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  1. it was a bit of a random trip idea, up there in the truck with my Wife. Didn't spend much time there, I get back on my bike I'll be able to cover a lot more ground. Thanks for the book info...
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    Mojave Mines and Cabins

    I'm sure it would bother them to some extent, but harm? I doubt it, thunder is pretty loud... If *I* were to do something of this sort, I'd clamp a fiberglass welding blanket or two behind the bars where I'm cutting. Not only would it provide a backstop for sparks (less change of fire) it should at least help a bit with noise.
  3. Awesome.. I was out there a while back, salvaged the remnants of a cotton sample bag that had 'wonder' and some numbers stamped on it. Figured it was going to rot away anyway.. I'll be back this summer, explore deeper up into the hills and the like see if there's anything interesting.
  4. Was that absorbed by the Navy/firing range? I forget what was being sucked up, if so that might explain the bars/barbed wire?
  5. Not so much. Anything worth seeing, I'm getting off the bike. I've got a couple of action cameras, never really found much use for them. The places I explore don't move, so I don't see the need for video 😉
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    Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    dang, and I was hoping to get a green card... or a fake ID that said I'm 20 😉
  7. Comes with 2 coils (normal and a smaller one for deeper/more precise). Even in the middle of nowhere, the quantity of useless junk was just too much for me... never found anything interesting really... .
  8. he never said...If his yard is anything like ours.. he spent a lot of time digging up old rusty nails and construction debris.. 😉
  9. Guy emailed, wanted it NOW.. he lost a valve retainer in the lawn while working on a car.. magnets weren't finding it... I think he wanted to try out metal detecting as well, seems those wide magnets on wheels that construction crews use to clean up nails would have done the job 😉
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    Prospecting for Denim In Old Mines

    I don't think BLM has enough law enforcement to do much, maybe down by Vegas? I don't think these items count as significant from an archeological standpoint. I'd care less if they weren't likely to use public resources when they screw up, someone has to clean up the bodies if this turns into yet another stupid 'gold rush' like flipping houses/storage auctions...etc..
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    Not only protected, the government activity supports the activities by making government records easily accessible. If you own property in your name, that information is trivial to access. Where is gets problematic is when they start putting together more details... enough and they can steal your identity. Very little of my information is available online, in addition there is a fairly famous hockey player with the same name (middle name included) which helps obfuscate my information as it's easy to get missed when the first several pages of my name are 'that guy'. Much of the rest of the information is bogus, I've been feeding garbage into the system for decades.
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    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!,

    Sorry to hear he had to go through that, cancer is a bitch... good on the outcome!
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    Blew my Jeep Engine

    The extended the radiator warranty to cover this, I believe for 10 years although may have been lifetime. A lot of people (including myself) bypassed the cooler built into the rad as a preventative. Those with trans temp gauges reported minor increase in trans temp while towing but nothing concerning. The theory at the time was is wasn't a trans cooler as much as a trans heater to get the trans up to temp faster... I ended up replacing the radiator on my '07 at about 85k, started leaking. Did the thermostat and water pump at the same time of course. Traded it in when I bought the ram, got a decent deal at the time and there was a guy on the lot already asking about purchasing it 😉 Suspect it's still running around Carson.
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    Here's a good example of why I would not recommend relying on ad revenue as a means of income: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/12/how-3ves-bgp-hijackers-eluded-the-internet-and-made-29m/ Summary: a sophisticated hacking group was able to commit $29 million dollars of ad fraud. All of that money spent by who knows how many businesses was completely wasted. It's very likely to have been from many advertisers and may be ignored for now, but these fraud schemes are getting much harder to prevent much more complex and much bigger. It's an arms race playing out pretty much just like attempts to copy protect software and apply DRM to media, doomed to failure. It'll take time for this bubble to burst, how long.. nobody knows.
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    I have multiple sock puppet FB accounts, filled with B.S. information. I find FB to be a treasure trove of information (the kind that shouldn't be public) and I'm happy to make use of it when necessary. I've also shutdown scam pages on FB, only way to report requires an account. So far nobody has reported any of my fake accounts... 😉
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    If you haven't noticed, people are being slowly retrained to service 'social media' companies and perform for trinkets. It's fun to watch..
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    Exploring an abandoned cabin

    I don't think you'd want to store explosives in a building like that, unless the goal is to make the biggest fragmentation grenade possible. I think typical explosive storage is at least partially underground and far away from habitable buildings. Maybe the homestead started out with the rock building (lots of rocks around) and then the wood building was added later as materials were brought in...... or vice versa. As far as how it was used, I'd think that could have changed over time...
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    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    +10000. Not everyone will benefit from college, and the 'experience' is worthless. Public schooling has one purpose IMO, stunting actual growth and keeping people dependent on others. With a side order of training them to never complete any job... when the buzzer goes off get to the next factory workstation asap! I think most kids outta H.S. would benefit far more from getting a job ASAP and learning a good work ethic. Then when they really grow up and unlearn the public schooling, then perhaps they can decide for themselves with their own goals in mind.
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    UTV's? Suggestions?

    If you can find an unmolested older Jeep that the owner hasn't installed 20k worth of junk (and thinks the price should reflect that), can't really go wrong. However IMO it's not the same class as a UTV, you'll be able to get to the same places (with enough/right modifications) in my experience a purpose built vehicle will do it much faster and with less drama. I'd think you can 4 down town a jeep behind your Armada, however proper tow and brake setup may cost as much as a trailer for UTV's (if not more, some of those tow setups are spensive). in the end it's all about finding the right trade offs....
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    2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

    It'll be just like trying to herd cats... except without the benefit of a can of tuna..... 😉
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    UTV's? Suggestions?

    I think they just cheap out, if you want the spare tire carrier it's probably an option. My 2013 has the spare mounted on the back...
  22. He's young and perhaps a bit reckless...I did the same when I was a kid... without any lifeline.. If he gets into trouble, I'm popping my PLB and staying outside to wave down any SAR that show up. No way am I going to become a second body to rescue 😉 I will ask though, for all I know he's an avid climber...
  23. I'm with you Bob.. When I'm out exploring on my motorcycle.. if there's a choice between 2 tracks in the desert and 2 barely discernible tracks that are heavily overgrown... I'll take the latter 'road'. It's easier on a motorcycle, you can pike your way through the brush without causing too much disturbance (and risking undue attention to the unused road).
  24. I've got a friend I ride with on occasion, he's interested in getting into some mines.. mostly wants to explore adits. I told him I'll hand out with the other end of the rope 😉
  25. Haven't been here yet. Plan on making a trip out this year: https://project-jk.com/trail-events/bass-camp-a-miners-life-lived-under-a-rock
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