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  1. I warned you guys that I'd be lurking into old topics!!! I'm a die hard fan for Weber myself...die hard fan for charcoal over gas as well....gas is quick and convenient, ideal for burgers and hotdogs and such....but charcoal is my first love. That being said, I'm proud as hell to have bbq'd over a dozen times already this season...and mind you, yes we have to wait for the snow to melt off the lawn!!! (no bbqing on the porch, the fire department frowns on that stuff!!!) But what I want to throw in the conversation...who loves marinades...and who loves dry rub? I've sacrificed some wine in my days, it's a little kinkier than Italian dressing!....but I must confess to falling in love with my wife's spice rack!!! And it's quick too!...marinades are hours of devotion, whereas the short duration you pull the beef out of the fridge to achieve room temp, you got the rub working already!
  2. My First Sign of Summer!

    Well.....it's been a mixed bag. Killington had their LAST DAY of snow skiing yesterday!!! May was recorded to be colder than usual, the previous months warmer than usual....typical New England!! The only place I've ever known to get hit by weather from all four directions....and learned the definition of a "Back Door Front"!!!!
  3. Need suggestions for a first car

    something to keep in mind with ALL WHEEL DRIVE....is the tires. There are states that will NOT replace one tire on all wheel drive vehicles...so if one tire craps the bed, you are looking at replacing all FOUR automatically....and tires are NOT cheap!
  4. My First Sign of Summer!

    My Rhody's are blooming! The poor things are about always about three weeks behind the west coast, and I always hear about it....
  5. Congrats Braindead!!

    I'd get reported to proper authorities if I'm caught with that "stuff" in my hands!!!
  6. In all seriousness, and excuse the pun, their predictions don't hold much water. Furthermore, having been on the east coast now for 30 years, it's too much of a fragmented situation. Between bonafide creation of the storm, I've seen their predictions under estimated, over estimated...and then there's so much probability/possibility to the damn path of the storm...generally in three directions, the gulf, the eastern seaboard, and blown out to sea. Shoot, one of the worst storms we suffered here in the northeast didn't even have a damn designated name to it! You can be certain we do keep an eye on the situation as each storm is created....we just no longer believe in the year to year predictions.
  7. Congrats Braindead!!

    My secret reason for flying into Portland Oregon instead of SeaTac when I come west.....Oregon microbrews are really taking off....
  8. Congrats Braindead!!

    PBR.....??? OMG, the beverage of college kids!!! Brenden, you need desperately to come visit me, Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state....commercial beers are a thing of the past....gratefully! Stouts, porters, lagers, IPA's, and bonafide Ales....it's all here waiting for your consumption!!!
  9. Congrats Braindead!!

    Time to send in your union dues folks....I'm hungry and damn thirsty all of a sudden!!!!
  10. Congrats Braindead!!

    .....yes, I purposely cut the quote...I wish to nominate myself as Union Steward...I will diligently uphold the standards (?) of these chuckleheads, and all dues will be forwarded to calendar events of food and beverage of choice!!
  11. Not to sound like a debbie downer, but it's a good Las Vegas bet it will be reaching our area in the next year if not two...We all had a dismal laugh when Florida was trying real hard to get people to believe they've crushed the problem....
  12. The wife is a Vet tech...the two things that have been a GREAT pain this year all ready....quill dogs and ticks~ In the northeast we've got a new concern from ticks, Powassan Virus....I'm glad I'm no longer on the railroad tracks, between EEQ and West Nile from mosquitoes, Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, and now this doggone Powassan, the odds are REALLY starting to stack up about being outdoors...
  13. Went to emergency room

    Again, the sad/funny thing that we put men on the moon over 40 years ago, but when it comes to health, it's almost like automotive repair ....."Let's try this..." hope they get a finger on the situation and you get back to normal...
  14. Environmental Issue Photos

    I don't want to "one-up" the situation, but Hanford Nuclear in Washington State...well, I'm a "downwinder" since 1957...and certainly there's a few of us old enough to remember the crazy tests that took place in NM in the 50's and 60's maybe? We've been suspicious about the tanks leaking for decades...leaching right into the Columbia River. If anybody has cast an eye on the project that took place on the Hudson River the last few years from the pollution that General Electric contributed to, this pales in contrast to the polluted silt behind the dams on the Columbia.
  15. My Spokane Washington...

    “I was born in the wrong generation”…I’ve heard that line more than once now. Honestly however, having spent equal time on both coasts, I think I’ve heard it more on the east coast. Maybe it’s a matter of opportunity….a LOT has happened in my lifetime…mergers into Burlington Northern, and then again into BNSF, mergers into Conrail, the “Borg” of Union Pacific as some people have called it, the demise of a transcontinental Milwaukee Road, the sad joke of a plan called Amtrak. That’s just what I can pull off the top of my head in a matter of minutes. Oddly enough, at least in Washington state, I don’t recall as many towers as what they’ve bragged about back east. Maybe it’s a matter of a combination of factors, I’m believing it’s just the fact the east coast is/was more a stinking cobweb of railroads and their tracks. So, excusing the pun, that train of thought brought me remembering Napa St Junction in Spokane Washington. Still being manned when I was doing MOW on Union Pacific, I gave myself reason to go up and see the operator about any trains as I walked the track doing patrol towards the old Coast Trading company elevator. Of course I was overwhelmed by the sophistication of handles and lights. Now it’s gone. We resign to our imaginations to think of GN, NP, SP&S, Milwaukee, SI and UP all doing business, all hustling cars to get them to their destinations. What I remember, and what I’ve seen, I can only conclude that Napa St Junction must have been one hell of a place to watch trains for a previous generation.
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    • 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
    • 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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    • 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

      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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    • 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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