Friday, February 10, 2012

Sad Week

I just got word from Alan Gates that Aralbai has died at just 54.

(Photo by Cat)
He might have been "The Coolest Man in the World" and was a serious drinking companion, but many people from many countries from here to England to Japan (I may tell that tale later) appreciated him as a guide and mentor.

From the top: he and his son, '98, by me; with his wife and Alan; with Lauren when she was 17 and years later in her Fulbright year; by Cat again (hoping she will post too), and releasing his eagle back to the wild, also by Lauren.






He was one of three friends or friend's family members who died this week. More later.

9 comments:

NorCal Cazadora said...

So young!

I'm sorry for all your losses.

Anonymous said...

Awww, damn. Very sorry to hear this.

Jim Cornelius

Anonymous said...

Indeed sorry to hear this - one more free spirit has left this earth .. I feel a sense of personal loss even though I knew of his existence only through Steve's writing.

Black Dog Lady

Rebecca K. O'Connor said...

I feel like I knew him... heartbreaking to lose him, but oh what a life he lived (and shared)!

CZLion said...

So saddened to hear this and my condolences to family and friends.

Anonymous said...

I bet he is flying right now with that last eagle he released.....L.B.

Lauren McGough said...

Thank you Steve. The world is poorer without the old adventurer.

Mark Churchill said...

We'll be hoisting a vodka or two next time we're out in the field...

Mark Churchill said...

I should mention other forms of prayer have been offered as well...