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  1. Wow, almost all trace has vanished. You're entering that area where exploration is starting to meet archaeology!
  2. coyote

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    Welcome! What parts of Idaho?
  3. Yeah, EWU is addictive, isn't it? Once I got here I found all kinds of like-minded folks to hook into!
  4. Welcome; sounds like you'll fit right in..!
  5. Yeah, the default setting for the credits is a 10-second roll, but I have been trimming them down to 6 to 8 seconds. I think I'll stick with the default setting for the next one. Part 2 is loading now; part 3 (the final one) will be edited in a few days. Thank you for the insight. I'm looking for music on the YouTube music library-- I'm surprised to find some pretty good stuff there. I was trying to use classical music but each one comes with bitching and moaning about copyrights... even though the music is over 75 years old and should be public domain by now, but I don't have the time or resources to argue the issue. And YouTube seems remarkably inflexible to input from pretty much anyone who isn't a cash cow. I'm going to work with mixing music better in the future, and picking music that fits, thematically, with the video, and using consistent "theme music" for different styles of videos. Like I'll use the "Oregon Trail" music that I used for my Mayfield visit for all the Oregon Trail themed videos, and so on. I'm enjoying the art of it all, but sometimes my experiments end up a bit ham-fisted...
  6. Ouch! No back-up vehicle among your crew?
  7. Thought I'd try another "Helicopter Video", but this time without music and more of an attempt to introduce the place we're flying over and give a sense of place. What are thoughts on using background music, or letting the engine noise be? I mute it down a bit this time because (to me) the endless turbine whine is annoying at full blast, but I know there's also folks out there that really dig that stuff. The first set of "Helicopter Videos" I did I put in background music, but they don't seem to be getting much traction... and I don't know if it is because the music is a poor choice or if the subject matter is just not as exciting/interesting as I thought it would be.
  8. That' s probably what will happen. I'll let folks know "I'll be at this place at this date if anyone wants to join in the fun" --then go.
  9. I think the main trick is to just "show up and do", and if others arrive and join in, great. Otherwise, have a cool explore on one's own. It's probably easier for two teams to get together than multiple, and a lot of that will be because naturally we all have different work/life schedules.
  10. I wonder, who here would be interested (and able) in a western US collaborative? I've seen some of the recent EWU uploads and Bob & Emma have gone to some huge properties for exploration where it is clearly impractical for the two of them to cover all the bases. I'm think right now of the former Air Force base that got turned into a "Club Fed" prison with the bomb shelter and admin buildings and housing and so on, but there have been others. DesertDog goes to some mines that have multiple levels requiring re-visits, and Backwoods Beast has gone to some big ol' ghost town and mining spreads and have to choose sections to explore. These are just the handful of examples that float to the top of my memory right at the moment. I'm wondering if a good central location such as northern Nevada would be a good place to meet up and take on a whole area project-- section off a ghost town or something and we all explore bits of it, and then maybe work with each other, mix up the groups a bit, etc. Judging by what I've seen, someplace like Ely, Reno, or Carson City might be a decent place to meet up. I might also check and see if Silver City, Idaho, can be opened up for exploration but most of it is privately owned (although there is a supposedly haunted hotel to add spice) and might take some negotiating. It's also cheating for me since Silver City, Idaho is pretty much my backyard, heh. Logistics would make this a next-year project; I doubt I could throw something together in time this year especially since I am traveling and doing military duty through pretty much all of July. But that gives time to plot and plan. Also, I may have totally missed the mark on where a "good central location" would be. I'd also say that if anyone wants to make the trip, it doesn't have to 100% be a western desert thing-- if folks like RnK or Urbex Dane or others from the East wanted to make the trek I'd welcome them too. Any thoughts?
  11. Good one! I am trying to take history into account in my own series as well-- I am starting to do a lot on the Oregon Trail and will soon do some Idaho Ghost Towns in the future. Every time we explore we're looking at a bit of history, even recent history. It is important to record these things before they fade from memory an/or get paved over for a new development. I'd be fascinated to hear more about how Florida was a destination or the early Underground Railroad, since under Spanish rule it was safer than trying to trek all the way to Canada.
  12. New video posted-- a hike along the scenic "Gold Fork Loop" in Idaho. A forest recovering from a fire, some wildflowers, a logging operation, a stream... and some sudden dark skies. This time accompanied by Mrs. Coyote, who provided some really nice still photography.
  13. Welcome! Sounds like you'll fit in well here. If you're a Costco member, they frequently have good deals on computers... and if things go belly-up on one of their purchases, they are very accommodating (or so I've found). All my last 3 computers have been from Costco. I also love visiting Costcos in California and Nevada because I can load up on industrial-size bottles of liquor, which we can't get in Idaho because of "blue laws". Sometime soon I'd like to organize a meet-up in northern Nevada or southern Idaho. There's great natural scenery as well as ghost towns and the like.
  14. I just read up on this today. Fascinating bit of history! And to think a bunch of them escaped to the swamps and were too much of a pain in the hindparts to root them out. Good for them! And the "Seminole" weren't even a real tribe, but collections of tribes that refused to submit to reservations (and a bunch of escaped slaves) fighting for their right to be left alone. Most expensive (in money and blood both) of all the Indian Wars. Crazy stuff!
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