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About braindead0

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    Head Fisherman

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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. Man cave/reloading room ideas

    Make it bigger ;-).. It sounds like you have a footprint limit, I suspect you'll just have to wing it on the layout. I would suggest doing a rough job at first, slap together 2x4 and plywood work surfaces keep it cheaper until you've had a chance to use it a while. I've got an entire 2 car garage for my 'stuff' and I typically find it needs to be re-arranged every few years anywho.
  2. She has a serious fear of collapse/cave in general.. not sure if airy would cut it.. If the inside looked like a normal house (not raw stone/dirt) probably be fine... Last time I went into a cave I was probably about 17... walking about all stooped over isn't good for the back or neck, and crawling is undignified....I've left my cave/mine exploring days waaay behind me ;-).. Have thought about building an ROV, however that would only work if it had remote operable tools/arms so I could collect stuff ;-)
  3. I'm 6'2".. a HobbitSquatch hole would work ;-). My wife wouldn't be able to handle underground, unless it was built by professionals and you didn't even know you were underground. There are some lots that include a good portion of a mountainside, but no hits on those...
  4. What *I* do is enjoy all boondocking I want.. tax dollars have been paying for that.... I do like the boutique goat farm and cheesemaking, I could sell that to my wife with three words (cute+goats+cheesmongering). Feel free to take on that project, we'd be glad to help...... stop by and feed the goats.. ;-)
  5. I think the takeaway from all this is, check property land use and development codes first. I think for most people these lots are useless, I have no doubt that the original seller was in essence scamming people. He has a long history of run ins with the law related to land dealings in Arizona and Texas, escaped any consequences by dying a couple of years ago (or..hrm..faked death? ;-)
  6. Just got a response on 003-910-013. Going to pass on that, these lots just don't make sense except as a possible long term 'maybe some day' they'll be worth enough to justify holding.
  7. I think I found the likely cause of issues. Pershing county development code chapter 503 in http://pershingcounty.net/images/stories/pc_files/planning/Division_Five.pdf Which refers back to 17.106.85 in chapter one, and here's crux of it I think: I'm not sure when these lots were created. There's an entry on 6/26/2007 with a note: "DIVISION INTO LARGER PARCELS" http://www.pershingcountynv.net:1401/cgi-bin/diw201?CGIOption=Detail&DocNo=355787&DocSf=&Party=1&Seq=1 Seems unusual to divide a section into larger parcels. The document is not available online, it should be so I asked the county recorder. Also there are further requirements, must have <35 minutes away from nearest fire station. Must demonstrate supply of electricity and phone service. Must have adequate potable water source. Access roads that meet requirement of 17.503 and 'has a plan for use of the property which will justify the change, and signs an agreement to implement and finalize the plan for new land use withing two years". .. the list goes on and on including providing a standpipe for fire department use with it's own separate pump and power supply... I think the nutjob is right, they don't want any development there... edited: The requirement "Has an emergency response time as determined by the County that is less than 35 minutes away from the nearest County Fire House/Station (Emergency Response Time shall be determined by calculating the time it takes to travel from the nearest County Firehouse/Station to the parcel/home, traveling at the current speed limits on the most direct route over County or State roads)" Cannot be met according to Google Maps, nearest fire department (of any sort) is 45 minutes away.
  8. I haven't delved into it in full detail. The nut job property owner who think his lot if worth $30k stated Here's what the 2012 master plan has to say about AMR land use code (which is how this property is currently categorized): The "(160 acres) (Unionville)" seems to imply this is only intended to cover a limited area, these properties are nowhere near Unionville. There are buildings on one lot next to lot 13, as well as some 'structures'/RV's on another lot. However the county doesn't seem to know about them according to property records. AFAIK there has been no permitted improvements made to any of the 45 lots on the above map.
  9. Okay, we're passing on the 3 we've had response from so far. One guy wanted $30k for a POS lot bordered on all sides by other private lots... no access roads..etc.. Another was very odd, never actually talked to the owner some random guy wanted me to make an offer.. then gave me the phone number for his 'agent' and also the phone for the owner. That one seemed too weird... and the lot wasn't all that great. The owners of 003-900-015 are a nice couple in Santa Barbara. Attached kmz file has the rough borders. Lot is pretty flat, no sings of heavy run off.. and it adjacent to a well maintained dirt road. They purchased the lot for $7,900 and were at that time willing to sell for that. That being said, our research into prices in the area pegs the median price for good lots (accessible) around $3,500. There may be issues getting permits to build, so I wouldn't plan on it being buildable at least without a lot of effort. If anyone is interested in making an offer/buying PM me and I'll pass along contact information for the owners. My advice to them was hold on to it for the long run, the property taxes are cheap.. they have young kid(s).. maybe some day it'll be worth something. Feature.kmz
  10. Mines and stuff

    Place is very different than here, however the same mine carts seem to be pretty much everywhere ;-)
  11. Who to tell if a place is a abandoned

    Do you mean RS 2477 roads https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revised_statute_2477
  12. Who to tell if a place is a abandoned

    And I have a feeling that BLM will not bother either due to lack of resources, or simply not caring. I wonder if we could figure out a safe way to try and handle these situations. Perhaps some stickers we can place on signs such as these explaining that you cannot block a right of way or otherwise interfere with access to BLM lands (or other private lands for that matter). Use that to put them 'on notice', give them 30 days to fix the issue next time show up with enough maps/references to prove your point and a pair of bolt cutters? This of course has a high risk of conflict... IF anyone is there. I have a feeling that these asshats know what they are doing is illegal, however nobody will likely call them on it. This could be an excuse to have an Explore Forum 'rally'.. get a bunch of us together for a weekend of camping and opening up illegally closed areas.. A party with a purpose?
  13. Who to tell if a place is a abandoned

    Up around Winnemucca Ranch this last year they installed new chain link fences, locked gates and no trespassing signs pretty much all along the road. However I'm pretty sure the locked gates are blocking access to BLM land which I think is expressly forbidden. I may go up there this coming year, map out the fences..take pictures, etc.. pass info along to BLM maybe they'll remedy the situation.
  14. Question 1 Passed In Nevada

    It's what you get with democracy, mod rule writ large.
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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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