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    Leonard Knight must have been very impressed when he saw a hot air balloon fly near his home in Vermont in 1971. When he later moved to Nebraska, he built his own balloon with the words, “God is Love” but never got it to fly. Finally in 1984, Leonard moved to a remote desert town in California called Niland and decided this would be the place to build his testimonial to God.
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    Here's an abandoned mining operation I explored called gold pen and bovard mining districts.
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    Heritage Trek

    Take History on the Road

    Greetings, I have a passion for local history and road trips that I combined to create Heritage Trek. This project is a product of my frustration in not being able to find one online source of information and tools to conduct comprehensive tours of historic sites. This includes not only the high-profile sites but the lost and/or obscure sites in local communities, off the beaten path. Inevitably, conversations with locals (during our road trips) highlighted the history we were missing. This project integrates local knowledge into mobile apps that facilitate self-drive tours of historic sites. I believe our project will increase historical awareness that will promote site preservation and increase traffic within communities to enhance local economies. There are many historical gems that have gone relatively unnoticed by the public that deserve more attention. Please have a look at my Project Page; I would be interested in your feedback. Areas of personal interest include ghost towns and abandoned homesteads. Old homes come in all shapes, styles, and sizes and are stark reminders of pioneering families and the communities they built. Observing old homesteads create a window into the past: the wooden enclosure of a hand-dug water well, ornamental plants established decades ago to add beauty to a demanding, often brutal existence, unique building architecture, abandoned field machinery that once supported the farm, and broad, deep porches that entertained visitors and provided relaxing family time. As will all historic site and event locations, there is no substitute for being there. I am fascinated with how my perceptions of places changes when I become physically and emotionally connected to what occurred at historic sites. I created an Explore Forum, Abandoned Northwest Florida Homesteads photograph gallery, which provides examples of a few old homesteads. The gallery contains a photograph of the collapsed remains of a homestead in Westville, Florida that was the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder (author of the “Little House” series) for almost a year. They moved from Minnesota to Holmes County, Florida, in 1891 thinking the weather would benefit her husband's health but were unable to bear the high humidity and moved to South Dakota in 1892. They were an early version of the “snowbirds” that now, seasonally frequent the Gulf Coast. I would have never known Mrs. Wilder lived in Florida, if I had not passed the historical marker commemorating this chapter in their lives. You never know what you might find, once you get off the main thoroughfares and explore rural communities. Thanks! Mike Rainer
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    2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

    Indeed.. 'plan it and they will.. maybe..come..' is likely the best bet. I think many of us have a 'lone desert explorer' nature.. not that we're antisocial or anything but it's just a lot easier to plan something that fits your schedule.. let others know if you want company.. I've been planning motorcycle off road exploration trips for a while now.. I'll often publish what/where/when...but most people aren't into getting up before dawn to drive 2 hours to a staging area.. and then hit the trails at sunrise... ;-)
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    2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

    I think the main trick is to just "show up and do", and if others arrive and join in, great. Otherwise, have a cool explore on one's own. It's probably easier for two teams to get together than multiple, and a lot of that will be because naturally we all have different work/life schedules.
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    David A. Wright

    Cerro Gordo, CA

    The ghost town of Cerro Gordo, CA has been sold, after being on the market for a brief period of time.
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    Backwoods Beast

    2018 drone compilation

    This is a compilation of some of the best footage I captured while out exploring for the last 6 months along with some never seen before footage. Check out my channel if you want to see more videos like this and subscribe if you want to follow our adventures.
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    General videography suggestions

    Thought a thread to collect notes/thoughts on how to best document travels/explorations might be useful. When I first started learning about videography, I had 2 things drilled into my head.. HANDS OFF THE ZOOM and panning requires a pause. I know we can't plan all of our shots, however IF you're going to edit the footage anyway.. The core idea is all camera movement (including zoom) should be from one thing to another. Constant movement makes it very difficult to make out any details, and nobody likes zooming in/out... zoom should be slow/smooth with a defined start and end point. For example when approaching a building I'd recommend something like: Establishing shot, get the entire building if possible if not a SLOW pan from left->right (unless you read from right->left). As you approach the building entrance (if you're going inside), video your approach..slowly and with the camera held as steady as possible (tons of tips on how to do that online), it should look like a smooth roll into the building. It takes practice to get your walking 'bounce' out of the shot however once learned it's pretty easy IMO. Once inside, perhaps a slow pan from left-right to 'set the stage'. Now comes the hard part, documenting details. If there's something interesting to be seen.. then pause on it. If you're going for the 'live' look, leave the camera rolling but pointed in one direction as you explore around (perhaps the last interesting thing).. don't look through the viewfinder rather use your eyes to find interesting things while you hold the camera steady *then* move the camera view to the interesting item you found and pause there.... rinse and repeat. This is just my opinion. Personally I find that most interesting things at explore sites don't move so I rely on still images that carry more information and take less space. However I'm not trying to monetize youtube videos either...so ;-)
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    Heritage Trek

    Follow-up Video to Mayfield

    I love the "gap in the floor story!" It gives new meaning to fancy footwork. I can imagine the dances and social events this decaying shell once hosted. These are the on-site connections that bring history alive. Thanks for sharing! Mike
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    It seems like we just can’t stay away from the road! Neek, Sar and I once again piled into the car and took off. Once again, one of my sisters (the youngest) was getting married and we were invited. But it wasn’t in Oregon; this was a destination wedding in Palm Springs, California. We decided to make the most of this occasion and planned a desert road trip!
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    Abandoned mining camp in Nevada

    Moved alittle fast, but not complaining or whining about it. Room(s) with the view was quite the view. At least you saw the house upright, when everything else collapsed or nearly collapsed. I think I got a glimpse of other riders as well, possibly 3 quads(?).
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    Gold Fork Loop Trail Hike in Idaho

    New video posted-- a hike along the scenic "Gold Fork Loop" in Idaho. A forest recovering from a fire, some wildflowers, a logging operation, a stream... and some sudden dark skies. This time accompanied by Mrs. Coyote, who provided some really nice still photography.
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    Backwoods Beast

    Explored Silver City Mills Area

    So this is a really common area if you are from here and like to look at old buildings. We spent the day up there a few weeks back and decided to get some footage. This was 3 of 3 where i lost a good portion of the footage. I ended going up just last week to add the drone footage. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this very common place from a different perspective. John
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    In my experience getting people together like this is mainly about somebody stepping and making a location and date. You decide on that and people have something to work with as to weather they can make it or not. Not everybody makes it. Some because it simply doesn't work for them too far etc. Others maybe because they're not interested enough. But the people that do show are usually the ones that are pretty game to meet new people and new experiences.
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    From the album Old Mining Town

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    2018 drone compilation

    Always enjoy the birds eye view of drones.
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    Follow-up Video to Mayfield

    A follow-up video to my "Mayfield, Idaho" explore... a small town that established itself along the Oregon Trail and managed to cling to survival until the 1950's. I manage to get inside the Town Hall and find an unexpected upstairs room. Also, my dog sees a cow for the first time. Commentary welcome!
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    Heritage Trek

    Take History on the Road

    Hey Arik, I think a benefit of connecting people with their history is to dramatically enhance historic site stewardship and preservation. A feature of our mobile app is a journal that allows note-taking during self-drive treks to document the features, experiences, and interesting people met, with more than photographs. Being able to spontaneously capture observed details will not only record things often forgotten later but add to the preservation record by providing feature- and temporally-based site data. It sounds like you also have a lot of interesting history to work with. I would enjoy hearing more about what you are doing! I imagine some dry environments in parts of Idaho have given extended lives to many historic structures and features. Here it is not only a fight against development and neglect but the moisture, humidity, and insects; however, I have observed structures built with virgin cypress and longleaf pine that have weather this environment well. There are in fact, limestone caves in Jackson County, Florida, that were used to hide those escaping slavery. This county and its rich history will be one of our initial mobile app trekking destinations. Thanks for reaching out! Mike
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    Heritage Trek

    Keith Log Cabin

    From the album Abandoned Northwest Florida Homesteads

    This historic log cabin was built in 1886 by William Thomas Keith who homesteaded the surrounding land in Holmes County, Florida. He lived here with his wife, mother and eight children! The cabin was built in a one-room, “Louisiana Roof” or Creole style with a fireplace, detached kitchen and a wraparound porch. A smokehouse, corn crib and other structures once stood around the house.
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    Old Ranch - Angeles NF

    I wanted to do this in one go of a vid but the comp I have to edit on is a slow dying laptop. Unless anybody has any sugestions on how to edit vids on a POS Chromebook. Anyways here is part one that I put together.
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    Gold Fork Loop Trail Hike in Idaho

    Good exercise with beautiful landscape. My Dad was born and raised in Sandpoint.
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    What *is* private and what *is* public/BLM is a matter of public record, available at the relevant county recorder's office. I mean, it's not like there's a conspiracy to secretly alter parcel/APN information in the various county offices. Finding the information might be a challenge, since the PLSS is such an arcane and difficult system to work with at times, but the information is there. It's more a question of how much time you want to put into the research.
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    If I could reach through the display, would steal both of them.