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About David A. Wright

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    North-Central Nevada
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    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. avourite place or building that you've explored?

    Bodie, California has been one of my favorites. But that was back in the 1970s and 1980s, when more buildings were open and available. I generall went in autumn, especially after the first snow, when there are few tourists. My favorite memories were in the winter of 1983/1984, when the snow was so deep only the schoolhouse cupolla, a few random telephone poles, and part of the Standard Mill poked up out of the snow. I lived in nearby June Lake then, riding my snowmobile up from where I parked my truck down near Mono Lake. Around 1997, my wife and I were attending a friends of Bodie dinner. After dark, we were on a tour of the Standard when the curator of the small museum in Beatty, Nevada and a friend had an asthma attack. Her vehicle and medicines were locked in her truck over a half mile away. I knew the park ranger and aksed for permission to go get my truck, pick her up and bring her to her truck in the parking lot. I got permission. It was great fun to see Bodie at night from behind the wheel, similar to the view of residents in the last days the town was active. Stupid me left my still and video cameras with my wife at the mill, so I was not able to record the event. Bodie is really neat to photograph after dark, but is not available then to the general public.
  2. Hey, I'm new here!

    I worked for Kerr-McGee between 1987 and 1992, when they owned the borax refineries down at Trona, California, just west of Death Valley. They sold out but I continued working there many more years. They were a good company to work for, always helpful to employees and their families. They were based in Oklahoma City back then, don't know about now.
  3. I would have loved to have been a sidekick with Burton Frasher when he travelled and photographed these historic places all those years ago! Those were wonderful days to be a ghost town explorer. About 20 years ago, I had considerable correspondence with his son, obtaining copies many of Frasher's photos for a writing project. He related some of his experiences with his father. Wish I had better notes. And a better memory. Thank you for taking me along on your travel to the Dunderberg. It's been years since I've been there. The weather looked nice and embracing. Maybe you ought to have tried Bennettville that day. You might have reinacted my visit in 1989, when I got caught up there in a sudden summertime blizzard!
  4. At that altitude, it can be chilly during and after the rain.
  5. New here

    Yup. First time I met Rocky, and his father, George, was in 1987, when I rode my motorcycle to Panamint City. Rocky and George were living at the Chris Wicht camp then (which they named Novack Camp, after themselves) now the present end of the road (the camp burned a number of years ago after George died and Rocky took over Lightfoot Louie's job at Ballarat). Both came running out and forced me to stop, insisting I was tresspassing on their mining property. Everyone knew that this was their bluff, as the road was still maintained by Inyo County in those days, and their property was actually a small mill adjacent to the camp. After that, whenever I'd go up the mountain, I'd bring along a case of Pepsi and Bud for the two and we were on good terms after that.
  6. I have a photo of possibly this same cabin sent to me by a friend who visited 12-15 years ago. Nice shots! Looks inviting, especially since it has been so warm, humid and smoky up this way for several weeks now.
  7. The Desert Oracle

    Board member Robin Flinchum has something in the works to publish there.

    The poppy, I guess, is in El's third dhot, mixed in the lupine. The first shot by El is Indian Paintbrush, a very common mid-altitude dweller, growing above about 5,000 feet in the Great Basin.
  9. Critters

    Now I see exactly the origin of the expression "doe eyed".
  10. Camping

    Public lands, like BLM, allow camping for a maximum of 30 days. There are some improeved BLM campgrounds, which may or may not charge. Forest Service lands generally do also, though they have improved campgrounds and often charge a fee. I am not familiar with the guidelines of all National Parks, but I am familiar with Death Valley NP. Their guidelines are specific to areas within the park. Some roads do not allow camping within a specific distance to the road, some areas are off limits, some areas have no limits. There are improved, fee based campgrounds. All are detailed on their website and on the free handout maps you get with your entrance fee.
  11. Sure is smoky today in Reno. Here for a short notice Dr. appointment. Was crystal clear in Winnemucca when I left home just after sun-up.

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    2. David A. Wright

      David A. Wright

      Are you using a digital camera taking single images at regular intervals? The videos look seamless, like you are taking an image every 30 seconds or so.

      Thanks for the link to the cameras. I've seen some of these popping up on the local network news and wondered where they were hiding. Now bookmarked for regular viewing.

    3. Jack Freer

      Jack Freer

      I am using one of the spare GoPros I use with the drones.  It's a 4 Silver set for time lapse.  For daytime it take one image every 30 seconds.  For nighttime it takes a 30 second exposure back to back for as long as I let it run.

      My time lapses usually result in a 500 to 1,800 image set.  I connect the cam to the PC and the images get download to GoPro desktop.  From there the set gets exported to GoPro Studio and that takes all the images and stitches them together in to a video.  And there are many video tailoring tools in Studio.  From Studio I export the finished video for use on YouTube and then upload to YouTube and it's done!

    4. Bob


      We are seeing a decent amount of smoke here in Southern Nevada too. 

  12. Trash?

    Re: Trash: Take a look at the video linked below. Within the first minutes you will see a large trash pile left behind by previous campers. This was on public land in northeastern Nevada. I videotaped one of my fellow travel mates cleaning up the mess, as well as lending a hand when not taking video. This is an example of my practice in the past. http://www.exploreforums.com/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=7156
  13. Trash?

    I am a "let your conscience be your guide" kind of guy. I am of an age that I have been exploring ghost towns ans mining camps since the 1950s. I am fortunate enough to have been born and raised in the desert and have prowled Great Basin and Death Valley ghost towns while there was still enough to see. But old enough to see how much wonton and asinine vandalism and time has erased a considerable amount of things to see and enjoy.
  14. Land Matters aka mylandmatters.org

    Yeah, don't get me started on organizations and donations ... A high percentage of my TV time filled with pitiful starving and abused animals, wounded vets and the like, pleading for my donations; then squander it on themselves in shameless, luxurious living.
  15. Internet restored to Winnemucca today after being six days offline. Wildfires east  of Reno burned up lines and cables.

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    2. Jack Freer

      Jack Freer

      It's been hot in the high elevations.  In the 90's at Truckee and the mid to high 80's at Lake Tahoe.

    3. Bob


      Nice shots Jack! 

    4. Jack Freer

      Jack Freer

      Thanks Bob :beer:

  • 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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