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David A. Wright

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  1. I thought I lost my wife on 9/11. She was flying Boston to LA on American Airlines that day. The second plane to hit the towers was the flight scheduled previous to hers. I didn’t know her flight number, so didn’t know if I watched her die on live TV. It wasn’t until the evening of the third day that she managed to get through the communications gridlock to call me. It was a rough time. I’ve spent a lot of time in the South Tower with the company I worked for. The offices were in the uppermost floors. My regular travel there ended in late 2000. Me inside the lower floors heading to the elevator to go upstairs. These images are stills from video of an October, 1999 trip. Around the perimeters of each floor were several carpeted steps that went to the iconic narrow slit windows. They were a nice spot to enjoy the view while taking a break or lunch. The view is east into Brooklyn. One can only speculate what one must have felt when faced with the descision to jump or burn from this height. Looking toward midtown Manhattan from the observation deck, the North Tower in view.
  2. Since getting my 4Runner I became a member of the T4R.org form. There is a member, Ray Dunakin, who has some quality videos on Nevada ghost towns and mines. He uses drones as well. His website is at http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Welcome.html
  3. I first visited Bennettville and the mine in early Sepember, 1990 during an afternoon thunderstorm that turned to a snowstorm. I was the only one there. Ilast returned about a decade later.
  4. Me thinks self important shmucks need to experience more life outside their guilded offices ...
  5. First time I was there was 1974. Much more of the lumber slides was there, as well as some ties on the mainline railroad and the spur to the bottom where they picked up lumber. I’m surprised no one has made off with the flywheel yet.
  6. Nice photographs. I especially like your use of black & white.
  7. Good idea for non emergency numbers. I have normal contact numbers for local agencies in my phone. Mainly because the days of not knowing where your cellular 911 call would go are still not that far ago. Then there was the recent 911 outtage in northern Nevada for Verizon users. I suppose there are teenagers today that have never heard of a phone book.
  8. Glad you took care of the remains responsibly. Thank you. Who knows what kind of perverted videos would have popped up online if found by adolescents with an overactive 15 minutes of fame gland and a smart phone.
  9. Are you real or a “lying comedian”? 😎

    1. Bob


      He is a gone comedian. 😂

  10. Y-Bar Cafe in Grand View ... 🍔🍽️☕ Mmmmm Good!
  11. Hmmm ... radio silence ...
  12. Nice. Was it difficult to determine the location and ruins?
  13. At least that water ain’t going to LA! I was wondering how much snow had melted. The TV Hill camera at http://www.alertwildfire.org/tahoe/firecams.html generally takes in Aurora and the snow melt in the area has been rapid.
  14. If you can get to them before the birds, squirrels and deer ... 😎
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      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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    • Exploration Field Trips: May 1-3, 2000 - Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
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      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.

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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
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      11. Silver City, Idaho.
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