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David A. Wright

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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.
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    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. Yes, In my old, worn out original copy of Paher's Nevada ghost towns book, I annotated the historical photo that I found it in "bad shape". I made a quick attempt to find it, not having any topo map of the area. It is shown on the topo, which I found some years later after I purchses the Nevada set of National Geographic TOPO! software. Turns out I believe my friend and I drove right by it, before we turned around after we drove a mile or so from our camp at the cabin. You'll see our quick effort on the video when I get it up. After our attempt, we drove over Grantsville Summit and into Reese River Valley. Then we drove north and had breakfast in Austin.
  2. Comparing Chris' photo of this building at Grantsville, it's an interesting study in the deterioration in 33 years. Note two standing cabins at right, no longer there. 1984 2006
  3. No. It's always been on my list, but I've never travelled US50 between Eureka and Ely. Since modern strip mining has visited the region since the 1980s, that kind of ruined it for me. From the contrast in pictures I recall seeing of the region before 1980 and today, it kind has put a visit to the area lower on my priority list. Yeah, I've been waiting to render all three videos and put them online at once, instead of one at a time like I've done in the past. To render each video in Windows Media format, using Adobe video editing software, it takes around 12 hours to render and save a 35-45 minute video. One of these is over 50 minutes, which takes a few hours longer to render. What stalls me is that it's very frustrating to get very near the end of the process, then have my computer overheat and shut down instantly, loosing everything. It's only happened twice with all the videos I've put up here, but it's a deterrent ...
  4. Ok, your latest post answered my question. The building I camped at in 2006 is still standing. It does look like more bricks are missing. I'll comapre with my 2006 photos at home and maybe share my 2006 and 1984 photos here another day.
  5. The brick and wood building, you speak of, are you referring to a building at the millsite? Or the one farther east? The one east of the mill, closest to the central townsite is where we camped. We slept in our seperate trucks, parked on opposite sides of the building. We used the wooden annex to the brick structure to cook and eat in since its roof was intact. I have a photo of that building from my first trip. It was more intact, and there were two more wooden cabins in a row farther east, both gone in 2006.
  6. I have enjoyed visiting and camping at Grantsville. I first visited around 1984, last in 2006. I have a three part video of my 2006 trip to the area already edited, but not yet rendered and saved for posting here. Me and a friend camped there during Memorial Day weekend and it was snowing on us. I should get it rendered and online.
  7. Just west of Beatty, take the old Las Vegas & Tonpah Railroad grade into Rhyolite for a simple and fun look at history. Topo maps or Google Maps in satellite view mode will make the route obvious where it leaves the highway heading to Death Valley at Dorris Montgomery Summit. It's an easy drive and will bring you into Rhyolite adjacent to the old railroad depot.
  8. Tonopah is no tourist trap, especially if you are thinking in the manner of Virginia City. Tonopah is simply a small town, that is supported mainly by traffic on US6 and US95. Other factors are its role as the seat of Nye County, and to some degree mining at several large mines some distance away. Otherwise it has suffered considerably over the years from the cyclical effects of the economy, closing some long standing businesses. Prices tend to run higher for daily cost of living needs due to Tonopah's isolation and distance to major cities.
  9. Need suggestions for a first car

    When the highway turns white, my truck is in 4x4. My Tacoma has the optional 4WD button on the transfer case lever handle that allows shifting into 4WD at speeds up to 45 mph. The lever is only used to shift between 4-HI and 4-LO, virtually eliminating half of Toyota's tradional J-GATE shift pattern. It wasn't my choice, as I am not a fan of electronic doo-dads, but it has proven reliabe and is very handy for when there are variable snow/ice/dry road conditons.
  10. Please Welcome Our Newest Member Robin Flinchum

    Hi Robin! Long time since we've last visited on the trail!
  11. Need suggestions for a first car

    Thank you for your input. My Tacoma has the TRD Off Road package, thus the rear locker. However, the locker is rendered inoperable in 2WD or 4-HI by the truck's brain and electronics. There are bypasses available online to disable the electronic nannies, but it is my choice to leave my truck alone. It is my practice to engage the front end on a regular basis, even on bladed dirt roads, just to keep all the moving parts limber and lubed. And, in my opinion, I can't see a need for the locker in 2WD when the front axle is likely engaged anyway. Yes, the rear locker alone makes an amazing difference, and if I'm crawling along on Class III trails or worse, it is my habit to engage the locker and keep it locked. Just to keep it limber and lubed; also so as not tearing up the trail needlessly because the truck simply keeps on pulling when the trail suddenly turns worse. Thinking about the e-locker in an IFS Tacoma, the differential housing design is boxy instead of the shape of the standard diff housing. Not knowing how the locker looks, I just assume that it wouldn't fit in the box. I'm surprised that Toyota hasn't engineered a front locker, given the popularity of the Rubicon Wrangler. And especially given the prices of new TRD Tacomas ...
  12. Need suggestions for a first car

    I'm interested in the front diff lock. Did you do it or did someone else? Any issues with the front steering while locked? I know steering is far more difficult with the front end locked solid, from what I've heard vehicles with factory installed front lockers have a "soft locker" so that steering is less impacted. I haven't studied it to any extent. But I'm curious about your set up. Maybe this can be taken somewhere else so that the thread isn't hijacked. EDIT: Rereading your post, your truck has the solid front axle? I know it was right in that time frame Toyota switched to IFS, but don't recall the exact year.
  13. Bigfoot - Yes, No, Maybe?

    Ok, maybe you weren't referring to my post. It was only one sentence, referring to bigfoot with a foot cramp. EDIT: OK, I see you included Dery in your reply. He must be the wordy one ...
  14. Bigfoot - Yes, No, Maybe?

    Me just being silly ol' me. I personally am skeptical that there is a big foot, Loch Ness Monster, etcetera. But I am open minded enough that it might exist, but am skeptical nonetheless. I don't discount other people's beliefs or opinions. Just made the pun because I was being silly ol' me.
  15. Need suggestions for a first car

    I own a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, with the TRD Off Road package, V6 and 5-speed that I bought new. Zero issues. Heck, still has the same headlight bulbs that it came from the factory with. This truck wasn't babied. It's even been on its side and nearly submerged. Lots of bedrock crawling and countless washboarded roads. Still cleans up nice, the interior looks good. The AC blows cold. Original clutch. Fourth set of tires, third set of shocks. Second battery. All but one tailight and one license plate light original. Timing belt and water pump replaced during factory recommended 90,000 mark. One steering boot replaced (ripped it open on the trail when it was impaled by a pine branch, field fixed with duct tape, replaced by dealer during 90k service a year later). Truck pictured here and there on this forum. Tons of photos on my old website at www.gbr.4wdtrips.net My Outback was is my first Subaru. Traded in a 2006 Honda CR-V on it. Though the Honda was a very good car, I can tell the difference in ice, snow and mud with my Subaru; and there is a lot of ice, snow and mud where I live and regularly travel. And it's a wonderful road car and gets very good mileage (4-cylinder, CVT transmission). For instance, the car's trip computer tells me this evening that I got 31.8 mpg since filling it up Thursday morning at home in Winnemucca, and driving to and around Boise, Idaho since. I bought a new 1996 Chevrolet S10 4x4 pickup in late 1996 (left over stock after release of the '97s). It was stock, 4.3 V6, 5-speed manual, otherwise bone stock. It was a good truck and is featured in several of my videos here on this forum. The S10 Blazer, I suspect, is just as capable. My truck wasn't well equipped for rugged off roading, but took everything I put it too. Traded it in on my current Tacoma.