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  1. Nice! I especially like the first shot with the train tracks in the foreground and the cooling towers in the background.
  2. P.S. It will help your case if you emphasize that you are rehabilitating the cabin and that you will be returning it to its original state, not making any changes or additions. They are going to be concerned that you might do something to alter the building's historic integrity. Like, if the building had wood shingles, they're not going to be happy if you go in and put a metal roof on it. If they know you are aware of these issues, they will be much more likely to listen and help. You can take a look at this bulletin to see the kinds of things that federal land managers are going to be worried about: http://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-guidelines.pdf
  3. Steve, is this on BLM land and not Forest Service? If it's on Forest Service land, it wouldn't hurt to talk to the district archaeologist. They don't like to see these old cabins fall down, either, and could possibly even arrange a Passports in Time project to help with the rehabilitation. You might even look at groups like HistoriCorps (http://historicorps.org/). There are lots of volunteers out there who are interested in preserving historic places. Good luck!
  4. What a great trip! Love the pictures. Looks like the modern mine gates are bat-friendly - they must have bats in there!
  5. I always wonder how many animals don't make it out of those things. I come across all kinds of shafts and mine workings, but so far I've never seen a dead animal at the bottom of one. I guess the holesI can see the bottoms of, are shallow enough that anything that fell in could also get back out. I know people who have found human remains (not in mines), but haven't found any of those, either (thank goodness).
  6. Oh no, I can't believe I'm late for the outhouse discussion! I keep promising (threatening?) to make a whole calendar of outhouse pics. Not the cutesy ones you see in stores, but real ghost-town ones. This one at Manhattan is one of my favorites.
  7. Oh, that is horrible. When I was doing wildland firefighting, we discussed all fire-related fatalities in great detail to learn how to avoid similar situations, and this many deaths in one fire is really a huge deal. Unlike other places (i.e. mines) that put a great deal of lip service into safety for legal and PR purposes while not really giving a shit about the actual humans involved, the Forest Service and other agencies that have wildland firefighters seem truly committed to keeping their people safe. Heart-wrenching tune about the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire:
  8. Not usually a fan of little dogs, but that Holly is super freakin' cute.
  9. I feel cheated. I clicked on this topic thinking I was going to see dogs
  10. Nice! I like the third one the best.
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      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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      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.

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

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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
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      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.

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      3. White Cloud City (Coppereid), Nevada.
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      11. Silver City, Idaho.
      12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
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      20. Metropolis, Nevada.
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