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Arch Stanton

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About Arch Stanton

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    Guns, go-fast toys, the history of the west, hot rod fabrication,
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    2014 Polaris Rzr XP1000

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  1. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    You are right, you can't stop all of them. It has always been that way with people, but I don't think we can let this go on.I dunno what the answer is. I don't think we want to deputize hackers, I wouldn't want one working on a major disaster with me. I've been in a number of those Unified Incident Command events, and the last thing we needed would be an outside entity without the training or networking, or accountability to anyone wondering around with that level of access or authority. Whoever is tasked with this is going to have to have some sort of authority, because with it comes responsibility and accountability, and we are gonna want all of that. I can see tasking someone in IT crimes with setting up a program to create a method of doing what you did with the fuzzer but on a bigger scale, and when the FAA creates a no fly zone at that point word goes out that the are will be a no fly zone for non official aircraft of any kind for the duration of the event. Then shut it down, with severe penalties for ignoring the law. I worked for the .gov for a long time and believe me another level of bureaucracy isn't something I like either, but we the people need to be able to hold the people implementing the fix accountable, and I don't know how to do it if they don't have something on the line. Like their job, fer instance. I am with you on the more amusing ideas... I have a friend in another area who had some clown flying one around and trying to catch his wife through the windows of their house. Called the cops, filed an info report. They had several other instances with the same facts, but no suggestions. One day he heard the thing coming and had her go into the den in front of the window. She kept the pilots attention and he went out in front of the window, behind the drone, with the cargo net from her SUV. He caught it and turned the thing in. Apparently the pilot decided not to go claim it. Looking at DJI products and it appears registration is already a fact. Lovely. The prices have come down a bunch. I remember when you were going to have to spend over $1200 for a good machine, that price is now about half that number. I need to do some more research on this....
  2. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    Now that I have a good metal detector a drone is on my list. When it comes to the registration, I too think it is overreach, but we have to find a way to deal with the idiots. Last summer, when NorCal was on fire, and one of the fires in the Sierras was within about 4 yards of my home. The news reported that over in the Bay Area some moron decided to fly his drone into the closed airspace where aircraft were actively fighting the fire. They had to ground the planes for a couple of hours or so I am told, for fear of a collision. After things settled down I talked to an old friend of mine in the fire service who is now a Battalion Chief with a local agency. I asked him about this. He said it was true, and they were worried about it in the future. So am I. I am worried that I might lose my cool if some clown decides that getting cool footage with his drone is more important than Air Attack getting aircraft into my area to save my house. Registration is not necessary but we gotta find some way to identify who the clowns are who are doing this and deal with them in a very public way to discourage others. Stopping them is far more desirable than prosecuting them for violating a law after they have contributed to impeding firefighting efforts. I don't know how to do this, perhaps a squawk deal like aircraft use, something needs to done or we will get stuck with registration, or worse....
  3. Cool stuff for sure. There are a couple of sites up in the mountains that border Dixie Valley that have been on my "hit list" for a long time. For years we've been trying to find a safe and secure, (as much as possible anyway) place to park our trailers and camp and get up into the mountains on the east side of the valley. I know the mil trains out there quite a bit, and we see the aircraft activity regularly when we were camped over at Sand Mountain. Eldest son lives in Reno and has been working on it too but no luck nailing anything down yet. Used to really enjoy that place, but it is becoming less and less fun as the "visitor profile" changes. Sad that a place we've been going for 35+ years...a place where my kids first tasted the thrill of riding, and where they are now trying to give my grandchildren the same experience...is slipping away. We've set up camp at Middlegate a couple of times and it is fun and interesting but too far from the valley, would like to get about 15 miles up the paved road someplace accessible for 4 or so 5th wheel trailers.
  4. Been there a couple of times on SAR missions years ago...don't recall any overtly visible signs of townsite, but there as about 14 inches of snow on the ground one time and it was full summer the other time...lots of growth.
  5. California Explorers - New Taxes in California

    We are stuck here for a few more years. My Mom is 85 and won''t go. I promised my father on his death bed that I would make sure she was OK and take care of her home. I will honor that promise, but I want out of here in the worst way.
  6. I would be interested, only an hour and a half over the hill. Right now my focus is pretty local, but we hope things improve.
  7. How Many Miles Are On Your Explore Rig?

    Thanks Bob. We will take all the prayers we can get. They were supposed to leave on their "Make a Wish" foundation trip today...it was postponed, again. We have a big trip to the desert coming up in mid May. We are all sut praying he stabilizes and we can take him n that trip. Not much compared to what he was supposed to be doing, but at this point...
  8. How Many Miles Are On Your Explore Rig?

    Not many, but with a sick boy in the family we haven't been out much. Can't believe he was diagnosed 2 years ago. Hoping to go around the 18th of next month but Dawson's health isn't stable... If he is able we want to make a bang up trip of it.
  9. Dream Car? Off Topic...

    My number of dream cars would only be limited by the size of my wallet and my warehouse, LOL. I still have my first vehicle, 1956 F100 custom cab shortbed, first time around had a 390/C-6 combo, drove it until 1983, I have been restoring it for 20 years. the suspension is almost done, it is being set up for a 460 and an overdrive automatic. I plan on doing a stroker kit to take the 460 to 521, pump gas compression, EFI and AC. I have a 40 Ford my Dad and I built, it is a family heirloom that will go to my son. I would like to add a 34 Ford 3 window Coupe, a 1969 427 4 speed Corvette, a 70 Challenger 440 4 speed, a 69 or 70 Mach One Mustang, a 72 Chevy C10 truck, and a few more that change almost daily. I do have the gasoline illness, but I come by it honestly, Dad was a dry lakes racer after WWII, he was a hot rodder til the day he died.
  10. My Creepy Dolls & Clowns Phase

    Creepy is right. How did we get from the Bozo of my black and white TV childhood to these "creatures" passing for clowns? I guess if ya need to get over it you are doing the right thing Cindy. I dunno...I will just avoid them.
  11. I have been reading for years about people looking at a big $ rebuilds on a Diesel pickups after the long term use of a K&N air filter. Thought about the folks here, who, due to the nature of our interests, are out in the ding weeds and pucker brush, and thought I'd share. my experience for your review. I started using K&N Gauze filters a long time ago on very expensive go fast engines, and that use migrated to street vehicles and the quads and such. in 1997 We bought a brand New Yamaha Banshee for our eldest son, and I helped him do a mild build on it for the sand. I taught him to be extremely OCD about maintaining the thing, and he was (I checked behind him). One weekend we were prepping for a trip and I happened by when he was servicing the air filters. I ran my finger in the rubber intake tube and was surprised to find a bit of dust....not good. I went around and checked every rig we had with those filters and found my Wife's 300EX Honda also showing signs of very fine dust infiltrating the intake system. I went out to the shed and pulled all the stock filters out of storage and put them on. Then, I went over to the sand rail, which had a 368 Chevy stroker in it, and pulled the velocity stack and K&N filter. Not as bad as the bikes, but I could feel and see a fine sheen of dust when rubbing my finger inside the stack. Scared the heck outta me. Could have been very expensive. We caught it in time and all was well, but as you might imagine I yanked that filter too. When I had a chance I did some checking. I always followed the instructions when cleaning and never used compressed air to dry the filters after cleaning, so it was not a matter of improper service. I washed the filter off the rail and oiled it, and noticed very small pinholes in the gauze. When I did the same to the Banshee the holes were more numerous and bigger. Same with the 300. These filters were all less than 5 years old, and had all been serviced regularly....so I came to the conclusion that the gauze was deteriorating, and I shelved the whole K&N program, going another direction. I told my friends to look at there K&N equipped rigs, and a coupled of guys with turbo diesel trucks had some serious wear issues...We kept the info flowing and son enough no one in our group was running K&N's anymore. For years, when I owned a Ford 7.3 Diesel, I ran Donaldson Air Filters and NEVER found any indication of dust in the intake tract, and my Blackstone Oil lab tests always came back good, no contamination from the intake side. In the last couple of decades the explosion in popularity of turbo diesel trucks and the "bolt on Cold Air" kits being offered the number of people running K&N's or a like filter has caused a lot of people a lot of misery. Granted, some of it is due to users improperly maintaining the filters, or not maintaining them at all, or over oiling, etc, but on the gear head forums you see people with gas powered fuel injected engines having sensors screwed up by filter oil, and general filtration failures. The big hit has been in the turbo diesel community, and there are any number of owners out there that have wound up spending a lot of $$ repairing a "dusted" turbo, or, worse yet, a engine that has succumbed to the particulate contamination and suffered a loss of compression, and loss of the engine.... The aftermarket has spent a lot of money convincing people that the factory intake systems on their rigs are junk, but the truth is in many cases unless you get into the area where you are doubling the factory HP numbers the factory intake is just fine. In the Cummins powered pickup world the Turbo Diesel Registry, (TDR) is the go to source for testing and legit info on all things, and the factory intake is quite effective on the HPCR 5.9 and 6.7 engines. Recently, a guy claiming to be an employee of K&N has stepped forth and acknowledged that his company's products have a less than stellar reputation in the enthusiast community, and he asked for input, and any K&N experiences we wanted to share with him. And boy he is getting it. When asked what the enthusiast community wanted it was communicated to him that filtration levels consistent with factory components but less restriction, which, obviously, is a request he cannot deliver on. He stated they are researching improved filter media, but that we are asking for a quantum leap in technology. It was pointed out to him that this is exactly what K&N claimed they were bringing to market 30 plus years ago. I appreciate him stepping into the hurricane, and hope he finds it. Me, I won't be running K&N on anything I own....you guys might think about it with your stuff...
  12. Where Have You Lived?

    Born in SoCal. Left about two weeks after graduating from High school, moved to Rocklin for College, but was up in the hills every weekend. Been up in the hills for a long time. Next move, for reasons already discussed and more, will be east into a Free state. Nevada, Arizona and Texas are under consideration.
  13. New Ruger Precision Rifle

    Ed I have only a few I've never fired, they are family heirlooms I inherited from my Father, and they will go to my sons. Other than those few, I am with you, they were built to be used. Someday, if we are sitting around a campfire, I will tell you the story of a very special Model 70 30-06 Spr.
  14. Caught a "Catfish" Need Advice

    Sounds like a mess to me. If he is as screwed up as he sounds I wouldn't count on his cooperation if you decide to "out" her. Tread with caution in this kind of soil, Cindy.
  • Our picks

    • 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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