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David A. Wright

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David A. Wright last won the day on September 23

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About David A. Wright

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    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
  • Camera
    An old Kodak digital and cell phone camera
  • Explore Vehicle
    2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4

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  1. Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    We sre now being choked with spam. (documentmanagement2018@gmail.com ) BUY REGISTERED AND UNREGISTERED, PASSPORTS, DRIVERS LICENSE, VISA, ID CARDS, IELTS, NEBOSH, ESOL,TOEFL, TOEIC,CERTIFICATES, WITHOUT EXAMS, PTE,GRE,GMAT, SCHOOL DEGREES, etm This crap is being shoved into every nook and cranny.
  2. From Orange County California

    Marsupial eviction.
  3. From Orange County California

    Crepuscular light show.
  4. From Orange County California

  5. From Orange County California

    X2
  6. I was last up there about the time that LA Times paper was printed ... I lost a lot of my 35mm slides from that era; I have none of the complex. I only have a early winter/lspring view taken southerly over the southern Mono Basin taken from a high point nearby (snow on the ground).
  7. Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho

    Wildfires during the summer of 2018 has destroyed some sites visited in 2001. The Martin Fire, which started east of Paradise Valley in early July, destroyed Spring City. At its height, it was the largest wildfire in the US. The South Sugarloaf Fire, still burning as of this writing, destroyed the sites of Patsville, Rio Tinto, our campsite atop Maggie Summit, the sites of Edgemont and White Rock. The fires will have cleared a lot of brush, destroyed standing collapsed wooden structures. Stone ruins will be easier to locate in the future. I am glad to have memories, video and photos.
  8. Brick lined, impressive. I agree on the rebar. Not a place to camp and stumble around half asleep in the wee hours to take a leak ...
  9. New member

    Yes, every time I visited. I live in Winnemucca.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  • 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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