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  1. It took about 4 hours for SAR to show up and they were very impressed that we had a SPOT personal locator beacon. They said it made their job so much easier and they were grateful that we were able to provide exact coordinates of our location. They asked me a lot of questions about it and wished everyone had one. They said they wished everyone they search for were as prepared for an emergency. I guess that made me feel a little better for being an idiot and not having what I needed to get myself out of there. 

    If you're in Pershing County, good luck, they were not willing to do anything to help us out there, they told my wife "well, it's not too cold tonight" and they were not going to go out there. They were fully aware that two little kids were also stuck out there, but they didn't give a damn. Then SPOT called Washoe County who were there in about 4 hours even though it wasn't in their county. I was very grateful to Washoe County SAR. They didn't have to go out there, but they did. 

    If I hadn't had my two young daughters with me, I would have just slept in the vehicle and waited until the next day and tried some more to get out, but they were scared. We had plenty of food and water to sustain us for at least 5 days, but I figured it might just be better to push the button and see how it worked since the kids were freaked out. 

    I have since added on the "save our vehicle" feature to my spot where they claim they will go anywhere to get your vehicle unstuck or towed, so next time if I get stuck, I can just use that feature instead of wasting SAR's time. I also now carry more recovery gear such as the orange traction mats, three shovels, and a tow strap. I also have a real off road vehicle now, and with the crawl control, sand shouldn't be a problem. 


  2. 19 hours ago, CindyN11 said:

    Welcome Newbies! And Bob, try as you might, you will never "kill" this place, LOL! It might go quiet, be we all find our way back here. I've missed you guys!!!

    Nice to see you back Cindy, we missed you too! Where have ya been? 


  3. 1 hour ago, Housemartin said:

    Greetings! I hope you don't mind if I join in the conversation. I also just found out about this forum through a YouTube video. Sorry to see its mostly defunct. I live in Utah which has a good number of ghost towns. My family and I are really into hiking and photography. Mostly still photography. If you're ever in central Utah I can point you to some cool places. Next week I'm going to be solo traveling hwy 50 through Nevada heading to California. I'm leaving time in my trip for abandoned detours. If you know of any cool places along hwy 50 I'd love to know about them. 

    Welcome Martin, great to have you here. There is a ton of stuff along 50 to see, probably more than you will can see after multiple trips. How long of a detour are you willing to take to check something out?

    Also, what type of vehicles do you guys have? 


  4. You're lucky to be in Nevada, there is literally stuff all over the state to explore. Being over 80% public land, that's a lot of land to explore. You have some really cool places near Las Vegas, but I think central and northern Nevada has a lot more abandoned locations that haven't yet been destroyed, although they seem to be getting hit hard with all the tourists with UTV's. 

    If you do get out to these places, I think you should start a YouTube and post them up. It's always nice to see some new locations or see what they were once they have been completely destroyed. If you are heading in a certain direction, let me know and I can throw out some suggestions. I currently have so many locations that I would have a hard time with any suggestions without any specific direction. A cool website you might want to check out is mylandmatters.com, it's great for showing land ownership at most places. 

    We usually don't post locations on the public forum though as we try to preserve the locations, but to be honest, with how much destruction I have seen, I don't think it helps. Once you figure out what direction you may are heading in, shoot me a private message and i'll see if I have any locations that look worth checking out. 


  5. Thanks and welcome to the forums. Where did you see a link to the forums? This forum is pretty dead and I thought I had wiped all the links to the forums on YouTube. There is a decent amount of stuff down near Las Vegas, how far are you willing to travel? There is a lot in the Mojave too. 


  6. Just got back from another day of searching the entire wash, almost made it all the way down to the bottle bush scouring the area, but then we got hit by thunder storms and had to make it back up to the vehicle. Still about a 1/4 mile area that we need to go back and scour for the keys or firearm. Found some more interesting stuff from our search two days ago, been out there a lot searching these last few days. 


  7. 2 minutes ago, Kimmikwood said:

    We do live in Vegas, I would love a list of places, we try to take the Jeep out on the weekends (Sunday funday) and we love everything abandoned, ghost town, haunted old buildings etc, not just Area 51. ( we just spent the night at the Mizpah for our 20th anniversary). I just thought that Area 51 would be a great first video since so many people are interested. And meeting up to do a video together would just make our day 😉.  You name it! We will make it happen!

    We watched your video and think you're off to a great start! You guys did a fantastic job and we are looking forward to seeing more of your videos. I can shoot you a PM with some locations, some I have not been too so you will have to be super careful when you go to make sure it's safe. 

    I wish I had known you went to the Mizpah, I was given some suggestions one some cool places out there to visit that we have never been too! 

    We should try to set up a day to meet up and collab, I think it would be a lot of fun! I will send you over a PM in a few with some locations. Some of our videos on these locations got a good number of views, so they might help you get off the ground with your channel if you do a follow video on them. Just a suggestion of course. 🙂


  8. 16 minutes ago, Kimmikwood said:

    Thanks so much we had a great time, can’t wait to go back dressed warmer and with some gear. We love your videos and appreciate what you guys do! And my husband says if you ever want to explore together we are down! 

    Thank you so much Kimmi, we really appreciate it. Next time we head south, or if you guys head north, we should meet up and make a collab video. So many awesome places to explore. If you're down in Vegas, I have some awesome places for you to explore. Not sure if you enjoy exploring abandoned places, or if you're mainly interested in Area 51. 


  9. You guys did a great job on the video! You do need to dress warm for those tunnels, but it's so worth it! I want to explore more of those tunnels when I get a chance. Glad to see you didn't spend much time around the infamous bus, they are very serious about anyone spending too much time around them. It's such a creepy little town! 


  10. 16 minutes ago, TomFuller said:

    Hey, great. I was just thinking about Nan, and Mona--her tragic, unresolved situation. I'd still like to get up a posse and do some searching.   --Tom in Texas 

    This update is going to put a lot of things into question, but one thing I am certain of, I know the general location of where Nan is located. We spent a few days searching last week and will continue to search as the weather permits. I do think I know what happened to her and where she may be found, although I don't know how long her bones would have held up after this much time. 

    The significance of the things I found when we were out there years ago was not known until I dug deeply into this case. I do think she could be found if people would focus on searching the area I feel she is located. 

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