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David A. Wright

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About David A. Wright

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    David A. Wright

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    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. What’s For Dinner?

    This post is to actually post a photo so I can link to it from another forum. However, that forum has a thread on what we prepare for our meals that is popular and has been running since 2007 and is nearing 200 pages long. So maybe it will catch on here. Friday’s dinner consisted of a cross rib ranch steak, with a rub of garlic salt and a Montreal steak seasoning (McCormick’s); hot Italian sausage links freshly hand made by an elderly friend who is a native of this county and is part of a large Italian family (ground seasoned pork hand stuffed in casings made from the intestine; he always gives me wrapped packages of six in a long string). The sides are sliced mushrooms and Rice-A-Roni parmesan and Romano cheese. The beer is Miller High Life with a splash of lime juice in a frozen pub glass, a rescue from the thrift shop (I always keep four in the freezer). The steak and sausage were barbecued. I had already prepared the rice, the mushrooms were from a jar. I ate my dinner in the pleasant afternoon on my deck. It was 69 degrees and sunny. On the day before, I awoke to two inches of snow and snowing. That turned to snow showers, then rain showers. As the front moved through, Winnemucca was hit with steady moderate rain for six hours in the late afternoon, evening and night from the wrap around moisture coming around the low pressure center. Ah! Springtime in Winnemucca! My willow trees and vines are leafing out; the daffodils, tulips and hyacinth are blooming and the lawn is greening up. Dinner was pleasant in the atmosphere of quiet, with meadowlarks singing their shrill song; accompanied by mourning doves and various other tweety birds. A pair of great horned owls called from tree to tree. A large red tailed hawk kept gliding overhead. Was he eyeballing my steak, or my small dog?
  2. Went to emergency room

    Should get better hourly from this point on. Get well!
  3. Went to emergency room

    Answer sent.
  4. Mines and stuff

    Where is here? Is it anywhere near there?
  5. Went to emergency room

    I had my gallbladder removed in 2006. Sudden onset of pain one day, gallbladder out the next. For me it was a very easy surgery to recover from, done ortoscopically. Off pain med by day after, back to work in four days. You may or may not have a particular side effect. I did and it has stayed with me. I was not told about it by the doctor, but a friend, an RN, did. Nothing serious, but can be inconvienient. If you want, PM me and I can give you particulars.
  6. Correct. At the north end of the salt marsh.
  7. Pretty cool about the horse racing track. That also was covered in Schamburger’s book on the district, which caught my eye.
  8. things to watch out for when purchasing desert property

    For what its worth, Pershing property taxes are higher than Humboldt, but don’t know how they compare to Washoe.
  9. Had to watch with the sound turned down (at the library), but perfect ghost towning weather!
  10. Who to tell if a place is a abandoned

    No tresspassing signs are a good clue. The site might be totally collapsed but if there are readable signs than it is likely the property is owned.
  11. I didn’t try the link. I didn’t want to risk my tablet.
  12. I'm mad at myself.

    Hey! Bob’s back! Great to see ya!
  13. I don’t have a You Tube Channel. I live life exploring the great outdoors without my nose pressed against my smart phone glass.
  14. I’ve explored the parts of Belleville closest to the highway. One of these days I hope to walk the narrow gauge spur to the mill and atop the big support wall. Maybe do the old ore haul road between Candelaria and Belleville. I heartily recommend Hugh A. Schamburger’s fine book on the history of Candelaria, Belleville, Columbus and Marietta. It also goes quite a bit into the water supply history as well. Schamburger was the state’s water manager for many years. He wrote ten books, I think, about Nevada’s boomtowns, each comprehensive. Since they were all written in the 1950s theough early 1970s, they have photographs of each town in far better shape than today.
  15. I’ve travelled NV360 countless times but have never turned off to see the site.
  • 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.
      • 16 replies