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Flatiron last won the day on September 21 2012

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    Getting off-road ASAP and exploring new areas. Also enjoy camping, geocaching, and softball.
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  1. Matt..........Great photos of Parker Canyon. I've been wanting to make the hike you guys did for quite a few years now. I've looked into the upper part of the canyon from a point on the Young Rd. side of the canyon, and can see a nice slot to climb down from the north side of the canyon. Do you know if there is an "easy" way to get into the slot from the Young side? Just wondering. Thanks in advance.
  2. Wow! Beautiful colors. Some pieces sure look like stone.........
  3. I use a cheapo Nikon Coolpix L20 as it's lightweight, pretty inexpensive, takes good photos, and seems to stand up to being dropped and bounced around alot .My wife has a Nikon D3100 that has quite a few bells and whistles, but she won't let me use it, as she's afraid I'll drop it off a cliff, run over it, or leave it behind (as I've done with 3 Garmin GPS's). OOPs............
  4. I'm a little surprised that David hasn't seen a Mojave after all the time he's spent in their territory. Like El Polvo said, they're not always green. My neighbor in Gold Canyon killed one in his beackyard a few years ago, and it looked real similar in color and pattern to the western diamondback. I was told that the most recognizable difference in the two is that the diamonds aren't connected on the Mojave Green, but are on the diamondback. I also remember years ago when I was kid, seeing a rattler next to one of the cabins at Phantom Ranch in the bottom of the Grand Canyon that was a pinkish color so it can blend in with the surrounding rock formations. Pretty interesting.
  5. Yeah, I guess I was lucky. But I'll bet a lot of us have had close encounters with rattlesnakes, gila monsters, etc.while exploring our great deserts and high plains .I'm sure a few of us have even had an encounter with a Mojave Green every now and then, eh?
  6. El Polvo....................I hadn't heard about that particular Apache attack before, and will have to check into it. There's so many events from those years that get glossed over and don't get the press that some others get. Does anybody out there remember the massacre at Brunckow's cabin between Tombstone and Sierra Vista, Az.?
  7. I stepped on one early in the morning at Prospector Park in Apache Junction, Az. before a softball tournament, but I guess he was a little sluggish, as he slowly crawled into a packrat nest nearby. I ususally do like most of you fellow GTers, and make a detour or watch them slither away.
  8. I know this is an old topic, but I'd like to chime in. I think if I was a fly on the wall, I'd like to be behind the OK corral or inside C.S. Fly's Photo Shop in Tombstone to see what REALLY happened. I've been there many times and have read a few different scenarios concerning the shootout. Terry (Ike) Clanton lives in Tombstone today and has a totally different spin on things, as you might guess. Eyewitness accounts tended to vary, depending on whether you were an Earp brothers fan, or a Cowboy fan. It would just be fun to find out the truth..............
  9. Maybe in most cases, but in this case I have to deal with the Tonto National Forest Service, the State Land Trust, and BLM. If I cross property belonging to any of these entities I have to have a permit. I'm trying to narrow down and eliminate one of them, but it's pretty difficult to do so. A few years ago I just about gave up due to all the red tape. I've done my homework this time and we'll see how it goes.
  10. I've always liked the term "desert rat" and kinda like being called one. Although, last year I met some folks from So. Az. who said they really didn't like being called desert rats. What do some of you fellow desert dwellers think of this term? Even folks who don't live in the desert can chime in on this one. Thanks.
  11. By the way, thanks for the encouragement, guys. It's truly appreciated.
  12. David.................................I hope we can make this thing work and have fun with it, but I don't have any grand ideas of how wealthy we'll be down the road. If I can make a few bucks doing something I really enjoy, what the heck. I talked with Randy at Golden State Cycles in Bishop the other day, and he did the tour thing for one year, but decided to do ATV/UTV rentals , instead. I guess Russ from Mammoth shut down the rental business on the corner of Line St. and 395 due to some problems he encountered.(lack of business?) Great Willys, by the way..................................I had an MB1 a few years back, and it's sitting in a barn in Missoula, Mt. I doubt I'll ever see it again. Oh well.............
  13. There's sure some great places to explore in Mohave Co. I need to spend some more there in the near future.
  14. Queen Valley area. Mostly the eastern end of the Superstitions (Montana Mtn. Loop , etc.) , the Mineral Mtns., and 96 Hills area off of Hwy. 79 south of Florence. We seemed to have some pretty good interest in this type of thing the last few winters, so figured we'd give it a shot and see how it works out. Of course the Forest Service wants their piece of the pie (3% of the net) and they pretty much tell you which trails you can take. The insurance isn't cheap, either. I guess they figure one of the old folks is going to topple out of the Ranger as you're toolin' down the road. If this thing does OK, we'd like to do the same thing on a part time basis in the Eastern Sierras and into Nevada next summer. I've always loved the Nevada desert. I guess it would be the best of both worlds. We'll see.
  15. The going rate for a 3-3.5 hour tour around here is about $115-125 which includes a BBQ lunch and drink. One tour owner has about 30 ATV's and a few Rhinos, and seems to stay busy about 3 months out of the winter. There's some great scenery out in the Sonoran Desert, which is quite different than the Nevada/Ca. desert. We'll see how it goes.........
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