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I have seen a mountain lion abandoned it's kill after a couple days for what I'm guessing would be gross reasons in combination with plentiful food availability. Killed a deer sometime after Monday, rain really hard Wednesday night, and had left it by Thursday. What looked to of happened is the vultures had picked at the entrails at some point before the rain. And the way the body was positioned in a small gully when it rained the body cavity got filled up with water and soaked the remaining deer meat in it's own crap. If other sources of food are plentiful I don't think it would be uncommon for animals like coyotes to pass on something that has been sitting for awhile. Also you'd be surprised how long something can sit out in the desert not scavenged. I think people believe that any piece of food left out will be found by coyotes or other animal the first night it's out there and it's simply not the case. Bones could be spread out some after a long time but I think it is a misnomer that a pack of coyotes would come upon a body and all run off miles in different directions with different parts.
So the story on this area according to a resident in the area was that there was an alfalfa field put into the West of the town. They disc'd too deep though the top soil and with the sage brush gone and I presume the alfalfa too the sand was left exposed to be carried by the wind. And blew it did right into this town. The land owner of the farm was supposed to of made a large berm to stop the sand from blowing into the town but did not and into town the sand went. I was told it accumulated against the homes fairly quickly and if you were not on top of clearing it away it could overwhelm the buildings quickly. Some were older and unable to do that so them left and the sand had it's way. I really did not have the time to give this place a good look though as there are dozens of other places. Some of the most surreal ones were the ones people were still living in with sand blown up against the west sides. If I didn't still have a few hours ahead of me I would of loved to gone up to some of the completely buried buildings. A berm was finally made and as you can see a ton of plants have finally taken root in the sand so it doesn't seem to be much of an issue at the time I was there but it was too late for many of the homes. The area that had the alfalfa field now has a solar farm being installed.... wonder if that'll expose more sand again.
There is an old NIKE missile site by me that you can/could get into one of the underground storage bunkers. It is really cool. Has a lift that would elevate the missiles out of the bay doors to where they would be setup and prepared for launch. Inside where really heavy steel doors and some sort of bunk quarters. Really interesting if a prep crew actually slept in a place like that as it was tiny. I'd imagine a site in NV would of housed something MUCH larger then NIKE missiles were and would be even cooler.
Sex offenders "should" pop up on a geographical search though megan's list. However many register illegally as transients to prevent themselves from showing on a geographical search and will only display in specific name searches or county wide searches. They should be given a rating between -3 and 10 (10 being the worst) in relation to recidivism risk but often offenders from longer ago don't have ratings regardless of how bad their crime may of been because it was before they gave ratings. While going out there, doing a story, and exposing or doxing (they are required by law to do so themselves) should be perfectly legal in the case of sex offenders I would tread lightly if there is an isolated community of them that is less of a public safety concern in the circumstances they have chosen for themselves. While it may be an interesting story I would be cautious of disclosing the location and people. Even though it would be perfectly OK to do so, probably do not want to piss off a group of people of that nature that may not be to far from your home base in the same state as you. Particularly with your girls. Back to speaking on shooting... Woohoo! We can have normal magazines again in CA... for the time being. I consulted with the mag wizard and his high speed spinning spiral wand and it seems I now have dozens of regular magazines again!
Just delete that one video which is a repost of NatGeo. Not worth trying to keep up if it may be causing issues. I know your using Kevin McLeod for your intros which should be OK but who knows what people may be using to to try and claim false things. Maybe see about hiring somebody to make something completely original that you own moving forward just to eliminate that kind of abuse in the future even though it should be perfectly fine. A search of your name on youtube turned up a pretty odd accusation of threats and vandalism toward you from another youtuber. I'm guessing that is the source of your copyright harassment. Have no idea what is going on there or what kind of evidence (if any) there was to back up that claim but a number of people seemed to think he was correct. Seems like something that could of been done by anybody so I'm unclear as to what is going on there. I noticed he seems to of posted a vid of himself legitimately over the back gate line, like up on the hill over, seems like a dumb ass thing to of done. People don't seem to be big fans of youtubers in that area if I may so so myself. So be careful. Also so nice of youtube to cite the videos and timestamps of what they feel is a violation so you can correct it. Such a fricken joke the way they do things.
LA's "stupid" solution was to put up no parking signs only in the areas that they parked prohibiting vehicles above 7' tall from parking between the hours or 2am and 6am. So now instead of being parked in the industrial areas or areas where they were they didn't really bother people as much they now go park in neighborhoods or in front of elementary schools, etc during those hours.
One mile west there is BLM land I believe. Unfortunately it's is a rock in the ocean so it won't do you any good. Realistically I think Panoche Hills or Red Hills maybe the closest BLM areas like that and those are not close. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a spot farther away from BLM and NF in the state then you are now. If this is a long term situation maybe consider transferring your medical needs to a different VA. Short term I'd look into camping options in other areas like state parks or national recreation areas, etc.
You escaped? Funny thing about the AR mags... I don't even own a true 10 round. I just put aluminum rivets in the normal ones to reduce the cap to ten. Some wizard with a tiny spiral wand always performs some magic on them every time I leave CA and I have to block them again before returning. Ah the pointless nonsense of CA.
This is one of the cabins I'm not sure what the legal status of it is supposed to be. All land maps I've looked at indicate the area as BLM. The outside of the door had messages of people coming upon the cabin and enjoying it going back decades. Cabin had 2 large masterlocks on the door last I was there and a couple new messages asking why it is now locked if I recall correctly. There are a few up to date claims in the area, have no idea if any of those include rights to the cabin or not. My suspicion is somebody may of just claimed the building as there own. There are also a few Historical ranch homes lower down from this one that sadly were restored somewhat and have since been vandalized pretty bad. Broke out windows, etc.
I believe I tried both ways. I'll try again later to check. I know I tried with other clips in the timeline already and I think I tried later alone with the same result. It is an issue with getting to view it in PP playback. When opened in source window or dropped into timeline it appears as a green audio only. My laptop has an intel i5.
Yeah I'm good with most the stuff I want to do now is 2.7K 60fps, which is not put into HEVC. But I know I'm going to want higher frames or res on smaller clips I'd like to slow down more or zoom into things with 4k at some point. Will be something I need to figure out. The frustrating thing about adobe is I'm not sure if this is some dumb bug or if I'm doing something wrong.
I recently got the GoPro Hero 7 Black to though their trade up offer (turned in an 8 year old Sony cybershot... that was broken for $100 off). The images and stabilization so far are sooo much better then my Hero 3+ I didn't get it for my explores but it's good enough I'll use it for a number of things. Anyways in higher resolutions, frame rates, 4:3, combinations etc the Hero 7 video files are in HEVC/H.265. These are not importing into Adobe PP CC correctly. I'm just getting the audio to show up. I can convert to H.264 using handbrake but I don't want to do this. Is anybody else filming any of their footage in H.265 format and using Adobe? Any film or editing forums, etc that others recommend or participate in? I also did have an issue with artifacting on the exported video but I changed so settings and seem to of resolved it. Looking back I had this problem on some of my other videos but only really noticed it with the Hero 7 footage because the difference was so drastic.
Not able to start new topic for some reason.
People do find stuff anyways. If your familiar with a general area I can often watch a vid and match the layouts of the buildings, vehicles, topography, etc with satellite images if you know the general area. I know where much of places are by doing this. Granted I'm probably pretty good at doing this though as I if I can't sleep at night I'll cold search images for places and things like guzzlers. I do agree that you should avoid signs that give clues particularly if it is the sort of place that BLM, NF, NPS, etc may be tempted to visit and vandalize.
That's a cool looking place!
Ha. Yeah she adds some pretty funny commentary at times.
OK cool. So they're using blanks in training or are those from some type of simunation ammo of some sort? You can definitely see the expanded crimps that wouldn't be standard ball or anything that was fired.
That sounds brutal. When I was a kid we lived in Topanga (close to Malibu) and a fire in the 90's burned pretty much up to a couple 100 feet from our home, friends burned to the ground (fortunately it was a POS anyways), two people up the road where it started were killed. We were able to sneak back in though a back service road at night to get back to the animals and help defend our area. On the off road way back in I could see flames in the distance, then looking at a familiar set of rocks next to the flames and realizing the flames were probably 150-200 feet tall. Unbelievably hellish looking scene that was both frighting but amazing. I remember the next day after it swept though and many things were still burning one of the guys that lived up the side street had just gotten back to find his home in ruins but it was his dogs that didn't make it. The neighbor had tried to save them but it was too late. He actually heard them trapped before before the fire got them completely. These huge fires over the last year make that one seem like nothing. I thought that was a huge devastating fire at the time, I think it was only 18K acres. We had what? Millions of acres and hundreds of people killed from fires in the last 18 months alone? Can't even imagine coming back to that or having to help search for dozens of charred remains. By the way the hill on the backside of the house we were did not burn that year. At the time it was so thick I as a little kid couldn't climb though the brush. Back then the last time it had burned I think was 60 or 70 years prior. It's still hasn't.
Couple days ago on our way back home we took a side trip to check out this old mining camp. Pretty cool, more stuff on the grounds then I expected, cabin was built pretty well but has been stripped bare and has no glass which is really unfortunate. Back in 2015 there was a manhunt for a suspected kidnapper and murder that evaded law enforcement for weeks. He met his end at the hands of sheriffs deputies not too far from this location. I believe there is a good chance that he may of used the mines in the area to keep cool in the summer and hide over the 80+ miles he traveled. There were probably dozens of places he used to hide. Would make an interesting series. Not sure how to go about researching some of the stuff more.
I would of gone down the road if my daughter had not been with me or had she not seen the huge sign. Problem was she see's this giant stop sign with a plastic jersey barrier in the middle of the road and in her mind assumes that there must be some danger or we will get ticketed (her grandmother got a ticket recently for being in a burnt area). I was 95% sure the closure was because or rain... which had been at least several days or more prior so it would not be over the road anymore. And if it was you just turn around. And that's usually what signs they have up: When flooded Turn Around Dont Drown. I tried to explain that the government was shutdown, the workers are furloughed, and wouldn't be here to give tickets and also why the closure was most likely not removed and still there. But she's only 10 and didn't quite get or trust what I was saying and there always was the chance the signs were legitimate and there was some sort of washout 10 or 15 miles up... which would of sucked. So I altered course to an area I had a good idea of how to get to and had a chance of enough reception for the map to work. There are not as many alternate routes down there as you'd think. Trying to cross the train tracks that run down the middle of the area for example. There are not very many places to cross the tracks and fewer places to fit under... assuming your vehicle has the right combination of ground clearance to not get high centered on the ruts that have been dug and low enough overall height to fit under. Those stupid bat bars.... couple things about those that piss me off. The second and third mines that had bars on them looked to be some of the more stable mines I've seen. The amount of money and time spent to do all this. And it's not just the tunnel mines but all sorts of inclines, vertical shafts, and vents. Some of the "structures" they placed over a few vertical shafts are massive steel monsters that are 25'x 25' or bigger. They spend who knows how much on this junk but won't spend a dime to maintain the wildlife guzzlers but what's worse is they won't let volunteers spend their own money and labor to fix many of them either. I personally feel the bat bars are a different type of vandalism. Went to another mine camp today that was on BLM. The cabin needs some help that it hasn't gotten in a long time but BLM had made a trail and a sign that directed you to where the mine was. The mine entrance stepped into a winze with a timbered floor with some partial failing support timbers above. There was a big sign that said danger but otherwise you were free to go up to it and access the risk yourself. With the little one again so I didn't go in this one but nice to come across one that had not been infected with the safety police mentality.
Daughter and I try to sneak out and explore places out in the Mojave to or from visiting family in Vegas and this last time was no exception. Had actually intended to go to a different part of the preserve that I believe less known but the park service had road closed stuff up even though I pretty sure it was fine. I know Bob and crew have been to some of the buildings here. The big cabin had people there so we didn't get to check it out. Checked out the Evening Star mine remains and what we could peak at though the bat bars... disappointing to see so many of those. But we did find a couple mines that did not have them. We were unfortunately short on time and memory on my phone and didn't really get to go though some of the buildings in the detail I would of liked. First lazy attempt using photoshop for the thumbnail so let me know what you think. I tried to make the intro edited interesting. This one my daughter wanted on her channel, there is also another place from the Mojave on her channel and a NIKE missile site if you want to check those out.
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.
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.
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.
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.