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El Polvo

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El Polvo last won the day on January 10

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  1. El Polvo

    This forum is dead.

    Thats a pretty cool train. Awesome fun
  2. Used to go to the drive ins a lot since i was a little guy up. Cheap way to find entertainment, load up the brats & ol lady and off we’d go. The whole famn damily would go. One of the ones we went to had a “pup n taco” fast food next to it. I guess most are closed now. I dont know of any still open. Great photos
  3. El Polvo

    Exploring an abandoned warehouse in Nevada

    I gues thats a quarter pipe. The only way I know about itis I helped my kids build one back in the 80’s LOL.
  4. El Polvo

    Exploring an abandoned warehouse in Nevada

    Somebody’s been skating half pipes in there!!! Lol great vid!!
  5. El Polvo

    This forum is dead.

    Glad youre ok too. I heard PG&E may be going bankrupt again after this because the cause was traced to a power line test? I’m not sure if either is truth or just flying rumors
  6. awesome pics and vids. Most of the places around here has been picked over by scavengers
  7. El Polvo

    This forum is dead.

    Holy crap, it sounds horrible. Glad you weren’t in the middle of it and able to stay safe.
  8. El Polvo

    Did a killer hide here? Nadeau Magnola Mining Camp.

    Great video!! No offence but I think your daughter steals the show there. Lol fun video to watch
  9. El Polvo

    This forum is dead.

    Wow Ed, deep apreciation for what you did and went through as well as the victoms over there. CA has always had wild fires but not that Ive ever heard of to this magnitude.
  10. El Polvo

    Mojave Mines and Cabins

    What d’ya measure for, just back up a couple feet, put it in D, close your eyes and STAND ON IT 🤪
  11. El Polvo

    Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    Green cards, licenses, id cards, he’s banned lol sales over
  12. El Polvo

    Exploring in the middle of nowhere

    Cool old cabin!! You mentioned the chicken wire on the side of the building. It looks like they either had or were planning on adding stucko to the side of the cabin. Great vid!
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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.

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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:

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      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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