamine D-70
1980 - Morris B-50
2002 - Guild F-412
2009 - Martin Grand J12-40E Special
2011 - Martin JDP 2 #71/71
2014 - Alvarez ABT60 Baritone
2015 - Kittis RBJ-195 Jumbo
2012 - Dan Dubowski#61
2012 - Epiphone EJ-200/N
2012 - Huss & Dalton MJ Custom
2018 - Rickenbacker 4003 Fireglo
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 08:58 PM
svea svea is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: California
Posts: 204

I'm glad that Luna is in your safe hands!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2019, 09:42 PM
Mandobart Mandobart is offline
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Washington State
Posts: 1,923

Great story! Thanks for sharing it.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2019, 10:34 AM
Nyghthawk Nyghthawk is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 3,209

Thanks for sharing this story with us. Luna looks like a keeper to me!

Blessed be.
Martin OM-21 (Olivia)
Blueridge BR-163 (Ophelia)
Yamaha FS700s (Soon to go to GFV)
Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500re (Aemilia)

Teach us what ways have light, what gifts have worth.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Reply With Quote

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > Other Discussions > Open Mic

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=