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About desertdog

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  1. As a strict afterthought, I tried to film the eclipse from Northern California today. I had already planned on viewing it with my oldest kid, but I decided to make a camera filter to capture the event. After fighting like hell with autofocus and autoexposure settings, I got about 35 minutes of usable footage and shoved that down into a 1:30-ish time lapse. While the final product is far from polished or professional, it was an interesting experiment. Filter media can be had cheap, many cameras are capable (though the iPhone totally let me down) of doing this, and a few simple tools opens up a whole new dimension to capturing things on 'film'. This is definitely something I will tinker with more in the future (likely for lunar eclipses, they being more common). The best part of the morning was El Kiddo saying "Wow dad, this is actually more interesting and exciting than I thought it would be!". It would have been awesome if I'd made it to Oregon and screwed around with coronal photography. But then I'd have been way more prepared.
  2. Class War? I did not hear about this, but honestly I don't follow the event itself very closely any more. Ever a bunch of drunk, drugged, unruly "frat boys" (and their assorted females) from the event tried to run me and my oldest out of Trego a few years ago, I've wanted nothing to do with that area during that time of the year. God Bless Eugene Stoner.
  3. That's an interesting point (land choice), but I'm not sure it is accurate. On one hand, BMORG goes through hoops (or so we are led to believe) to get their permit, maintain the permit, and to close out the permit. Those 'hoops' equate to oversight, fees, government intrusion, bureaucratic administration, overhead, etc. On the other hand, if BMORG had a large enough chunk of land for the event, they could likely avoid at least some scrutiny and intrusion, and worry less about competing interests (though those have all more or less faded away now - La Résitance has been broken). I think they use the playa now because access is rather simple (good roads) for both patrons and vendors/suppliers, it's flat, generally stable, not prone to flash flooding, and is not used by any competing interests that have *money*, i.e. larger cattle ranchers, etc. It's not about trashing their property vs. other property, it's more about what is easiest for them. Plus the playa allows room to grow, although the event seems to have hit a ceiling wherein it simply can't get any bigger without major changes. All that said, I'd throw Larry and Maid Moron and friends in front of a Panzer IV and do single-tread donuts on them. I have no love for them, their false philosophy, their organization, or their rabidly obsequious followers.
  4. So I went and looked up their general counsel. He claims the following practice areas. Note this does not mean he is an expert or that he holds certifications in these areas of law. It's self-reported, and generally indicates focus areas of a practice: Administrative Law Contracts Election, Campaign & Political Environmental Law Government Government Contracts Insurance Zoning, Planning & Land Use Most of the above are sensible areas when dealing with an event and organization like this. Obviously the bold entry piqued my curiosity. His bio states: "Raymond says, “Burning Man represents the extreme culmination of what is possible when people work together.”" (https://burningman.org/network/about-us/people/year-round-staff/) Personally, I would say a thermonuclear weapon represents the 'extreme culmination of what is possible when people work together', but what do I know.
  5. Right, and thank you. But I have read that it can be approached from within CA as well, but the info is thin. Just curious if you've ever run across a way in from CA. I could do it on horseback, but that would take longer than I have (though it would be infinitely more fun than driving).
  6. I'm replying late to this, but *how* do I get up to Belfort and Star City? I know *where* they are, but it looks like you have to approach from Nevada (338). I have read on other forums that you can approach from the North and/or West within CA, but zero details. Given the terrain, I think I'd rather have a helo from the USMC MWTC fly me in.
  7. Camping

    One thing to be aware of with National Forest lands is the inclusion of Wilderness areas, i.e. the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. There are additional restrictions in those areas (you can't even use a drone in them), and the boundaries are well marked on maps, but sometimes not marked on the trails if you cross over into one. USFS has improved campgrounds that almost always have a fee of some sort, and then they also generally allow 'dispersed camping', which is basically "find a spot and call it good". There are also lots of private inholdings in USFS lands that you have to watch out for. Some of the landowners are literally "shoot first and don't bother with questions" people. Then there's me. I will use improved grounds with the family, but generally just find a spot and make camp when I'm alone. I'll clear an area 15-20' in diameter, put a fire ring in the middle, make my fire (I keep them small), drown it when I'm done, and recover the area before I leave. If I don't have spare water to douse a fire, a shovel, and an extinguisher, then I don't make one.
  8. Hello from california

    I used The Google - there are some private claims on the mountain, though the claim holder is apparently friendly, and there are plenty of public areas to prospect for quartz and quartz-related crystals. It's a hell of a haul for me, but I could do it as a weekend trip. Maybe something to do around Thanksgiving when the Kid The First is off school.
  9. Camping

    It really depends on the land and it's management status. Generally the answer is yes, but I would check with the specific land manager (USFS, BLM, etc.)
  10. Trash?

    *Shrug* I find something neat, it's coming home with me. If I can't fit it in the truck (don't ask), I'm coming back with a bigger truck and friends. Not that I own one (wish I did), but if I came across on old ore cart that was accessible, you could be damn sure a rescue mission would be mounted with due haste and preparation before said ore cart fell victim to drunk rednecks with rifles. Like others, I'm not taking them to make a buck. I'm taking them to preserve and put on a shelf, or to give to other people I know and trust who will also keep them and appreciate them. Bob knows firsthand the efforts I will go to in the name of salvaging something of historic interest and probably zero monetary value. When possible, I will restore something with minimally invasive techniques (i.e. 'arrested decay'). I'm not intimate with the Antiquities Act or other laws protecting abandoned property in excess of some arbitrary age, but it sure doesn't stop people like Aquachigger and Exploring Alabama from amassing piles and piles of Civil War artifacts and other historical 'trash'. And I don't think it should, either. If you look at my recent videos of Glass Beach in California, I left all the glass behind after several failed attempts at taking photos. What I didn't realize until we were on the road back home is that Pixie stuffed every pocket she had full of the stuff. Oh well, she's a dumb kid and in fairness I didn't tell her we weren't supposed to take the glass home with us. And you show shiny crap to a 9 y/o girl, well...the genes kick in..."SHINY! WANT!" It was trash to start with, it was still trash, and it always will be trash. Pretty trash, but still trash. I'm half sorry I didn't fill a couple of 5 gallon buckets while I was there, the more I think about it. *Everyone* else there was filling bags with the junk. What you or anyone else does is your own damn personal business. If you're not looting the property of some identifiable owner, but picking up discards from a time long since past, more power to you. Enjoy them, I hope you get some pleasure, education, satisfaction, and happiness out of it!
  11. Indeed. Information like that is not made public on this site, and for good reason. While hardly a determination on a personal level, many of the sites all of us visit are often hit hard by vandals, sometimes *after* we have first been there. We actively try to prevent that. Hence, in Bob's YT videos, site names and precise locations are kept secret. I prefer to just use misdirection, i.e. by using the name of a mine that I know is already sealed off or collapsed in place of one that I am seen entering on video. That actually serves two purposes - it keeps away unsanctioned vandals, and it slows down sanctioned vandals (aka the Goddamn Dirtbags In The Nanny Government Who Feel The Need To Impose Their Safety Sally Regime On You, Me, The Universe, And Everything). Oh, did I say that out loud? Silly me. Must be the Redneck in me showing through again.
  12. Willow Creek.jpg

    Hand me my fly rod. It's the one that says "Voodoo Bayou".
  13. Quick Road Condition Question

  14. Has anyone been on the road from Imlay to Rabbit Hole recently? A friend is taking a group out there, and was just looking for some current road conditions. He and the rest are prepared and experienced, he's just trying to avoid backtracking, if possible. My recollection is that road is always in pretty good shape, but we had quite the exceptional winter, so it merits inquiry!
  15. gopher snake.. I think..

    The only dead giveaway in your picture (to me) is the head - it's not triangular. I can't see the tail, and I can't make out the back markings clearly enough (though they don't look to be diamond in shape at first glance).
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    • 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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