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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. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    A friend of mine has a drone, a DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Last summer we had two wildfires near here, both started two days apart and burned for a total of about six days. The local airport is a regular wildfire air support base for the entire region. My friend lives about six miles from the airport. When he attempted to fly his drone around his property (17 acres) his drone shut down and refused to fly. A pop up on his phone was visible with text that said in effect that due to the wildfire suppression activity his drone would not fly due to safety concerns. His drone would not operate for about three weeks.
  2. Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    Thank you! I saw two spam posts and for grins posted short, sarcastic replies. El Polvo was the only moderator I knew of, and I don’t see him much around here any more.
  3. I think I remember reading that article or a similar one. I’m sure you have done an online search, but maybe Trails West or similar organization has information on it. That group is one that put up markers and have prroduced guidebooks to the old Lassen-Applegate trail, which branched off the original emigrant trail near Imlay and went northwest to Cedarville, to Lakeview and beyond, a side trail accessed the Susanville area.
  4. Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho

    An addendum to this thread. Graham Cooper, whom I’ve referred to as “Graham C.” in written form, and whose last name I edited out in the videos (he had no online, or published public presence, thus I wished to protect his privacy) has passed away last week, November 22, 2017, after battling cancer for much of the year. He was 73 years old. As for other trip participants, I have lost contact with Gil S. Based on my estimate of his age at the time of the trip, if still alive, I would think to be well up into his 80s. I have not seen him since his visit to my home about six months after the trip. Alan Patera is still busy running his WESTERN PLACES business with his wife, research, writing and publishing. As for myself, about a year after the trip, I traded that brown 1996 Chevrolet S-10 in on a new 2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4. I sill own it and drive it daily and it still looks and drives well. Yesterday it took my wife and I over part of the trip - a nice day drive on a crisp autumn afternoon into the Hinkey Summit country near Paradise Valley, which has been my back yard for almost a decade now since moving north-central Nevada. I am sixteen years older, just as fat and my hair and mustache are all silver. I was watching last night video of part of this trip on my computer, reminding me that I should update with the sad news of Graham’s passing.
  5. An addendum to this thread. Graham Cooper, whom I’ve referred to as “Graham C.” in written form, and whose last name I edited out in the videos (he had no online, or published public presence, thus I wished to protect his privacy) has passed away last week, November 22, 2017, after battling cancer for much of the year. He was 73 years old.
  6. Be wary of using the cloud

    Well, I got lost in all the acronyms, but I get the basic message. And I agree. There are many things my old Tandy 8086 running DOS 2 could do. Something as simple as EDIT>DELETE and double click or hit ENTER and wow! The file was in the trash. Comared to my late model iPad running OS 11.1 (latest update). Since I don’t have Internet at home and having to use the library, and being a holiday weekend, I spent those days putting together a photo essay email with about 40 photos to send to multiple users (I have a Gmail account, but use Apple’s OEM Mail app). I tinkered with it all weekend, adding, subtracting, changing, etcetera. All was fine until I went back online. When I went to retrieve what was originally the only draft to send, I found in my drafts folder four drafts, each with different dates and times. Each was different in what photos were there. So I chose the newest draft, checked it to make sure it was my final, and sent. I put in the trash the other irrelevant drafts. And then, I find that Google said ... ... and took it upon itself to go dumpter diving and retrieve my drafts, placing them in both my sent box and inbox stuck in the thread of emails under the same heading. It made for a very long scroll to read the latest incoming messages. So, I trashed them again. And again Google told me to my face ... ... Again I trashed. Again ... I’ve tried three times today with the same results. Another example. I installed the Gmail for iPad app recently, thinking I would have more control over fonts and such. I quickly tired of its trying to dominate me into its mold and trashed it. If I want to write an email with photos, I simply take a USB/Apple Lightning flash drive, transfer my desired images over from my computer to my tablet and embed into my email. When I attempted that with Gmail’s app, I got popup boxes telling me that I had to be online to transfer an image stored on my tablet, send it to the cloud and drop it back to my tablet. Gee ... my old 286 SX comuter with Windows 3.0 could do that simple task of placing my image in my email all day long, after I updated to a newer version of Juno freeware that could handle attachments and media with HTML instead of text only (and on dial-up!). And previous to my Juno upgrade, I could attatch any file in basic Juno email. And it simply obeyed my command instead of disobeying and telling me what to go do with myself. My point and opinion is, back in the 1980s and 1990s computers were better than now. They simply did what you told them to do and you didn’t get told ... . ... by what should be my inanimate possesion, and one that tries to make me mold to its way of thinking and compromise or create work arounds and reinvent the wheel to write a short note. And my inbox is still full of trash.
  7. I am surprised that Charlie Manson’s recent death never came up on this board nor other Death Valley themed forums. I guess then again, only old farts like me are old enough to remember his terrible actions. Manson and his “family” hid out in Death Valley country after their murderous sprees at an old ranch named Barker Ranch, plus the nearby Meyers Ranch. Barker was a popular spot for 4x4 explorers until the main building burned down a few years ago. I’ve been there many times, though it wasn’t because of any facination about Manson. Here’s a link about the ranch. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barker_Ranch
  8. Be wary of using the cloud

    I guess my entry way should be so high it is in the “clouds”, eh?
  9. Your video proves to me that a drone is a nice tool for exploring ghost towns. Whenever I have visited Aurora in the past - as well as many other sites - I have been frustrated in exploring locations around the perimeter of the townsite. Using historical photos, I can see homes, but have been thwarted by dense sage growth and difficulty seeing remains under the thick cover. A drone would also be nice to spot from the air street grids and alignments, or to see where roads and trails go off to without committing myself to the potential of getting into a jam.
  10. Nice video. I love the Great Basin autumn blue skies and high clouds. Haven’t been to Aurora since 2000. Used to be one of my favorite haunts back in the 1970s and 1980s when I lived in June Lake.
  11. Be wary of using the cloud

    Build a 10 foot wall to protect yourself, thieves will build an 11 foot ladder.
  12. EWO videos

    I have a hunch he is experiencing burn out and staying under the radar due to his activity involving the demand and drain juggling his Internet work, travel and family. I know, I’ve been there.
  13. Be wary of using the cloud

    I assume there are those common things like card readers that send and retrieve data to the cloud, now that it has become an industry standard, so I know there is no way to be truley cloud free. But I don’t seek it out and use it. If I desire a reasonably secure way to deliver data to some one, I drop a USB thumb drive in the mailbox.
  14. Be wary of using the cloud

    The only clouds I like enhance sunsets and those that bring rain or snow. Otherwise, man made clouds I don’t trust nor do I use them.
  15. Wonder how deep that shaft is? Good of you not to have dropped in unexpectidly ...
  • 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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