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  • Birthday 06/01/1955

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    Carson Valley, Nevada
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    Photography, research and reporting of interesting and odd things in the desert.
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  1. This book is available through the DVNHA... Death Valley Cabins: Sentinels of Stone and Wood And there are a few photos of the Osborne cabin in this gallery... Osborne Cabin
  2. Those CJ-5s were great! My first one was a new 1974 and I later bought a used 1972.
  3. They identified the guy in this article... No bodycam footage of fatal shooting at Nevada National Security Site Not sure how reliable this info is... Nekiylo Dawayne Graves... The guy who stormed the Nevada National Security Site This site had some interesting back stories... Bizarre Chase Through High Security Nevada Nuclear Test Site Ends In Deadly Shooting
  4. It would be interesting to see what you would find along that pole line. There was another phone booth in Lanfair but that was also removed. The Mojave Phone Booth was on the line north of Danby. 1944 Bell Telephone Magazine - Building the West’s New Telephone Route
  5. Only a few remain and of those that are still working many have been blocked for incoming calls.
  6. Remember the Mojave Phone Booth from the late 1990s? The one that was quietly removed under cover of darkness? There are others... In Search of the Next Mojave Phone Booth
  7. I agree. Too many companies and groups only use Facebook for their web presence. They need to start work on something else.
  8. I hate Facebook. Zuckerberg and Sanders should be taken out and terminated with extreme prejudice with the CEOs of the other tech companies watching. Google has become an evil all controlling empire.
  9. I agree on just keeping the UAS system simple and stand alone. Fewer things to go wrong. Here is more info on the DJI restrictions... https://www.dji.com/flysafe/geo-map
  10. AirMap might be handy also... https://app.airmap.io/geo?
  11. He can always go with an off brand model or find a used Phantom 2. Stick with models that use a dedicated radio controller and stay away from ones that want an iPhone or iPad. It's very easy to built a ground station with a nice large monitor for much less than an iPhone or iPad.
  12. I would always check to see what the new firmware update included. If it was for things I didn't use or want I wouldn't do it. And then I stopped doing any of them.
  13. Dave, have him check this site. Select Nevada in the state option and it will show any NOTAM closures for WMC. I believe that DJI may be feeding NOTAM closures into their system... http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html Since my flight controllers are rouge I don't take the time to keep up with what DJI is doing to hamper their customers. This site will show NOTAM closures also... https://skyvector.com/
  14. Now that I don't know. But check the DJI website to be sure.
  15. The majority of the time on BLM land it's open. But then I am not using a newer DJI product so I wouldn't know if it's locked down. I know people that were not able to lift off around Tonopah because of DJI restrictions. Th ere could be problems around the Nevada Test Site too. And small little used airports in the desert get locked down too. You would have to check the DJI info page for that to know for sure.
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    • This is the location of the famous Mojave Phone Booth. Unfortunately not much is left today, but it's still a cool location to visit with an interesting history. 
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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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