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  1. 6 points
    MB64

    Another visit to Rhyolite

    Visted last year but missed seeing a few things. Now being there again, I keep seeing more and more things to look at for next time lol. This video is of the area I camped in and bits of Rhyolite. Was really fun camping there and will probably do it again.
  2. 6 points
  3. 5 points
    the building at the millsite.
  4. 4 points
    David A. Wright

    Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    A friend of mine recently bought a DJI Phantom4 Pro. He piddled with it for about a week wit hout success to get it airborne. I was unaware of his purchase until he brought it to my house to see if I could get it airborne. Through some intuition and just plain dumb luck, I had it in the air in about ten minutes. Since then, he's been enjoying playing with it at his property. He's brought it over to my place and I've done a lot of photos of my home and property. We even took it into the hills above his home to an abandoned quarry that we target practice at and had the drone hover and video us taking turns tossing clay pigeons and shooting them with our shotguns. It has an amazing camera, very high resolution. Putting the videos on his notebook computer, plugging it into his big screen TV with an HDMI cable, reveals sharp video. Though fairly far out, we were able to clearly see the clay pigeons fly out and vaporize in a cloud of dust when hit (of course we kept the drone at distance ... I certainly didn't want to be the one blowing his $1,500 drone to smithereens!). Below are some video stills and images taken while target practicing, and views from above my property. My friend just hit a clay, as annotated in the photo. I had just launched a clay pigeon by hand, using a plastic sling. I'm at the controls, bringing in the drone for a landing. We are standing next to my truck. Above my place, looking east at the Sonoma Range. Looking northerly. Winnemucca Mountain dominates the scene. The two silos in the distance at extreme right belong to the potato processing plant, town is beyond and off the image to the right. The mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad approaches and curves across the scene. View southwesterly across Grass Valley to the northern end of the East Range. View southerly along Grass Valley with the Sonoma Range at left, East Range at right.
  5. 4 points
    here are the two cabins from your 1984 picture in 2017...David did you check out the cemetery in 1984?
  6. 4 points
    Comparing Chris' photo of this building at Grantsville, it's an interesting study in the deterioration in 33 years. Note two standing cabins at right, no longer there. 1984 2006
  7. 4 points
  8. 4 points
    Laureli

    Critters

    First post, hope I'm doing this correctly . . . . : ) Horny Toad (Phrynosoma platyrhinos) . . . Belleville Mill Site, NV I've only seen these in captivity - made my day to find them in the wild!
  9. 4 points
    Andy-Carrie

    South Pass City, Wyoming

    We had the opportunity to go to South Pass City on Thursday June 8th. This is a well known gold mining area, and you get to tour the hoist house, stamp mill and refinery building. Pictures will be posted soon.
  10. 4 points
  11. 4 points
    dery

    Critters

    I'll call a piscavorus for two hundred. Not good at poker. So I'll start low.
  12. 4 points
    braindead0

    Mountain goiter

  13. 4 points
    David A. Wright

    Need suggestions for a first car

    Sounds like an older Subaru Outback (pre-2010) might work for you. If you want something newer, a Subaru Crosstrek or Forester might work. After 2010 the Outbacks went up in size, cost and ammenities. I suggest a Subaru, because they are a nice car for those times you want a nice road car. I own a 2012 Outback Premium and love it. And it has good ground clearance. If you are looking used, any true SUV would work. Not AWD cars, like the Honda CRV, as they automatically engage their rear axles when wheel slip occures (Subarus are full time 4x4) and often lack ground clearance. Fine for snow and ice, not so good for sand; or when you see an obstacle coming and you are left to hope the car can cope. Tire choices are limited as well, it is difficult to find any sort of rugged tire for them. But the like as Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra; Toyota Four Runner, early Ford Explorer, Chevrolet S10 Blazer and the like will get you where you want.
  14. 3 points
  15. 3 points
    57butler

    Another visit to Rhyolite

    Really cool! 1906...do you know what made the town fail?
  16. 3 points
    Thanks for having me.
  17. 3 points
    wimc

    Another visit to Rhyolite

    Could spend all day there also, even stand in some areas and wonder (or day dream) what it was actually like. Hope you are able to go back someday and get more videos.
  18. 3 points
    wimc

    Another visit to Rhyolite

    Sure looked like the site has lots to see.
  19. 3 points
    wimc

    Another visit to Rhyolite

    That was an excellent video, really liked it alot. As I do most videos, only way for me to see what you see.
  20. 3 points
    braindead0

    Critters

    crap now it's a competition!!! And cool, wasn't totally clear on bull/gopher snake....
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  22. 3 points
    braindead0

    NV Road trip

    How much time and what are you looking for? Interested in rock hounding at all? Most of the locations I have are rock hounding related.. taking 95 all the way to 80 then to Reno? Or swinging over earlier than that?
  23. 3 points
    braindead0

    Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    Most of the WIFI drones I've seen are very insecure and can be taken over easily, not a problem if only using in the boonies however something to be aware of.. the tools to take over drones are readily available...
  24. 3 points
    57butler

    Van Slyke Castle

    Video is now posted from exploring Van Slyke Castle in New Jersey. We went last Sunday. The hike to the ruins was longer than I thought. I thought it would have been a little easier, but we did it :-) It's our first time of us exploring after our surgeries. My gall bladder took a crap 2 1/2 weeks after Bob's surgery. We can play connect the dots on our stomachs, lol. Finally got out and about. :-) Ran into a snake on the trail, which I got on the video. I was startled and originally thought it was a rat snake, but it was too quick, it was a Racer. Implementing my daughter again, she seems to do well on cam. AND - I finally got a rig. The video seems a less shaky, let me know if you notice a difference.
  25. 3 points
    CindyN11

    We got the house!!!!

    We got the house!!!!
  26. 3 points
    David A. Wright

    Need suggestions for a first car

    I own a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, with the TRD Off Road package, V6 and 5-speed that I bought new. Zero issues. Heck, still has the same headlight bulbs that it came from the factory with. This truck wasn't babied. It's even been on its side and nearly submerged. Lots of bedrock crawling and countless washboarded roads. Still cleans up nice, the interior looks good. The AC blows cold. Original clutch. Fourth set of tires, third set of shocks. Second battery. All but one tailight and one license plate light original. Timing belt and water pump replaced during factory recommended 90,000 mark. One steering boot replaced (ripped it open on the trail when it was impaled by a pine branch, field fixed with duct tape, replaced by dealer during 90k service a year later). Truck pictured here and there on this forum. Tons of photos on my old website at www.gbr.4wdtrips.net My Outback was is my first Subaru. Traded in a 2006 Honda CR-V on it. Though the Honda was a very good car, I can tell the difference in ice, snow and mud with my Subaru; and there is a lot of ice, snow and mud where I live and regularly travel. And it's a wonderful road car and gets very good mileage (4-cylinder, CVT transmission). For instance, the car's trip computer tells me this evening that I got 31.8 mpg since filling it up Thursday morning at home in Winnemucca, and driving to and around Boise, Idaho since. I bought a new 1996 Chevrolet S10 4x4 pickup in late 1996 (left over stock after release of the '97s). It was stock, 4.3 V6, 5-speed manual, otherwise bone stock. It was a good truck and is featured in several of my videos here on this forum. The S10 Blazer, I suspect, is just as capable. My truck wasn't well equipped for rugged off roading, but took everything I put it too. Traded it in on my current Tacoma.
  27. 3 points
    57butler

    Need suggestions for a first car

    Subaru's last forever too. I also know quite a few people that have owned Toyota's and a few of them had over 200k miles and had no issues. I personally owned 2 Chevy Blazers at one point. The one, the transmission started to slip and the other was beat into the ground and gave us 11 good years. Both had 4wd and we utilized that very much during the winter...I miss those days. Now, I want a Jeep Wrangler so bad. Jeeps seem to hold their value too...they don't seem to depreciate as much as other vehicles. I think the same holds for Subaru.
  28. 3 points
    Harley Kuehl

    Need suggestions for a first car

    something to keep in mind with ALL WHEEL DRIVE....is the tires. There are states that will NOT replace one tire on all wheel drive vehicles...so if one tire craps the bed, you are looking at replacing all FOUR automatically....and tires are NOT cheap!
  29. 3 points
    braindead0

    Might be explorable..

    From the album May 28 Nightingale Redux

    Located right about here: 39.575187, -119.912318 I didn't go in, however their was a nice cool breeze coming from this opening.... didn't have any off smells but air seems to be flowing very well and it was very cool. Might require some debris removal to access, or finding the other end of up.. There's another opening that might be easier up the hill accros the road..
  30. 3 points
    braindead0

    Critters

    Back out at Nightingale, this time in Jeep with Wife.. I'm fairly sure this is a gopher snake, about 2' long.. no rattle.. and the head seems too narrow.. However not being the best identifier of snakes, we left him be....figured the amount of traffic on that road..and he was making his way (it was about 65 degrees, and it looked to have a couple of mice in the belly.. or just the way it was sitting.. no expert here): and this guy, seems to be smiling... in a sly..lizardy way
  31. 2 points
    Welcome to explore forums. We are a friendly bunch here on EF. Feel free to start posting at any time.
  32. 2 points
    MB64

    Another visit to Rhyolite

    Sounds like a plan, might be October before I get out that way again. Your latest tunnel/mine video, that is looking awesome. Must have been nice to get out of the heat too.
  33. 2 points
    El Polvo

    Critters

    Very nice horned lizard shots!!! Welcome to the forum!!!
  34. 2 points
    MB64

    Another visit to Rhyolite

    Thanks! Wish I had spent even more time there walking around but had to get on the road, maybe next year. I got to look at some things I missed my first visit and that was really the main thing.
  35. 2 points
    Yes, In my old, worn out original copy of Paher's Nevada ghost towns book, I annotated the historical photo that I found it in "bad shape". I made a quick attempt to find it, not having any topo map of the area. It is shown on the topo, which I found some years later after I purchses the Nevada set of National Geographic TOPO! software. Turns out I believe my friend and I drove right by it, before we turned around after we drove a mile or so from our camp at the cabin. You'll see our quick effort on the video when I get it up. After our attempt, we drove over Grantsville Summit and into Reese River Valley. Then we drove north and had breakfast in Austin.
  36. 2 points
    MB64

    NV Road trip

    Anything of interest and easy to get to besides Rhyolite between Kingman AZ and Reno NV? Got a little bit of time to burn on the way home from AZ on US-95.
  37. 2 points
    MB64

    NV Road trip

    I'm actually back from the trip now and did drive along that old railroad grade Tried to get some GoPro video but only got 2 minutes before the battery died, forgot to charge it after taking some time lapse sequences. Starting to edit stuff from the trip today.
  38. 2 points
    I have enjoyed visiting and camping at Grantsville. I first visited around 1984, last in 2006. I have a three part video of my 2006 trip to the area already edited, but not yet rendered and saved for posting here. Me and a friend camped there during Memorial Day weekend and it was snowing on us. I should get it rendered and online.
  39. 2 points
    Laureli

    Critters

    Thank you very much!
  40. 2 points
    El Polvo

    Critters

    Cool cottonmouth!
  41. 2 points
    El Polvo

    Critters

    Yes, it is a gopher snake Super awesome shots btw
  42. 2 points
    David A. Wright

    Need suggestions for a first car

    When the highway turns white, my truck is in 4x4. My Tacoma has the optional 4WD button on the transfer case lever handle that allows shifting into 4WD at speeds up to 45 mph. The lever is only used to shift between 4-HI and 4-LO, virtually eliminating half of Toyota's tradional J-GATE shift pattern. It wasn't my choice, as I am not a fan of electronic doo-dads, but it has proven reliabe and is very handy for when there are variable snow/ice/dry road conditons.
  43. 2 points
    MB64

    Need suggestions for a first car

    Well for me, it's use what you need to get through a spot in the road/trail. If I've been traveling miles in 2wd and get to a small ditch crossing and slip, a flick of the switch will probably get me through. If not, then it's time to pop it in 4wd. Plus, 2wd locked you can have some good fun on snowy roads
  44. 2 points
    David A. Wright

    Need suggestions for a first car

    Thank you for your input. My Tacoma has the TRD Off Road package, thus the rear locker. However, the locker is rendered inoperable in 2WD or 4-HI by the truck's brain and electronics. There are bypasses available online to disable the electronic nannies, but it is my choice to leave my truck alone. It is my practice to engage the front end on a regular basis, even on bladed dirt roads, just to keep all the moving parts limber and lubed. And, in my opinion, I can't see a need for the locker in 2WD when the front axle is likely engaged anyway. Yes, the rear locker alone makes an amazing difference, and if I'm crawling along on Class III trails or worse, it is my habit to engage the locker and keep it locked. Just to keep it limber and lubed; also so as not tearing up the trail needlessly because the truck simply keeps on pulling when the trail suddenly turns worse. Thinking about the e-locker in an IFS Tacoma, the differential housing design is boxy instead of the shape of the standard diff housing. Not knowing how the locker looks, I just assume that it wouldn't fit in the box. I'm surprised that Toyota hasn't engineered a front locker, given the popularity of the Rubicon Wrangler. And especially given the prices of new TRD Tacomas ...
  45. 2 points
    dery

    Critters

    Here are a couple local cats in my apartment complex that ocasionally stop in. These two love Netflix documentaries and FloridaMemoryRadio's Latin program. They are one of my neighbor's outside cats. The one with the bow guards my door so he/she is not camera friendly.
  46. 2 points
    wimc

    Bigfoot - Yes, No, Maybe?

    I see, my post must be a joke. May be I'll rephrase: cannot say I do, nothing presented over the years has convinced me in such.
  47. 2 points
    dery

    Please welcome our newest member Chief

    Welcome to explore forums Chief. We are a friendly bunch of people here on EF. We will love to see you active on these forums.
  48. 2 points
    Bob

    Be Aware Of Ticks

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    Chief

    Please welcome our newest member Chief

    Thanks. This forum is a really good idea. Looking forward to my trip to Tonopah and its surroundings. Leaving tomorrow and will be exploring for 3 days!
  50. 2 points
    Thanks dery and Bob!
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