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Seven Troughs, Vernon, Mazuma, Tunnel Camp, Nevada - Day Trip: April 27, 2013 As time goes on, I'll post more details and photos. A synopsis of my travels today: * Met a friend - who lives in the Reno area - at Lovelock. We met at 9:30 AM. * After chatting for a time, We drove north, our original destination the ghost town of Vernon. * Aired down tires at the start of the dirt road branching off NV399 heading to the district. Visited some more. *The approaching lunch hour changed our plans to head to Tunnel Camp. * Lunch on arrival at Tunnel Camp, on the tailgate of my truck. My lunch consisted of a turkey and ham I picked up at Subway. * After lunch, we walked the camp, photographing, video. Walked entire camp, including the large tailings pile from the tunnel in the canyon. * Visited the cemetery, marked on the U.S.G.S. topo below Tunnel Camp. * Drove to Vernon. * Took route due north out of Vernon, stopped at the Portland Mine (marked on topo), the Fairview Mine (also marked), then continued on up and over the saddle and down into Seven Troughs. * A very nice drive through the Seven Troughs Range on this road. Scattered juniper stands dot the landscape. The grass was green. Lupine was blooming above about 5,500 feet elevation. We saw about a dozen antelope in the canyons between Vernon and Seven Troughs, some individually or in pairs, one group of five. * Explored the camp of Seven Troughs. * Having historic photos, I duplicated these for then and now comparisons. * By the time we left Seven Troughs, it was passing 6:00 PM. We stopped for only a few minutes in Mazuma, photographing the former mill site, the sped off. Both of us were far past due in letting our respective wives know that we were still alive, thus we felt compelled to get heading for Lovelock and a cellular signal. * Dinner at the restaraunt in the Sturgeon's Casino in Lovelock. I had a very good New York steak and eggs, with hash browns and toast for $9.77. My friend had the $9.77 New York steak dinner. * Aired up tires after dinner, then drove north and east in the darkness along I-80 home for an hour.