Sgt. Rock in Red Rock Country
September 19, 2009

Please forgive what is essentially a self-indulgent travelogue. Because, really, who likes looking at other people’s vacation photos? Fortunately I was able to shadow Sgt. Rock as he embarked on a solo reconnaissance mission to Arizona’s "Red Rock" country: Sedona and its environs. Here follows a photographic recap of a week scouting in one of the Earth’s most beautiful locations. Our little East Company canvassed primarily a 12 mile stretch of scenic terrain in Oak Creek Canyon.

 

 

MISSION: A.B. Young Trail  |  34.9714, -111.7521  |  2.3 miles one way
NOTES: Long, hot, and steep switchback climb to canyon rim. Little to no shade.

 

MISSION: North Wilson Mountain Trail  |  34.9232, -111.7394  |  2.2 miles one way
NOTES: Steep climb through lush canyon to flat prairie bench east of Wilson Mountain.

 

MISSION: West Fork Trail  |  34.9898, -111.75  |  3.3 miles one way
NOTES: Trail follows tributary of Oak Creek through towering canyon walls. Easy hike – good for old farts.

 

MISSION: Cookstove Trail  |  35.0145, -111.7322  |  0.6 miles one way
NOTES: Short, very steep trail in pine forest on east face of Oak Creek Canyon. Inspired to practice Yoga at peak.

 

MISSION: Huckaby Trail  |  34.8827, -111.7358  |  3.0 miles one way
NOTES: Rolling trail perched above Oak Creek on west flank of Mitten Ridge. Good location for a skinny dip.

 

MISSION: Determine if this is, in fact, the Land that Time Forgot.
NOTES: Saw with my own eyes the elusive Geckosaurus Rex, Teragrasshopper, and Ankylobeetle.

 

MISSION: Branch out and reconnoiter city to north of Oak Creek.
NOTES: Rendezvoused with secret agent at Beaver Creek Brewery. Sampled offerings for field data.

 

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Correspondent’s note: I hope to find some solace in knowing I’m not the only one who feels the need to bring toys when he travels. I have clear recollections of the toys I had with me on childhood vacations: M.A.S.K. Piranha on a road trip to Florida; Deep Six and his Sharc down at the Jersey Shore.

The night before our trip up to Sedona I feverishly rummaged through containers of miscellaneous figures looking for the right candidate to accompany us on our trip. I settled on my old Remco Sgt. Rock figure. I like this guy even though I can’t get over his ridiculously short arms. That line would have been so much cooler but for that glaring flaw.

Sgt. Rock was a good companion for our trip to Arizona’s high country and my wife was very patient with all the mini photo shoots.

 

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Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
Action figure anthropologist, Professor Cantina Dan Neumann has been a scholastic contributor to the online community studying the complex world of parumplasticus populus {little plastic people} since the turn of this millenium. His primary focus is the visual cataloging of species exhibits through photo-journalism.
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9 Comments »

  • Hourman says:

    CantinaDan and Sgt. Rock starring in “The Road to Sedona”! Eat your heart out, Hope & Crosby!

  • Hi_Fi_Guy says:

    I took a Playmobile pirate ship to Truman Lake on vacation as a kid… didn’t realize it wasn’t designed to float. Lost the ship and all her crew. Leson learned.

  • xrmc20 says:

    Awesome. The pics with the live model insects and others are especially impressive.

  • Chip Cataldo says:

    My favorite blog ever from you, and that’s saying a LOT.

    “Sampled offerings for field data.” ROTFL!!!

    You’re the best blogger here, Dan…very very entertaining.

    Peace,

    Chip

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    Great to see the old Sarge out of retirement for another mission. The old Remco line was pretty much vanilla compared to Hasbro’s Joes, but I liked how they tried to diversify things a bit with the rarer second series. Excellent pics and blog, Dan.

  • chad says:

    loved the pictures for they prove one only needs a good camera and an imagination. and nice to see sgt. rock still going strong for an old solider

  • CantinaDan says:

    Thanks, folks. Here’s hoping we’ll see some more Sgt Rock figures in the near future! There are not nearly enough.

  • If you smell what Sgt. Rock is cooking.

  • brand42 says:

    Dan, I’ve been out to Sedona and Slide Rock before and it’s great to see photos of that region.

    I didn’t pack toys with me on that trip but often do when I visit Disneyland and even took some shots of Shayera at the Indiana Jones ride for some “Ancient History” backdrops.

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