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  1. Automatic car wash about on a quarterly basis. I especially appreciate the use of the powerful vacuums for cleaning out the insides of the truck. I am, for some reason, kind of picky about the cleanliness of my vehicle. It can be cluttered with stuff ("useful stuff" I insist!) but it needs to be clean and not have stains and dirt/leaves.scraps on the floor. But I use automatic washes because 1) our rain gutters drain right into the Boise River and I'm an unapologetic tree-hugger; and 2) I'm a busy guy. Got no time for scrubbin'!
  2. The ingathering of the exiles! Welcome back!
  3. Welcome... back? Wow, Nevada collects a lot of explorers! I suppose it makes sense actually.
  4. My philosophy on buying trucks for going out into remote areas is to pretty much write off the paint. I collect pinestriping and tree sap and that's just part of the charm.
  5. I suspect since most people don't drive their off-road rigs off of anything more remote than a county highway, they figured that an actual V-8 wasn't necessary.
  6. Lately I've been interested in the Chevy Colorado with the Duramax diesel. While diesel is expensive per gallon, you can get better mileage and trailer towing out of it. Anyone here have any experience with the type? I'm not hung up on brands-- if the Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger, or any other mid-size came in diesel I'd evaluate them too, but so far the Colorado is th eonly diesel that doesn't come in "monster truck size". I can't park, or afford to feed, a bit F-150 or Silverado size rig.
  7. 2007 Ford Escape SUV and a 2005 Ural Gear-Up motorcycle. The bike has about 11,000 km on it; the Escape a little over 100,000 miles. The motorcycle is more fun, of course, but somewhat limited in range.
  8. In depth information. I'm breaking the link for security purposes, but you'all can figure out how to get there: http://www.missingin (dot) org/reg8552/robert_carl_befort.htm
  9. Wow, lost a lot but... well, I did say something about a "clean slate"..! 🤣
  10. Welcome. I love the exploits of the Nevada and Cali crews, but it will be nice to see some more states represented as well!
  11. If something is in decent condition and has historical interest, I think it is worth preserving from looters and vandals. A lot depends on what it is, though. Old food tins or "very common" items (old silverware, a tire, bedframe, table, etc) are ubiquitous and there are plenty of preserved examples or new-made functional examples made by modern craftsmen following the old methods. Books I'd consider on a piece-by-piece basis. On the other hand, things of individual merit such as family photographs, signed books, things that were treasured in some manner might be worth preserving from the ravages of the ignorati. One thing I was wondering about, on the videos I've seen (90% of which are the excellent "Explore With Us" series, thanks Bob) is that you frequently encounter PII items, or Personally Identifiable Information. You might find mail or utility bills or magazine subscription slips or FedEx boxes that can give you a person's name and address and some insight into their lifestyle; a ton of interesting intelligence to gather. On the one hand, fascinating and of value to future archaeologists (in archaeology we find the most useful sites to dig are actually trash dumps) but it can also leave the person open to criminal activity such as stalking or identity theft. In the video series about the abandoned brothel, I saw what could be lots of customer receipts on one floor-- if some local's name was on a receipt for "services rendered" he could be blackmailed. Does anyone feel a obligation to either destroy, collect, or conceal potentially damaging PII? Or at least return someone's ID card if found?
  12. So basically, if you have a permit to mine on BLM land, the permit covers the activity of mining and only mining. You can't control general access, fishing, etc. A permit holder can only stop someone who tries to interfere with the mining process or "claim jump". Is this an accurate read of it?
  13. I love Silver City! The drive itself is an adventure in joy.
  14. A lot of ghost towns are already knows, so there's not much you can do about it. In Idaho, a lot of them have some sort of presence there as well, from BLM to Forest Service to "cranky hermits". But when I describe them I try to make them sound "pain in the ass-cessible".
  15. Thank you, and I have a badly disorganized library of Idaho adventures, not all too recent. But I have watched some of the YouTube "Explore With US" videos and I like the philosophy of keeping the sites as off the radar as possible. I hate coming back to places only to find them covered with graffiti and litter. Some of the other explorers I follow on You Tube started out sharing information only to end up dismayed at the vandalism that followed. On the plus side I did a bit of archaeology in the past (is there any other kind of archaeology, haha) so I understand the desire to simultaneously gain knowledge but also limit access to "tomb robbers".
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