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  1. Hope you and your family will remain safe from Irma :-( thinking of you

    1. dery


      Thank you Kathy.  Unfortunately, All of my closer kinfolke live somewhere in the cone of uncertainty.  Luckily the only people under more than a tropical storm warning are two of my uncles and their roomies who are all are city electric workers or medical personnel(I'm only a storm spotter, one step down the command then a utillities worker).  The only one who is riding it out like a yokel is my godfather unfortunately.  We all warned him.  But it's his choice in the end.  

  2. 57butler

    New here

    Welcome to the forum! I'm still gauging my cameras. Although I really like the videos the DSLR takes, it really isn't for a walking person as it can get really shaky. I finally bought a shoulder stabilizer, but need to invest in a better one. Plus, it doesn't do that well in the dark. I also have a Sony camcorder. The video isn't as good as the Sony DSLR, but it does well with shakiness and in low light areas. Also going to be looking into drones soon.
  3. We take home neat stuff when we explore :-) The one place we explored, used to be a small trash site in the 50's and 60's, found a few old Pepsi bottles.
  4. Really cool! 1906...do you know what made the town fail?
  5. 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.
  6. I plea the 5th of my experience. Even from my experience, I still don't believe they exist. It had to have been something else, but don't know what.
  7. 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.
  8. :-( I can't imagine the worry you're going through. Security should be getting boosted over there by now. Positive thoughts for you and your family.
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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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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
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      11. Silver City, Idaho.
      12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
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      20. Metropolis, Nevada.
      21. Charleston, Nevada.
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