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David A. Wright

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David A. Wright last won the day on July 23

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About David A. Wright

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    North-Central Nevada
  • Interests
    Ghost towns; photography; historic, abandoned and modern railroads; exploring the Great Basin; Nevada and Eastern California history; 4WD.
  • First Name
    Daffy Duck
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    An old Kodak digital and cell phone camera
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    2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4

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  1. New member

    Yes, every time I visited. I live in Winnemucca.
  2. Blew my Jeep Engine

    In deep snow and in reverse, the flaps get pushed into the tires, which often pulled them off. In the snowy winter of 2005, I was in Reno, with two and three feet of snow in the parking lots. It was in one of those parking lots I lost one flap. Didn’t notice it until the next day at home in Big Pine. The dealer price was too high and I never liked the sound of the flaps getting crunched during hardrock crawling, so it was no big deal to me to toss the other. My TRD Tacoma has a thick, rough, painted coating on the rockers, which have resisted chipping very well.
  3. New member

    Jarbidge is some great country. Been there many times. Never been to Twin Falls, been as close as Rogerson numerous times. Do spend time in Boise and Nampa periodically. Even get four channels on TV from there.
  4. New to the forum, not new to exploring.

    Welcome! Me born and raised in the Mojave, been in the eastern Sierra Nevada and Nevada since the mid 1970s myself.
  5. Blew my Jeep Engine

    I got tired of the front ones getting ripped off years ago, lost one, removed the other and tossed it; and run rears only.
  6. Looks Like Fuel Prices Are On The Rise Again

    It has gone down here, after rising swiftly over Memorial Day. Went from $2.59 in May to $3.19, now down to $2.95.
  7. How Many Miles Are On Your Explore Rig?

    Like, my truck is getting old and slowing down. It turned 16 in June. 172,000 miles. Rus, works, drives, looks good. Got new plugs shortly before, its second set. Just replaced the plates with disabled plates. Not because the truck is, it’s for my wife.
  8. Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    Another.
  9. Yup. Found it on the map just now before I came online. West of Little Antelope Valley. Figured that area was barren from old fire scars.
  10. Nice! I’ll have too check my maps, as I’m a bit stumped as to where it is (some backgrounds seem to indicate west of Walker, but with so many wildfires in the past two decades I’d think the entire area has burned out by now). Looks like great ghost towning weather.
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  12. What was your most difficult or challenging explore?

    December 1989. A buddy and I decided to explore along the Bodie & Benton Railroad grade east of Mono Lake. We were in his Nissan 4x4 pickup. At the site of Warm Springs, my buddy decided he wanted to jump the grade, with me photographing the stunt. Big mistake. He had nowhere the speed needed to cross the grade let alone get the truck airborn. Instead the front wheels left the ground and momentum took him only far enough to solidly mount the frame smack dab in the center of the grade and all four wheels well off the ground. It was after 5 PM. Sundown was fast approaching. OK, where are the jack and a shovel or two? Back at his house in Mammoth Lakes, more than an hour away driving. Lee Vining, the closest town, was more than 20 miles directly across the lake. Being December, sundown meant colder than it already was (there were patches left from the last snow), both of us were already hungry. And we didn’t even have a flashlight. What to do? Winter chill hadn’t yet created frozen ground. We each had two hands (but no gloves). We started digging the railroad grade out from under the truck like a couple of badgers. Within minutes the truck started settling ever closer to the ground. Several times each of us got our hands squished between the truck’s frame and dirt. As the truck settled closer to the ground, it was getting increasinly difficult to fit under the truck, requiring the digging out of extra railroad grade well away from the truck. Numerous times we tried getting the truck out under its own power. It was nearly 11 PM by the time we freed the truck. We were bleeding, hurting, filthy, frozen and starving (we didn’t have water, but took care of thirst with what snow we could find). We drove north out along the railroad grade until we hit the highway out to Hawthorne, then turned west to US395., then south to Lee Vining and arriving at midnight. Bodie Mike’s saloon there was still open. The few patrons saw what a mess we were and were eager to hear our story, so our drinks were on them.
  13. What was your most difficult or challenging explore?

    Plenty of those in my past. 1968, wintertime. Late afternoon. Riding my motorcycle, a 1965 Yamaha YDS-3 250cc road bike on the truck trail to Big Bear Lake from my home on the desert slope. A couple feet of snow. Spun the rear tire on thick ice. Spun the chain off the front sprocket, which whipped around and snapped off a cast lug on the primary case, leaving a nasty tennis ball size hole and rearranging the transmission cogs and seized up the innards. Spent the night huddled against a pine tree in the snow. No gloves, a windbreaker, tennis shoes. Early next morning heard a vehicle approaching. It was my neighbor, he knew I was up there and didn’t come home the night before. Spent the rest of the day alternating between hot showers and parking in front of my Franklin stove thawing frostbite on my fingers and toes. I’ve been frostbit numerous times since. Getting frostbite doesn’t hurt, but thawing frostbite is misery ...
  14. 2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

    I’m getting old. My travelling days were the 1980s through about 2005. Even then I travelled with 1-3 max. Now my time is divided between a disabled wife and parents in their 90s. I might be able to guide to some nearby places, and be home by dark.
  15. Generally the cameras show well in winter unless winds pack snow on the lenses, or there is heavy fog. Cameras get turned occasionally. Sometimes there is a view in the thumbnail, but nothing shows indicating the camera is offline.
  • 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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