It was indeed a good time once again. I'm really happy I had an opportunity to meet you Tom and your wife Sharon (and of course Bucky!).
It really is pretty much just an informal gathering of people with like-minded interests - be it Superstition Mountain History, the LDM specifically, the Stone Maps or even just treasure hunting or prospecting/mining in general. The formal speakers and "events" are really nice, but the meat of the gathering is all the mingling, story telling, theories and listening.
I usually spend more time sitting around talking with folks and exchanging ideas, however it was important to me this year to make sure Connie felt comfortable and didn't feel "out of the loop." I really appreciated everyone making her feel welcome, and the good news is that by the time we headed back to the airport after a couple days in Sedona, she was already interested in starting to get a feel for real estate prices and the kinds of areas she would like to live in, so one Rendezvous may have convinced her
I hope I have an opportunity to spend more time talking to you in the future Tom as every story you told seemed to bring up 3 more questions I wanted to ask. Connie mentioned to me numerous times that out of all the folks she met and saw out there, you were the one that stuck in her mind as the "REAL" cowboy - she said that your looks, dress, attitude, history and mannerisms reminded her a lot of what she imagined John Wayne was like in his western movies
I haven't even begun to go through my photos from this trip, but I don't think we have too many from the Rendezvous itself - if I find some good ones, I'll post them here though.
The 2 folks in your photo that were unidentified were:
1) Von Kidd (bearded fellow sitting) - don't know much about him except that he's quiet but friendly, and that he rode a bicycle out to the Don's camp both last year and this.
2) Ellie (man standing behind Von) - I don't know his last name, but he posts on other forums as Ellie Baba.
I encourage anyone interested to come out next year (it should be around the 3rd weekend of October). It's really a good time, and people genuinely make an effort to set aside any differences they may have personally just to enjoy a little comaradarie and say hello to old friends and perhaps meet some new ones.