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The Wizard last won the day on September 20 2014

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  • Birthday 06/04/1951

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  1. The Wizard

    Located spent Henry cartridge

    .44 Henry cartridges were produced until the early 1930's. So, it might not be as old as you think. But a cool find anyway.
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    Located spent Henry cartridge

    I can not tell by the picture but does it have two (2) firing pin indentations? If it does you can be certain it was fired by a Henry rifle or a Winchester Model 1866. Without dimensional information can not even be certain it is a Henry case. Here are the dimensions for a .44 Henry case: Rim Dia = .518; Case Length = .903; Neck Dia = .434 and Base Dia = .441 (all dimensions are in inches).
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    Off road trailers

    I found another picture of my trailer. And I was wrong about the name of the campground the picture was taken at. It is actually Lake View campground.
  4. The Wizard

    Off road trailers

    I tried something different. It not the best picture of the trailer but it will have to do. Taken in 2013 at Twin Lakes Campground, Colorado.
  5. The Wizard

    Off road trailers

    NV Rat, I did hit the "more Reply Options" but when the insert image window pops up I can't do anything with it. I wonder it it has something to do with the number of posts I have.
  6. The Wizard

    Off road trailers

    It seem I cannot post a picture but I tow a Canadian military Trailer, Cargo, 1/4 Ton, 2 Wheel, M101 CDN 2 behind my Defender 90. I even took it over Imogene Pass in Colorado. Check out the off road site like I8HMUD. They have trailer section with lots of pictures.
  7. I never heard of "4 in 1" blanks but "5 in 1" blanks are the standard blanks use by Hollywood in western films. They are called "5 IN 1" because the can be used in firearms cambered for .38-40 WCF, .44-40 WCF, .45 Colt, .44 Special and .44 Magnum.
  8. If the brass found at the sight had a head stamp of "5 IN 1" then you can be certain it came from the movie. If not it is just left from someone shooting at the sight.
  9. The four and more legged (and the no legged) critters don't worry me as much as the two legged critters!
  10. Happy Birthday!

  11. The Wizard

    Exploring Companions (The Furry Kind)

    He has only one problem. He is constantly roaming around the inside of the jeep as we travel down the road. Worst than a kid!
  12. The Wizard

    Exploring Companions (The Furry Kind)

    Buster, if there is a mud puddle within five miles he will find it.
  13. I started "exploring" in the late 1960's and up until the mid-1970's I still could find places that were still pretty much either unknown or "untouched". Now these places were in states other than Califorina. Starting in the late 1970's I found more and more people running around and more and more "NO TREPASSING" signs.
  14. Bob, Two bad eggs in 40 years of exploring is not a bad record. And it is not like I ran into them on the same day. The first was back in 1972 in the Mojave and the second was between St. Elmo and Hancock in Colorado in 1996. For the past 30 years I have stay mostly here in Colorado but have ventured into most of the western states on short trips.
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    • South Pass City WY
      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
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    • Surprise Canyon, California
      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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    • Exploration Field Trips - March 31-April 2, 2000 - Into the Nevada Triangle with Lew Shorb
      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
      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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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      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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