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braindead0 last won the day on September 18

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    Reno, NV
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    meadmaking, blacksmithing, textile arts, welding/fabricating, fixing/breaking stuff. I also play bass, bodhran and random percussion.

    I also appraise antiques and then smash them.
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    Jeep Wrangler, XR650L
  1. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    You'll need to pack a complete court system on trips, laws are purposely written to be vague and often as confusing as possible.
  2. Hey Everyone!

    Yup..tons to explore around here, just about any direction you go. A lot of the old dirt roads took some damage from this last winter so accessibility can be rough in the hilly areas.
  3. Video Editing Software

    SJCAM makes a very good action cameras, for tons less than GoPro. Just have to watch out for fakes, the SJCAM branded ones rate highly among the motorcycling community. I picked up the S7 Star recently, good optics, video quality is very nice. Tons of features.
  4. Kenny Veach

    As good a theory as any.
  5. .us do not work

    Might want to email Bob directly. It sounds like perhaps a bug in the forum software, or a setting that needs to be tweaked. However, if you want to have some fun... try adding a space after .us so it's 3 characters? Not likely to work, but maybe ;-)
  6. what's in a name: Jammer Chair Flat

    That seems plausible. Jammer Chair Flat is in heavily forested mountain area. According to this http://www.ehow.com/about_5636184_history-logging-equipment.html the logging industry used a-frame jammers in the 19th century which led to this HO scale image of a "jammer log loader" If you were logging in that area, jammer chair flat would be a good area for loading. It's above the lower meadows that would tend to be more swampy, big enough for wagons and a jammer log loader setup. I don't see a chair on it, but he you need a place to sit when waiting for logs or wagons ;-)
  7. what's in a name: Jammer Chair Flat

    Interesting.... but what's a "Jammer Chair"?
  8. I heard the guy that jumped into the fire passed earlier this week. 2 deaths so far this year? I can imagine how quickly a tent on the playa would be covered with dust and in essence camouflaged.. however anyone driving out there should be on very high alert.. I'd be driving so slow that walking would be faster...
  9. Sounds like a perfect example of passing the buck... I can't imagine that the NV public information center has any clue why the BLM website doesn't have or doesn't display this information properly.
  10. Just wanted to introduce ourselves

    It seems that people who grew up in beach cities and often 'pulled back' to them.
  11. Only people I feel sorry for are the locals and taxpayers... the people working these events are being paid for it..and often paid well with time and a half or better. And perhaps the children taken to these events for hipster brainwashing.
  12. Thanks, I was mostly concerned that perhaps I was doing this completely wrong ;-)
  13. Just wanted to introduce ourselves

    What brought you to Pismo Beach? Used to go there a lot with the family in the 70's and 80's for the sand nationals and general fun in the sand. Welcome to EF!
  14. Interesting. I went to the glorecords website, selected Nevada for state and 'U.S. Location Monument' for type and it turned up nothing??? Same thing when I selected Arizona.. any tips for finding these?
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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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