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The Pack Family Journal is a place where we gather text and images of our lives, adventures and travels. This is a very personal site, written openly and honestly. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Another Good Day!

Another good day today! We might have a dream come true, send us positive thoughts. The Phoenix Dance Conservatory got back to us and want to meet to discuss their working with us on our new opera. Nearly all year we have been working on writing a guitar dance opera. It is the story of a charmed guitar and the lives of the musicians the guitar encounters along the way from 1945 to present day.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

SUNDAYS Everyday!

Sunday is the best day of the week. Rachel says every day is Sunday for us and she might be right, but I still like the real deal. Today we made it that much better by calling both our moms just to say "hi" and let them know we love and think of them. Oh yah, and I get to eat bacon guilt free. Today we are just going to play music all day. We are working on some new swing, jazz and jump blues tunes, that we're really diggin'. I'm even learning some new gypsy jazz, which I'm a big fan of. I figure if Django played it with only 2 fingers on his fretting hand, I should have no problem with all 5 fingers :-) In any case, make your Sunday great too. If you want to hear some great music Google Django Reinhardt, you might dig him too. Django and Ernest Ranglin are my two new favorite guitar players.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

A Tire Bubble That Almost Cost an Amp

It was almost a perfect day. Stopped to get gas on the way to meeting a guy to get a new guitar amp and as I ALWAYS DO, I check my tires. I'm always a bit paranoid about tires, since our entire house and home rides on them. Well, wouldn't you know it, the inside dually (two tires together) had a Nerf football size bubble in it on the sidewall. 

Once I knew that, we couldn't take the freeway of course, but then again I didn't want to lose the chance at this new amp. So we limped slowly on sides streets the 15 miles to meet the guy with the amp. We were late of course, but he was cool about it. We made the deal, got the amp and then limped back to our campgrounds. 

I'm sure if Mom, either of them read this they might be upset that I drove it like this. We discussed it,

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Boondocking Life is Good!

Life is good. Boondocking in Phoenix west valley waiting for the show in Puerto Penasco. Found a really great place with lots of trails and with only the sounds of passing planes or coyotes and we have the whole place to ourselves. Great cell service and plenty of time to get things done. New songs, a new play, the Blues Against Hunger compilation CD, Baja Blues Against Hunger tour, Baja Hunger Fest 2018, and lots of Baja Good Life Club parties - this is going to be a great season. - Rachel & Sixx.

Monday, October 9, 2017

On the Move Edwards to Albuquerque Running from the Cold!

On the move and running from the cold. We played Friday night in Edwards Colorado with our drummer for the night Avon City Councilman Jake Wolf. It was fun and what a BEAUTIFUL PLACE...near Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek that area...started getting pretty darn cold. We stayed the night at the brewery and enjoyed some amazing beers. My favorite was Hookiebobb (which mean to hitch a ride up a hill by a car bumper in the pre-ski lift days and the 20 Hop IPA the bartender gave me as a gift...a special beer aged 6 months, with an ABV of 8.6% (alcohol), SRM of 6 (malt color), and IBU of 90 (International Bitterness Rating), $20 a bottle or $10 a glass and worth every drop. LOVE CRAZY MOUNTAIN BREWING.

Balloon Fiesta all week until the 15th
Edwards Colorado
Then on Saturday morning, we hauled ass over the Vail-Summit to Denver... warm beautiful day. Again what a fun jam and our drummer for the night was Carleton Pike, an incredible drummer. Every song was as if he had been playing with us for years. He reminded us of first time we met our good friend and drummer Ron Rando in San Felipe. In any case, great night and we even had a new great friend Sis', a bass player

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eagle River Wolcott Campground

We're in Wolcott Colorado at Eagle River Wolcott Campground and the weather is nice and warm and we have a nice spot along the Eagle River, beautiful cliffs and rock formations, and lots of fly fishermen. Tomorrow we have a show in Edwards just up the road, the BAD PART is the drummer we had booked for the gig backed out! First time this has happened...so today it is a scramble to find a new drummer by tomorrow. I think I will have the best luck in Vail...lots of music there. Love this excitement.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Fall is Coming Quick in Colorado and Bringing on the Cold

Colorado has been incredible, but it is really getting cold. The last few weeks have been incredible. We've found an incredible boondocking location. Helped launch a brand new brewery, and got frozen inside our RV. Why would anyone live any other way?

Once we finished our show at Lazy Boy Brewing in Everett Washington, we headed east through Washington and Idaho with some awesome shows and one our latest in terms of time in Idaho Falls...way past my bedtime ;-). Wyoming was open and beautiful before heading south into Colorado. We stopped at Rabbit Ears Pass above Steamboat Springs at about 9700 feet. It was breathtaking, literally. The first night I woke a couple times feeling as if I were having a panic attack. It turned out to be due to altitude sickness, which we quickly figured out. Then the next morning it started to snow! - We were out of there! We stopped in Steamboat Springs for a dispensary (medicinal) and a local taco shack called TACO CABO. The owner was actually from Jalisco Mexico, but he was cool and let us fill our fresh water tanks from his restaurant, but as a side note...it was the most expensive taco I've had in my life and it didn't come with rice, beans or nada. I think they were $5 each and I had...well that's not important. What's more important is how this week went down - it was all meant to be.

Friday, September 15, 2017

September Starts Strong from Idaho to Wyoming!

Sixx here, it has been a long few weeks. We were hanging out in Ketchum, Idaho which was fun and beautiful. While wondering the streets there like a couple of tourists, we got lucky and stopped to asked directions from Jeffery Lubeck, a local photographer and partner with his son Kyle in the MESH Gallery in downtown Ketchum. As it turns out, it was the day before Sun Valley WAGON DAYS and he was in need of music for the Weekend long event's opening night Gallery Walk. We jumped at the opportunity. We were even more excited when we found out the building of the MESH is the first Catholic Church built in the valley in 1884 and had a very gothic feel and the ONLY WAY we'd ever get to play in a church.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

On the Road in Ketchum, Idaho and an Amazing Camping Area

Sweet and Sixx of Wild Pack stops to hang out in Ketchum Idaho for a Blues Against Hunger Blues Jam food drive at Sun Valley Brewery on Sept. 8 and are spending time at Lake Creek Camping area. The area is for 16 days free dry camping in a very beautiful area.


Here is the link and reviews for Campendium for the same camp ground: https://www.campendium.com/lake-creek-road

Wild Pack Band http://www.wildpackband.com

MESH ART Gallery http://www.meshart.net

Friday, March 3, 2017

Tammy & Maxim Email Update from Mulege

Don Chano's had another pig roast last night.   Karen, the world class flutist that stays here in Mulege during the winter played her flute along with the band, Nueva Luna that played at the pig races last week.  Excellent music.    I danced a song with Juan Ramon, the landscaping employee that lives here.  Back in December at another pig roast hosted here, Manual's extended family members were chanting for me to dance with Juan Ramon and they tried a bit last night to....   Juan Ramon didn't have his game on, so I was spared.   Good thing since I caught this horrible cold that is going around.  Most everyone that ate at Scotty's (El Candil) after the pig races last week got it.  I didn't eat at Scotty's that night, but I managed to get it too.

The park built a real nice concrete block pig roasting pit with metal bars built into it for the metal rack and covered it with mud.  Its right across from the Admin building.  The pig was big and so the pit is large enough to be used as a large hot tub.

Maxim is totally enjoying school!  They had a party yesterday afternoon at the town square basketball court and the whole school ended up at the lighthouse last night following their other party and on Fridayone school teacher is hosting a party at his house.   I cant imagine a school teacher in the States inviting an entire class to his house...... Maxim says he loves this school!

Hopefully this Don Chano update finds you well, unlike myself and several others!