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  1. Something weird going on there lol Btw, the volume was pretty low compared to other videos, had to crank up the speakers then got blasted on the next video I watched haha
  2. Camping

    National forest here in California likes you to get a free campfire permit and not make one during fire season. In all my years going to the woods, never once have I seen anyone checking things out. Pretty much go where you want, be respectful of what's out there, don't make a new road to your camping spot and move on at day 14.
  3. Good Morning from North Idaho

    At least the bears run out of the way, deer just stand there in the road LOL
  4. Good Morning from North Idaho

    Cool See those darn things all the time here in the hills of California lol Had 5 of them looking in the kitchen window one year. If you go out on the logging roads, you'll see black bears and mountain lions.
  5. Vandals suck. Over the years of driving up one road, always passed a blocked off mine. Few years ago 1 plank went missing then a few months later, 1 remained and the mine was open. No idea what's in there or if anything was taken. There's an old log cabin at another mine, really cool. Everything was boarded up but if need be, you could go inside and use the wood stove in winter. Then there seemed to be a huge increase of people going and getting drunk during winter wheeling trips. That cabin got trashed :/ Couple other mine sites and an old lodge site have been destroyed by fire. One had probably 15-20 cars from the 40's and 50's, all bright and shiny stainless still on them with everything growing around, never got pictures before a fire swept through. Hundreds of old glass bottles were there too.
  6. Another visit to Rhyolite

    From the wiki page, really short lived place... Rhyolite declined almost as rapidly as it rose. After the richest ore was exhausted, production fell. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the financial panic of 1907 made it more difficult to raise development capital. In 1908, investors in the Montgomery Shoshone Mine, concerned that it was overvalued, ordered an independent study. When the study's findings proved unfavorable, the company's stock value crashed, further restricting funding. By the end of 1910, the mine was operating at a loss, and it closed in 1911. By this time, many out-of-work miners had moved elsewhere, and Rhyolite's population dropped well below 1,000. By 1920, it was close to zero.
  7. Sky Photos

    Ever tried the program startrails? Stacks your photos to create a photo similar to your 50 minute exposure.
  8. Another visit to Rhyolite

    Sounds like a plan, might be October before I get out that way again. Your latest tunnel/mine video, that is looking awesome. Must have been nice to get out of the heat too.
  9. Another visit to Rhyolite

    It really does, could easily be there almost all day just looking at everything. I rushed through it this trip but will take my time next time. First time I spent about 2-3 hours taking photos, this was about 1.5 hours doing mostly video. Need to find a better way to see the screen in bright light too, most of that was done blind.
  10. Another visit to Rhyolite

    Thanks! Wish I had spent even more time there walking around but had to get on the road, maybe next year. I got to look at some things I missed my first visit and that was really the main thing.
  11. Visted last year but missed seeing a few things. Now being there again, I keep seeing more and more things to look at for next time lol. This video is of the area I camped in and bits of Rhyolite. Was really fun camping there and will probably do it again.
  12. I'm actually back from the trip now and did drive along that old railroad grade Tried to get some GoPro video but only got 2 minutes before the battery died, forgot to charge it after taking some time lapse sequences. Starting to edit stuff from the trip today.
  13. Hoover Dam was a bust, no firearms allowed lol. Guess I should have read up a bit more. The security check had it posted, got up there and let them know, they were about to check my capped truck bed anyway. Turned around and continued on my way. Next trip I'll leave the fun stuff behind.
  14. No worries Bob, not going to take any risks in the truck I'm driving. Not nearly as capable as my Toyota but it is a 4x4. Yes, I'll be sharing some trip photos and video after I return
  15. Abandoned places like buildings or old mine sites, maybe have 4 hours each day to waste on the way. Yeah, up 95 then on to 80 to head back into California. I'm going to be camping 1 night out near Beatty but by the looks of things, I'll be getting there the heat of the day lol so I'm in no rush. The next day I'll probably be up really early, get stuff done in Rhyolite then head north. Going to be stopping at Hoover Dam for a little bit for some pictures too. My dad was photographed sitting on one of the stone walls there Arizona side 50 years ago and I'm going to try and recreate that shot. If you don't want the sites public, just shoot me a private message.
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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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