In late March of this year, I joined about 14 other runners in Morocco on a trip setup by Rogue Expeditions. We started in Marrakech, headed over the Atlas Mountains, through Ouarzazate. We ran through the Dades Gorge and the Todra Gorge as well as the Drâa Valley. We even ran through some dried up lake beds and sand dunes through the Sahara.

It was a trip of a lifetime, and I finally put it up on the travel page. Check it out for more details, but here are some of the highlights:

Marrakech sunset

Aït Ben Haddou sunrise.

Dades Gorge.

Sahara.

I am really slow at getting photos on to this website. Terribly slow. So slow that I'm finally getting around to posting photos I took on a trip from March 5th. To be honest, though, I have an excuse. Some of the photos were taken with film. I usually scan these at home, but, my scanner isn't as sharp as it once was. So I sent the film off to be scanned elsewhere and I finally got it all back a couple weeks ago. So there. That's my excuse.

In early March, Death Valley had a rare floral "super bloom" that occurs every ten years or so. Thanks to some heavy rainfall in December and January, 2016 was one of those years.

Sadly, this wasn't a planned trip, so it was impossible to get a room near the park, and every campground was booked. I was there for just a day, and it was a marvelous day.

Dry ground

near Zabriskie Point

near Zabriskie Point

Flowers and salt flats

Salt flats

View of the valley

I can't wait to go back to Death Valley.

2016 has been a hard year for fans of music. Prince, Merle Haggard, and David Bowie being the deaths that made the headlines. I'd like to bring to attention the recent death of David Del Conte, also known as Damon. Damon's album Song of a Gypsy is one of my favorite albums of all time. Originally released in 1968 with a pressing of 500 copies, it was quickly forgotten about.

Guerssen helped bring it into the light when they reissued it in 2005. US based label Now-Again Records then re-issued a delux version of it in 2010 and again in 2013. I'm glad that David was able to see his record become a cult classic before he passed.

I encourage anyone reading this to listen to the track Don't You Feel Me as well as taking six minutes to watch Andrew Gura's short file Sixteen Things We Know About Damon.

This latest mix is called "In the life zone.” A hammock-ready blend of easy grooves, synth soul, and loner pop.

Listening options:
Tracklist:
  1. Nohelani Cypriano - “Lihue” (US, 1979)
  2. Hiroshi Sato - “Say Goodbye” (Japan, 1982)
  3. Haruomi Hosono - “Sports Men” (Japan, 1982)
  4. Francis Bebey - “Forest Nativity” (France 1982)
  5. Laura Barrett - “Stop Giving Your Children Standardized Tests, Part One” (Canada, 2005)
  6. Lonnie Holley - “Looking for All (All Rendered Truth)” (US, 198?)
  7. Dwight Sykes - “In The Life Zone” (US, 1986)
  8. Médico Doktor Vibes - “Diska Limba Man” (US, 1979)
  9. Otis G. Johnson - “Time To Go Home” (US, 1978)
  10. Tommy McGee - “Take Me Home” (US, 197?)
  11. Eddie Kendricks - “My People…Hold On” (US, 1972)

This latest mix is called "Across The Sea.” When you are on that bucolic coastal drive this weekend, skip the podcast and enjoy these relaxing Hawaiian inspired tunes.

Listening options:
Tracklist:
  1. Webley Edwards - “Canoe Song” (US, 1958)
  2. Gabby Pahinui & Atta Isaacs - “I’m-A-Livin’-On-A-Easy” (US, 196?)
  3. Ava - “Tautalatala (Too Much Talk)” (US, 197?)
  4. Augie Colon - “I’ll Always Be In Love With You” (US 1959)
  5. Cecil Leuter - “Electro Theme Nº 5” (US, 1969)
  6. Bobby Brown - “Hawaii” (US, 1978)
  7. These Trails - “Our House in Hanalei” (US, 1973)
  8. Mike & Lorna McClellan - “Rip-Off Island” (US, 1974)
  9. Kalama’s Quartette - “Heei (Ancient Hula)” (US, 192?)
  10. Bing Crosby - “Baia” (US, 1945)
  11. Eden Ahbez - “Tradewind” (US, 1960)
  12. The Jaggers Family - “Across The Sea” (US, 197?)
  13. Kona K Blend - “Lilo Lila” (US, 1977)
  14. Leonard Kwan - “Opae Tumatuma” (US, 1974)

This latest mix is called “Lover of My Soul.” Traditional Hawaiian music for a sunny afternoon.

Listening options:
Tracklist:
  1. Hui Ohana - “O Kalena Kai” (US, 1974)
  2. Leonard Kwan - “Opihi Moemoe” (US, 1974)
  3. Gabby Pahinui - “Kaua'I Beauty” (US, 1973)
  4. Eddie Bush - “Adventures In Paradise” (US 1974)
  5. Leonard Kwan, Kalona Manning, The Kamaha'os Trio - “Po Mahina” (US, 19??)
  6. Tiama'a - “Meaalofa Tau'a” (US, 19??)
  7. The Sunday Manoa - “Only You” (US, 1969)
  8. Keola & Kapono Beamer - “Hana Chant” (US, 1975)
  9. Bud Tutmarc - “In Love With the Lover of My Soul” (US, 1959)
  10. Mike & Lorna McClellan - “Hawaiian Cowboy” (US, 1974)
  11. The Sunday Manoa - “Mehameha” (US, 1969)
  12. Kalama’s Quartette - “No Moku Eha” (US, 1928)
  13. Hoopii Brothers Rick & Sol - “Makakilo” (US, 1975)
  14. Ohta San - “Legend of the Rain” (US, 1965)
  15. Ava - “Le Afa Itulagi (Seasons)” (US, 197?)
  16. Kona K Blend - “Kaulana O Kawaihai” (US, 197?)
  17. The Kamaha'os Trio - “Kahoolawa Hula” (US, 19??)
  18. Gabby Pahinui & Atta Isaacs - “Ke Oni Nei Ka Huila” (US, 19??)
  19. Bob Pauhale Davis - “Ahi Wela” (US, 19??)

This latest mix is called “I need a man.” Wild rockabilly to make your speakers grow sideburns, steal your girl, and burn out in a ‘51 Plymouth.

Listening options:
Tracklist:
  1. Gary Shelton - “The Trance” (US, 1958)
  2. Bracey Everett - “The Lover’s Curse” (US, 1959)
  3. Claudine Clark - “Walkin’ Through A Cemetery” (US, 1962)
  4. Barbara Pittman - “I Need A Man” (US 1956)
  5. Bob Fryfogle - “Six Feet Under” (US, 1962)
  6. Fred Prentiss - “Jungle Queen” (US, 1956)
  7. Sparkle Moore with Dan Belloc - “Skull & Crossbones” (US, 1957)
  8. Billie Jo Spears - “Get Behind Me Satan And Push” (US, 1968)
  9. Franchie Martin and Eddie Shuler’s Reveliers - “Boogie Woogie Tout Le Temps” (US, 19??)
  10. Bobby Fry - “Highway Robbery” (US, 1959)
  11. Electro-Tones - “Ghost Train” (US, 1961)
  12. Gary Shelton - “Stop The World” (US, 1959)
  13. The New Bangs - “Go Go Kitty” (US, 1966)
  14. Link Wray - “The Fuzz” (US, 1965)
  15. Betty Mcquade - “Tongue Tied” (Austrailia, 1962)
  16. Blue Rondos - “Little Baby” (UK, 1964)
  17. The Moonlighters - “Broken Heart” (US, 1958)
  18. The Rhythm Rockers - “Jukebox Help My Find My Baby” (US, 1957)
  19. The Sham-Ettes - “(Hey There) Big Bad Wolf” (US, 1966)

This latest mix is called “Sky Man” - take a journey into the center of your mind with this mix of deep psychedelia from around the globe.

Listening options:
Tracklist:
  1. Damon - “Don’t You Feel Me” (US, 1968)
  2. David Campbell - “Sky-Man and the Moon” (Canada, 1978)
  3. Trader Horne - “Morning Way” (UK, 1970)
  4. Pearls Before Swine - “Images of April” (US 1968)
  5. Far East Family Band - “River of Soul” (Japan, 1975)
  6. Eugene Cho and Lage Lund - “Sweet Bea” (US, 2013)
  7. Saffron - “All Your Ambition” (UK, 1972)
  8. Strawberry Alarm Clock - “Black Butter, Present” (US, 1968)
  9. Charlie & Esdor - “Dagen Är Över” (Sweeden, 1970)
  10. Blonde on Blonde - “Spinning Wheel” (US, 1969)
  11. Arif Sag - “Osman Pehlivan” (Turkey, 1973)

This latest mix is called "Ooo La La." Kick back on your pleather sofa and soak in this smooth set of 70s soft-rock and pop.

Listening options:
Tracklist:
  1. Dimas III - “I Won’t Love You Again” (US, 1966)
  2. Irma Thomas - “Two Winters Long” (US, 1962)
  3. Betty James - “I’m A Little Mixed Up” (US, 1961)
  4. Rev. Solomon King and the Glory Bound Singers - “Didn’t It Rain” (US 196?)
  5. Leola & The Lovejoys - “He Ain’t No Angel” (US, 1963)
  6. The Dixie Cups - “Two Way Poc a Way” (US, 1965)
  7. Them Two - “Am I a Good Man” (US, 1967)
  8. Lynn Williams - “Don’t Be Surprised” (US, 1969)
  9. Kool Blues - “Since I Fell For You” (US, 197?)
  10. The Persians - “Get A Hold of Yourself” (US, 1963)
  11. Barbara & Brenda - “Let’s Get Together” (US, 1963)
  12. Little Bob And The Lolllipops - “I Got Loaded” (US, 1965)
  13. Roy Head and The Traits- “Treat Her Right” (US, 1965)
  14. Nick Ashford - “I Don’t Need No Doctor” (US, 1966)
  15. The Moovers - “Someone to Fulfill My Needs” (US, 1966)
  16. Tommy McGee - “We Ought To Be Together” (US, 1976)

This latest mix is called "Ooo La La." Kick back on your pleather sofa and soak in this smooth set of 70s soft-rock and pop.

Listening options:
Tracklist:
  1. News - “Ooo La La” (US, 1974)
  2. Kenny Knight - “One Down” (US, 1980)
  3. Ernie Graham - “For a Little While” (US, 1971)
  4. Collie Ryan - “Hole in the Bucket” (US, 1973)
  5. Ilous & Decuyper - “Berceuse” (France, 1972)
  6. Kusudo & Worth - “Elizabeth” (US, 1969)
  7. The Sixth Station - “Before the Snowfall” (US, 1983)
  8. Bob Brown - “Baby Child” (US, 1971)
  9. John Walker - “Woman” (UK, 1968)
  10. Shaun Harris - “Rock and Roll Idol” (US, 1973)
  11. Bud Drago - “For You” (UK, 1978)
  12. Dennis Wilson - “Pacific Ocean Blue” (US, 1977)
  13. Brian Cullman - “Spare Wing” (US, 1975)