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by Older Fossil
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trip to Tuscon
Replies: 6
Views: 2650

Re: Trip to Tuscon

beginner95 wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:12 pm
Could you also elaborate on where this caverns system is located?
Probably Kartchner Caverns about 50 miles south east of Tucson.
https://azstateparks.com/kartchner/
Well worth a visit.
by Older Fossil
Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Saline Valley Road Observation
Replies: 15
Views: 3823

Re: Saline Valley Road Observation

Death Valley Dazed wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:02 pm
Just now I called Miller's Towing in Lone Pine, CA to answer this question.
DVD, thank you for making the effort to find out! It makes sense from Miller's point of view.
by Older Fossil
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Hard Luck Castle - anyone else been there?
Replies: 17
Views: 19120

Re: Hard Luck Castle - anyone else been there?

We recently had a return visit to the Hard Luck Mine Castle. Since it is now mostly finished and Randy has been trying to sell it, we figured we should see it while Randy was still giving tours. I put together a post about it on our travel/photography blog: http://arts-work.blogspot.com/2019/11/hard...
by Older Fossil
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: RIP Death Valley pay phones
Replies: 30
Views: 8150

Re: RIP Death Valley pay phones

Is the one at Grapevine Ranger Station still intact? It was operational this past April when I was out that way. We recently stopped at the Grapevine station to use the restroom. Here is a picture of where the pay phone used to be. We had also used the pay phone in years past. https://www.berggreen...
by Older Fossil
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Saline Valley Road Observation
Replies: 15
Views: 3823

Saline Valley Road Observation

We were recently staying at PSR and took a drive up to the Hunter Mountain Cabin. After we had just turned off the Saline Valley Road onto Hunter Mountain Road, we observed this Miller's Towing truck dragging two large tires along the Saline Valley Road and heading down Grapevine Canyon. https://www...
by Older Fossil
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured
Replies: 51
Views: 9052

Re: A jet crashes in the DV area, several onlookers injured

We spent a few days at PSR earlier this week. We stopped at Father Crowley Point and noticed the "No Admittance" side blocking the road to the lookout area east of the parking lot. Talking to staff at PSR, they indicated that the crash site is still under active investigation. They mentioned that th...
by Older Fossil
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: Across Owens Lake
Replies: 9
Views: 3753

Re: Across Owens Lake

Is the road to Cerro Gordo open to the public? I think it's now privately owned and is being developed? Cerro Gordo has been privately owned since the late 1800s. More recently by the late Jody Stewart, then Mike Patterson (who Jody married after her cancer diagnosis), then Mike's sons after his de...
by Older Fossil
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: Across Owens Lake
Replies: 9
Views: 3753

Across Owens Lake

We drove up to the Horseshow Meadow area out of Lone Pine. From the road there is a great panoramic view of the Owens Lake area and the Inyo Mountains beyond. We stopped high up on the road where we had a great view and were surprised to be able to pick out the Yellow Grade Road, Cerro Gordo mines a...
by Older Fossil
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: What is my Jeep's Capability?
Replies: 18
Views: 6226

Re: What is my Jeep's Capability?

Do you think I can do steel pass? I think its called dedeckera canyon thats the max I want to to, im just worried my grand cherokee is too wide, or its not tall enough or my tires are too small (30x9.5) with my klr I just popped it up and over. but I know I need to be a lot slower, put it in 4 low....
by Older Fossil
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: Memories of a good person
Replies: 1
Views: 2484

Memories of a good person

I was starting to clean up old files on our web server and came across this picture of Jody Stewart, long time owner and resident of Cerro Gordo. Jody was the person who really began the preservation of the remains of the mine and town. This picture was taken in 1999 and is likely the last time I sa...
by Older Fossil
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: What is my Jeep's Capability?
Replies: 18
Views: 6226

Re: What is my Jeep's Capability?

I think your Jeep is fine for almost all of the roads around DV. Many years ago we had a stock '94 Grand Cherokee Limited that we started exploring the DV area with. We eventually got a 2001 Jeep TJ Wrangler and built it somewhat more for offroading and drove most of the roads in DV, Panamint Valley...
by Older Fossil
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: Disappearing History
Replies: 5
Views: 4352

Disappearing History

I was looking through some older images and realized that a couple of these structures are now gone. I was glad we visited them while they still stood. Feel free to add other images to this thread. https://www.berggreen.org/misc/Arts_Work/Burro_Schmitt_Cabin.jpg Burro Schmitt's Cabin https://www.ber...
by Older Fossil
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hard Luck Castle
Replies: 1
Views: 3187

Hard Luck Castle

I came across a news story regarding the Hard Luck Castle being listed for sale. https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Fortress-with-16-inch-thick-walls-in-Nevada-13558603.php It has been many years since we've been out that way to see how it has progressed. It still was a ways from being finished ...
by Older Fossil
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Park Closure
Replies: 32
Views: 11695

Re: Park Closure

We've been in DVNP for the past five days, staying at the Stovepipe Wells RV park. When we first came in, Sunset CG and Texas Spring CG were open and the vistor's enter was operating under a donation from the Death Valley Natural History Association. Since then things have slowly been getting closed...
by Older Fossil
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Park Closure
Replies: 32
Views: 11695

Re: Park Closure

From the park's website: "Important Notice: Partial Government Shutdown Alert 1 , Severity ,closure ,,Important Notice: Partial Government Shutdown The Oasis at Death Valley, Stovepipe Wells, and Panamint Springs are open. Toilets will not cleaned/stocked. NPS campgrounds closed at noon 12/24. Some ...