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coyote last won the day on October 1

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About coyote

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    Canon Vixia HF R11
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    Ford Escape -or- Ural Gear-Up
  1. Well, I made and posted my second video, "Cabin in the Woods". I think it shows a lot of improvement over the first video-- certainly more dynamic, and not just me yammering while swinging the camera around. Still, there's room for improvement. Any creative feedback would be welcome, and thank you in advance!
  2. Thanks, wimc! I've put together the second video but I am having a hell of a time using the blur effect for a couple of license plates... I can see why the rest of you try to avoid license plates and faces as much as possible. Blurring things out is a real PITA.
  3. Second video posted, a more proper introduction to what my channel is going to be about. It's short but later ones will be longer. I have another video partway started on, now that my editing software finally got here.
  4. Hey Everyone!

    Welcome aboard! Wow, another Nevada traveler! Not surprised; you have a lot to explore.
  5. Video Editing Software

    I'll check out the No-Pro; thanks for the tip. Something inexpensive and can apparently hold up to ATV style riding is right up my alley. Checking out Liquid Image too.
  6. Video Editing Software

    I love my Canon Vixia HR F11. It is small, relatively rugged, and reliable even in crap weather (Idaho mountains in 8000+ feet with blasting winds and horizontal snow). It's easy to use but since it is older the memory is pretty limited. I have an expansion pack of batteries, car charger, and sim card on the way courtesy of Amazon. I experimented with a friends GoPro but decided against it, although I'd still like to have something to handlebar mount for my motorcycle. I intend to feature motorcycle rides in some of my explorations to come.
  7. --And I forgot to add a description. I am doing mostly adventure, hiking, and exploring in Boise, Idaho and the surrounding area. Mostly it will involve trails, but also some old buildings, ghost towns, and so on. Some exploration will be hard, rugged backcountry and some will be tame, easy footpaths, parks, and tourist areas. Sometimes classic vehicles will be featured, such as a Ford Tri-Motor (already posted) and steam trains and similar stuff. On rare occasions some firearms or shooting might be featured but mostly it is hiking & exploring. I also have a few foreign travel vids that may be put on separate playlists... eventually. I just ordered CyberLink PowerDirector 15 from Amazon and it should show up next week, around Thursday the 28th. Then I can edit & post three more videos I have ready to go.
  8. Pets?

    Well, he's an officer in the way that a second lieutenant would be an officer-- "Well, golly, Sarge, I think we should do this!" <Sarge facepalms>
  9. Pets?

    Sadie and Butter. I feature them in my webcomic as "military working dog" characters, but --Ha!-- that would imply they had some sort of "discipline". I tend to spoil my pups. I don't take them with me; they are getting up there in years and would not have the requisite stamina.
  10. Kenny Veach

    Another possibility: the "Target Fixation" of a True Believer. I have passively followed the Kenny Veach story from time to time, and he seemed really really motivated to find UFO and Area 51 mystery stuff. He might have seen something that was unusual but not necessarily an honest Scooby Doo mystery, but he had psychologically worked himself up to expect something cool and so he just took off... and ended up in a mine shaft or wandering the desert mumbling to himself until exposure took over. Basically, he short-circuited his own judgment because "he wanted to believe".
  11. Just started posting videos; waiting to get a new video editing software since YouTube left me high and dry. Only one video so far but there are at least 3 or 4 more I could do as soon as I get software. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSoQgzBtc-ImZmopTEIsLsA?view_as=subscriber EDIT: If you want to wait and see that I actually post more content, that is 100% understandable.
  12. Bob, on my channel I put you as a featured link under "Other Explorers". I hope that's okay; if you like I will remove the link. I like the way you do your explores and so I figured "Credit where credit's due".
  13. Well, it took me long enough, but I finally got my YouTube channel started. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSoQgzBtc-ImZmopTEIsLsA?view_as=public I'm there as "Random Coyote" and my general intent is to do Idaho specific exploration but with the occasional "outside" travel feature. Right at the moment I only have one video, though; a short flight I took on a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor that came by the Nampa airport last year. I posted it mostly as an experiment (what is it like to post a video I made myself?) and to get at least one thing up for viewing. Ironically, I would have up to three or four more videos posted except that YouTube pulled the plug on their in-house video editor. I am trying to find a good new program that isn't too expensive. I trued downloading an "open source" video editor but ended up in a 30-minute battle with malware (vanquished thanks to "Malwarebytes"). I will probably purchase CyberLink PowerDirector 15 since that seems to get the best overall reviews for my experience level (ie, ambitious rank amateur). Just so you know I've been looking at a lot of videos from folks here on the forum to get an idea of what I think "works" for me and what I am not interested in. I've seen some Desert Dog and Area 51 Rider (for example) but I especially like "Explore With Us". I also see what other explorers are doing that are unaffiliated here, such as "RnK All Day" (they operate mostly in the East Coast of the USA) just to get variety. Anyhow, I have an actual "cabin in the forest" video mostly ready and a couple others, so hopefully I can get started walking the walk and not just talking the talk. Looking forward to seeing more vids from everyone.
  14. Trash?

    Anything litter that is "recent" (last 10 or 15 years) is garbage to me; I'd take some of it back to chuck it or recycle. Beyond that I'm not sure. You can also get yourself wound up in a trap of your own making-- when you start picking up two or three pieces of garbage and turn the corner to find 50 lbs. more, are you going to pack it all back? Depending on things, I may or may not, or I am likely to "consolidate" it into a easily identified and retrievable pile. Things of obvious historical value that I am certain of I'll probably retrieve it if it is obvious that the only other option is to leave it to an ignominious death by deterioration. I've moved large, heavy items into nearby shelter --to try to at least mitigate deterioration-- if it is impractical to schlep it back. Sometimes, thugh, you just have to admit there is no practical means within your power to save something and it will just have to be a memory.
  15. Hello, I haven't been around here much but I've been watching videos on YouTube. Keeping up with "Explore With Us" a lot lately. I actually do plan to post here and do some videos of my own soon but life has just been hectic. No need to go into details; it's everyday stuff that would just sound like excuses if it were compiled together into a list. Family stuff for the 4th; switching from Army Reserve to National Guard; and working on getting a short story put into a comic book. I'll post some content at some point though, promise. :-)
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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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