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  1. Hey all, I have been gone for a long time focusing on my YouTube channel, which grew faster and larger than I had ever imagined. YouTube has become my full time job and I have been traveling non-stop for the last two years living in vacation rentals while supporting my family of six. It's been a very interesting experience, but definitely worth all the drama, uncertainty, and work. I gave up everything to chase the YouTube dream, and so far it's working out. I sold everything I had, put what little I didn't sell into storage, and risked it all for the dream. There have been many times I have thought I had made a mistake, or we fell into heavy debt trying to continue to finance our work. But in the end, perseverance has paid off! If you are one of the millions trying to make it on YouTube, never give up! All it takes is one video to take you to the next level! So far I have been exploring Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah, and a little Idaho. If you like exploring abandoned places in the middle of nowhere, Nevada has them all beat by far, there is just no comparison. I have neglected this forum during that time, but you all have kept it on life support; therefore I am going to make a concerted effort to post on here at least once a day. I might even start pushing it on my social media sites to get more activity over here. I have added new spam fighting measures and will probably upgrade the server. Forums were upgraded last night. A big thank you to @desertdog for texting me that the domain name had expired. That's how much I had neglected this site.
  2. Spent 3 hours driving to a location yesterday only to have to turn around after getting to a section of road my Armada couldn't handle... gotta get that UTV!

  3. You're 100% correct David, you gotta always have a plan B and keep a savings for when things turn bad ... not if, but when. I couldn't agree more and I don't think you're being a spoil sport, just realistic. Job insecurity is a reality no matter what industry you're in, even the auto industry, which is a multi billion dollar a year industry and makes tangible items, had to be saved by big government during the last recession. My wife, who was a public school teacher (which was supposed to be a recession proof job), was laid off due to budget cuts during the great recession. She was playing it safe by getting a "recession proof job" ... No job is safe today. Job security is a thing of the past for the most part. It's always best to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. There is no doubt that YouTube could be gone tomorrow, but that's why you have to make sure you also have built up a brand on other social media and build a brand that is bigger than your YouTube channel. This is also where savings comes into play because no matter what industry you decide to make your living, it can always be gone tomorrow. Heck, I have heard of YouTube terminating people channels with no explanation as to why. YouTube is not a secure source of income, and they don't give a damn about the creators on the platform. Some things to consider though. YouTube has been around for 13 years and is the most popular platform for young kids. Instead of growing up with cable TV, today's kids are growing up on YouTube. It's the future, and although it could easily be knocked off the pedestal of top dog like MySpace was by Facebook, there doesn't appear to be any real competition at the moment. YouTube aka Google has a pretty solid grip on the video industry with their ready to go ad program, but Facebook (which we are now starting to upload our videos too) is giving YouTube some competition in this area. The advertisers on YouTube are large corporations, the same ones who have been advertising on cable television. I don't think any of them stopped advertising on TV during our last great recession. Sure, they may cut back some on advertising, but Cable TV survived the last recession, and they make money by selling ad space. YouTube is the new TV of the younger generation. Google as ads that are very easy to see results. Unlike TV, you can tell when anyone clicks on your ad, you can create a sales funnel and tell when your ad produces a single sell. Companies continue to advertise because no matter how big they are, they need to sell products. In order to sell, you gotta remind people what to do, and you gotta remind them about your products. That's why large corporations like Coke and Pepsi continue to spend millions of dollars every year to sell products. Even though they are a large company, they still have competition, new products they need to let the masses know about, etc. Judging by the history of advertising, I don't think that's ever going to change. TV has made it through all the previous downturns in the economy, and I think YouTube will be able to weather the storm when it hits. I could be wrong, but I think they will survive. I don't know if my post made it sound like I had it made, because I don't. I am still in the struggling phase and working on trying to break through. I am working on diversifying my income sources, working on building a brand, and more. I am nowhere near where I want to be. I am saving like crazy because after Christmas, revenue drops and I have to be ready for that like every year. I gave up everything I had to try and do something I love to do for a living, and it seems like it may work out. It may not, but at least I will never have to wonder "what could have been". I gotta enjoy it while it lasts because it can all be gone tomorrow.
  4. Bob

    Sky Photos

    Wow El, that's an amazing shot!
  5. I can attest to the ability to sell on YouTube, if you have a product, YouTube is a great way to sell it and create a brand for yourself ... no matter how small your channel is.
  6. No exit plan, but definitely a diversification of income stream from the videos and becoming a brand instead of just a YouTube channel. You can make a ton of money with sponsors, affiliates, etc. I have learned to diversify my income strategy from YouTube, and it's working great and allows me to continue to produce the content the viewers want. On the other hand, it does seem that "abandoned" in general is somewhat dying on YouTube. Far too many creators fake their content and make it so extreme that general abandoned content by itself is no longer interesting. This is also what happened to the prank genre, the fakers killed it. This means you have to also be willing to change and adapt.
  7. I have noticed that fuel prices are on a sharp increase again. What are you seeing in your area?
  8. When we were in socal, it was about $3.50 a gallon, here in Arizona it's around $2.30 per gallon. Not too bad.
  9. My Armada battery has gone south, and I am looking to replace the battery with something that won't leak. I was looking at the Optima Yellow Top batteries, but I have seen mixed reviews. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with a good battery to use in a vehicle that uses a lot of gadgets (dash cam, GPS, radar detector, etc).
  10. Bob

    What's the scoop on cool stuff to see around Phoenix Arizona?

  11. Thanks Brenden, the adpocolypse nearly destroyed the channel, but thankfully we continued to push ahead and so far things are looking pretty good again. YouTube is also a PITA platform, they have zero communication with creators and YouTube is run by social justice warriors. Gun videos are pretty much demonetized, if not completely deleted, without warning or explanation. I had a bunch of firearm videos planned, but had to change course due to all their nonsensical rules.
  12. Ed, how is everything going with your situation?
  13. Let's see what Arizona has to offer! Stay tuned, I will post anything I find out here on YouTube and post a link on the forums. 

  14. Thanks for the info, sounds like you had one hell of a trip out there!
  15. In about two months I plan on buying a 4 seat UTV, and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions? I need one that can get us almost anywhere since I have so many places in Nevada I need to get to and explore. Most of the places I go have washed out roads that are not maintained. Just wondering if there is anything specific I should look for when I go UTV shopping.
  16. Missed this, did you make it out there?
  17. You've saved me a ton of time Brenden, I really appreciate your help. I like the idea of renting one for a day, would be $$ well spent!
  18. Bob

    New to the forum, not new to exploring.

    Welcome to the forums, is your name a play on the zyzzyx road?
  19. Bob

    New from PA

    Would be nice to hear more from new users, Brenden has a point.
  20. Bob

    New Paranormal group saying hello to everyone!

    We've been having some fun with the Paranormal stuff on our channel, but I am 100% skeptic in the paranormal. It's fun to see what you can find and I hope someday I will have my mind changed, but so far I can't say I have been convinced in the paranormal.
  21. Bob

    New Battery Suggestions

    I just wanted to update this, I went with a Walmart Battery, already had to replace it once.
  22. Was wondering the same thing, what was the purpose of the tunnel. One cool find for sure.
  23. Bob

    New member

    Welcome Mel. Agree, Jarbidge is some very beautiful country, must have seen 10 rattle snakes on our drive through there.
  24. Bob

    new member Politicize from PA

    Welcome Farid, great to have you here. More of a Rural explorer myself, always searching for those locations that haven't been seen in 30+ years. The hunt continues. Urban exploring is a lot of fun too though,but I enjoy the middle of nowhere more.
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    • South Pass City WY
      South Pass City, approximately 90 miles north of Rock Springs, is a historic site administered by the state of Wyoming.  It consists of over 30 log, frame, and stone buildings, along with the Carissa Mine and Stamp Mill.

      South Pass City Historic Site
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    • Surprise Canyon, California
      Recently, I’ve been going through my old VHS video tapes and digitizing them to DVDs.  These tapes contain my travels and explorations between 1995 and 2009.  I thought I’d start releasing some video shorts of my early travels on this forum.

      The back story for this particular video is as follows.  On March 30, 1996, I made a short hike of about a mile and a third up the lower third of Surprise Canyon, on the western slopes of the Panamint Range, Inyo County, California.  This canyon is just outside of Death Valley National Park.  This canyon has running water running year round through the stretch shown, fed by substantial Limekiln Springs, and the canyon is a water wonderland.  For those not familiar with the area, refer to the two maps.  The first one shows the canyon in relation to the region, the other a close up of the canyon and the ghost town of Panamint City.  The blue line in the close up image shows the route that was taken.

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    • Exploration Field Trips - March 31-April 2, 2000 - Into the Nevada Triangle with Lew Shorb
      My next series of videos will be based on a trip in 2000 that I took with Lew Shorb.  Lew is a board member here, as well as owner of the popular website http://www.ghosttownexplorers.org/ghost.htm

      In breaking with my past habit of culling out historical sites and ghost towns and creating short videos dealing with these, I decided to keep the exploring part of Explore Forums in and create videos of each day of my travel and exploration, including our camps.  Scenery, travel, camping ghost towns and wide open spaces.

      Part one of this series, as well as subsequent videos, will all appear here within this same thread. Part I will start in my garage, where I was finishing up with the packing my truck.  The following day, after work, I begin my travels to meet Lew Shorb at Rhyolite, Nevada ghost town.

      Our three day, two night travels prowled about the "Nevada Triangle" section of northeastern Death Valley National Park; and will include such sites as:

      1. The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad
      2. Gold Bar
      3. Phinney Mine
      4. Strozzi Ranch
      5. Currie Well (LV&T RR)
      6. Mud Springs Summit (LV&T RR)
      7. Happy Hooligan Mine

      This video, that of March 30th and 31st, will start off this series; and is brief, only being 3:28 long.  Nevada-Triangle_Shorb-2000_Part-1.wmv

      So, below is my narrative of part one of this series to give full context of what is seen in the video.  It will probably take longer to read than the video is long.


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    • Exploration Field Trips: May 1-3, 2000 - Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
      Exploration Field Trips:
      May 1-3, 2000
      Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley

      What do you do with three authors, two 4x4’s, two two-way radios, three cameras, and camping supplies? Send them to Death Valley, of course. For three days in the first week of May, 2000, fellow authors and historical researchers Alan Patera, Alan Hensher and myself explored Death Valley north and south.

      Alan Patera writes and publishes the WESTERN PLACES series of monograph books.  Alan Hensher has been published in several periodicals as well as authoring several books, centering primarily on the history of Mojave Desert sites.

      Alan Patera, who hails from Oregon, came south to California and picked up Alan Hensher; then the two came my way. At the time I was living in Ridgecrest, California. After overnighting with my wife and I, the three of us took off for Death Valley.  Alan was busy researching and photographing for a future edition of WESTERN PLACES, this time centering on the camps of the Funeral Range, which forms the eastern border of east central Death Valley.  Circumstances and changes of our journey lead Alan to plant the seeds of two more future books, this time centering just outside the northernmost section of Death Valley.


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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      Reconnoitering Trips
      Northern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      (and a Blip of Southeastern Oregon Thrown in for Good Measure)
      June 19 - 28, 2001

      This is the trip that I consider to be my favorite trip I have ever undertaken.  It had been in the planning stages since the previous December.  Originally, quite a number of people were invited and had semi-committed themselves to come along.  Over time, however, eventually the number of people whose semi-commitments became firm commitments to this trip narrowed to four.  And I was one of them.

      Below, a list of historic locations we visited – in the order that we visited them:

      1. Bodie & Benton Railway, California.
      2. Stillwater, Nevada.
      3. White Cloud City (Coppereid), Nevada.
      4. Unionville, Nevada.
      5. Midas, Nevada.
      6. Spring City, Nevada.
      7. Paradise Valley, Nevada.
      8. Buckskin, Nevada.
      9. National, Nevada.
      10. Delamar, Idaho.
      11. Silver City, Idaho.
      12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
      13. Pattsville, Nevada.
      14. Aura, Nevada.
      15. Cornucopia, Nevada.
      16. Edgemont, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
      17. White Rock, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
      18. Tuscaurora, Nevada.
      19. Dinner Station, Nevada.
      20. Metropolis, Nevada.
      21. Charleston, Nevada.
      22. Jarbidge, Nevada.
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