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  1. This is my Blue Heeler Piper. Can't keep this dog out of the water. She's pretty mischievous and a general pain in the ass but man I love that pup! Good thread great bunch of pets!
  2. Yes, I've been looking at the Mavic closely since its debut. Well, I was looking at the Karma first and was pretty excited that Gopro was getting into the drone business, then DJI dropped the bomb with the Mavic. I have a DJI Phantom 3, filming with a Gopro Hero Black on a Zuess 3axis gimbal. It has worked great for a couple years. I was thinking about setting it up for POV but was waiting on the new Mavic or Karma. In my opinion, between the Mavic, Karma or the Phantom models the Mavic wins hands down, if for no other reason than size. I've lugged my Phantom 3 up mountains through the woods and in my truck for a couple years and it's a huge pain in the ass. It flies great and films great but the shear size is a major bummer. Even with the blades off it takes up a lot of space. Now the Karma had me intrigued. I liked the simplicity of the controller with POV, the way it folded down and the removable gimbal was a huge bonus. It packed down to a reasonable size and had good tech and flight abilities. The Mavic has all this and more. First off the size this thing folds down to is amazing! Going for a long hike and want to get some areal footage? No problem just throw it in your pack with the controller and still have tons of room. I like the fact you can mount your phone to the controller for POV and telemetry or just fly it with the app from your phone. For such a small drone the flight reviews are pretty encouraging. Most say it handles like the larger Phantoms. The flight abilities and features seem to be way ahead of the Karma's. That has a lot to do with DJI being in the business for quiet a while. The one thing I really liked about the Karma was the detachable gimbal that came with the package but I believe they sell just the gimbal separately so I think I'll just get that. With these drones and handheld gimbals Youtube videos are getting better and better.
  3. I remember when is was a kid finding a boulder in the river, covered in nuggets of iron pyrite. I thought it was gold and ran all the way home to tell my dad. Man, I was so disappointed when we walked back and he told me I wasn't a millionaire! There is a river on the Canadian border called Indian Stream in my home town. It had a sort of mini gold rush back at the turn of the century. There is still a local guy who works the west branch and ten or so years ago let me and my kids tag along for the day. He worked a couple venturi dredges and ran them into sluice boxes. It was a great day working the ledges with the pipes and then cleaning out the sluices every hour or so. We ended up finding some dust and a couple small flakes. He had anticipated this and said it was hit or miss some times, so he gave my kids a couple small nuggets from his stash. Stand up guy! Teaching a younger generation a forgotten skill set meant a lot to him. Here are a couple river pics.
  4. Good call on the Z-rig. I never thought of just rigging one up and stowing it away. It sure wouldn't take up much space depending on the size of you pulleys. In regards to not being able to find a suitable anchor I was thinking about two or three short sections of angle that you could bolt together on the fly and bury like a tent stake??? I'll be taking my KLR when we travel out west but I've been seriously considering picking up a used WR250R. Most of the riding I'll be doing is day trips and not to much blacktop. I'm just dreaming of cruising around the old mining roads in the rockies.
  5. Haha I feel your pain! I've been in the same situation more than once, all alone, just looking at the mess and thinking how its going to take some serious effort to get this pig out of here! You have a good point about the exhaust, minimal gains wouldn't be worth the increased noise.
  6. Great bike for getting off road. Your mod list looks spot on. May want to consider opening up the exhaust. If you've already mitigated intake restrictions and have jetted accordingly the trifecta is letting her breath out the back. This may not equal much of a gain in HP but tends to deliver a more linear torque through the midrange power band. This is were you spend most of your time on those thumpers! I modded out my KLR this way and the performance was drastically increased. I also re geared and added some Pro Taper ATV mids for more bar height. I ride 99% standing when off rode and this really helped with improving my standing position in relation to the bars. Very jealous of your riding pics!!!!! Not so much of that here in Florida. Here is a pic of my bike when I first got her.
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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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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      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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