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    Bakersfield, CA
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    John
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    Nikon
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    '96 Suburban
  1. Who to tell if a place is a abandoned

    In another life I was an eligibility worker for people getting welfare. I was stationed in the Mojave, CA, office so I got to know lots of desert dwellers. For the most part, they are decent people but a bit weird. Most lived in older, rented homes. But some lived wherever they felt like living. You think some of the abandoned places you visit are falling apart? That was nothing compared to what some of these people lived in! Plywood shacks held together with bailing wire & spit! Or an old literally falling apart trailer. Or they took over an abandoned mining or whatever shack. They had no running water or electricity or sewage. They didn't have to live in such conditions, they chose too. I am drawn to the desert myself but I'd never want to live in a shack! Desert Dwellers are a different breed!
  2. Mines and stuff

    Nice photos!
  3. Explore Art!

    Those are cool! I saw the EWU face reveal and your cartoon is pretty spot on.
  4. Any idea what these are?

    The raised bits (look like for traction) seems to indicate they are used as flooring. Might use them in your garage or workshop. I am assuming they are not slippery when wet or otherwise!
  5. I'm mad at myself.

    lol dery! Friends & I used to paintball and had lots of fun. Haven't done it in years though.
  6. I'm mad at myself.

    I hate vandals & people who leave messes at shooting areas & exploring areas.. I will admit I rarely pick up my brass but I justify that by saying "It soon becomes part of the environment & then you don't really see it". I have been going to a public range (5 Dogs) the last 5 or so years for the convenience & because they have restrooms lol. Off topic parts below: Love my FAL and my AR and my AK variants. Only problem I've had with my AR was failure to extract due to a weak extractor spring. So now a days I use the extra power springs along with that tiny rubber thing that fits inside the spring. Other than that, I've been blessed with a problem free AR! Initially, I had numerous problems with my AK-74. Mostly failure to feed. I diddled around with the mag well since the mags (from numerous different Countries) sat in the well a bit oddly. So, after many hours of filing & Dremelling & bending, it works great without any issue. Well, it has one issue, the receiver has a few extra bends & scratches & etc & looks rather ugly! My FAL has been problem free! I built all my rifles from kits (except the AR, it was from carefully selected parts) and I bought the kits before the barrel ban so I have nice original CHF barrels. I did put an Argentine barrel on my FAL rather than the G1 it came with since I wanted a threaded barrel. I clean my rifles about every year or so. None of them really need it any more often. Even my AR is problem free with only a yearly cleaning. I do clean my PSL after each session since I am using corrosive ammo most of the time. If I shoot 7N6 in my '74 I also clean it after each range session.
  7. Nice photos! Looks like a great place to explore.
  8. Thanks, it's a sometimes tough job but I do it willingly. What you propose should probably be the basis of the system! Add in what I proposed as a small bit to the process. With Google Earth nothing much is private anymore but it does take some work and knowing what you are looking for/at. Your videos & one or two others and a website whose name I forget, is how I "found" Dixie Valley. I had been using Google Earth searching likely areas to explore and, when I found something, I would check coordinates (publiclands.org or some such?) to see if it was public, private, military, etc. I had seen something in Dixie Valley but when I checked it was listed as military so I didn't take it any further. Then I saw your video & the others and I put it all together. I'm interested in Dixie Valley since there are lots of things--- ranches, mines, etc--- contained in a relatively small area. I hate vandals! I have never figured out what drives someone to smash a toilet or sink or kick a hole in a wall.
  9. Probably safer to PM. It may be a while before I go anywhere. I provide full-time care for my 85-year-old Mom. She doesn't travel well so adventures are out at present and I don't have anyone to "babysit" her. One thing I can think of is to ask the person what other forums they belong to and then check out their posts. I usually use the same screen name across the forums I belong to (except here-- it wasn't available), so a search could be made of similar forums as this one. Also, check out their F*cebook page and YouTube channel, if any. But, short of a full background investigation, you can't really vet a person fully using the Internet.
  10. Kind of thought that may be the case but nothing ventured, nothing gained. I was looking at POI's in my Garmin GPSmap 60CSx a couple of nights ago and found it had many mines, ghost towns, etc listed. The topo maps I installed came from a website that provides free topos for Garmin devices. I had never looked at the POI's (other than in my town) before so I didn't know what they contained. I have the same thoughts about the alphabet fed/state.gov agencies! Bob: Love your YouTube channel! I've seen all your videos & I look forward to seeing new ones. John
  11. Do you have this file available now? It would be helpful to me in the future & save me a lot of work entering it into my Garmin. I will also PM you. Thanks!
  12. California Explorers - New Taxes in California

    I'm in a similar situation. My 85 year old Mom has dementia and has to be taken care of full time. I'm 58 & disabled receiving Social Security so the task falls to me. I do it gladly but sometimes . . . I am so sick of the socialist ruining this state but there is nothing I can do to fight back as Conservatives are outnumbered. I want to move to Utah. Absolutely beautiful state!
  13. Please Welcome Our Newest Member RadioActive Penguin

    Not doing any exploring at present since I take care of my elderly Mom. She doesn't travel very well! So right now I am here to learn about the how's & etc of exploring.
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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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